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9:20 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, Portfolio and Webreakstuff
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple finally drops NDA, iPhone developers rejoice
Discussion: Homotron.net and InfoWorld
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
Here comes the “Windows Cloud”
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and The Register
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?
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CNET News
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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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.
Discussion: CNET News
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says  —  Gov. Sarah Palin maintained a private e-mail account that she used to communicate with a small circle of staff members outside the state government's secure official e-mail system, according to the Wasilla company that established the site.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is The Original Spyware Company Finally Dead?  —  For nearly a decade, we've followed the changing business of what was originally called Gator.  When it first launched, back in 1999, the company was offering an e-wallet product, and even though there were many such things on the market, Gator insisted that it was first.
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
House Lets Orphan Works Legislation Die; Tons Of Content Remains Locked Up  —  We've discussed in the past the importance of orphan works legislation, which would make it possible for people to use content on which the copyright holder cannot be found.  The amount of “orphan” content out there …
 
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C.K. / Sample the Web:
Either the new StumbleUpon web-bar is busted, or everyone …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Widget maker Gigya gets $11 million Series C
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Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blog:
Evernote Opens Up, Launches API, Hugs Geeks
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Taiwan market: Netbook vendors start cutting prices to clear inventory
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Timothy Hatcher / Surfin' Safari:
Web Inspector Redesign
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PC World:
PC Video Cards With Toshiba's SpursEngine Coming Soon
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: NPR gets social with new community
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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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Mike Atherton / Times of London:
Apple threatens to shut down iTunes over royalty hike
 

 
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