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5:05 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 …
Discussion: Macworld and Webreakstuff
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple finally drops NDA, iPhone developers rejoice
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, LiveSide, TG Daily and Valleywag
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Here comes the “Windows Cloud”
Discussion: The Register
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 With Windows
Discussion: InfoWorld and BetaNews
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Microsoft will soon release ‘Windows Cloud’ OS, Ballmer says
Discussion: Slashdot and The Tech Report
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Social and Valleywag
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:   Facebook Redesign Succeeds: Widgets Are Dead
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Microsoft's search perks gambit eyes 22% of market up for grabs
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search Perks - more rewards for using Live Search
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
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Kelly Wilson / People Connection Blog:
We're Closing Our Doors  —  Soon you will be receiving an e-mail providing additional information about Hometown/FTP and Journals.  Both of these experiences are closing their doors.  Please read the following blog entries to learn more about AOL Hometown/FTP and AOL Journals.  —  AOL Hometown/FTP
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
More AOL Shutdowns: Journals, Hometown Axed (TWX)
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
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 …
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:
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple TV Gets An Upgrade — Without Steve Jobs' Help (AAPL)  —  A neat new feature is coming to Apple TV, Apple's (AAPL) set-top box, without Apple's help.  No, it's not a DVD drive, which we suggested yesterday.  But clever coders have devised an easier way to add more software to your Apple TV …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 and TechSpot
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Senate Bailout Bill Includes Tech Tax Credit Extension  —  The popular, but expired, tax credit now finds itself attached to the controversial Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, otherwise known as the Wall Street bailout bill.  Since the December expiration of the R&D tax credit …
Discussion: Techland
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Guide:
Google SMS Channels: Send SMS Text Messages to your Group for Free  —  Google India has just introduced a new product called Google SMS Channels that lets you subscribe to news alerts, blog updates and other kinds of information like horoscopes, jokes, stocks or even cricket scores via SMS text messages.
 
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will T-Mobile Sell Half A Million Google Phones This Year?
Discussion: CENS.com and Electronista
Jack Schofield / Technology blog:
Anyone got a really smelly Mac Pro?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud Streamlines Music Sharing For Industry Professionals
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: NPR gets social with new community
Discussion: Web Community Forum
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
New research details who are the iPhone users
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
InfoWorld:
Free version of Hyper-V now available
Discussion: The Register
Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike
 Earlier Items: 
Savio D'Souza / Reuters:
Slide and Facebook to Broadcast CBS, News Corp, Warner Brothers, NBC's Hulu Video
Discussion: The Social Times and Valleywag
Ann Smarty / Search Engine Journal:
Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page: What's Better?
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Note-taking app Evernote gets an API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SurfBits
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Leaked: RIM's New BlackBerry Terminator 9900!
Discussion: CrunchGear, IntoMobile and SlashPhone
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Oracle buys maker of 3D retail software
Discussion: Business Technology
Luke Dittrich / Esquire:
The Google Diaspora  —  The next big idea to come out of Google …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 

 
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