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10:55 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.
Discussion: Macworld, Portfolio and Webreakstuff
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple finally drops NDA, iPhone developers rejoice
Discussion: Homotron.net and InfoWorld
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: Electronista
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CENS.com:
HTC Expects G1 Phone to Infuse NT$7 B. Into Q4 Revenue
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Register and Errata Security
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.
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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple TV Gets An Upgrade — Without Steve Jobs' Help (AAPL)
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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
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 …
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
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New California law narrows overtime regulations for skilled tech workers  —  Tech companies glum about their sagging stock prices can take cheer in a bill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law that aims to make it easier for employers to determine which of their workers are exempt from overtime compensation.
Discussion: PC Authority
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Apple Threatens iTunes Shutdown over Royalty Dispute  —  Apple has threatened to shut down the iTunes music store if an obscure three-person board appointed by the Librarian of Congress increase the royalties paid to publishers and songwriters by six cents per song.
C.K. / Sample the Web:
Either the new StumbleUpon web-bar is busted, or everyone is misreporting a simple advertisement as the new hot feature...  So, I saw this post this morning, noting that StumbleUpon is doing this new thing where you don't need the toolbar.  Except, I cannot find any evidence of this anywhere …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
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
 
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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
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and TechCrunch
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Evernote Opens Up, Launches API, Hugs Geeks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, webmonkey and CNET News
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says
Timothy Hatcher / Surfin' Safari:
Web Inspector Redesign
Discussion: webmonkey
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is The Original Spyware Company Finally Dead?
Discussion: DSLreports
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senate Bailout Bill Includes Tech Tax Credit Extension
Discussion: VentureBeat and Reuters
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: NPR gets social with new community
Discussion: Web Community Forum
InfoWorld:
Free version of Hyper-V now available
Discussion: The Register
Wall Street Journal:
EA Halts Work on Game Over Quality Issues
Discussion: CNET News
 

 
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