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4:45 PM 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 …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Why I Won't Buy an iPhone  —  Apple has abandoned its founding ethos …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM, Google, Universities Combine 'Cloud' Forces
Jon Murchinson / Google:
Google and IBM Announce University Initiative to Address Internet …
Ed Moltzen / crn.com:
Microsoft's Ballmer: Google Reads Your Mail  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a knock at one of his chief rivals during a speech to an audience in the U.K., saying Google reads customer email as part of a failed bid to drive ad-based revenue.  —  The software giant's chief made the remarks during …
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Microsoft CEO Says Google Reads Your Mail
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Vonage settles patent case with Sprint  —  Internet telephony 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 Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology that are held by Sprint.
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Xbox.com:
Holiday Consoles Include Two Free Games  —  Xbox® is rewarding holiday console buyers this season with two free games!  Hot on the heels of a price reduction for all Xbox 360™ consoles, Microsoft is now giving holiday buyers even more value by including two great games …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 bundle for the holidays
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Announcing a preliminary iPhone 1.1.1 Jailbreak  —  The iPhone/iTouch Dev guys have been hard at work for weeks and have finally managed to jailbreak 1.1.1.  Right now, they're nowhere near releasing a general-use tool but the first steps have been made.  Congratulations to dinopio, asap18 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
YouTube: The Big Copyright Lie  —  I'm a big YouTube fan.  —  We can thank YouTube for cutting the gordian knot of video codecs.  Instead of futzing around with codecs and media players, YouTube's universal, Flash-based web video "just works".  After all this time, it turns out the killer app …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and rc3.org
Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
CONVENIENCE WINS, HUBRIS LOSES AND CONTENT VS. CONTEXT, A PRESENTATION FOR SOME MUSIC INDUSTRY FRIENDS  —  Yesterday was a crazy day.  —  In the morning I found myself car-less and skateboarding to Santa Monica High School in a suitcoat and wool Vans with my computer in a leather satchel over my shoulder …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hallelujah — a Yahoo music exec who gets it
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Nick / Rough Type:
Selling a community  —  The sharecropper rollup continues.  The little plantation Newsvine has been bought by the big plantation MSNBC for a non-transparent amount of cash.  "I personally would like to thank all Newsvine users who have helped make Newsvine what it is," wrote Newsvine cofounder Calvin Tang yesterday.
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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.
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Daniel Thomas / MarketWatch:
McDonald's offers free wi-fi Internet service in 1,200 U.K. outlets
Darren Murph / Engadget:
US in-flight calling can't catch a break, ruled out for "foreseeable future"  —  As the long-running fight for US in-flight calling (or the lack thereof) rages on, it seems that we're finally getting a definitive answer on the matter — for the time being, of course.
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 …
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Seagate Formally Launches Hybrid Hard Drives  —  Seagate has begun shipping its first hybrid hard drives, more than a year after the company first announced plans to enter the market.  —  The Momentus 5400 PSD 2.5-inch hybrid drive has begun shipping to OEMs, four of which are qualifying the drive for inclusion in a notebook PC.
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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Graphing social patterns with Linkedin's Reid Hoffman  —  Speaking the Graphing Social Patterns conference (covering the business and technology of Facebook) in San Jose today, Linkedin founder and chairman Reid Hoffman poured cold water on the notion that a single social graph would prevail.
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Blusens intros GPS units with satellite imagery
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Vuze opens up platform; claims 10 million "viewers"
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Calif. man sues Apple over iPhone 'bricking'
Ted Wallingford / Download Squad:
Facebook barely scratching the surface of the platform's potential?
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google PageRank Update & Link Selling
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Carm from Sandisk ups ante; will shave her head too if Microsoft's …
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Web Site Lets You Tattle On Your Neighbor
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Add an Info View to Google Results
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Operators show Nokia who wears the housut*
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware makes storage fluid
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's 100-day review: A lot of cards shown already
David Ward / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony to put cheaper PS3 in play
San Francisco Chronicle:
Users' complaints to FTC show another side of Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Adobe confirms PDF backdoor, offers unsupported workaround
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  Maybe not.  —  The jumbo online revenue gains …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Eisner's Web mystery "Prom Queen" heads overseas