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6:50 PM ET, October 1, 2008

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Apple Developer Connection:
To Our Developers  —  We have decided to drop the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software.  —  We put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don't steal our work.  It has happened before.
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Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
[REDACTED]  —  Thank God—that's the last time I'm going to type that word for awhile.  The meme is dead, long live the SDK.  —  As a way to celebrate the lifting of the NDA, we bring you some very special source code.  To wile away the time between our product submission and the launch …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple finally drops NDA, iPhone developers rejoice
Discussion: InfoWorld and Homotron.net
InfoWorld:
Ballmer: Microsoft will soon release ‘Windows Cloud’ OS  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed a few details on Wednesday of a forthcoming operating system that will help developers write Internet-based applications.  —  Within a month, Microsoft will unveil what Ballmer called “Windows Cloud.”
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
‘Windows Cloud’ to descend this month, says Ballmer  —  Microsoft prefers to ‘obsolete ourselves’  —  Microsoft will let loose a new operating system, Windows Cloud, at the company's annual developer conference later this month.  —  Boss Steve Ballmer announced Redmond's plans …
Nick / Rough Type:
Here comes the “Windows Cloud”
Discussion: The Register
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Future of Widgets on Facebook: Dead  —  Enjoy this article?  Subscribe to our RSS feed  —  When Facebook released their platform last year, the company generated more buzz in the Valley since Google went public.  Thousands of developers flocked to their platform and now more than 40,000 applications have been built.
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:   Facebook Redesign Succeeds: Widgets Are Dead
Brent / The Official Netflix Blog:
New content to watch instantly  —  Hi, Brent here with some news about movies & TV episodes that are available to watch instantly.  Today we announced an agreement with Starz Play that adds around 1,000 choices that you can watch instantly today, and will add another 1,500 by the end of the year.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
US consumers flock to Mac laptops  —  That sound you can hear is Steve Jobs laughing after reading figures from US market watcher NPD that Apple laptops accounted for 20 per cent of retail notebook sales during July and August.  —  That's the key back-to-school sales period …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacBlogz
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
CBS Gets a Rude Lesson in Citizen Journalism  —  Network's iPhone App Turns Up Some User-Generated NSFW Pics to Mobile Site  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Like a lot of news networks, CBS jumped on the citizen journalism bandwagon with a free iPhone app, Eyemobile for iPhone …
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud: Microsoft Windows Server on Amazon EC2  —  The backend servers that power the world of Internet Services have become increasingly diverse.  With today's announcement that Microsoft Windows Server is available on Amazon EC2 we can now run the majority of popular software systems in the cloud.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Amazon launches pre-emptive strike against Microsoft's planned cloud platform
Discussion: 3PAR, Inc.
BBC:
Blizzard wins Warcraft bot payout  —  World of Warcraft creator Blizzard has won $6m (£3.36m) in damages from the makers of a software ‘bot’.  —  The damages award comes after Blizzard won the first round of its legal battle against MDY Industries in July 2008.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Kevin Mitnick detained, released after Colombia trip  —  Since being released from prison eight years ago, Kevin Mitnick's brushes with the law have consisted of a few parking tickets and a citation for driving without a front license plate—that is, until he returned from a trip to Colombia two weeks ago.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Avner / boxee blog:
xbmc/boxee on Apple TV  —  as we were just starting to work on boxee the first version of Apple TV came out.  —  it looked great, the boot video was amazing, but then it lacked some basic stuff (video format limitation, ability to connect to multiple sources, streaming of photos …
Discussion: MacRumors, Beet.TV, Crave and CrunchGear
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple TV Gets An Upgrade — Without Steve Jobs' Help (AAPL)
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Evernote Opens Up, Launches API, Hugs Geeks  —  Three huge things happened this week: (1) we released our Service API today, (2) we introduced scripting support to our Mac and Windows clients, and (3) we enabled XML import/export of your notes and notebooks from the desktop clients.  What does all this mean?
Discussion: webmonkey
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Note-taking app Evernote gets an API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SurfBits
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Tim O'Reilly Course Corrects the Definition of Web 2.0  —  eBay was Web 2.0 before Web 2.0 was cool.  —  Tim O'Reilly wrote a nice piece the other day Why Dell.com (was) More Enterprise 2.0 Than Dell IdeaStorm.  In the post, he re-asserted the proper definition of Web 2.0.  Here's a quote:
Discussion: broadstuff
HP:
HP Acquires LeftHand Networks to Extend Leadership in Storage and Virtualization Solutions  —  HP today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire LeftHand Networks Inc., a leading provider of storage virtualization and iSCSI storage area network (SAN) solutions.
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The Official Google Blog:
Saving electricity one data center at a time  —  Hundreds of millions of users access our services through the web, and this traffic requires lots of computers.  We strive to offer great Internet services while taking our energy use very seriously.  That's why, nearly a decade ago …
John / What They Play:
New Wii due by 2011  —  What They Play has heard from multiple sources in the game development and publishing community that Nintendo is currently showing early presentations of its next home console hardware.  Apparently set to hit the market “by 2011” the new device is said to be the true …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is The Original Spyware Company Finally Dead?  —  For nearly a decade, we've followed the changing business of what was originally called Gator.  When it first launched, back in 1999, the company was offering an e-wallet product, and even though there were many such things on the market, Gator insisted that it was first.
Discussion: DSLreports
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
Apple: No evidence of benzene in Mac Pros  —  Apple says it has not seen any evidence to back up a French newspaper's claim that Mac Pros are emitting toxic odors, including benzene.  —  The repoort, first appearing in Libération and picked up by tech blogs in the U.S., contends Mac Pros built before 2008 emit an odor.
Wall Street Journal:
EA Halts Work on Game Over Quality Issues  —  Electronic Arts Inc. said it has stopped work on a high-profile videogame called Tiberium, a victim of the software maker's drive to improve the quality of its products.  —  Tiberium, a first-person shooter game that was in development for more than a year …
Discussion: CNET News
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft still paying people to search  —  Microsoft's latest effort to get people to use its search service is something called SearchPerks, which gives people points for using the search engine that can later be redeemed for prizes.  —  Users who agree to download a small program to track …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Widget maker Gigya gets $11 million Series C  —  Looks like they're battening down the hatches: Social-network apphaus Gigya has raised $11 million in a Series C funding round led by DAG Ventures.  —  President and co-founder Rooly Eliezerov called it a “pre-emptive round” in a release Wednesday …
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and TechCrunch
 
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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike
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Discussion: The Social Times and Valleywag
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Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page: What's Better?
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