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3:35 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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Scott Goodstein / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Introducing the Obama 08 iPhone App
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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John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic: Hands-on With Nokia's First S60 Touch Phone  —  The 5800 XpressMusic (aka Tube) is the first touchscreen Symbian S60 phone from Nokia—a surprising fact considering how prominent touchscreens have quickly become over the last few years.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic hands-on
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Nokia Phone Fumble In U.S. And Europe
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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 …
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
Google's Andy Rubin on Android Market
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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 (AAPL) 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
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
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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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) …
Charlie Taylor / ireland.com:
Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin  —  Social-networking website Facebook has confirmed plans to establish its international headquarters in Dublin.  —  The annnoucement was made by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, this morning.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook's international HQ will be in Dublin
Discussion: Valleywag
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 and WebProNews
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.
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.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
PrintWhatYouLike makes any site printer friendly  —  There's nothing worse than trying to print a two-page article from the Web and have it print out in a half-inch column across 37 sheets of paper.  It happens all the time, and if the site you're on doesn't have a special printer friendly option …
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.
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
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Report Western Digital In Talks On Fujitsu Drive Unit  —  Western Digital (WDC) is reportedly in talks to buy Fujitu's hard-drive business.  A deal reportedly cold be worth as much as $945 million, Reuters notes.  —  In a research note this morning, Needham's Richard Kugele notes …
Discussion: Inquirer and Obsessable
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Chipmakers Want a Bailout Too  —  The Semiconductor Industry Association said today that chips sales were up 5.5 percent in August compared with the year before, but cautioned that since more than half of chips go into consumer devices, the U.S. Congress needs to act to stabilize the economic situation.
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 …
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.
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
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: CrunchGear and O'Grady's PowerPage
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 …
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
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft having problems with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3
Discussion: Redmond Pie and LiveSide
Joe Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft offers “perks” to search users
Discussion: The Register
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?
Discussion: Crave and TUAW
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Shrs Extend Slide On Morgan Stanley Downgrade
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Live Labs kills Deepfish; suspends Volta downloads
Discussion: Download Squad
InfoWorld:
Security researcher reveals iPhone design flaws
Discussion: Aviv Raff On .NET and 9 to 5 Mac
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
McCain's Long, Brutal History of Opposing Sensible Broadband Rules
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Hi5 translations go live
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not? That is the question
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Testing Social Viewing Room: Watch Stuff With Strangers And Talk During The Show
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