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10:15 AM ET, October 8, 2008

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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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Storm First Hands On  —  The very first time you touch the BlackBerry Storm—RIM's first all-touchscreen keyboard-free smartphone, just announced for Verizon Wireless—you will be startled.  No matter how many times your fingers dance on the screen like you've been trained on every other touchscreen, nothing will happen.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Vodafone's BlackBerry Storm art department all soon to be fired  —  We can't put our finger on it, but there's something vaguely familiar about this new Storm 9500.  —  In case you're reading this after these images get taken down — which they inevitably will be — this was the official …
Ryan Hayward / Inside AdSense:
Get in the game with AdSense for Games  —  Do you develop or publish web-based games?  If so, you're contributing to a growing trend - according to comScore, over 25% of Internet users play online games every week, which is over 200 million users worldwide.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Organize All The World's Information, Then Put Google Ads On It  —  It's unlikely Google will ever find another money machine as efficient as search advertising, which accounts for about 40% of the $40 billion advertising dollars spent online each year.  But that doesn't mean they aren't going to try.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Google launches AdSense for Games  —  This screenshot shows one way Google will place ads in games, including casual Web-based games like PlayFish's Wordplay.  —  If Google's entry into a field of advertising doesn't legitimize it, nothing can.  And that's why the in-game advertising industry just got a huge shot in the arm.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google launches in-game advertising for Flash web games
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo-AOL: An integration nightmare on deck  —  The Yahoo and AOL merger talks are proceeding at pace and now the bigwigs are conducting due diligence.  In other words, a deal is quite possible, but the integration work is going to be ugly.  —  Boomtown's Kara Swisher reports:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What the Combined Yahoo-AOL Might Look Like, As Talks Drag On-Oops-Heat Up!  —  As has been copiously reported here and all over, Yahoo and AOL have been engaged in never-ending talks about a possible deal to merge their flagging Internet businesses.  —  Now, sources tell me …
Adobe:
Flash Player workaround available for “Clickjacking” issue  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSA08-08  —  Affected Software: Adobe Flash Player 9.0.124.0 and earlier  —  Adobe is aware of recently published reports of a ‘Clickjacking’ issue in multiple web browsers that could allow an attacker …
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Kaj Arnö:
Thank you, David (Axmark)!  —  At the end of the Orlando meeting in January this year when the Sun acquisition was announced, I remember sitting next to MySQL's co-founder David Axmark in the bus going to some evening event.  “What do you want to do now, with so many opportunities opening up? …
Discussion: The Register and InfoWorld
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jimmy Wales: The New Wikia Search API “Is Like Facebook Apps For Search Results.”  —  Jimmy Wales is opening up the Wikia Search engine to anyone who wants their own data or application to show up in results.  Called Wikia Intelligent Search Extensions (WISE), it lets developers create search results based on certain keywords or rules.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Can Facebook Help Keep Live Search Afloat?
Discussion: tinyCrunch
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
Technology - the party really is over  —  On Monday last week I wrote here that the technology party might be over, and that the gloom pervading the financial sector could begin to affect high-tech firms.  Since then - gosh, it seems a long time ago - a few things have happened.
Discussion: Guardian
YouTube Blog:
Like What You See?  Then Click-to-Buy on YouTube  —  When you view a YouTube video with a great soundtrack, you often see comments from YouTube users asking about the name of the song and where they can download it.  Or when users watch the trailer for an upcoming video game …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ten Years Later, Yahoo Finally Updates Its Calendar  —  It's literally been ten years since Yahoo updated its online calendar.  And it's been more than two years since Google launched its Web-based calendar.  But tonight it will start rolling out a new drag-and-drop, Ajax calendar …
Reuters:
Analysts cut 2009 mobile phone growth estimates  — Analysts cut 2009 mobile phone growth estimates  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The global mobile phone market should grow at much slower-than-expected rates next year as consumers put off buying new devices due to deepening economic concerns, according to forecasts from analysts.
Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Symantec to buy MessageLabs for $695M  —  Symantec is acquiring MessageLabs, a maker of online messaging and Web security services, the company said Monday.  —  The deal is valued at approximately $695 million in cash, with Symantec paying 310 million pounds sterling and $154 million.
Discussion: The Register
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Universal Music videos come to teen site Kiwibox  —  Universal Music Group has licensed its music videos to Kiwibox, a social-media site for teens that relaunched in August after quietly existing since the late '90s.  —  Under the terms of the agreement, Universal's music videos will begin …
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Salamander Davoudi / Financial Times:
EMI jostles into busy online market
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IGN:
Sony Brings New PS3 Bundles to Japan
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Another iPhone bug?
Discussion: iPhone Atlas
BBC:
Mobile tracking reveals spending
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
mjelly creates mobile apps search engine
Discussion: TUAW and O'Grady's PowerPage
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft scales out SQL Server 2008, wants to ‘democratize BI’
Discussion: InfoWorld
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Registers 40,000 Voters, Applications Engaging 100,000's More
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ben Hardwidge / Custom PC:
Over-volted RAM will damage Core i7 CPUs
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple dominates the teen vote, but...
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
TiVo Builds a Data Mining Empire
Discussion: Slashdot
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook is foundering  —  The great hope of the Valley …
Discussion: broadstuff and AdAge
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Judge keeps RealDVD restraining order in place
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent.org
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Eisner On Online Video And What ‘Works’: Sex And Sarah Palin …
Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
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