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5:50 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  —  With only 33 days left, it's more important than ever to call your friends and family to make sure they are registered and voting for Barack.  We are excited to announce another way to help you organize your personal contacts and ask them to “get out and vote.”
Raven Zachary / raven.me:   [Raven] Obama '08 for iPhone
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  —  She's arrived at last, the 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia's tardy entry into the (modern) touchscreen phone space, and we've gotten some quality face time with the device.  Appropriately nicknamed the Tube, the device has a number of Nokia peculiarities …
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
(UPDATED) Nokia Reveals iPhone Competitor And Prepares To Do Battle With iTunes
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: TUAW and The iPhone Blog
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Martin Veitch / CIO UK Magazine:
INTERVIEW: Steve Ballmer on the Cloud, Google, data centres and the cult of Apple  —  Microsoft will out-cloud Google  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered the keynote speech at his company's London conference “Technologies to Change Your Business: How Customers Are Implementing Tomorrow's Strategies Today”.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Royalty rate doesn't change for Apple, music retailers  —  The Copyright Royalty Board on Thursday froze the rate that digital-music stores, such as iTunes and RealNetworks' Rhapsody, must pay music publishers.  —  On Thursday, the three-member board that sets statutory copyright licenses e-mailed …
Forbes:
IPhone Steals Lead Over Kindle  —  It's official: The iPhone is more popular than Amazon.com's Kindle.  And not just in the obvious categories like listening to music, browsing the Web or the other applications where Kindle barely competes.  Now, the iPhone is also muscling into Amazon's home turf: reading books.
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: Portfolio, CNET News and Valleywag
Fred / A VC:
Hacker News, Techmeme, and Google Blog Search  —  I just hate the word “killer” in a headline.  It means the author is sensationalizing the potential outcome of a new product launch.  Friend Feed was going to kill Twitter, Facebook was going to kill MySpace, Google Base was going to kill Craigslist.
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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Skype President Addresses Chinese Privacy Breach  —  You may have seen some reports in the media about a security and privacy breach in the software provided by our Chinese partner, TOM Online.  I'm writing to let you know where we stand, and what we're doing to resolve the problem.
Discussion: Threat Level and CircleID
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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 (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
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Let's Compare The DS Lite and the DSi  —  Nintendo's announced the DSi, the third iteration of its DS platform.  But how does it stack up to the Nintendo DS Lite?  We've crunched the numbers and got the data for comparison's sake.  That, after the jump.  —  • Size of Liquid Crystal Display
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DSi with dual cameras, “DSi Shop” content store [update]
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) …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Drops to $15.58 a Share (But Microsoft Still Uninterested)  —  To be fair, the whole market was dragged down today due to worries about a deepening recession.  But Yahoo's ever-decreasing share price has got to have the company and its investors mighty worried.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
InfoWorld:
Red Hat undercuts Microsoft on high-performance OS pricing  —  Red Hat on Thursday released a Linux software stack for compute-intensive IT environments that it said costs less than Microsoft's price for its comparable Windows offering.  —  Red Hat charges a subscription of $249 per node …
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
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
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?  —  The vast majority of TV shows produced over the last few years have been filmed in high definition.  Even if the channel didn't have a HD station at the time, the show was still probably shot in HD.  So where are all the Blu-ray releases of these shows?
Discussion: Crave and TUAW
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.
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Judge: EMI can sue MP3tunes, not Michael Robertson  —  A federal judge has dismissed a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed by EMI Group against Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3tunes and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.  —  The bad news for Robertson is the judge allowed EMI …
Discussion: Electronista and p2pnet
Bill Ray / The Register:
California outlaws RFID tag skimming  —  You looking at my ID?  —  California governor Schwarzenegger has signed a law making the illegitimate reading of RFID tags illegal, but blocked a measure making the unauthorised tracking of kids equally so.  —  RFID Journal reports that anyone skimming …
Discussion: RFID Journal, Ars Technica and PC Pro
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
US cybersecurity shake up would give prez more control
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will A La Carte Programming Save Sirius-XM? No (SIRI)
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft having problems with Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3
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Joe Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft offers “perks” to search users
Discussion: The Register
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Charlie Taylor / ireland.com:
Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin
Discussion: Webware.com and Valleywag
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details cursor-based QuickLook and advanced functions
Discussion: Gizmodo
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not? That is the question
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