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5:30 PM ET, November 25, 2008

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Apple Store Will Now Match Competitors' Prices  —  Apple has apparently fired the first shot in the holiday shopping battle, by announcing internally that retail store employees have the authority to match the prices of other authorized retailers.  The stores have also cancelled …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsoft's Zune To Evolve Into New “Pink” Smart Phone?  —  I'm hearing from a good source that Microsoft is ready to give a major facelift to the company's Zune music player that could mean its evolution into a new smart phone from the company.  —  My source says that the new device falls under …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Move over, Ajax. Here comes Microsoft's ‘Kojax’
AppleInsider:
Piper Jaffray addresses 12 more ‘unanswered Apple questions’  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster on Tuesday issued one of his trademark reports to address a number ‘unanswered questions surrounding the Apple story,’ such as when the company plans to next update its iPhone and the prospects for an Apple netbook.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, MacDailyNews and Valleywag
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco To Shut Down For 4 Days At Year End  —  Updated with Cisco Confirmation: 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.
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.”
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 …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
eBay Traffic Plummeting (EBAY)  —  eBay's (EBAY) core business continues to fall apart.  Some of the decline is likely the result of the declining economy.  The rest of it is likely the result of the trends that have been clobbering eBay for the past two years: competition, overpricing …
Discussion: Technologizer, WebProNews and Valleywag
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
Discussion: PC World
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft, Yahoo Take Major Hits in Nielsen Online Search Share Rankings for October 2008  —  Microsoft and Yahoo took a tumble in their year-over-year search share in October 2008, according to Nielsen Online.  All searches were down 2%, which is quite surprising considering the election and the economy.
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BBC:   Mobile internet usage on the rise
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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
E-Commerce Shrinks for First Time, Research Firm Says  —  Just as many Web retailers feared, online shoppers are being unusually frugal this holiday season.  —  During the first 23 days of November, according to a report to be released later on Tuesday by the research firm comScore …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Young entrepreneurs bond on the beach  —  The coastal resort that hosted the Summit Series event last weekend.  —  (Credit: Caroline McCarthy/CNET News)  —  PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico—They kept their Twitter feeds quiet and their iPhone cameras dormant.  Most of them didn't want their names to be used.
David Spark / Mashable!:
12 Great Tales of De-Friending  —  David Spark (@dspark) is a veteran tech journalist and the founder of Spark Media Solutions, a storytelling production company.  —  De-friending has always been awkward.  Social networks offer one click “remove a friend” options, but it still doesn't make the decision any easier.
Discussion: Spark Minute
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.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A great time to start an open source company  —  Think of a redwood forest after the fire.  —  Great time to be a seed.  Or imagine being an alligator after the peat in your swamp is burned out.  Life is good.  —  In that same way, now may be the best time to launch an open source company.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
Yang's decision not to sell — the worst ever?  —  Jerry Yang has hit a bit of a rough patch.  Let's just get that out there.  —  He's had to surrender the chief executive spot in the company he co-founded.  He's had to listen to Steve Ballmer (again) say Microsoft was finished with any plans …
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
Rock-solid Fedora 10 brings salvation to Ubuntu weary  —  Next RHEL looking good  —  Review Fedora might not be getting a complete makeover or flashy new features in version 10, out today, but some welcome enhancements under-the-hood make this a worthwhile upgrade.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
Mike Blumenthal / Search Engine Land:
MapQuest: “We've Come Out Of Hibernation”  —  I recently had the opportunity to interview two senior level executives from Mapquest to find out what the longtime provider of online mapping services is up to.  Despite perceptions, MapQuest is actually a more popular mapping destination …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
KickApps Actually Raises $14 Million In Series C Round  —  Yesterday, word leaked out that white-label social networking startup KickApps raised another round of funding.  But the amount reported by PEHub ("over $13 million"), based on an old Reg. D filing at the SEC, wasn't exactly precise.
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 …
Fred / A VC:
Making Twitter Smarter  —  Soren and Howard have been busy building out stocktwits and today they sent me a link to a firefox extension that makes twitter a bit smarter.  When you add the stocktwits extension to firefox, a stock tweet will look like this:  —  Those tickers are now hotlinked to stocktwits.
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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Unofficial fix issued for Vista networking flaw
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