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4:05 PM ET, October 17, 2007

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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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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) …
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Developers Rejoice! Apple to Release SDK in February
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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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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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.
Discussion: Mashable! and rc3.org
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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
War on Amazon patent began with a GRRRR!!!
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
US Patent Office rejects Amazon one-click patent
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Hassle-Free PC  —  Personal computers were supposed to make our lives easier.  Instead, these beasts have turned us all into part-time IT administrators, our lives given over to downloading upgrades, installing patches and updates and drivers and antispyware, decrypting error messages and screaming at stalled applications.
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Nick / Rough Type:   Is Zonbu the CloudBook?  —  The real Fake Steve Jobs …
Nick / Rough Type:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sprint to introduce touch-screen phone  —  NEW YORK - It's official: touch screens are the big new thing in cell phones this holiday season.  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. announced Wednesday it is jumping on the bandwagon with the Touch by HTC.  Like Apple Inc.'s iPhone, this smart phone …
Discussion: ExtremeTech
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Jason Roth / Apple:
iTunes Plus Now Offers Over Two Million Tracks at Just 99 Cents  —  DRM-Free Tracks with Higher Quality 256 kbps AAC Encoding  —  Apple® today announced that it has expanded its iTunes® Plus offering to over two million tracks and lowered the price of all iTunes Plus tracks to just 99 cents.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Apple:Over 2 million DRM-free tracks now on iTunes
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Associated Press:
Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs  — Best Buy ends sales of analog TVs  —  MINNEAPOLIS - The nation's largest consumer electronics chain says it has pulled all analog televisions off store shelves.  Flat panel and high-definition screens have taken their place.  — Jobs: iPhone SDK coming in February
Discussion: Gizmodo and TECH.BLORGE.com
Craig Rubens / NewTeeVee:
Next New Networks Ponies Up for its Crush on Obama Girl  —  Next New Networks has acquired BarelyPolitical.com for an undisclosed sum, adding the creator of viral video phenomenon Obama Girl to its growing array of niche channels.  BarelyPolitical, founded in June by Ben Relles …
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Alex Woodson / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama Girl's latest crush: Scannell's startup
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Private BuyOut Of Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com and other sites) according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
'No Yelpers' Says One Local Cafe  —  I was taking a break from the screenwerk yesterday and having coffee with a friend in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood of Oakland.  We were at a place I've been to before called Café Rooz.  —  I noticed the sticker below ("No Yelpers") …
 
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Fiona Pryor / BBC:
Town wakes up to digital future
Discussion: Gadgetell
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House passes federal journalist shield, includes bloggers
Discussion: Valleywag
Direct2Dell:
Ubuntu 7.10 Update
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Ubuntu and TechSpot News
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Plaintiff: Open Source Not on Trial in Linux Suit
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
MySpace-Skype deal signals future of social networking
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Why a gPhone (Google Phone) is a lovely... no, an awful.. no, a lovely idea
Discussion: PDA and PalmAddicts
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Krugle signs Amazon to simplify Amazon Web Services development
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Yeah, but where are the "Top Secret" Leopard features that Steve Jobs promised?
 Earlier Items: 
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have fired greedy retail employees for cashing iPhone credit
Discussion: Apple Gazette and Valleywag
John Noh / Cisco:
Cisco Comment on Situation in Brazil
Michael Gartenberg:
Still not twittering  —  I'm still not using Twitter.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Astrophysicist Replaces Supercomputer with a Cluster of Eight PlayStation 3s
Discussion: Kotaku and Slashdot
Duane Forrester / Search Engine Land:
Big SEO: Automate Or Die Trying
Discussion: Traffick
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Google Search Add-Ons
 

 
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