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8:00 PM ET, October 13, 2008

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Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Introducing Windows 7  —  Hi there, Mike Nash here.  —  For me, one of the most exciting times in the release of a new product is right before we show it to the world for the first time.  And that time is right now.  —  In a few weeks we are going to be talking about the details of this release at the PDC and at WinHEC.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide  —  Microsoft announces new rich Internet applications development and streaming media features; company outlines plans for supporting Windows, Mac and Linux tools for developing Silverlight applications.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Silverlight 2: Google Chrome support, yes; iPhone, no  —  Microsoft announced, as expected, on Monday that the second version of its Silverlight browser plug-in is done and will be available imminently for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Clears Free Wireless Web  —  A proposal to create a free, national wireless Internet service got a boost as Federal Communications Commission engineers concluded that concerns are overblown about such service interfering with other carriers.  —  The report clears the way for the FCC …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
America May Get Broadband for Free, But Porn Will Cost You  —  Last Friday afternoon, the FCC issued a report putting to rest worries about interference from a free wireless broadband service using the AWS-3 spectrum, paving the way for an auction sometime next year.
Discussion: Obsessable and Ars Technica
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Google Loses German Copyright Cases Over Image-Search Previews  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet-search engine, lost two copyright lawsuits in Germany over displaying photos and artworks as thumbnails in a preview of search results.
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC, Lorne Michaels Plotting ‘SNL’ Video Site  —  On-demand video Website may feature mix of classic Saturday Night Live sketches and never-before-seen rehearsal footage  —  NBC and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels are in talks to develop a new on-demand video Website …
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Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
The 15 dumbest names for Web 2.0 startups  —  Robin Wauters, Next web enthusiast & Plugg organizer  —  I'm someone who frantically scours the web for interesting new online trends, concepts, startups and projects at any given time of any day.  It's something I simply can't turn off …
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Joining Mozilla to create new developer tools for the Web; Hoping to create a new chapter in the book of Mozilla  —  I just announced that Ben and I are joining Mozilla.  Alongside Ben, I will be leading a brand spanking new developer tools group.  —  To say that I am excited is a huge understatement.
Discussion: eWeek and Internetnews Blog
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Gartner:
Gartner Says IT Spending to Slow in 2009, But Continued Growth Reflects Critical Role of Technology to Business Performance  —  Analysts Discuss the Future of IT during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2008, October 12-16, in Orlando  —  Global economic problems are impacting IT budgets, however …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What the MacBook means to Apple  —  Steve Jobs likes to talk about Apple's business model as a stool that rests on three legs: the Mac, the iPod and the iPhone.  But the iPhone leg is still pretty short, thanks in part to deferred revenues.  And while the iPod's sales are still growing …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law  —  Updated at 12:45 p.m. PDT with quotes.  —  President Bush on Monday signed into law an intellectual-property enforcement bill that would consolidate federal efforts to combat copyright infringement under a new White House cabinet position.
Discussion: Reuters, Gizmodo and Electronista
Google Watch:
Is Google Apps Unseating Microsoft Office?  Stay Tuned...  Bloomberg Friday posted a fine feature about how a technology chief in Washington, D.C. inked a $500,000 a year contract with Google to grant some 38,000 municipal employees access to Google Apps.  —  This includes Gmail …
Discussion: WISC-TV, ReadWriteWeb and MarketingVOX
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
Severance / new beginnings  —  It's been a pretty long time since our last post.  For good reason... I'm just going to get to the point and let everyone know that we're in the process of splitting up tap tap tap.  —  A few weeks ago, I was about to announce the addition of a couple of new members to our team.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Valleywag
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
MyThings Raises $5 Million to Help you Organize Your Stuff  —  If you ever wished for a central place to keep track of your online purchases and to store all those email receipts, MyThings might just be what you are looking for.  The London-based company just announced a $5 million Series B round.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse 2.0
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Bill Me Later's Gary Marino on surviving eight years before a (nearly) billion-dollar exit  —  Bill Me Later went through a few near-death experiences as a start-up in the payment services industry.  The company had to revise its business plan before it figured out its real service …
