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7:20 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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Obama'08:
Obama '08: The Official iPhone Application  —  Obama '08 is your official, comprehensive connection to the heart of Barack Obama and Joe Biden's campaign, giving you the tools you need to make an impact and stay in the know.  —  Making a difference takes only moments using the Call a Friend feature.
Scott Goodstein / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Introducing the Obama 08 iPhone App
Martin Veitch / CIO UK Magazine:
INTERVIEW: Steve Ballmer on the Cloud, Google, data centres and the cult of Apple  —  Microsoft will out-cloud Google  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered the keynote speech at his company's London conference “Technologies to Change Your Business: How Customers Are Implementing Tomorrow's Strategies Today”.
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Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: CIGREF  —  Remarks by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  CIGREF - Club Informatique des Grandes Entreprises Françaises  —  Elysees Palace 20r Quentin Bauchart Paris 8, France  —  STEVE BALLMER: Thanks.  It is a real privilege to have a chance to be here with you today.
Discussion: InfoWorld and CNET News
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 …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Music Publishers Keep Same Download Rate, Apple Keeping iTunes Open (AAPL)
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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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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia Reveals iPhone Competitor And Goes to Battle With iTunes (UPDATED)
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
So much for that tech stock rebound: Apple, Yahoo, Google killed again  —  The stock market took a plunge again today.  While it wasn't quite as bad as Monday's free-fall, the Dow fell 348.22 points (3.22 percent), the Nasdaq fell 92.68 points (4.48 percent) and the S&P 500 fell 46.78 points (4.03 percent).
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Drops to $15.58 a Share (But Microsoft Still Uninterested)  —  To be fair, the whole market was dragged down today due to worries about a deepening recession.  But Yahoo's ever-decreasing share price has got to have the company and its investors mighty worried.
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.
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?
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.
Dan / UNEASYsilence:
Run Leopard (Mac OS 10.5) on a Dell Mini 9  —  I'm a huge fan of ultra portables!  They are small, light and just powerful enough to do what you need to get done.  Sure I run Windows (in VMware), but for me the Mac OS better fits my lifestyle, but if you are looking for an ultra portable you are going to have to look beyond Cupertino.
Discussion: Liliputing and Gizmodo
New York Times:
Credit Crisis Spreads a Pall Over Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Since the credit crisis began gripping the financial world, Silicon Valley has watched from the sidelines, secure in the faith that it was insulated from the coming storm.  —  That faith is now being seriously undermined.
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 …
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
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.
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) …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will A La Carte Programming Save Sirius-XM?  No (SIRI)  —  Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) has started rolling out some of the features that it promised during its merger review process, like cross-over programming between the two satelite radio services, and new radios that can access a-la-carte programming packages.
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
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile HTC Shadow II is on the horizon  —  Following up on their popular and consumer-friendly T-Mobile Shadow, the boys in pink are releasing the Shadow 2.  While we've seen it before, from these pics, it looks a little better and definitely a nice successor to the original.
Discussion: TmoNews and wmpoweruser.com
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Five years of failure: EFF says RIAA must embrace new model  —  In a new report released Wednesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wonders aloud about the RIAA's litigation conflagration with questions like “Has the arbitrary singling out of nearly 30,000 random American families helped …
Bill Ray / The Register:
California outlaws RFID tag skimming  —  You looking at my ID?  —  California governor Schwarzenegger has signed a law making the illegitimate reading of RFID tags illegal, but blocked a measure making the unauthorised tracking of kids equally so.  —  RFID Journal reports that anyone skimming …
Discussion: RFID Journal, Ars Technica and PC Pro
InfoWorld:
Red Hat undercuts Microsoft on high-performance OS pricing  —  Red Hat on Thursday released a Linux software stack for compute-intensive IT environments that it said costs less than Microsoft's price for its comparable Windows offering.  —  Red Hat charges a subscription of $249 per node …
Discussion: The Register and LinuxWorld.com
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?  —  The vast majority of TV shows produced over the last few years have been filmed in high definition.  Even if the channel didn't have a HD station at the time, the show was still probably shot in HD.  So where are all the Blu-ray releases of these shows?
Discussion: TUAW and Crave
 
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Mykbibby / Mac Soda:
nVIDIA Announcement Moved to Familiar Date
Discussion: MacRumors
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
People can do more to guard against ID theft, says group
Discussion: eWeek
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Judge: EMI can sue MP3tunes, not Michael Robertson
Discussion: Electronista and p2pnet
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Nokia Phone Fumble In U.S. And Europe
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