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4:05 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
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.
David Sarno / Web Scout:
Brave New Films sues Michael Savage over YouTube takedown  —  Brave New Films, the Web video production company run by liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald ("Outfoxed," Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price"), is suing conservative talk-show host Michael Savage in a copyright dispute that hinges …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft Sues DHL After Train Dumps 21,600 Xboxes  —  Microsoft is suing U.S.-based cargo-delivery service DHL Express for allegedly losing 21,600 Xbox game consoles because of a train derailment in Texas, according to court documents.  —  In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
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
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
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 …
Twitter Status:
IM: Not coming soon  —  In October 2006, just three months after Twitter launched publicly, we added IM support—i.e., the ability to get and send tweets via XMPP/Jabber/Google Talk.  I was a big fan of this feature, because this interface, which millions of people were already familiar with …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
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Dusan / IntoMobile:
Chinese Nokia 5800 XpressMusic to come sans 3G, WiFi
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Expect to see start-ups and VCs hit standoff over valuations
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube to Offer TV Shows With Ads Strewn Through
Discussion: The Utube Blog
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Team Cyprus Move To Undo “The Video”
Discussion: broadstuff and 1938 Media
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Chip and pin scam ‘has netted millions from British shoppers’
Discussion: The Register
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped
Discussion: Reuters