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4:55 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM's Storm: Why it matters
Discussion: The Digital Home and Profy
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.
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and Webware.com
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
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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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
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.
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
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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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, Mashable! and Webware.com
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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, Liliputing and TechSpot
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: SlashGear and Gizmodo
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.
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
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Apple patents OS X Dock
Discussion: AppleInsider
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
FM Unveils Tools to Bring in Small Advertisers
ipsos-na.com:
Amazon and Rhapsody Show Strong Gains in Digital Music Market …
Discussion: Slyck and CNET News
Kaj Arnö:
On Loyalty, Competition and Underdogs
Discussion: Open Sources
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
Add-In: My Movies for Windows Home Server v1.0.0.3
Discussion: Channel 10
 Earlier Items: 
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Intel Has “Serious Questions” Regarding AMD's Fab Spin Off
Discussion: Bits and TechSpot
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Darpa Launches Secret ‘Gandalf’ Project
Discussion: The Register
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple yanks iPhone game for being “too much like Tetris”
Maile Ohye / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Linking out: Often it's just applying common sense
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Marketing Tool Twittertise Catching On With Big, Small Companies
Discussion: Nortel Buzzboard and MarketingVOX