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12:10 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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft's ‘Cloud Operating System’
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Profy
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
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Blog Search Now Clusters Hot Topics
Discussion: The Social Times
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Its Own Memetracker
Discussion: Know It All and broadstuff
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 …
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 …
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
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.
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 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,
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
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.
Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Microchip, ON propose $2.3B deal for Atmel  —  Microchip Technology Inc and On Semiconductor Corp. have made a $2.3 billion bid for semiconductor maker Atmel Corp., the companies announced Thursday.  —  The two companies sent a letter to Atmel CEO Steven Laub proposing a $5 per share buyout …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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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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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 translations go live
Discussion: Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yes, Yahoo Cuts Coming. How Many? (YHOO)
Discussion: Valleywag
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Take-Two opts to remain independent
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Vudu officially announces full HD service, HDX
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gearlog
John Ozimek / The Register:
UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content
Discussion: open
 Earlier Items: 
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
David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and Gadgetell
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Music Downloads: Is the Price Right?
Discussion: 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: 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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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
While networks benefit from TV show exposure on Hulu and other streaming services, producers worry widespread availability may hurt syndication value

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Former Hulu Boss Andy Forssell Resurfaces as Fullscreen COO

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