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1:40 AM ET, November 25, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google cutting contractor workforce  —  Google is in the process of paring back a contractor workforce that numbers about 10,000, the company confirmed Monday.  The news, though, isn't as fresh as it might appear at first blush.  —  The contractor cut story made the rounds Monday …
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Daya Baran / WebGuild:
Google Layoffs - 10,000 Workers Affected  —  Google has been quietly laying off staff and up to 10,000 jobs could be on the chopping block according to sources.  Since August, hundreds of employees have been laid off and there are reports that about 500 of them were recruiters for Google.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google laying off 10,000?  Maybe — lose the extra 0  —  Tech and business sites are lighting up today with rumors of big layoffs at search giant Google.  The most eye-catching story appeared on WebGuild, which cites anonymous sources claiming that up to 10,000 jobs “could be on the chopping block.”
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP's outlook for next year unchanged despite tough economy  —  Hewlett-Packard reported its fourth fiscal quarter earnings this afternoon for the quarter ended Oct. 31 that were consistent with the company's upbeat preliminary results.  The surprising thing is that the world's biggest …
Twitter Blog:
Meet Rael Dornfest  —  Rael Dornfest is a famously talented engineer, author, and entrepreneur.  Before founding Values of n, Rael served as Chief Technology Officer at O'Reilly Media and is known for his pioneering work on RSS as well being the series editor of O'Reilly's celebrated Hacks books.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Twitter buys a company, closes it, keeps its founder/engineer
Rael / Values of n Blog:
A fork in the road  —  Today marks a fork in the road for this particular startup.
Discussion: Webware.com
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Blockbuster joins the movie set-top-box game with 2Wire MediaPoint player  —  We've rubbed our eyes four or five times now, but the factual heat remains: Blockbuster — of all companies — has decided to dive headfirst into the movie set-top-box arena.  We wanted to believe the rumors were false …
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Erik Gruenwedel / Home Media Magazine:
Blockbuster Bows Set-Top Box
Discussion: VentureBeat and CrunchGear
Esteban Kozak / The LinkedIn Blog:
Announcing LinkedIn's New Search Platform  —  I am writing today to announce the full release of LinkedIn's new search platform to over 31 million LinkedIn users.  —  The new search platform at LinkedIn is redefining the way professionals go about finding talent, business partners, customers or a former colleague.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   LinkedIn Launches Streamlined People Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web 2.0 Music Pioneer iLike Looking for Buyers  —  iLike, the Web start-up that made a name for itself by becoming Facebook's de facto music service, is looking for a buyer, according to multiple sources.  I'm told that iLike is actively soliciting a list of buyers that include RealNetworks and Ticketmaster …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Music service iLike may be for sale
David Worthington / Technologizer:
A Zune Phone?  Likely.  —  It is plausible that rumors about Microsoft being close to announcing its answer to the iPhone are true.  Microsoft must maintain parity with Apple, and its acquisition of Sidekick creator Danger Inc. has given it the industrial design known-how to get the job done.
Discussion: TG Daily, VentureBeat and IntoMobile
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Electronista:
Microsoft building Tegra-based smartphone?
Discussion: SlashGear and PhoneReport v2.0
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Why Apple Got Sued in Texas  —  When a Los Angeles man sued Apple for patent infringement Monday he filed the case in East Texas, not California.  As many lawyers will tell you, the U.S. Distinct Court for the Eastern District of Texas has become a magnet for technology and other patent cases over the years.
Discussion: Communications …
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Max Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Making Facebook Safe Against Spam  —  Last Friday, Facebook won an important victory for our users - and against spam and those who create it.  —  We've all experienced spam - those unwanted and, sometimes, inappropriate marketing messages.  The bad guys behind those messages are always looking …
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Meera Selva / Associated Press:
Negotiations to put Beatles on iTunes stalled  —  Paul McCartney says negotiations to put Beatles songs on iTunes have stalled  —  LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney said Monday negotiations on a long-awaited deal to make the Beatles' catalog available on the online music service iTunes have stalled.
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
‘GPhone’ Sales Strong: HTC Eyes 1 Million G1s Shipped In 2008 (GOOG)  —  Google's (GOOG) first cellphone — the T-Mobile G1 — seems to be finding an audience.  HTC, the Taiwanese company that makes the phone, just jacked its sales estimates.  —  HTC now thinks it'll ship 1 million G1s this year …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Valleywag and Big in Japan
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Student Writes to Steve Jobs, Gets Free Final Cut Studio 2  —  Sometimes Xmas comes earlier and when you less expect it: A Greenwich High School student wrote a letter directly to Mr. Jobs himself asking politely for an student discount on Final Cut Studio 2.
Discussion: digg.com
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Kyte gets Google AdSense, fresh new mobile sites  —  On Monday night video-broadcasting platform Kyte is launching several new ways to make money with its service.  Included are two new ad servers from AdTech Helios IQ and Lightningcast, as well as a new option to pick up Google AdSense text ads (for video) at the end of your content.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stock surges on belief MacBooks “peel away” Windows users  —  Investors returned to Apple shares in force on Monday and sent the stock climbing a massive 12.5 percent after reports said Apple was likely to profit on a wave of converts to its new aluminum MacBooks.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Is the End Near for Display Ads?  —  As ad budgets shrink, buyers and publishers face growing pressure to prove value of banners  —  NEW YORK Digital media buyers have been trying to kill the banner ad for years.  Now, it appears, the recession might just finish the job for them.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReveNews and Alley Insider
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google SearchWiki is Not a Wiki  —  Late last week Google unveiled the first major change to its search interface since the introduction of multi-media ("Universal") results into the search results page.  They called it Google SearchWiki.  —  It's a big deal, it's awkward, it's frightening …
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
T-Mobile G1 Android gets Opera Mini and visual voicemail  —  It seems like the gold rush of applications for the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) has slowed down considerably over the last couple of weeks with just a few apps trickling out here and there.  I imagine most of this is because developers …
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
Use Your Cellphone To Control Your Box With TiVo Mobile Website  —  Adding to an ever expanding list of new features like pizza ordering and Netflix streaming, TiVo's now bringing you the option of SlingBox-esque control of your box on your cellphone.  Their new mobile site, m.tivo.com …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: The Beginning Of The End?  —  At a moment in time when smartphones are one of the few hot tech products, Palm (PALM), the industry's pioneer, appears to be dying.  —  This morning, Global Crown Capital analyst Pablo Perez-Fernandez cut his rating on the company to Underweight from Neutral …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter  —  Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream.  —  Advertisers pay on a cost-per-thousand-impression basis, and the ads are promised to be delivered to relevant audiences based on keywords.
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google stock rains on the tech rally parade
Discussion: Reuters
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Forbes ‘Absolutely Denies’ Wacky Russian Buyout Rumor
Discussion: Quintura blog and BloggingStocks
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
TV Viewing Higher Than Ever — Take That, Internet!
Discussion: WebProNews and GigaOM
Mark Peter Davis / Alley Insider:
Why VCs Aren't Investing Anymore
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
Apple Is Ripe for the Picking
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why the iPod Touch Didn't Get Google Street View
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Approves Smutty iPhone App By Mistake
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