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8:30 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 Google.com, Blogsearch now looks like Google News (but uglier) - with the hottest topics …
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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
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Blogsearch and Techmeme  —  More and more people are spending free time (and work time) online and lots of those people want to discover interesting things on the web.  Google Blogsearch's new home page applies that insight with a browsable version of what's going on in the blogosphere.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo announces Wii storage solution: SD cards
Discussion: Newlaunches.com, OhGizmo! and Joystiq
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Nintendo DSi vs. PSP-3000 vs. iPod Touch, v1.0
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.
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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.
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
‘Windows Cloud’ to descend this month, says Ballmer
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.
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.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.
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
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: TECH.BLORGE.com and Valleywag
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.
darkREADING:
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 …
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Samsung i907 coming to AT&T as Epix  —  Forget about the BlackJack III.  AT&T had it enough with BlackJacks, hence the next QWERTY-keyboard equipped Samsung smartphone will be hitting the carrier as AT&T Epix.  —  From what we can say, it's basically the i780 model with some tweaks.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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: textually.org and PhoneReport v2.0
David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...  Yesterday we posted a few “unboxing” pics that were more tease than anything else, yet we got some eye candy of the box itself.  We know you wanted more, we wanted more and it looks like our super secret ninja was holding out on us.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Brent / The Official Netflix Blog:
New content to watch instantly  —  Hi, Brent here with some news about movies & TV episodes that are available to watch instantly.  Today we announced an agreement with Starz Play that adds around 1,000 choices that you can watch instantly today, and will add another 1,500 by the end of the year.
 
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John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Congress OKs Greater Broadband Access
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
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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
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Sony Ericsson to Close UK Flagship Retail Store
Discussion: IntoMobile and SlashPhone
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
New California law narrows overtime regulations for skilled tech workers
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Taiwan market: Netbook vendors start cutting prices to clear inventory
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Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says
 

 
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