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12:30 PM ET, October 2, 2008

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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.
Discussion: TG Daily
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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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft's ‘Cloud Operating System’
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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Michael Cohen / The Official Google Blog:
Browse what the world is saying on Blog Search
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Blog Search Now Clusters Hot Topics
Discussion: The Social Times
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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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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) …
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.
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
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Happy New Year  —  We've just passed the Jewish new year's holiday.  Happy new year!  It's a custom in this holiday to eat an apple and honey for a sweet new year.  —  Sadly, this year starts with a little bit sour Apple.  If you follow my blog, you probably remember that I wrote …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone,” Says Winner of $275K Developer Challenge  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Last week's unveiling of the first phone running the Android operating system—the T-Mobile G1, which will be available to consumers on October 22 …
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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 Open Road
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
New meme: Tag five friends to register to vote  —  Okay, I'll help on this.  A Google blog post and the corresponding video ask people to register to vote (find out how at http://maps.google.com/vote ) and/or send this video to five of their friends.  I'm game for that, mainly because Jonah Hill …
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”.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not to?  That is the question  —  Even before someone hacked Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account I had been wondering whatever happened to encryption.  —  Encryption — the science of rendering plain text unreadable by anyone but the intended reader — made a splash in the mid-1990s.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Testing Social Viewing Room: Watch Stuff With Strangers And Talk During The Show  —  CBS Labs, which has been testing new HD streaming products, has also rolled out a labs version of a new product called Social Viewing Room.  The idea is that you show up to the site, pick a show that's on right now …
Discussion: Portfolio
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Chipmakers Want a Bailout Too  —  The Semiconductor Industry …
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Linda Bustos / Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog:
How to Find an Online Reputation Manager
Discussion: Adrants
Mayumi Negishi / Reuters:
Fujitsu, Western Digital talking on hard drives: source
Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Microchip, ON propose $2.3B deal for Atmel
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 translations go live
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yes, Yahoo Cuts Coming. How Many? (YHOO)
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Take-Two opts to remain independent
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Vudu officially announces full HD service, HDX
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 Earlier Items: 
John Ozimek / The Register:
UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content
Discussion: open
David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Gadgetell
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Music Downloads: Is the Price Right?
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Idolator
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL's Unhappy TVSquad Bloggers Stay, But Also Launch Competing Site
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Outrageous Nokia headset designs to become reality
Discussion: textually.org and PhoneReport v2.0
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology
 

 
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