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1:30 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 …
China Journal:
Spying on Chinese Skype  —  Among China's community of dissidents and activists, there's a commonly held belief that, while e-mail and regular phone conversations may be subject to surveillance, Skype is safe from such interference.  —  Not so, according to a new report …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China
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 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 and TG Daily
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) …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
YouTube Video Ads Goes Post-Roll; Ad Overlays Are Not Enough
Discussion: Techdirt
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Report: Facebook's international HQ will be in Dublin  —  As it expands across the globe, social network Facebook will establish its official international headquarters in the Irish capital of Dublin, the Irish Times reported Thursday.  The announcement was made by Mary Coughlan …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Charlie Taylor / ireland.com:
Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
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 …
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DSi with dual cameras, “DSi Shop” content store [update]  —  As expected, Nintendo has announced the new DSi at its Fall presentation in Japan.  The device features a dual touchscreen layout almost identical to the DS Lite, though the company is calling it a “third platform …
InfoWorld:
Security researcher reveals iPhone design flaws  —  Apple's iPhone has two design flaws that could pose potential security problems, according to a researcher.  —  The first one concerns the iPhone's e-mail application, which automatically downloads images within an e-mail, said Aviv Raff, a security researcher, on Thursday.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:   Happy New Year  —  We've just passed the Jewish new year's holiday.
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
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.
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.
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: The iPhone Blog and The Open Road
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.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands  —  This SimpleViewer gallery requires Macromedia Flash.  Please open this post in your browser or get Macromedia Flash here.  —  This is a WPSimpleViewerGallery  —  Here are some initial shots of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
T3 magazine Online:
Nokia Tube 5800 touchscreen mobile phone preview (exclusive)  —  We weren't allowed to take photos of the touchscreen wonder, however did attempt a hand-drawing.  No laughing!  —  The Nokia Tube 5800 isn't due to be unveiled until tonight, however T3 was granted a sneak peek of the touchscreen device this afternoon.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Boy Genius Report
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: Valleywag
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not?  That is the question  —  Even before someone hacked Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account I had been wondering whatever happened to encryption.  —  Encryption — the science of rendering plain text unreadable by anyone but the intended reader — made a splash in the mid-1990s.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone,” Says Winner of $275K Developer Challenge  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Last week's unveiling of the first phone running the Android operating system—the T-Mobile G1, which will be available to consumers on October 22 …
Discussion: All Points Blog
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.
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Nokia boss has high praise for iPhone  —  Nokia boss (President and CEO) Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is full of praise for Apple, though he's digging in his heels to compete with the iPhone company.  —  He described Apple's impact on the industry across the last year and said the company had done the industry “a big favour”.
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: O'Grady's PowerPage
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 translations go live  —  Social network Hi5 has launched a site translation project, a week after the announcement that the company had created a “crowdsourced translation” app for use on the OpenSocial developer platform and several months after it initially announced plans for translation.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to launch nine 45nm Shanghai server CPUs in October
Discussion: Maximum PC all and The Tech Report
Associated Press:
Drivers may get insurance breaks for playing computer games
Discussion: GamePolitics News and Slashdot
Sarah Lacy:
When Tech Reporters Become Irrelevant
Discussion: Valleywag
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
McCain's Long, Brutal History of Opposing Sensible Broadband Rules
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Popping no-coverage bubbles in citywide WiFi networks
Discussion: Xconomy
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Vudu officially announces full HD service, HDX
Discussion: Gearlog and Zatz Not Funny!
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft's ‘Cloud Operating System’
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Testing Social Viewing Room: Watch Stuff With Strangers And Talk During The Show
Discussion: Portfolio
David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Gadgetell
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
 

 
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