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11:00 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 …
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: Know It All and broadstuff
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo announces Wii storage solution: SD cards
Discussion:, OhGizmo! and Joystiq
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The cost of doing business in China: Privacy  —  There's a good amount of scuttlebutt today on a report that highlights how the Chinese government is monitoring Skype traffic for keywords that may offend the Communist party.  —  The report in question (Techmeme), Breaching Trust …
Discussion: The Blog known …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Idolator
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.
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 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,
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
YouTube to host live-streamed event in SF  —  Google video site YouTube is planning to host on November 22 a San Francisco gathering its active users called YouTube Live—"part concert, part variety show, and part party."  —  The event is scheduled to take place in front of an audience …
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:
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: Engadget
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.
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone …
Discussion: All Points Blog
John Ozimek / The Register:
UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content
Discussion: open
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Philips' 3D HDTV Might Destroy Space-Time Continuum
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Testing Social Viewing Room: Watch Stuff With Strangers And Talk During The Show
Discussion: Portfolio
Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
AT&T has a lot of ‘runway’ left with HSPA
Discussion: DSLreports, IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Gadgetell
 Earlier Items: 
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: and PhoneReport v2.0
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Intel's Barrett: Teachers Matter More Than PCs
Bill Ray / The Register:
Branson brand floats into mobile broadband
Discussion: Datamation
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
How Fast You Can Read This Essay Online
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology
Discussion: jkOnTheRun