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2:10 PM ET, October 3, 2007

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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
First-Gen Zune Getting All The New Features: This is How You Treat Your Customers  —  The first generation 30GB Zune—which 1.2 million of you already purchased—is getting all the new Zune's features.  All.  Sure, the new Zune is more of a half step forward than a completely new design.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune vs. iPod specification smackdown  —  The new Zunes are official so let's get to it: a spec-by-spec scrap between Redmond's new Zunes and Cupertino's formidable iPod foe.  Unfortunately, Microsoft failed to mention the all important battery performance of their new gear in addition to a few other minor details.
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor  —  Microsoft has revamped its slow-selling Zune digital music players and created a MySpace-style social-networking site in its drive to compete with Apple's market-leading iPod player.  —  In large part, the Microsoft moves announced Tuesday …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
'Zune' Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry
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Zune Drives Next Generation of Digital Music Experience With …
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TechCrunch And Huffington: Who Will Buy The Big Blogs?  —  The name brand blogs.  The big ones.  Huffington.  TechCrunch.  GigaOm.  Boing Boing.  Ars Technica.  SeekingAlpha.  —  AOL has already bought Weblogsinc.  It owns popular blogs including flagship Engadget.
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Amazon's Dynamo  —  In two weeks we'll present a paper on the Dynamo technology at SOSP, the prestigious biannual Operating Systems conference.  Dynamo is internal technology developed at Amazon to address the need for an incrementally scalable, highly-available key-value storage system.
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Nick / Rough Type:   Inside Amazon's dynamo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Takes Another Step Towards The Web OS With Dynamo
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google boosts corporate e-mail service  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is sprucing up its corporate e-mail service by adding new security tools and more than doubling the storage capacity of e-mailboxes, underscoring the online search leader's ambition to enlarge its role in the business software market.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Preps Postini For Business World
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google beefing up Google Apps
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
It's a Database.  It's a Spreadsheet.  It's Zoho DB.  —  Zoho is adding another weapon to its arsenal today - Zoho DB - raising its total number of online office applications to 13 (not including four additional "utilities", or lightweight apps).  —  Zoho DB is meant to provide developers …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho DB Launched - Beats Google, Microsoft to Online Database
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Netvibes Launches Corporate Startpages - Will Companies Go For It?  —  Netvibes, the French startpage near the top of the startpage market, is launching a new service this morning called Netvibes Premium Universes.  The service allows companies to offer Netvibes functionality (reading feeds …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Palm admits new OS 18 months away  —  Palm CEO Ed Colligan has confirmed the new Palm OS won't be finished until the end of 2008.  Originally scheduled for release by the end of this year, the operating system's launch date has continued to be pushed back, despite the added attention …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's chief anti-piracy lawyer: "Copying" music you own is "stealing"  —  Duluth, Minnesota — Testimony today in Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas quickly and inadvertently turned to the topic of fair use when Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, was called to the stand to testify.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Voyager heads up newly official fall lineup  —  Verizon isn't kidding around this fall, with four new fashionable phones, a couple of which might divert a few iPhone dollars from archrival AT&T. It's those exact four that Engadget Mobile got the scoop on last weekend, the Juke, Pearl, Venus and Voyager.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft posts more Vista pre-SP1 'wonder patches'  —  Whilst Service Pack 1 is still expected to be the major update to Windows Vista fixing the widespread bugs and issues, at the same time Microsoft is not holding back on these reliability updates I'd like to call 'wonder patches' which seems …
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Antonio Regalado / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cuts Ads From Orkut Service  —  Facing complaints in Brazil about offensive content, Google Inc. in August removed ads from its social-networking service called Orkut.  —  Google said advertising appeared on only 1% of Orkut pages and represented a "test" of online marketing …
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HTC Shift video - UK launch hands-on  —  The Shift is a fantastic bit of design work.  Its got the optimal form factor for both keyboard and slate working, its got powerful enough hardware to run most applications, a bright screen, built in 3G and a price that is very competitive indeed.
 
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