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6:20 PM ET, November 22, 2008

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The real story behind the Verizon BlackBerry Storm OS?  —  I want to preface this by saying that the following statements are my opinions and hypotheses, and have not be confirmed nor denied by any of sources of mine or official contacts at either corporation.  It should serve as a nice little “conspiracy theory,” though.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
A Call for Revolution Against Beta Culture  —  I'm tired of this.  This sense of permanent discomfort with the technology around me.  The bugs.  The compromises.  The firmware upgrades.  The “This will work in the next version.”  The “It's in our roadmap.”  The “Buy now and upgrade later.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Powered BitTorrent Seach Engines  —  Running a BitTorrent site can be quite costly.  Most of the larger sites need over a dozen servers to keep everything running smoothly.  There are some scalable alternatives for BitTorrent startups though.  Two relatively unknown meta-search engines …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Lifestreaming in Obamaland  —  Barack Obama will be the most shadowed president in history, and it won't be just the Secret Service and press corps surrounding him.  —  Citizens and paparazzi armed with camera phones and a variety of other multimedia devices will chronicle every movement he makes in public and post it online.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The revenge of the $9.99 iPhone apps  —  When Apple's App Store first launched back in July there was a wide range of prices for individual applications.  While many were free, quite a few of the early games were $5 or $10.  But as time has passed, there's definitely been a trend of the paid apps …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How to Disable Google SearchWiki  —  Google SearchWiki lets you customize the search results by promoting, demoting and adding new pages.  You can also annotate the results.  Some people think that the new feature clutters Google's clean search results, without bringing too much functionality.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Beth's Blog
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Amazon Courting Eggheads To Its Cloud With Free Access To Scientific Data (AMZN)  —  A new feature for the Amazon's (AMZN) EC2?  The cloud computing community is abuzz today over Public Data Sets coming soon to Amazon's cloud.  —  Here's how it works: The human genome is about 3 GB in size, not counting annotations.
Matt Rutherford / TechCrunch:
Larry Lessig Defends Copyright, Loves Charlie Rose Remixes  —  This guest post is written by Matt Rutherford, Web Strategist and technology producer for Charlie Rose.  Matt focuses on the macro themes affecting the internet and the wider world.  —  In an intimate interview with Charlie Rose …
Wall Street Journal:
Maxim Publisher Could Be Turned Over to Creditors  —  The publisher of men's magazine Maxim is in restructuring talks that are expected to turn over the company to creditors, in another blow to star media deal maker Steve Rattner.  —  The negotiations are fluid and could still fall apart …
Yuzo Saeki / Reuters:
Nokia to start Japan cell phone service in 2009: report  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Nokia Corp plans to launch a mobile phone service in Japan next spring, a move expected to intensify competition among Japanese cell phone carriers, Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday.
Discussion: Unwired View, Engadget and CrunchGear
CNN:
Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach  —  (CNN) — Verizon Wireless has fired employees connected to a breach of records from a cell phone used by President-elect Barack Obama this year, a Verizon source said Friday.  —  The source would not say how many people were terminated but said …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Unwired View
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Mandate A La Carte Cable When It's Happening Online Already?  —  We've been among those who think that the government shouldn't be forcing cable providers to offer a la carte channels.  While people always insist that if they got a la carte cable, it would be cheaper, the facts are quite different.
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
What we do and don't know about Microsoft's Morro
Discussion: Ars Technica
Kerry Picket / NewsBusters.org:
New AG Choice Advocated To Stifle Speech On Web
Eric Krangel / Alley Insider:
Rock Band Creator Eyeing iPhone Music Game, Says Tapulous Not A Threat (VIA)
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Google crunches numbers on clean-energy policy
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The big chill for holiday parties?
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Beast
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