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12:35 AM ET, October 18, 2007

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Matt / Gravatar Blog:
Automattic Acquires Gravatar  —  The best ideas are often the simplest.  (At least in hindsight.)  The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it.  Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go!  Of course email is a great way to key it!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Startups Should Team Up to Grow  —  Earlier this week, MeeVee, an online television guide, decided to acquire Top Ten Sources, a Boston-based social news and information site.  Last night, Next New Networks bought BarelyPolitical.com, the production company responsible for Obama Girl, for an undisclosed amount of money.
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.
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Did the web fail the iPhone?  —  Ian might be right, but not because of Steve's announcement today about opening up the iPhone.  —  Indeed, my reaction so far has been one of quasi-resignation and disappointment.  —  A voice inside me whimpers, "Don't give up on the web, Steve!  Not yet!"
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0, MacNN and AppScout
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple planning iPhone SDK for February!
Dennis Yang / Techdirt:
Apple Letting Developers Into Its Walled Garden
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Counterstrike: Murdoch, DeWolfe Announce MySpace Platform and New Privacy Controls  —  Rupert Murdoch and MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe announced some of their plans around the MySpace Platform (rumored since last week) this evening at the Web 2.0 conference during a Q&A with John Battelle.
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg opens the Web 2.0 conference in Q&A with John Batelle  —  John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly opened the Web 2.0 asking a question, "Is this a bubble?"  Few folks raised their hands in the ballroom of the Palace Hotel.  But this is the land of the faithful.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Out for Microsoft Office Live Workspace  —  Microsoft has been sharing with bloggers today some screenshots of the forthcoming Microsoft Office Live Workspace.  The company made its most recent major announcement about the online collaboration suite that integrates with Office at the end of last month.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Early Look: Microsoft Office Live Workspace
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
igdmlgd:
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 Amazon.com 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.
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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
War on Amazon patent began with a GRRRR!!!
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple OS X Leopard: A beautiful upgrade  —  Finally, a PC Unix that everyone can love.  OS X Leopard is a triumph of customer-focused engineering  —  Apple's announcement of the impending delivery of OS X Leopard (release 10.5 of Mac and Xserve operating systems) marks the public debut …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Digg
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Goes 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.
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Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Put yourself on the map
Discussion: WebProNews and Dan Blank
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's U.S. Mac market share rises to 8.1 percent in Q3  —  Apple Inc.'s share of the U.S. personal computer market for the third calendar quarter of 2007 was 8.1 percent, up from 6.2 percent during the same period one year ago, according to preliminary results released from Gartner on Wednesday.
Discussion: Tech.co.uk, MacNN, WinBeta and Digg
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Notebooks continue to drive growth in worldwide PC market
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Even Free Can't Compete With Music Piracy  —  There's been a lot of speculation over the future of the music industry and the conversation has begun to shift from "Can they sell DRMed music" to "Can they sell music at all".  Last week Radiohead ran one of the biggest tests of legally distributed free music …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Free? Steal It Anyway
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
US Congress: Bloggers Are Journalists Too  —  Ars Technica reported late last night that the Free Flow of Information Act, which would grant protection of sources and documents at a federal level to journalists, including professional bloggers, easily passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 398-21.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Partners with Atlassian & NewsGator - SharePoint Goes Web 2.0  —  Today Microsoft is announcing two strategic partnerships, with enterprise software company Atlassian and RSS solutions vendor NewsGator.  The partnerships link togther Microsoft's SharePoint product …
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Congress concerned P2P promotes identity theft, calls for federal investigation
Discussion: TechSpot News
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Will cyberintrusions crash U.S. electrical grid?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dollars For Doostang  —  We've heard that Shasta Ventures put …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Adds IM to Firefox
Discussion: Mashable!
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Cafe Latte attack steals data from Wi-Fi PCs
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
RIAA sues Usenet: Wait, you can do that?
Discussion: The Register
Mark Rutherford / Crave: The gadget blog:
The NSA gets its own smartphone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate Democrats want to force 'consumer-friendly' wireless practices
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Beck / CL&P Blog:
All Criticism of This Website Is Hereby Forbidden
Discussion: Techdirt
Nick / Rough Type:
The casino economy  —  The New York Times technology blog features …
Discussion: Bits and SmoothSpan Blog
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
How Far Behind Is Linux?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple's got a new 13-inch laptop prepped for Leopard launch?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Associated Press:
Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have fired greedy retail employees for cashing iPhone credit
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N810 makes first appearance, drops jaws
 

 
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