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11:55 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.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista's Successor Is Simply 7  —  Seriously, Windows 7 is the name, according to a blog post attributed to Mike Nash, corporate vice president for Windows Product Management.  He writes: “Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore ‘Windows 7’ just makes sense.”  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Teching It Easy
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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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.
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: Gizmodo
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.
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Patrick Smith / paidContent.org:
Google Loses Two German Copyright Cases Over Image Search Thumbnails
Discussion: Ars Technica, GMSV and Epicenter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Joost Turns On Its All-Flash Website.  Is Anybody Watching?  —  Without much fanfare, Joost has finally turned on the browser version of its Web video service, as we noted it would last month.  The new site is all based on Flash, and lets you watch old Bruce Lee flicks …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Gubatron.com and Lifehacker
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Video Site Joost Reboots as a Hulu Clone
Discussion: paidContent.org, PC World and Gizmodo
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft: Mac buyers pay Apple tax  —  Apple may offer lower-priced machines on Tuesday, but one top Microsoft official said Monday that Mac buyers will still be paying an “Apple tax.”  —  In a lengthy interview, Brad Brooks, vice president of Windows Consumer Product Marketing …
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 …
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: Internetnews Blog and eWeek
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Nate Lanxon / Crave at CNET UK:
Doomed tech: Calacanis talks ‘Recession 2.0’  —  Despite the vast recession the US and UK is fast plummeting into, Yahoo, whose stock this week hit a five-year low of little over $12 per share, is rumoured to be looking not to shed unprofitable little companies from its portfolio …
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.
MediaShift:
Google Blocks Chrome Browser Use in Syria, Iran  —  Recently, I learned from Joshua Landis' Syria Comment, my main source for news and analysis concerning Lebanon's eastern neighbor, that Google has blocked the use of its new web browser, Chrome, in Syria.  —  A quick Google search turned …
Discussion: jd/adobe
Dan Tynan / PC World:
Will the Real Spam King Please Stand Up?  —  Many vie for the title, but only one can be crowned the true Spam King, Bane of Internet Users.  —  Recommends  —  As more and more spammers are arrested, prosecuted, and sued under state and federal antispam statutes, there's one thing you can count on …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
An Elephant Backs Up Google's Library  —  Google often says that it likes to take the long-term view of things.  But Google's idea of long term does not appear to be long enough for some librarians, who tend to equate long term with forever, at least when it comes to preserving books.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Confirmed: Obama Is Campaigning on Xbox 360!  —  Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise.  Today we're able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator's campaign team.
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 …
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
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: Engadget HD and Crave
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Supposed Best Buy Listings for New MacBooks Show No Price Drop  —  We just got these printouts that supposedly show the fresh SKUs in Best Buy's inventory for the MacBooks that'll be unveiled tomorrow (which we'll be bringing to you live).  Besides using colors for codenames, much of the info …
Discussion: MacRumors
Google Watch:
Is Google Apps Unseating Microsoft Office?  Stay Tuned  —  Bloomberg on Oct. 10 posted a fine feature about how a technology chief in Washington 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
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: paidContent.org and Bits
 
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Ian Lamont / Industry Standard:
Tech stocks rebound; Microsoft, Apple, Google, RIM see double-digit rises
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Vuze Takes A Gamble With New Client
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Useless Studies: Given The Choice Of No File Sharing Or No Internet …
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Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook and MacBook Pro Port Speculation
Discussion: TUAW and Gadget Lab
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
MyThings Raises $5 Million to Help you Organize Your Stuff
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse 2.0
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy Unveils Mainstream Social Web Aggregator
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple HDTV rumors resurface
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
SourceForge Announces Hosted Applications