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5:10 PM ET, October 2, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Obama releases iPhone recruiting, campaign tool  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign launched an iPhone application on Thursday that turns the vaunted device into a political recruiting tool.  —  The most notable feature “organizes and prioritizes your contacts by key battleground states …
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Scott Goodstein / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Introducing the Obama 08 iPhone App
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands-on  —  Click here to open the post in your browser to see the gallery.  —  Here are some initial shots of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube aka the first Symbian S60 touchscreen phone.  —  The Tube is here, folks …
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic: Hands-on With Nokia's First S60 Touch Phone  —  The 5800 XpressMusic (aka Tube) is the first touchscreen Symbian S60 phone from Nokia—a surprising fact considering how prominent touchscreens have quickly become over the last few years.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic hands-on  —  She's arrived at last, the 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia's tardy entry into the (modern) touchscreen phone space, and we've gotten some quality face time with the device.  Appropriately nicknamed the Tube, the device has a number of Nokia peculiarities …
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Ballmer recommends separating iPhone hardware and software  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has never been shy about voicing his opinions on any given issue.  At an interview conducted during a recent Churchill Club event in California, Ballmer chose to weigh in on Apple and the iPhone, and even gave the company some friendly advice.
Discussion: TUAW and The iPhone Blog
Fred / A VC:
Hacker News, Techmeme, and Google Blog Search  —  I just hate the word “killer” in a headline.  It means the author is sensationalizing the potential outcome of a new product launch.  Friend Feed was going to kill Twitter, Facebook was going to kill MySpace, Google Base was going to kill Craigslist.
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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Skype President Addresses Chinese Privacy Breach  —  You may have seen some reports in the media about a security and privacy breach in the software provided by our Chinese partner, TOM Online.  I'm writing to let you know where we stand, and what we're doing to resolve the problem.
Discussion: CircleID
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Forbes:
IPhone Steals Lead Over Kindle  —  It's official: The iPhone is more popular than Amazon.com's Kindle.  And not just in the obvious categories like listening to music, browsing the Web or the other applications where Kindle barely competes.  Now, the iPhone is also muscling into Amazon's home turf: reading books.
Discussion: Epicenter, MacNN and MacDailyNews
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yes, Yahoo Cuts Coming.  How Many?  (YHOO)  —  Now that even the most stubbornly optimistic Yahoos have had time to digest Jerry Yang's “shape up” memo, layoff rumors are in full swing.  The most pessimistic prediction we've heard so far, from an anonymous tipster: 3,500 heads will roll.  Plausible?
Discussion: CNET News, Valleywag and WebProNews
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
One Way to Turn a Mac Into a PC Just Got Better  —  There are two common methods for running Microsoft Windows and Windows programs on an Apple (AAPL) Macintosh, and one of those methods just got better and easier.  —  The first approach uses a feature called Boot Camp that comes free on every new Mac.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Charlie Taylor / ireland.com:
Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin  —  Social-networking website Facebook has confirmed plans to establish its international headquarters in Dublin.  —  The annnoucement was made by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, this morning.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook's international HQ will be in Dublin
Discussion: Valleywag
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out Post-Roll Video Ads  —  YouTube, which has never had trouble growing an audience but hasn't yet figured out the trick for monetizing them thar eyeballs, is adding a trick from the old playbook: post-roll advertisements.  As we understand it (and this has been confirmed with the company) …
Andy Stadler / Google Mobile Blog:
Google on Android: Search  —  On September 23, T-Mobile announced the world's first Android-powered phone, the G1.  The phone comes preloaded with Search, Maps, Gmail with Contacts, Calendar, Google Talk, and YouTube.  The applications are easy to use, fully synchronized with the web …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
PrintWhatYouLike makes any site printer friendly  —  There's nothing worse than trying to print a two-page article from the Web and have it print out in a half-inch column across 37 sheets of paper.  It happens all the time, and if the site you're on doesn't have a special printer friendly option …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple settles class-action suit over faulty notebook adapters  —  Apple has agreed, without admitting fault, to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that power adapters sold with certain Power PC-based iBook and PowerBook notebooks were defective in that they could dangerously fray, sparks and prematurely fail to work.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T's Samsung i907 is called Epix  —  Well, there goes BlackJack III... We just got a hot tip from one of our readers and it clearly shows what we all knew as the Samsung i780 dressed up in AT&T branding as the AT&T Epix.  There's also been some physical tweaks to make the device more polished.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Royalty rate doesn't change for Apple, music retailers  —  The Copyright Royalty Board on Thursday froze the rate that digital-music stores, such as iTunes and RealNetworks' Rhapsody, must pay music publishers.  —  On Thursday, the three-member board that sets statutory copyright licenses e-mailed …
LG:
LG Launches Artistically Inspired Handset, Renoir  —  Seoul, Korea, October 3, 2008- LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, announced the official launch of its LG-KC910, a slim yet feature-packed full touchscreen 8 megapixel multimedia phone.
