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7:40 AM ET, October 2, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Blogsearch Relaunches as Techmeme Killer, Across 11 Categories  —  In its first major upgrade ever, Google Blogsearch just relaunched and looks radically different.  Instead of the blank page look of Google.com, Blogsearch now looks like Google News (but uglier) - with the hottest topics …
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Michael Cohen / The Official Google Blog:
Browse what the world is saying on Blog Search  —  Did you know that millions of bloggers around the world write new posts each week?  If you're like me, you probably read only a tiny fraction of these in Google Reader.  What's everybody else writing about?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Its Own Memetracker  —  Google has just launched a new homepage for its blog search that bears a strong resemblance to Techmeme, Memeorandum and their “memetracker” counterparts.  The site displays a listing of the top stories from across a variety of topics including business, politics, technology, and entertainment.
Discussion: broadstuff
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Blogsearch and Techmeme  —  More and more people are spending free time (and work time) online and lots of those people want to discover interesting things on the web.  Google Blogsearch's new home page applies that insight with a browsable version of what's going on in the blogosphere.
Discussion: Download Squad
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google News for Blogs
Discussion: Profy and Digital Inspiration …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.
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Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
One Way to Turn a Mac Into a PC Just Got Better  —  There are two common methods for running Microsoft Windows and Windows programs on an Apple Macintosh, and one of those methods just got better and easier.  —  The first approach uses a feature called Boot Camp that comes free on every new Mac.
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 …
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InfoWorld:
Ballmer: Microsoft will soon release ‘Windows Cloud’ OS
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SlingMedia Prepares To Launch Their Video Portal At Sling.com  —  Sling Media, the creators of a hardware device that lets users stream their home television signal to an Internet connected device anywhere (with a software download), is preparing to launch their new video portal, Sling.com.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?  —  There are only so many world-changing products a company can create, but there's still plenty of room for Apple to extend established product lines  —  Where does Apple go from here?  The question lies at the heart of the media and industry buzz that so often surrounds …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Branson brand floats into mobile broadband  —  Hardly Virgin territory  —  Virgin Media has added wireless broadband to its range of offerings, with a service bearing a remarkable resemblance to T-Mobile's deal, except without the Wi-Fi hotspot access thrown in.
darkREADING:
New DOS Attack Is a Killer  —  2:45 PM — Things are a-brewin' in Sweden.  Sweden is not just home of the infamous bikini team, it is also the home of Outpost 24, an equally sexy software-as-a-service network scanning service, and the employer of my friend Robert E. Lee and his colleague Jack C. Louis.
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.
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 …
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
How Fast You Can Read This Essay Online  —  How John McCain's techno-monopolism  —  will hurt the economy  —  John McCain is an AT&T guy; Barack Obama is a Google guy.  And that's one of the most important policy differences between the two.  —  Think of the Internet as working at different layers.
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology  —  Apple's iPhone is making multitouch all the rage on mobile phones but laptop makers are not rushing to add the technology to traditional notebooks.  —  Multitouch, which lets users control applications through gestures on a screen …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out Post-Roll Video Ads  —  YouTube, which has never had trouble growing an audience but hasn't yet figured out the trick for monetizing them thar eyeballs, is adding a trick from the old playbook: post-roll advertisements.  As we understand it (and this has been confirmed with the company) …
Discussion: Valleywag
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Samsung i907 coming to AT&T as Epix  —  Forget about the BlackJack III.  AT&T had it enough with BlackJacks, hence the next QWERTY-keyboard equipped Samsung smartphone will be hitting the carrier as AT&T Epix.  —  From what we can say, it's basically the i780 model with some tweaks.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
J Mark Lytle / TechRadar.com:
Bizarre phone lets users see through walls  —  Multiple sensors give us perhaps the world's oddest phone  —  This week's CEATEC technology show just outside Tokyo is home to not just the latest mainstream gadgets, but also some of the weirdest tech you'll ever come across.
Agence France Presse:
South Korea's free computer game model hits US  —  AFP - Free computer game play that is all the rage in South Korean is taking hold in a US market dominated by videogames sold on packaged disks or by online subscriptions.
cellular-news:
Sony Ericsson to Close UK Flagship Retail Store  —  Sony Ericsson has decided to close its only UK based flagship retail store by the end of this year after the outlet failed to turn a profit.  The large store, based in London's posh Kensington area was opened in late 2006 as a joint venture …
Discussion: IntoMobile and SlashPhone
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will T-Mobile Sell Half A Million Google Phones This Year?  —  Still unknown: Whether Google's (GOOG) Android ‘GPhone’ smartphone operating system — an impressive technical achievement — will become a commercial success.  —  But U.S. carrier partner T-Mobile seems to think it could be …
Discussion: mocoNews.net, CENS.com and Electronista
 
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John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Congress OKs Greater Broadband Access
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: Fujitsu to sell hard drive unit to Western Digital
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New California law narrows overtime regulations for skilled tech workers
C.K. / Sample the Web:
Either the new StumbleUpon web-bar is busted, or everyone …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
House Lets Orphan Works Legislation Die; Tons Of Content Remains Locked Up
Discussion: Ars Technica and Threat Level
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Widget maker Gigya gets $11 million Series C
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Evernote Opens Up, Launches API, Hugs Geeks
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Taiwan market: Netbook vendors start cutting prices to clear inventory
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