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2:40 PM ET, October 11, 2008

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CNET News:
Calacanis: Apple to release networked HDTVs  —  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours here at the office with Valleywag's most cherished and adored tech celebrity, Jason Calacanis.  Love him or hate him, the bloke's got contacts, and he confirmed to me that he knew first-hand that Apple was working on a networked television.
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google Rewires Washington in Challenge to Microsoft  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Vivek Kundra, recruited to Washington to overhaul city computer networks plagued by cost overruns and viruses, treats his projects like stocks.  The biggest “buy” on his trading floor is Google Inc.
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Stupid rock band totally pwns Google  —  Google's Hot Trends page has been gamed before, but today's #1 spot is the best ever — a dorky-white-guys rock band named Captain Caucasian and the Raging Idiots.  No KKK references, just a bunch of guys with guitars and a singer whose baseball cap is two sizes too big.
Discussion: The Globe and Mail
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Gmail, Other Apps, Vulnerable To Attack  —  Security researchers alert the company to a bug that could let hackers use Google Maps to infiltrate Google, Google Mail, or Google Apps accounts.  —  Google's online applications are vulnerable to attack, two security researchers claimed Friday.
Discussion: The Register and Aviv Raff On .NET
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Over 300 iPhone Apps Use Location Look-Ups  —  According to Skyhook Wireless over 300 iPhone apps are location-aware as of October 3rd.  According to Mobclix there are over 4,000 apps in circulation.  If these numbers are correct this puts the location-aware percentage at under 10% — far …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Associated Press:
New machine prints sheets of light  —  NISKAYUNA, New York (AP) — On a bank of the Mohawk River, a windowless industrial building of corrugated steel hides something that could make floor lamps, bedside lamps, wall sconces and nearly every other household lamp obsolete.  —  It's a machine that prints lights.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Imaging Insider
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Verizon Wireless Plans to Charge Companies Sending Text Messages  —  Verizon Wireless this week told companies that send out text messages that starting Nov. 1 it will impose a fee of 3 cents for each message it delivers to the phones of its subscribers.  The plan prompted waves of protest among …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Team Cyprus Move To Undo “The Video”  —  A group of twenty or so tech elite were partying 1999-style in Cyprusthis last week, and posted a lip sync video of the Journey song “Don't Stop Believing” a couple of days ago.  Among the group were Brittany Bohnet of Google, Mike Hudack of Blip.tv …
Discussion: broadstuff and 1938 Media
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube to Offer TV Shows With Ads Strewn Through  —  After months of experimenting with long-form video, YouTube said on Friday it would start offering full-length episodes of some television shows on its sprawling Web site.  —  The staggering growth of YouTube — five billion videos …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Embed a Part of a YouTube Video  —  If you want to embed a YouTube video that starts to become interesting somewhere in the middle, there's a simple way to skip the boring part.  YouTube's embedded player has a parameter that lets you specify the number of seconds that should be skipped before starting to play the video.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and AppScout
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Mafiaboy Grows Up; a Hacker Seeks Redemption  —  The Internet attack took Yahoo engineers by surprise.  It came so fast and with such intensity that Yahoo, then the Web's second most-popular destination, was knocked offline for about three hours.  —  That was on the morning of Feb. 7, 2000.
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Chinese Nokia 5800 XpressMusic to come sans 3G, WiFi  —  It's a sad day for every Nokia fan in China.  Apparently Nokia's iPhone killer, 5800 XpressMusic, will come without 3G and WiFi support.  And while I can understand the lack of 3G radio because of Chinese TD-SCDMA standard, lack of WiFi is not that easy to explain.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft Sues DHL After Train Dumps 21,600 Xboxes
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Searching for Cheap Gas?
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Expect to see start-ups and VCs hit standoff over valuations
Discussion: pedatacenter.com
Google Watch:
Analysts Shave Google Estimates Ahead of Earnings Call
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Chip and pin scam ‘has netted millions from British shoppers’
Discussion: The Register
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Ellison Says Oracle Is Eyeing Acquisitions
Discussion: PC World and Valleywag
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped
Discussion: Reuters
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Memorandum Colors: X-Ray Glasses for Political Bias in Blogs
Discussion: TechCrunch, Waxy.org and webmonkey
 

 
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