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4:05 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: CNET News, Macworld and Webreakstuff
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple finally drops NDA, iPhone developers rejoice
Discussion: webmonkey and InformationWeek
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: CNET News and The Open Road
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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: LiveSide 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
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  —  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 …
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.
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
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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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)
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 and Inquirer
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
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 …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Gawker
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
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:
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud Streamlines Music Sharing For Industry Professionals  —  Transferring large files on the web has always been a hassle, especially when you need to do it frequently.  One field especially prone to this problem is the music industry - artists often collaborate with eachother …
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 …
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 …
 
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PC World:
PC Video Cards With Toshiba's SpursEngine Coming Soon
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
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Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
New research details who are the iPhone users
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InfoWorld:
Free version of Hyper-V now available
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Wall Street Journal:
EA Halts Work on Game Over Quality Issues
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to unleash first builds of Snow Leopard since WWDC
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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike
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Reuters:
Nasdaq Stock Exchange Probes Google's Share Price Plunge
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Note-taking app Evernote gets an API
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Leaked: RIM's New BlackBerry Terminator 9900!
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Where Are All The RDF-based Semantic Web Apps?
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Why Palm needs Android
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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