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1:40 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 …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands  —  This SimpleViewer gallery requires Macromedia Flash.  Please open this post in your browser or get Macromedia Flash here.  —  This is a WPSimpleViewerGallery  —  Here are some initial shots of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Boy Genius Report
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Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Nokia unveils iPhone competitor  —  You might not be aware of this, but there's just been an earthquake in Finland.  Figuratively speaking, anyway.  Said earthquate occurred at precisely 12:30 PM EDT, today.  That was the moment that Nokia took the wraps off its real competitor to iPhone.
T3 magazine Online:
Nokia Tube 5800 touchscreen mobile phone preview (exclusive)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Boy Genius Report
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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China Journal:
Spying on Chinese Skype  —  Among China's community of dissidents and activists, there's a commonly held belief that, while e-mail and regular phone conversations may be subject to surveillance, Skype is safe from such interference.  —  Not so, according to a new report …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China
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) …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
YouTube Video Ads Goes Post-Roll; Ad Overlays Are Not Enough
Discussion: Techdirt
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: The Mac Observer and TG Daily
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Report: Facebook's international HQ will be in Dublin  —  As it expands across the globe, social network Facebook will establish its official international headquarters in the Irish capital of Dublin, the Irish Times reported Thursday.  The announcement was made by Mary Coughlan …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Charlie Taylor / ireland.com:
Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 iPhone Blog and The Open Road
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.
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: Valleywag
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.
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.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not?  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.
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 and jkOnTheRun
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Live Labs kills Deepfish; suspends Volta downloads  —  What's going on over at Microsoft Live Labs, the incubation unit that mashed up Microsoft researchers and MSn team members to help speed the delivery of Microsoft innovations to market?  —  Microsoft has quietly killed off …
Discussion: Download Squad
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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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to launch nine 45nm Shanghai server CPUs in October
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Associated Press:
Drivers may get insurance breaks for playing computer games
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InfoWorld:
Security researcher reveals iPhone design flaws
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McCain's Long, Brutal History of Opposing Sensible Broadband Rules
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 translations go live
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Vudu officially announces full HD service, HDX
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft's ‘Cloud Operating System’
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Testing Social Viewing Room: Watch Stuff With Strangers And Talk During The Show
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?
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