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12:35 PM ET, October 1, 2008

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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).
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft tries to lure more searchers with another giveaway
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
HP to buy LeftHand Networks  —  Hewlett-Packard announced on Wednesday that it intends to buy storage specialist LeftHand Networks for $360 million.  —  Privately held LeftHand will fill out HP's virtualization offerings as the tech giant targets midsize companies and corporate branch offices trying …
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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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Amazon Web Services Blog:
Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 With Windows
Discussion: CloudAve and James Fee GIS Blog
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: Inquirer, MacUser and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: Bits, NewTeeVee, WebProNews and Gizmodo
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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.
Savio D'Souza / Reuters:
Slide and Facebook to Broadcast CBS, News Corp, Warner Brothers, NBC's Hulu Video  —  Slide, the maker of software apps for social networks Facebook and MySpace, signed a deal with CBS Interactive, Comcast's E! Entertainment channel, Time Warner's Warner Brothers, News Corp and NBC Universal's Hulu …
Discussion: Valleywag
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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.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Why Palm needs Android  —  The new Treo Pro runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile - but Palm may get even more mileage out of embracing Google's Android for future phones.  Image: Palm  —  Unless you're Google, these look like rough times to launch a mobile operating system.  —  That puts Palm (PALM) in an awkward position.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
StumbleUpon 2.0: Good-bye, software toolbar  —  On Tuesday night StumbleUpon is changing the way users interact with the service, ditching the need for a software-based browser toolbar in place of a small frame that loads on top of the Web site you're on.  Users with the toolbar installed …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Studios Sue to Bar a DVD Copying Program  —  Six major movie studios sued RealNetworks, the Seattle-based digital media company, on Tuesday over its new $30 software program that allows people to make digital copies of their DVDs.  —  As the opening warning on every DVD indicates, Hollywood has bitterly opposed such copying.
Discussion: Reuters, DailyTech and Gizmodo
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: All Points Blog
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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Bezos, Benioff invest in appointment-booker ZocDoc  —  There are some big new names backing ZocDoc, a start-up that lets you book doctor's appointments online (currently just in New York).  Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has contributed an undisclosed amount to the company, as has Bezos Expeditions …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Where Are All The RDF-based Semantic Web Apps?  —  RDF is the cornerstone of The Semantic Web, yet there still very few commercial RDF apps.  —  In the latest issue of Nodalities, a magazine about the Semantic Web by UK company Talis, there is an article by Talis CTO Ian Davis about the state of Semantic Web applications.
Discussion: The Semantic Web
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.
Kelly Hodgkins / boygeniusreport.com:
Palm Treo Pro, Pearl Flip 8220, T-Mobile G1, and more coming soon to Best Buy  —  A sneak peek into Best Buy's inventory system reveals several hot new phones coming soon to your local Best Buy.  Available as of a few days ago is an unlocked version of Sony Ericsson's diminutive C902 Cybershot phone.
Discussion: IntoMobile, TmoNews and Gizmodo
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Outbrain and b5media Partner on Content Ratings and Recommendations  —  NY-based content ratings and recommendations provider Outbrain has announced a new distribution partnership with blog network b5media this morning.  Under the terms of the partnership, b5media will install the ratings …
Discussion: MYBLOG by Ouriel
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A DonorsChoose.org Miracle: My Dinner With Jerry (and BoomTown Plans to Vanquish the Naked Scoble!)  —  If it's Oct. 1, it must be time for the DonorsChoose.org's Blogger Challenge 2008!  —  DonorsChoose.org is a charity that funds classroom projects in high-need public schools …
Discussion: Techland and Scobleizer
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Note-taking app Evernote gets an API  —  Evernote, the multiplatform note-taking app that I can't stop raving about, is opening up.  New PC and Mac clients will get additional HTML import and export capabilities as well as accessibility from scripting tools like AppleScript.
Discussion: SurfBits and GottaBeMobile
 
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Patrick Foster / Times of London:
ITV plots future in which there is no escape from ads
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Again! Tech That Doesn't Work Won't Let Us Work
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Luke Dittrich / Esquire:
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