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12:05 PM ET, November 25, 2008

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YouTube Blog:
Bigger Isn't Always Better... But in This Case, We Believe It Is  —  Over the years we've heard a lot of feedback from you about what you'd like to change about YouTube, and the size of our video player is always top of mind.  That's why today we're excited to announce a bigger YouTube player.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Defaults Videos In HD Format: But Forgets Embed Feature  —  YouTube announced that all videos on their web site will now be in the wider format HD format, 16:9 ratio.  The YouTube player is now 960 pixels wide, as opposed to the standard format of 4:3 ratio.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Goes Wide
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle 2 Slated For “Early Q1″  —  Update on the Kindle 2: It was scheduled to be released in October in time for this holiday season, but Bezos himself reportedly pulled the plug for last minute changes to the software.  Our sources now say it's tentatively scheduled to go on sale in “early next quarter.”
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco To Shut Down For 4 Days At Year End  —  If you want to know how bad it is going to get for all of us in Silicon Valley, just look at Cisco Systems.  For first time in its history the company is going to shut down for four days at the end of the year, according to a report by UBS Research.
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Ashlee Vance / International Herald Tribune:   HP unit sheds stepchild status to take on Cisco
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Will Apple launch a netbook?  And other burning questions  —  Apple has said “it doesn't do cheap,” but one analyst reckons that Steve Jobs & Co. will address the netbook market at some point-either with an 11-inch MacBook Air priced between $800 and $1,000 in 2009 or a tablet Mac in 2010.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacBlogz and MacNN
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AppleInsider:
Best Buy cuts prices on Apple's Mac line for 4-day sale [u]
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Adds Samsung Omnia™ To Its Touch Screen Lineup  —  Advanced Touch Screen Smartphone Features Samsung's Innovative TouchWiz™ Technology and the Power of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Review: Samsung Omnia for Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Electronista
Eric Horvitz / Microsoft Research Home:
Cyberchondria: Studies of the Escalation of Medical Concerns in Web Search  —  Available Documents:  —  The World Wide Web provides an abundant source of medical information.  This information can assist people who are not healthcare professionals to better understand health and disease …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Nokia 6260 slide feature phone packs HSPA, WiFi, GPS, 5MP camera and more!  —  Nokia has announced a new device - 6260 slide.  The stylish slider is one of the best feature phone announced to date, sporting a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and flash, both HSUPA and HSDPA support …
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Nokia:
Nokia 6260 slide - made for high speed sharing  —  Espoo, Finland - People use mobile devices to share their lives with friends and family and with this in mind, Nokia introduces the Nokia 6260 slide.  The phone call is the most obvious way to use the new handset to connect with people …
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Phone Scoop
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Ray Ozzie Wants to Push Microsoft Back Into Startup Mode  —  The keynote speaker at this past summer's TechReady conference—a gathering of 6,000 or so Microsoft engineers from around the world—was the company's chief software architect, Ray Ozzie.  This was not a routine appearance.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Talks to bring The Beatles to iTunes break down  —  Negotiations to bring the music catalog of The Beatles to Apple's iTunes Store have entered into an indefinite state of limbo with the band's multimedia corporation and former record label disputing the terms of digital distribution.
Discussion: Music Ally
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Bill Ray / The Register:
InterDigital and Samsung bury hatchet  —  First payment due next year  —  Samsung and InterDigital have settled their patent spat, with the former agreeing to pay the latter an undisclosed sum for both 2G and 3G products until the year 2012.  —  There has been a trend, recently …
Discussion: CNET News
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Samsung Settles 3G Patent Dispute With InterDigital
Electronista:
TiVo Mobile brings remote queuing to iPhone  —  TiVo and web firm Mobui today rolled out TiVo Mobile.  The web app gives the iPhone, iPod touch and other mobile devices with full web browsers the ability to remotely schedule one of TiVo's Series 2 or 3 DVRs and to find shows using …
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DigiTimes:
Acer to launch 10-inch Aspire One as early as February next year  —  Acer plans to launch 10-inch Aspire One netbooks in February or March next year, according to Scott Lin, Acer Taiwan president.  —  As for its 8.9-inch netbooks currently available, the 3.5G module-based Aspire One netbooks …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
PlaySpan raises $16.8 million for gaming virtual goods platform  —  Virtual goods sales are looking better than real world goods sales.  PlaySpan announced today that it has raised $16.8 million for its virtual goods platform and online payments business for online games.
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Magnify.net Raises $750K For Web Video Service  —  NYC-based Web video startup Magnify.net has raised about $750,000 in Series A1 financing.  This is in addition to the $1 million it raised in February.  Innovation Ventures led the round, and all major investors returned, including RoseTech Ventures …
Discussion: Startup Chatter and CenterNetworks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Was Ebay's BillMeLater Acquisition A Huge Blunder?  —  When eBay paid $945 million for BillMeLater in October, we blinked.  The business assigns credit at the point of sale to ecommerce customers who can't use credit cards because they don't have them, have maxed out credit limits, or choose not to.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Musical Chairs at MSN: Here's a Partial Scorecard of What's What  —  Here's part of an internal memo BoomTown obtained about some small, but interesting, changes at Microsoft's MSN unit, sent out by the GM of its Global Media Group, Greg Nelson, which is under the leadership of-well, frankly-a confusing panoply of execs.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Ninendo DS In Red Mario Bros Limited Edition On Black Friday  —  It's not a special Black Friday deal, but DS fans may think it's a bit special all the same: Nintendo's launching a limited edition Mario Red DS bearing the M logo this Friday.  It'll also come with a bundled copy of New Super Mario Bros, and it'll set you back $150.
Adobe:
Camera Raw 5.2 update  —  This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS4; Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0; and Adobe Premiere® Elements 7.0 software.  Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
eMarketer:
Economy Deals Online Ad Spending a Hit  —  Digital still stronger than traditional  —  There seems to be more bad news about the economy every day, and falling ad spending numbers are part of the mix.  Although online advertising is still on a positive growth curve, that growth is slowing …
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews
 
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Redstone Weighs Sale of Theaters
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
Universal, Warner, SonyBMG join iTunes Plus?
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Is the video game industry recession-proof?
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Student Writes to Steve Jobs, Gets Free Final Cut Studio 2
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Blockbuster joins the movie set-top-box game with 2Wire MediaPoint player