Discussion: The Next Web
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
SourceForge Announces Hosted Applications  —  SourceForge.net, a longtime provider of open source code and applications, has announced a new service for developers that provides virtualized access to open source apps.  With the new Hosted Apps service, you're able to install an app within your own web space …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wix Picks Up $3.5 Million Series B Funding  —  NY-based Wix has announced that they have raised a Series B round of funding in the amount of $3.5 million.  This is in addition to the previously raised $3.5 million Series A round and $1.2 million angel round.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Turns out, Sequoia raised more money than any other VC firm  —  A shakeout in the venture capital industry appeared to take hold in the third quarter of the year, even before the latest decline in the stock market began.  And we've also learned one more reason why Sequoia Capital may have reacted …
John Cox / Network World:
iPhones go to front of the class at Texas university  —  Apple devices at heart of Abilene Christian mobile learning project  —  When almost 1,000 freshman students showed up at Abilene Christian University on Aug. 16, they got something more than the usual medical release forms, parking permits and Welcome Week t-shirts.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Slashdot
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple HDTV rumors resurface  —  Years-old rumors that Apple will roll out a line of Internet-connected displays have resurfaced in reports that suggest the company will bundle its Apple TV product within a new line of HDTVs.  —  In a report referencing a rumor floated by Mahalo chief Jason Calacanis …
Sound & Vision Magazine:
Satellite vs. Blu-ray: DISHing up 1080p  —  After seeing about 1,080 ads for DISH Network's new 1080p video-on-demand service, we just had to know: Does the satellite provider really deliver on its promise of “Blu-ray quality?”  —  TOOLS  —  Audio and video often seem like nothing more than numbers games.
Discussion: Crave and Engadget HD
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Even Search Not Immune to Financial Malaise  —  Google Preps for Worst as Ad Budgets Get Cut but Might Actually Benefit  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — How bad is the economy getting?  Bad enough that even Google is learning to cinch its purse strings.  —  The online-advertising giant …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy Unveils Mainstream Social Web Aggregator  —  GoDaddy has just unveiled an amazing new service called SmartSpace which lets anyone register a domain name and then instantly turn it into a social web site which aggregates any of the following components onto one page: a blog …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
OpenOffice.org overwhelmed by demand for version 3.0  —  Wibbles, wobbles, falls down  —  Eager beavers keen to get their hands on the long-awaited arrival of version 3.0 of OpenOffice.org are currently unable to download the free, open source-flavoured suite of office apps because demand has broken the website.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Useless Studies: Given The Choice Of No File Sharing Or No Internet, Guess What People Choose?  —  from the what-do-people-do,-not-what-they-say- they'd-do dept  —  A study by Entertainment Media Research claims that 72% of file sharers would stop file sharing, if sent a letter by their ISP threatening to cut them off the internet.
Discussion: DSLreports, BBC and Slyck
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Will Video Search Ads Be YouTube's Money Mint?  —  Google's Video-Sharing Site Is Racking Up as Many Queries as Yahoo  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google is borrowing from its most successful money-minting product, search ads, to goose revenue on its video-sharing site YouTube.
Discussion: Bits and paidContent.org
 
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft: Mac buyers pay Apple tax
Discussion: Teching It Easy and Cheap Hack
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website. Is Anybody Watching?
Discussion: Bits, Gubatron.com and Lifehacker
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Takes A Gamble With New Client
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
TV Guide Magazine Sold To OpenGate Capital; Online Still With Macrovision
Discussion: Docu-Drama and Tech Trader Daily
Matthew Postgate / BBC Internet blog:
BBC iPlayer Mobile Downloads & DRM
Discussion: last100, mocoNews.net and open
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Intel to Dominate Ultra-Mobile Computers
Discussion: Liliputing
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
YouTube fumbles remote with full-length TV shows
 Earlier Items: 
Will Pavia / Times of London:
Machine takes on man at mass Turing Test
Discussion: Guardian, Salon, GMSV and Slashdot
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Challenges from large scale computing at Google
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AT&T's TV service comes to Wal-Mart; battle for new subscribers continues
Discussion: AT&T and Telecompetitor
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook and MacBook Pro Port Speculation
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Obama vs. McCain: The Wired Scorecard
Discussion: techPresident and ZDNet Government
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Russian Firm Uses NVIDIA GPUs To Crack WPA, WPA2
Click / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Beta: Xbox Live + BlackBerry = XBerry Live!
Discussion: IntoMobile and CrunchGear