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2:55 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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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: SlashPhone and Phone Arena
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
BlackBerry with clickable touchscreen ready to take on iPhone
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
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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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
Discussion: Infinite Loop and iLounge
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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Mufin music recommendations: Half-baked or just right?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Why Microsoft Will Sit Out the Yahoo-AOL Dance (and Bide Its Time to Capture Search)
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
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.
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, Inquirer and The Register
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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.
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
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.
Discussion: MarketingVOX and MarketingShift
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
YouTube Launches Ecommerce Platform
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 and GamePolitics News
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.
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 …
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Download Squad, Lifehacker and Gizmodo
 
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Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
Add-In: My Movies for Windows Home Server v1.0.0.3
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Google's Schmidt Says Internet ‘Cesspool’ Needs Brands
Discussion: Epicenter
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Intel Has “Serious Questions” Regarding AMD's Fab Spin Off
Discussion: Bits and TechSpot
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ReframeIt: Annotating the Web
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Darpa Launches Secret ‘Gandalf’ Project
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Apple yanks iPhone game for being “too much like Tetris”
Maile Ohye / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Marketing Tool Twittertise Catching On With Big, Small Companies
Discussion: Nortel Buzzboard
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Sony Brings New PS3 Bundles to Japan
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