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Around the Web 11.20.08: BlackBerry Storm brewing, Google Lively closing, e-tailers discounting

November 20, 2008 |  9:18 am

Blackberry Storm -- Walt Mossberg speaks: The BlackBerry Storm, which hits stores tomorrow, is a "very capable handheld computer." It features a very cool tactile touchscreen that makes pressing on it feel like pressing on a keyboard. But the device has lots of problems, including lack of Wi-Fi capability. WSJ

-- For more BlackBerry Storm photos than you could possibly want, check out this review. Engadget

-- UC Irvine study: The Internet is good for kids. LAT

-- Mozilla, the group behind the Firefox browser, got 88% of its 2007 funding from Google. With so much money coming from a deal with one company, the Internal Revenue Service wonders, should Mozilla keep its nonprofit status? TechCrunch

-- Which part of Microsoft doesn't want to buy Yahoo is Wall Street failing to understand? BoomTown

-- The Lively that wasn't: Google's virtual world is shutting down after less than half a year. CNet

-- Also biting the dust: The Championship Gaming Series. Anyone got a job for an out-of-work gamer? PaidContent

-- Online retailers are slashing prices on goods in hopes that consumers can afford them. But can the retailers afford the price cuts? NYT

-- President-elect Barack Obama's tech policy team has three leaders: head Sonal Shah and former Federal Communications Commission staffers Julius Genachowski and Blair Levin. VentureBeat

-- Chris Gaither

Photo: BlackBerry Storm. Credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press