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2:30 PM ET, October 1, 2008

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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple drops NDA on released iPhone software  —  Apple today gave up the fight to keep the NDA on released iPhone applications built with the iPhone SDK.  The NDA has recieved much bad press and complaints from developers who wanted to communicate their experiences with developing programs for the iPod/iPhone platform.
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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: Webreakstuff and Macworld
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple finally drops NDA, iPhone developers rejoice
Discussion: Technology blog, Medialets and TG Daily
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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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.”
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Nick / Rough Type:
Here comes the “Windows Cloud”
Discussion: Know It All
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:   ‘Windows Cloud’ to descend this month, says Ballmer
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
The Future of Widgets on Facebook: Dead  —  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: CNET News and Valleywag
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Redesign Succeeds: Widgets Are Dead  —  One of Facebook's main goals in implementing their redesign was to get rid of the clutter, which really means getting rid of the widgets and badges that sit on a user's profile but didn't really do anything.  —  Nick O'Neill over at All Facebook created …
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 …
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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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Search Perks - more rewards for using Live Search  —  It all started with Live Search Club, the somewhat maligned program to reward users for playing games using Live Search (and somewhat skewing search share counts, causing a bit of a scramble by Compete.com and others).
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 Biggs / CrunchGear:
Netflix to stream movies from Starz  —  In an interesting move by Netflix and Starz, about 2,500 featured movies and concerts are now available for instant streaming over the Internet and using the Roku Netflix box.  Because Starz offers first run “premium” content, this move expands …
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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, Inquirer, MacUser and Gizmodo
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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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike  —  Apple considers shutting down their online music store if panel decide royalties for downloaded tracks should be increased  —  Apple could shut down iTunes, the world's biggest online music store, if a ruling expected tomorrow forces …
Discussion: TUAW and Insanely Great Mac
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Royalty decision could impact iTunes Store sales
Discussion: TechCrunch, Listening Post and TG Daily
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
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Oracle buys maker of 3D retail software  —  Oracle is adding to its retail software lineup by acquiring Advanced Visual Technology, a maker of 3D space planning software for retailers.  —  AVT, based in Hertfordshire, England, sells a product called Retail Focus, which lets retailers plan store floors and shelf space.
Discussion: Business Technology
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
RIAA v. The People: Five Years Later  —  On September 8, 2003, the recording industry sued 261 American music fans for sharing songs on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, kicking off an unprecedented legal campaign against the people that should be the recording industry's best customers …
Ann Smarty / Search Engine Journal:
Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page: What's Better?  —  Facebook allows for 2 networking tools:  — Creating/ joining a Facebook group;  — Creating/ joining a Facebook fan page.  —  While the major differences become evident only after you try out them first, we decided to create and promote both for Search Engine Journal:
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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.
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
Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Magazine:
XOHM WiMAX In Baltimore: Speed Tests With XOHM ExpressCard  —  We went to Baltimore today to check out America's first fully-functional XOHM city for ourselves.  Earlier today, we had a hands-on experience with XOHM using a Nokia N810 WiMAX tablet.  Since then, we've gone out and purchased …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Leaked: RIM's New BlackBerry Terminator 9900!  —  On AT&T waiting for the Bold?  Visions of a BlackBerry Storm dancing thorugh your head?  Screw it!  Set your eyes on RIM's latest device, the BlackBerry Terminator.  With no less than four machine guns, this baby is RIM's literal response …
Discussion: IntoMobile and SlashPhone
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 …
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:
 
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Wall Street Journal:
EA Halts Work on Game Over Quality Issues
Discussion: CNET News and Technology Live
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to unleash first builds of Snow Leopard since WWDC
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple files motion to dismiss Psystar ‘monopoly’ lawsuit
Discussion: MacBlogz
Savio D'Souza / Reuters:
Slide and Facebook to Broadcast CBS, News Corp, Warner Brothers, NBC's Hulu Video
Discussion: Valleywag
Kelly Hodgkins / boygeniusreport.com:
Palm Treo Pro, Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile G1, and more coming soon to Best Buy
Discussion: IntoMobile, TmoNews and Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A DonorsChoose.org Miracle: My Dinner With Jerry (and BoomTown Plans …
Discussion: Techland
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Note-taking app Evernote gets an API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and SurfBits
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Where Are All The RDF-based Semantic Web Apps?
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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