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12:40 PM 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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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 …
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm hitting TELUS in Canada  —  Man, we might have to send our runner out to get another carton of cigarettes — this is getting ridiculous!  In addition to our leaked embargoed Storm info for Verizon and Vodafone, we're also hitting you with the official press release that TELUS …
Discussion: Phone Arena, SlashPhone and Engadget
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.
Discussion: Startup Chatter
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: Mark Evans, broadstuff and Guardian
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo-AOL: An integration nightmare on deck
Discussion: BoomTown
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple dominates the teen vote, but...  Teenagers just love their Apple gear as the iPhone and iPod widen their lead among this fickle set.  —  According to a Piper Jaffray report Apple is dominating teenagers' buying patterns.  —  The high level details of a survey of 769 teens:
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and FierceMobileContent
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Ed Sutherland / Cult of Mac:
Piper Jaffray: Apple's Stability May Hinge On New Macs
Discussion: Industry Standard
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple pulling away from competition in teenage mindshare
Discussion: iLounge
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: eWeek, The Register and Inquirer
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Symantec:
Symantec to Extend Online Services with Acquisition of MessageLabs
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint's Xohm Network is Only Half Open  —  Today marks the formal launch of Sprint's Xohm network, and celebrants are gathered in Baltimore to show off their new WiMAX-enabled gadgets.  But after chatting with an executive from Lenovo, I wonder just how open Sprint's network will be …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Business Wire:
ZTE Achieves XOHM Certification for WiMAX Modem
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and jkOnTheRun
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ten Years Later, Yahoo Finally Updates Its Calendar
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
YouTube Launches Ecommerce Platform  —  Partners with Amazon, iTunes  —  YouTube has reached agreements with iTunes and Amazon.com to offer users “click-to-buy” links to download music, games and other products.  —  YouTube says the move is a first step to building a broader ecommerce platform …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Puts Tunes From YouTube a Click Away
Discussion: MarketingShift and MarketingVOX
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Reframe It launches community markup system for Web pages  —  Here we go again.  A new company, Reframe It, is launching its Web markup product on Wednesday.  Like ThirdVoice and Stickis before it, Reframe It lets you highlight a piece of a Web page, comment on it, and discuss those comments with other visitors to the site.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Mufin launches new music discovery engine beta, Download Squad readers are invited  —  As a music lover, one of my favorite innovations of the last five years or so has come in the form of music discovery services.  Services like Last.fm, Pandora, Rhapsody and iTunes 8 have made it easy …
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, BetaNews and InfoWorld
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.
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.
Discussion: Lifehacker, Gizmodo and AppScout
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple yanks iPhone game for being “too much like Tetris”
Discussion: Infinite Loop and TechCrunch UK
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Caller Complaints gets Web 2.0 on phone spammers, scammers
Discussion: WebProNews
Maile Ohye / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Linking out: Often it's just applying common sense
Discussion: WebProNews
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple to open first German retail store on Rosenstrasse
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Marketing Tool Twittertise Catching On With Big, Small Companies
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Armstrong to Big Marketers: Let's Have a Town Hall
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IGN:
Sony Brings New PS3 Bundles to Japan
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Another iPhone bug?
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Mobile tracking reveals spending
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Analysts cut 2009 mobile phone growth estimates
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