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10:05 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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Michael Cohen / The Official Google Blog:
Browse what the world is saying on Blog Search  —  Did you know that millions of bloggers around the world write new posts each week?  If you're like me, you probably read only a tiny fraction of these in Google Reader.  What's everybody else writing about?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Its Own Memetracker
Discussion: broadstuff
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Blogsearch and Techmeme
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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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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.
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Dusan / IntoMobile:   Samsung i907 coming to AT&T as Epix
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.
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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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) …
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.
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.
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 mocoNews.net
John Ozimek / The Register:
UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content  —  Burnham lets slip UK.gov real view of the net  —  The UKCCIS is go, with the aim of making the internet safe for kids.  But is this the beginning of the end of the internet as we know it, or just a Minister reaching for the inevitable soundbite to round off a PR triumph?
Discussion: open
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 …
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”.
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 …
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.
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
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: CrunchGear, Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
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
 
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Latest MacBook Pro (fake) images ship!!!
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Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Philips' 3D HDTV Might Destroy Space-Time Continuum
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
AT&T has a lot of ‘runway’ left with HSPA
Discussion: DSLreports, IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Nine Inch Nails version of Tap Tap Revenge game coming
Discussion: IntoMobile and iPhone Buzz
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Music Downloads: Is the Price Right?
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Outrageous Nokia headset designs to become reality
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Intel's Barrett: Teachers Matter More Than PCs
Bill Ray / The Register:
Branson brand floats into mobile broadband
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology
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Agence France Presse:
South Korea's free computer game model hits US
J Mark Lytle / TechRadar.com:
Bizarre phone lets users see through walls
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says
 

 
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