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8:55 AM ET, October 2, 2008


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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, Blogsearch now looks like Google News (but uglier) - with the hottest topics …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Its Own Memetracker  —  Google has just launched a new homepage for its blog search that bears a strong resemblance to Techmeme, Memeorandum and their “memetracker” counterparts.  The site displays a listing of the top stories from across a variety of topics including business, politics, technology, and entertainment.
Discussion: broadstuff
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Nintendo DSi vs. PSP-3000 vs. iPod Touch, v1.0
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo announces Wii storage solution: SD cards
Discussion:, OhGizmo! and Joystiq
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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
A meek new Microsoft?  —  For years he has lived in the shadow …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Guardian
Ballmer: Microsoft will soon release ‘Windows Cloud’ OS
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
‘Windows Cloud’ to descend this month, says Ballmer
John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.
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.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?  —  There are only so many world-changing products a company can create, but there's still plenty of room for Apple to extend established product lines  —  Where does Apple go from here?  The question lies at the heart of the media and industry buzz that so often surrounds …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SlingMedia Prepares To Launch Their Video Portal At  —  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,
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) …
Discussion: and Valleywag
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”.
Discussion: Reuters, Inquirer and Churchill Club
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Outrageous Nokia headset designs to become reality  —  UK - Parrot feathers, mini satellite dishes and exhaust pipes aren't commonly found on a pair of headphones (unless you live in Shibuya, Tokyo, of course, where anything goes).  But these are exactly the sorts of decorative trinkets …
Discussion: and PhoneReport v2.0
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Intel's Barrett: Teachers Matter More Than PCs  —  Someday, assuming the financial crisis eventually eases, the nation needs to confront the longer-term issue of economic competitiveness.  It's an evergreen subject, but also an important one — the only way to revive the economy and deliver higher living standards in the years ahead.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Branson brand floats into mobile broadband  —  Hardly Virgin territory  —  Virgin Media has added wireless broadband to its range of offerings, with a service bearing a remarkable resemblance to T-Mobile's deal, except without the Wi-Fi hotspot access thrown in.
New DOS Attack Is a Killer  —  2:45 PM — Things are a-brewin' in Sweden.  Sweden is not just home of the infamous bikini team, it is also the home of Outpost 24, an equally sexy software-as-a-service network scanning service, and the employer of my friend Robert E. Lee and his colleague Jack C. Louis.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL's Unhappy TVSquad Bloggers Stay, But Also Launch Competing Site  —  AOL's budget cuts across the board have been well reported, but the bloggers were the most vocal about it (as bloggers tend to be).  —  Many bloggers have reportedly left.  The group behind TVSquad is doing something a little different, though.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Music Downloads: Is the Price Right?  —  A federal panel will decide if Apple, Amazon and the like should pay higher royalties to music publishers.  But 99¢ songs likely aren't going anywhere  —  A contentious battle between Apple and part of the music industry is set be decided today …
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David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Congress OKs Greater Broadband Access
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Samsung i907 coming to AT&T as Epix
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
How Fast You Can Read This Essay Online
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: Fujitsu to sell hard drive unit to Western Digital
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology
Agence France Presse:
South Korea's free computer game model hits US
Sony Ericsson to Close UK Flagship Retail Store
Discussion: IntoMobile and SlashPhone
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New California law narrows overtime regulations for skilled tech workers
C.K. / Sample the Web:
Either the new StumbleUpon web-bar is busted, or everyone …
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Bizarre phone lets users see through walls
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Taiwan market: Netbook vendors start cutting prices to clear inventory
Discussion: Liliputing and jkOnTheRun
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says