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11:20 AM ET, October 8, 2007


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Google, Advertising and Phones Go Together  —  For more than two years, a large group of engineers at Google has been working in secret on a mobile phone project.  As word about their efforts has trickled out, expectations in the tech world for what has been called the Google phone …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google and I.B.M. Join in 'Cloud Computing' Research  —  Even the nation's elite universities do not provide the technical training needed for the kind of powerful and highly complex computing Google is famous for, say computer scientists.  So Google and I.B.M. are announcing today …
William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM, Google, Universities Combine 'Cloud' Forces  —  International Business Machines Corp. and Google Inc. said they are starting a program on college campuses to promote computer-programming techniques for clusters of processors known as "clouds."  —  In a joint telephone interview …
Business Wire:
Alltel Wireless Launches New Wi-Fi Solution  —  Alltel introduces Wi-Fi to provide customers with access to thousands of hotspots  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Whether staying in a hotel, waiting for a flight or drinking a latte at the local coffee shop, Alltel customers can now connect to the Internet virtually anywhere.
Discussion: DSLreports and jkOnTheRun
Daniel Thomas / MarketWatch:
McDonald's offers free wi-fi Internet service in 1,200 U.K. outlets  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — McDonald's Corp. (MCD:, , ) said at the weekend that it would offer high-speed wireless Internet services to customers for free in 1,200 of its U.K. fast food outlets.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Alltel dives into WiFi, offers up variety of plans  —  Based on a new section of Alltel's website, it seems pretty safe to say that the carrier is jumping head first into the WiFi arena.  Apparently, Alltel customers can now sign up for a variety of WiFi plans that will enable them to surf …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Alltel Adds WiFi To Mobile Data Mix
Yahoo! Forms Strategic Partnership with Consortium of More Than 150 Newspapers Across the U.S.  —  Unique Relationship Creates Valuable Advertising Network Plan to Integrate Search, Content, Local Tools, and Recruitment Begins with Yahoo! HotJobs  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov 20, 2006 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  Maybe not.  —  The jumbo online revenue gains at Yahoo's newspaper partners may be transitory and short-lived, say publishers struggling to sustain initial lifts they fear they can't replicate in the second year of the agreement.  —  While online sales increased …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Mixx launching public beta, rolling out content partnerships on Tuesday  —  Mixx, a social news site that Webware covered last month, is poised to launch its public beta on Tuesday along with the first of a number of content partnerships with news outlets.  The site has been in an invitation …
Discussion: Mashable! and MarketingShift
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Why the iPod can be conquered  —  Apple's hugely popular digital music player isn't as ubiquitous as most people think, which explains why rivals like Microsoft keep trying to dethrone it, writes Fortune's Richard Siklos.  —  (Fortune) — Far be it for any mortal to tell Steve Jobs how to flog …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Loic Le Meur's New Startup Launches: Seesmic  —  The rumors were correct.  Loic Le Meur, a well known European entrepreneur that recently relocated to San Francisco, will unveil his new video startup, Seesmic, this morning into a closed beta.  —  The service is very much in "alpha" and they've only given away a few test accounts.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Vonage settles patent case with Sprint  —  Internet phone provider Vonage said Monday that is has settled its patent dispute with Sprint Nextel.  —  The two companies have entered into a licensing arrangement that allows Vonage to use patents for Voice over IP technology that are held by Sprint.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
SAP's Business Intelligence Leap  —  To expand in one of business software's hottest sectors, the German giant detours from its organic growth plan and agrees to buy Business Objects for $6.8 billion  —  In the rapidly consolidating business software market, SAP (SAP) has taken a conservative tack …
Discussion: The Register
Louise Story / New York Times:
Toyota's Latest Commercial Is Not on TV.  Try the Xbox Console.  —  AMONG other new features, the new Toyota Yaris has a giant tentacle that reaches out of its roof to shoot enemies as it races through a futuristic tunnel, sometimes within inches of soaring fireballs.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and 24/7 Wall St.
Alex Johnson / MSNBC: acquires Newsvine  —  First acquisition in 11-year history moves company in new direction  — pays users for their stories and displays articles based on user rankings.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - is diving into citizen journalism and social media by acquiring …
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Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
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Discussion: Engadget, Gear Diary and Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intel launches a company-ranking site: CoolSW
Discussion: TechCrunch
Fred Vogelstein / Los Angeles Times:
The Facebook revolution  —  The Internet megahit may be growing …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell wants SCO's bankruptcy protection lifted, objects to "forced loans"
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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