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2:00 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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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
Discussion: SlashPhone, Phone Arena and Engadget
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Reframe It Retreads Web Annotation As A Browser Add-On  —  The idea of annotating the Web has been around for a long time.  It goes back to a failed Web 1.0 startup called Third Voice.  Today there are a handful of Web startups (Diigo, Fleck, Stickis, ShiftSpace, TrailFire) …
Discussion: VentureBeat and tinyCrunch
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:   ReframeIt: Annotating the Web
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Reframe It launches community markup system for Web pages
Discussion: Mashable!
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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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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and Mashable!
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Mufin music recommendations: Half-baked or just right?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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
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.
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
Discussion: Podcasting News, AppScout and TG Daily
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 rc3.org
 
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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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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Analysts cut 2009 cell phone growth estimates
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Analyst predicts solid Apple margins for September quarter
Discussion: TUAW
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: TechSpot
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Darpa Launches Secret ‘Gandalf’ Project
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple yanks iPhone game for being “too much like Tetris”
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Twitter Marketing Tool Twittertise Catching On With Big, Small Companies
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