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1:40 AM ET, October 3, 2008

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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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wmpoweruser.com:
Steve Ballmer confirms Zune software coming to Windows Mobile  —  CIO editor Martin Veitch interviewed Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO at Microsoft's London conference “Technologies to Change Your Business: How Customers Are Implementing Tomorrow's Strategies Today”.
Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: CIGREF
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic vs. the iPhone  —  Give Steve Jobs this: When Apple frets publicly about other companies ripping off the iPhone, it has a point.  The iPhone is quickly becoming what the Mac was more than twenty years ago, only more so: A device that sets the style …
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands-on
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic hands-on
Discussion: Apple Gazette
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.
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: The Official iPhone Application
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)
Sony:
SONY'S THIRD GENERATION READER DIGITAL BOOK GIVES READERS A “FEEL” FOR LITERATURE  —  Sony eBook Store Offers Enhanced Functionality  —  With the latest edition of Sony's Reader Digital Book, announced today, readers can truly let their fingers do the walking.
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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Sony's PRS-700 Reader Adds Touchscreen, Frontlight
Discussion: Epicenter, Gadget Lab and Electronista
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.1 (Stability and Bug Fixes)  —  Apple has released an update to iTunes to version 8.0.1.  The update is available in Mac OS X's Software Update and provides the following features: … Apple released iTunes 8.0 on September 9th. iTunes 8 introduced Genius playback …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Rethinks Its Aversion to Ads  —  Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships.  —  But in recent months some of the Internet company's executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising.
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft gives users six months longer to flee from Vista  —  Buckling to OEMs?  —  Never mind that Microsoft has kicked off a hyped ad campaign to convince the public to buy Windows Vista PCs, - it's also given users more time to switch back to Windows XP.
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
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.
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Media for Business - Who's Doing it Well & How  —  Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell, and former Forrester analyst, has recently launched her own company, the Altimeter Group.  This week, she gave a keynote at the Social Media Marketing Summit 2008, San Francisco.
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
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: IntoMobile, TmoNews and wmpoweruser.com
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Friendster announces support for Facebook apps  —  Developers who have created applications for Facebook's platform can now bring them over to social network Friendster.  This means that Friendster supports both Facebook's code and OpenSocial, the standard created by Google for social-network widgets.
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
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Finds Bidders for Nextel, but Hurdles Remain  —  Wireless provider Sprint Nextel Corp., which has been exploring a sale of its Nextel business, has received interest from Latin American carrier NII Holdings Inc. and several private-equity firms, people familiar with the matter say.
Discussion: Electronista and Between the Lines
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm video proves RIM hates confidentiality, or they just want to leak crap  —  “You're invited to a secret presentation on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm.  But just remember, we at RIM don't care about company secrets any more, so you Italians in the audience should feel free …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Revolution Health, Waterfront Media Plan Merger To Compete With WebMD  —  Reports of this possibility first surfaced last month and now it's done ... Steve Case's ambitious Revolution Health Network will merge with Waterfront Media in a deal the parties value at $300 million, according to the New York Times.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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.
Discussion: Technologizer and paidContent.org
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.
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?
 
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
1 Man Blog Sells for $15 Million Dollars
Discussion: Mashable! and John Chow dot Com
InfoWorld:
Microsoft will float cloud OS this month
Discussion: Network World
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Five years of failure: EFF says RIAA must embrace new model
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Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Nokia Phone Fumble In U.S. And Europe
Discussion: AppleInsider
David Pogue / New York Times:
For Purists, a Cut Above in Movies
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft having problems with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3
Discussion: Redmond Pie
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
PrintWhatYouLike makes any site printer friendly
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?
Discussion: TUAW and Crave
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Ballmer recommends separating iPhone hardware and software
Discussion: TUAW and The iPhone Blog
 

 
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