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8:15 AM ET, October 3, 2008

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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”.
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wmpoweruser.com:
Steve Ballmer confirms Zune software coming to Windows Mobile  —  CIO editor Martin Veitch interviewed Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO at Microsoft's London conference “Technologies to Change Your Business: How Customers Are Implementing Tomorrow's Strategies Today”.
Microsoft:
Steve Ballmer: CIGREF
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Plans to Unveil Smart Phone  —  Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to grow its device business beyond corporate users, is preparing to release a new smart phone that will also be marketed to consumers, according to people briefed on the plan.  The device will debut in Europe, these people say …
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 …
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BBC:
Music downloads avoid rate hike  —  The veiled threat to shut down iTunes if royalty rates on downloaded songs were hiked has been averted.  —  The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) opted to keep the status quo and turned down a request to increase royalties from 9 to 15 cents on songs bought online.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Skype Defends VoIP IM Monitoring In China
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is the link economy really broken?  —  It happened amid the stream of Twitter messages about the vice-presidential debates between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, so a lot of people probably missed it, but Allen Stern of Centernetworks said something that really caught my eye: “it's clear the link economy is broken.”
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic vs. the iPhone  —  Give Steve Jobs this: When Apple frets publicly about other companies ripping off the iPhone, it has a point.  The iPhone is quickly becoming what the Mac was more than twenty years ago, only more so: A device that sets the style …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Forbes and Gizmodo
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands-on
Sony:
SONY'S THIRD GENERATION READER DIGITAL BOOK GIVES READERS A “FEEL” FOR LITERATURE  —  Sony eBook Store Offers Enhanced Functionality  —  With the latest edition of Sony's Reader Digital Book, announced today, readers can truly let their fingers do the walking.
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Two Online Health Site Operators to Announce a Merger  —  In a deal that threatens WebMD's dominance in the health care space, Revolution Health Network plans to announce on Friday that it has merged with Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several health Web sites.
Discussion: Business Wire and Valleywag
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Revolution Health, Waterfront Media Plan Merger To Compete With WebMD
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
So much for that tech stock rebound: Apple, Yahoo, Google killed again  —  The stock market took a plunge again today.  While it wasn't quite as bad as Monday's free-fall, the Dow fell 348.22 points (3.22 percent), the Nasdaq fell 92.68 points (4.48 percent) and the S&P 500 fell 46.78 points (4.03 percent).
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Drops to $15.58 a Share (But Microsoft Still Uninterested)
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Rethinks Its Aversion to Ads  —  Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships.  —  But in recent months some of the Internet company's executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple misses September deadline for iPhone notifications  —  Apple's had issues meeting many of its self-imposed deadlines in the last couple years.  Some of the delays, such as Leopard, have been big; others, like the iPhone SDK, somewhat smaller.  As we watched the calendar tick …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.1 (Stability and Bug Fixes)  —  Apple has released an update to iTunes to version 8.0.1.  The update is available in Mac OS X's Software Update and provides the following features: … Apple released iTunes 8.0 on September 9th. iTunes 8 introduced Genius playback …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Friendster announces support for Facebook apps  —  Developers who have created applications for Facebook's platform can now bring them over to social network Friendster.  This means that Friendster supports both Facebook's code and OpenSocial, the standard created by Google for social-network widgets.
Webroot, Inc.:
Webroot® Threat Advisory: Hackers Using Real Headlines to Attract Users to Fake Blogs  —  Top Searches in Google Trends Labs Being Used to Increase Search Listings for Malware Infected Blogs  —  Webroot, a leading provider of security solutions for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets …
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Flickr's iPhone-friendly (beta) redesign  —  A great deal of Web companies have long since converted their iPhone-optimized sites into native iPhone apps, but not Yahoo's Flickr.  Instead, Flickr is just getting around to tweaking its mobile site, m.flickr.com—in beta—specifically for iPhones.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big Blogger Pay Cuts At b5Media  —  Toronto based b5Media is changing the way it pays bloggers in its hundreds-strong blog network, according to an email memo sent out to partners by CEO Jeremy Wright and copied below.  —  Gone are guaranteed payments of “$100-$200/month” plus bonuses for traffic.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Ensight
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft gives users six months longer to flee from Vista  —  Buckling to OEMs?  —  Never mind that Microsoft has kicked off a hyped ad campaign to convince the public to buy Windows Vista PCs, - it's also given users more time to switch back to Windows XP.
Discussion: Technologizer
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook stock sales scheduled for November 1  —  The great Facebook cashout now has a date: November 1.  Former and current employees recently received an email from Facebook's stock administrator updating them on plans to let employees sell some of their shares, even though the company is still private.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Media for Business - Who's Doing it Well & How  —  Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell, and former Forrester analyst, has recently launched her own company, the Altimeter Group.  This week, she gave a keynote at the Social Media Marketing Summit 2008, San Francisco.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Finds Bidders for Nextel, but Hurdles Remain  —  Wireless provider Sprint Nextel Corp., which has been exploring a sale of its Nextel business, has received interest from Latin American carrier NII Holdings Inc. and several private-equity firms, people familiar with the matter say.
 
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