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9:05 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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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 …
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
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia Reveals iPhone Competitor And Goes to Battle With iTunes (UPDATED)
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.
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
3 reasons why and how we'll see an Apple netbook soon  —  I mentioned this crazy scheme in our last podcast, but now that more blurry pics of an anticipated MacBook Pro refresh have resurfaced, it's a good time to rehash.  I've been wondering if and how Apple will get into the netbook market.
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?
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
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple misses September deadline for iPhone notifications  —  Apple's had issues meeting many of its self-imposed deadlines in the last couple years.  Some of the delays, such as Leopard, have been big; others, like the iPhone SDK, somewhat smaller.  As we watched the calendar tick …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Blogsearch Already Getting Spammed by PayPerPost  —  Just yesterday, Google Blogsearch re-launched with additonal memetracker features, but spammers have already found a way to get their wares featured on the service.  Right now, under the technology section, spam posts about Zenni Optical …
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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.
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
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 …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Fear  —  The NDA is dead, yes, and good riddance, but there remain serious problems with the way Apple is managing the App Store.  It boggles my mind that there remain so many people who don't see this.  This piece by Dan Kimerling at TechCrunch is one example; various of the reader comments …
Discussion: Linux.com
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
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, PC Pro and Ars Technica
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
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: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
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
Mykbibby / Mac Soda:
nVIDIA Announcement Moved to Familiar Date  —  This is interesting.  Apparently the day nVIDIA was slated to introduce the integrated graphics chip the new MacBook will use has been moved... from September 30th to October 15th.  Recall the fact that the MacBook event was originally scheduled …
Discussion: MacRumors
 
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm video proves RIM hates confidentiality …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Gear Diary
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Five years of failure: EFF says RIAA must embrace new model
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
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US cybersecurity shake up would give prez more control
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Microsoft having problems with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3
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