David Pogue / New York Times:
For Purists, a Cut Above in Movies  —  So Mrs. Hollywood comes home one day to find her husband bound and gagged, with a hole shot through his foot.  “Honey!” she screams, racing to help him.  “Who did this to you?”  —  Mr. Hollywood looks up and says, “I did.”  —  Granted, that joke isn't ha-ha funny.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
What effect will the financial crisis have on the tech sector?  —  Expect to see a slowdown in smartphone sales and a concomitant growth in the use of open source, cloud computing and virtualisation technology as consumers cut back on their “discretionary” purchases while businesses …
Discussion: broadstuff
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Judge: EMI can sue MP3tunes, not Michael Robertson  —  A federal judge has dismissed a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by EMI Group against Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3tunes and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.  —  The bad news for Robertson is the judge allowed EMI …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Google ‘Goliath’ Microsoft says  —  The chief executive of Microsoft has admitted that his firm's slowness to grasp the potential of internet search had hit the business.  —  Steve Ballmer told the BBC that Microsoft had become a “David” in search alongside the “Goliath” of its arch-rival Google.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Latest MacBook Pro (fake) images ship!!!  —  We're happy to reveal the all-new latest fake MacBook/MacBook Pro images.  Get on!!  —  With the almost completely unlikely tag-line of, “A blend of beauty meets beastly power,” (which sounds like a Dell marketing plug - on a bad day) and the notion.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Chipmakers Want a Bailout Too  —  The Semiconductor Industry Association said today that chips sales were up 5.5 percent in August compared with the year before, but cautioned that since more than half of chips go into consumer devices, the U.S. Congress needs to act to stabilize the economic situation.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SlingMedia Prepares To Launch Their Video Portal At Sling.com  —  Sling Media, the creators of a hardware device that lets users stream their home television signal to an Internet connected device anywhere (with a software download), is preparing to launch their new video portal, Sling.com.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details cursor-based QuickLook and advanced functions  —  Apple is exploring new ways to use the Mac OS cursor to provide users with additional information and usability options for files residing on their hard drive or linked via the internet before they're triggered or activated.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Philips' 3D HDTV Might Destroy Space-Time Continuum, Wallets  —  Philips' 56-inch HD 3D display has four times the standard resolution of any TV.  That's awesome.  But the fact it can be watched with your own eyes without wearing silly glasses (or imposing a serious headache) is causing people to check themselves.
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Reggie: DSi release not until ‘well into 2009’  —  Speaking at Nintendo's media summit in San Francisco today, Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aimé announced that DSi would not be released in North America until “well into calendar year 2009.”  Reggie cited strong US sales …
Discussion: DS Fanboy, Obsessable and Engadget
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
US cybersecurity shake up would give prez more control
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will A La Carte Programming Save Sirius-XM? No (SIRI)
Discussion: Technologizer
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft having problems with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3
Discussion: Redmond Pie
Joe Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft offers “perks” to search users
Discussion: The Register
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?
Discussion: Crave and TUAW
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Shrs Extend Slide On Morgan Stanley Downgrade
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Live Labs kills Deepfish; suspends Volta downloads
Discussion: Download Squad
Associated Press:
Drivers may get insurance breaks for playing computer games
Discussion: *Shacknews* Games
InfoWorld:
Security researcher reveals iPhone design flaws
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Aviv Raff On .NET
Linda Bustos / Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog:
How to Find an Online Reputation Manager
Discussion: Adrants
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not? That is the question
Discussion: PC World
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DSi with dual cameras, “DSi Shop” content store [update]
 

 
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