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6:15 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Time for a calendar revival  —  Online calendars have been around for more than a decade, and they're tightly integrated with the leading Web mail services used by more than 680 million people per month (as of August, comScore).  So it's surprising to see how few people are actually using their Web calendars.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Yahoo's new Calendar beta innovates, impresses  —  In a social media world dominated by vowel-less companies and free products, Yahoo isn't typically the first name we think of when it comes to web-based productivity.  A brand-new heavy redesign of its Calendar product could improve that image, however.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
BlackBerry Storm 9500 hands-on  —  RIM's a little late to the touchscreen party, but comes bearing goodies.  The BlackBerry Storm is a beast of a phone in more ways than one.  Fronted by a meaty, high-resolution touchscreen with an innovative clicking mechanism, the phone is easily the prettiest by RIM to date.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: 8% of U.S. teens own an iPhone; 22% want one  —  Today's economic crisis doesn't seem to have reached the 769 high school students polled in Piper Jaffray's 16th bi-annual survey of teenage buying patterns and preferences.  —  The survey, conducted at several apparently …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple pulling away from competition in teenage mindshare
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
‘Brick’ MacBook Pro leaked in up-close spy shot?  —  Since we heard those “Brick” rumors the other day, the mill has been all but silent... until now.  It's hard to tell exactly what we're looking at here, but damned if this doesn't look like some fancy new MacBook Pro carved out of a single piece of metal …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
“Windows Strata” - name of the Microsoft cloud OS?  —  “Windows Strata” could be either another codename or even dare I say the final name for the “Windows Cloud” operating system Ballmer has been touting much lately as the name has recently condensed on the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference website.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and SlashGear
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms RSS for Web Search Results  —  Google has confirmed for Search Engine Land that they'll soon start offering RSS feeds for web search results.  When it happens, the RSS feeds will be an extension of Google Alerts, which currently only allow notification by email.
Austin Modine / The Register:
Apple patents OS X Dock  —  Do you hear war drums?  —  Apple has patented the OS X Dock, nearly a decade after the operating system made its public debut with a new slant on the taskbar.  —  The late arrival isn't due to a lack of initiative, however.  Apple applied for the patent December 20 …
Discussion: Download Squad
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple awarded patent on the Dock
Discussion: CNET News and The Mac Observer
Bill Kee / Google Enterprise Blog:
Email Archiving Made Simple  —  More and more we hear from businesses that managing email storage and retention is expensive and complicated.  Regulations and guidelines like the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure put pressure on IT organizations to ensure that email is properly retained …
AppleInsider:
Window for rumored October 14 Apple event closing  —  With less than six days to go before Tuesday, October 14th and not a peep from Apple, chances of a much-rumored media event on that day to introduce new Mac notebook offerings is growing slim.  —  A lot of emphasis has been placed …
Discussion: MacRumors and I4U News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Why Microsoft Will Sit Out the Yahoo-AOL Dance (and Bide Its Time to Capture Search)  —  While a lot of analysts and pundits have suggested that Microsoft would or should surely jump into the fray-now that AOL and Yahoo are talking merger more seriously, and especially since Yahoo's stock has dropped in the $14 range-don't count on it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Microsoft Pri0
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
What Does Microsoft Want From The WaMu Wreckage?  The Building?  * (MSFT)  —  Creditors are lining up around what's left of WaMu (WM), and Microsoft (MSFT) is joining the scrum.  The software giant has filed legal papers indicating it wishes to stay abreast of happenings in WaMu's case …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and bizjournals
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
ReframeIt: Annotating the Web  —  The market for social web site annotation and bookmarking services is getting a bit crowded these days, with tools like Diigo and SocialBrowse vying for customers along with a large number of smaller competitors.  The latest entry in this market is ReframeIt, which just launched today.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Reframe It Retreads Web Annotation As A Browser Add-On
Discussion: VentureBeat and Webware.com
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
750,000 lost jobs?  The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy  —  A 20-year game of Telephone  —  If you pay any attention to the endless debates over intellectual property policy in the United States, you'll hear two numbers invoked over and over again, like the stuttering chorus …
ipsos-na.com:
Amazon and Rhapsody Show Strong Gains in Digital Music Market While iTunes Remains Dominant  —  5th Annual TEMPO Digital Music Brandscape Study From Ipsos Reveals Emerging Changes Within The Category  —  Shifts Come At Expense Of Lesser-Known Brands, Further Market Consolidation Likely In The Near Future
Discussion: Slyck, CNET News, Listening Post and Coolfer
James Erik Abels / Forbes:
Times To Shutter IHT Site  —  The New York Times' Web site is getting more global, and IHT.com is going bye-bye.  —  The Times told staff in an internal e-mail Tuesday that the paper's flagship Web site will soon become host to news from sister paper the International Herald Tribune and that the Tribune's site will be shuttered.
