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7:10 PM ET, October 17, 2007


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AMAZON ONE-CLICK PATENT REJECTED BY THE US PATENT OFFICE AS A RESULT OF MY REQUEST  —  In a recent office action, the USPTO has rejected the claims of the one-click patent following the re-examination request that I filed on 16 February 2006.  —  My review resulted in the broadest claims of the patent being ruled invalid.
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
War on Amazon patent began with a GRRRR!!!  —  Peter Calveley with some of the documents he received from intenet retailer in support of their claim over the 1-Click online shopping patent.  —, one of the world's largest online retailers, is on the brink of losing …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon's 1-Click patent picked apart by US Patent Office
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
US Patent Office rejects Amazon one-click patent
Discussion: CNET
New York Times:
Silicon Valley Start-Ups Awash in Dollars, Again  —  Silicon Valley's math is getting fuzzy again.  —  Internet companies with funny names, little revenue and few customers are commanding high prices.  And investors, having seemingly forgotten the pain of the first dot-com bust …
Nick / Rough Type:
The casino economy  —  The New York Times technology blog features …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Brad Stone / Bits:
Carlota Perez on the Web 2.0 Bubble
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Web 2.0 kickoff  —  Don't bother calling any Internet executives this week.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple: "we plan to have an iPhone SDK in developers' hands in February"  —  That's right folks.  You read it correctly.  Cats & dogs are living together, and in other news Steve Jobs has, via Apple's 'Hot News' page, announced that Apple will, FINALLY, support third-party development of native applications for the iPhone.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple planning iPhone SDK for February!  —  Well, would you look at that.  Apple apparently wants third party applications on the iPhone and iPod touch just like every other sane individual on the planet.  The company just announced on its Hot News feed (and we'd say this certainly qualifies as such) …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N810 makes first appearance, drops jaws  —  We're still waiting for the press release, but that's Nokia N810 Internet Tablet in the fo' realz.  Yeah, sexy is an understatement.  We peeped this model in a spyshot back in July and appears to be the same lovely recently revealed by the FCC.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nokia N810 hands-on
Business Wire:
CORRECTING and REPLACING eBay Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Eighteenth graph, third sentence should read: These amounts assume a Q4-07 US dollar to Euro exchange rate of $1.38, and actual rates through the first three quarters of 2007 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay: Growth Stable at 30%, Margin Down From Mix Shift
Discussion: GigaOM and
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay's financials excluding Skype charge shine
Discussion: New York Times
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Becomes Social  —  Another piece from Google's social project has been released: Google Maps becomes social with the addition of user profiles.  Until now, users could create personalized maps and write reviews for local businesses, but they didn't have an identity.
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Put yourself on the map
Discussion: WebProNews and Dan Blank
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Mobile Released  —  Google Docs Mobile went live now, after traces of it were spotted a month ago.  It's a minimalist reformatting of the "Google Office suite" for cellphone display.  What you will see is a search box as well as recent documents - word processing, spreadsheets, or presentations - below it.
Nick / Rough Type:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing  —  I confess: My last post, about the Zonbu, was frivolous.  The Zonbu will be lucky to be a footnote in the history of 21st century computing.  Yes, it has the right model, more or less.  What it doesn't have is the muscle.
Discussion: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
How to get Mac OS X Leopard for as low as $40  —  Last night, I remembered something that you will no doubt thank me for later.  When Mac OS X Tiger came out a few years ago, I was ready to buy it.  I had my $130 in hand and was waiting in line.  But as I approached the cash register …
Jeff Bercovici / Condé Nast Portfolio Magazine:
MySpace Founders Re-Up at News Corp.  —  Remember how MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe had to sign a new contract with News Corp. sometime this month or pack up their desks?  —  Well, they're not going anywhere.  A well-placed News Corp. source tells me they've reached a new agreement …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Private BuyOut Of For $300+ Million  —  Spectrum Equity Investors has led a $300 million investment to acquire a majority interest in Provo Utah-based The Generations Network (the parent company of, and other sites) according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Astrophysicist Replaces Supercomputer with a Cluster of Eight PlayStation 3s  —  Suffering from its exorbitant price point and a dearth of titles, Sony's PlayStation 3 isn't exactly the most popular gaming platform on the block.  But while the console flounders in the commercial space …
Discussion: broadstuff, Kotaku and Slashdot
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Mark Rutherford / Crave: The gadget blog:
The NSA gets its own smartphone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET
Senate Democrats want to force 'consumer-friendly' wireless practices
Discussion: InfoWorld and Macsimum News
Greg Beck / CL&P Blog:
All Criticism of This Website Is Hereby Forbidden
Discussion: Techdirt
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
How Far Behind Is Linux?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
HD Moore takes iPhone exploits public
Discussion: CNET and Threat Level
HDM / Metasploit:
Cracking the iPhone (part 2.1)
Discussion: Wired News and TidBITS
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire Introduces Its First High-Speed Wireless PC Card
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple's got a new 13-inch laptop prepped for Leopard launch?
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F# - A Functional Programming Language
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Ubuntu 7.10 Update
Discussion: and Ubuntu
Associated Press:
Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have fired greedy retail employees for cashing iPhone credit
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Hassle-Free PC  —  Personal computers were supposed to make our lives easier.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
'No Yelpers' Says One Local Cafe