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5:10 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) …
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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: Elliott C. Back, rc3.org and Mashable!
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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 Amazon.com in support of their claim over the 1-Click online shopping patent.  —  Amazon.com, 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: The Register
Brad Linder / Download Squad:   US Patent Office rejects Amazon one-click patent
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nokia N810 hands-on
Discussion: Tech Blog
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Nokia N810 gets official
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Put yourself on the map  —  Who knows your neighborhood better than you?  That's why we've been releasing features that let you add your own content to Google Maps.  For example, you can use our map-creation tools to make maps of recommended places to visit or leave ratings and reviews for your favorite restaurants.
Discussion: WebProNews and Dan Blank
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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:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Nick / Rough Type:   Is Zonbu the CloudBook?  —  The real Fake Steve Jobs …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: Kotaku and Slashdot
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
HD Moore takes iPhone exploits public
Discussion: CNET News.com and Threat Level
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Appeals Court upholds FCC anti-line-sharing rules
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?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
F# - A Functional Programming Language
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
House passes federal journalist shield, includes bloggers
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Direct2Dell:
Ubuntu 7.10 Update
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Krugle signs Amazon to simplify Amazon Web Services development
 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Yeah, but where are the "Top Secret" Leopard features that Steve Jobs promised?
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 Arrington / TechCrunch:
Private BuyOut Of Ancestry.com For $300+ Million
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sprint to introduce touch-screen phone
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
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