David Conway / Google Mobile Blog:
Google on Android: Maps  —  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 …
Discussion: InformationWeek and mocoNews.net
Xavier / notebooks.com:
Intel Buys Netbook.com  —  Intel bought Netbook.com last week and will most likely turn it into a portal for Atom-powered netbooks.  Intel is working to define the space as there's some debate about which computers should even be called “netbook”.  —  According to the WhoIS databse …
Super Talent Technology:
Up to 64GB Mini PCI-Express Cards Give Eee PC Users New Upgrade Options  —  Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Liliputing
Tony Smith / The Register:
Asus admits Eee Box mini PC shipped with virus  —  Asus has admitted that some of the its Eee Box desktop mini PCs have shipped with a virus.  —  But while the company has only admitted the infection was present in machines shipped to Japan, Register Hardware can confirm that other territories may be affected too.
Discussion: CrunchGear and SlashGear
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Microsoft Preps External Blu-Ray Disc Optical Drive for Xbox 360  —  Microsoft Has Blu-Ray Drive for Xbox 360 Ready, Release Date Under Consideration  —  Unlike Toshiba Corp., which is still strictly against Blu-ray disc (BD) format, Microsoft Corp. has always said that it might release …
Discussion: CrunchGear, SlashGear and Destructoid
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Blubster 3.0 Released  —  Remember Blubster?  That's right, the fun P2P application that spawned the Manolito P2P network, and fellow application Piloet?  Those days were from a different era, when P2P networks like Blubster existed in a much world far removed from today's.
Discussion: p2pnet
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Puts Tunes From YouTube a Click Away  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In its continuing effort to find a way to make money from its YouTube unit, Google introduced on Tuesday a type of e-commerce ad that YouTube users can click to buy digital goods from Apple's iTunes or Amazon.com.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Google's Schmidt Says Internet ‘Cesspool’ Needs Brands  —  Says the Solution Is Quality Content; Tells Publishers and Editors to ‘Increase Your Relevance’  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AdAge.com) — The internet is fast becoming a “cesspool” where false information thrives, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said yesterday.
Discussion: Epicenter
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Oracle Springs on Primavera  —  Oracle continued its buying binge Wednesday, buying Primavera Systems, which makes project-management software.  In this case Oracle isn't buying customers or its way into a new market.  It's buying technology.  —  The conventional wisdom …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera 9.6 Launches, Now Includes Magazine-Style RSS...Sort Of  —  Today, Opera revealed the newest version of their web browser, Opera 9.6.  As always, the latest update includes speed and performance increases, but the update delivers several new features, too.
 
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Dennis R. Mortensen / VisualRevenue:
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google's UK performance 1H2008 - a bigger share of everything
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Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
FM Unveils Tools to Bring in Small Advertisers
Kaj / Observations Arnö @Sun:
On Loyalty, Competition and Underdogs
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Forget about the name …
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Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Intel Has “Serious Questions” Regarding AMD's Fab Spin Off
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Darpa Launches Secret ‘Gandalf’ Project
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Mufin launches new music discovery engine beta, Download Squad readers are invited
Maile Ohye / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Twitter Marketing Tool Twittertise Catching On With Big, Small Companies
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