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11:10 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar ... again  —  Competition is a good thing, and the way that Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have re-invigorated browser development will mean good a better web experience all round.  —  Let's be honest, Internet Explorer never really offered Firefox much of a challenge.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Who's Afraid of Chrome?  Flock 2 Released With Even More Bells And Whistles  —  Design philosophies could hardly be further apart.  Google's ironically named Chrome browser, which launched last month, advanced the notion that browsers ought to be neither seen nor heard.
Christopher Blizzard / Web Tech Blog:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 - an overview of features for web developers
Discussion: Ajaxian, webmonkey and Mozilla Links
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is Steve Jobs Preparing His Farewell?  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple.  Not tomorrow, but probably very soon.  That's why he started to say good bye today, doing something more important than just presenting new MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and an updated MacBook Air.
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
First Look: MacBook and MacBook Pro  —  A quick hands-on tour of what's new and different in Apple's new laptops  —  The new MacBook and MacBook Pro are here.  No, not just “here” in the sense of “publicly acknowledged by Apple and being shipped to arrive in Apple Stores tomorrow.”
Business Technology:
More Gloom in Venture-Capital Land  —  Silicon Valley venture capitalists last week declared that the financial downturn had reached tech's shores.  Now their gloomy outlook is even more official.  —  In a study released Wednesday by the University of San Francisco, Mark Cannice …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Industry Standard
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Claire Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalists' Confidence Plummets to an All-Time Low
Discussion: broadstuff
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Market Grew 15 Percent in Third Quarter of 2008 on Strength of Mini-Notebook Shipments; Industry Feeling the Impact of the Economic Crunch  —  Acer Moves Past HP for Top Position in EMEA Market  —  Worldwide PC shipments reached 80.6 million units in the third quarter of 2008 …
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WildCowboy / MacRumors:
Apple's U.S. Market Share Approaches 10%
Discussion: InfoWorld and Reuters
Market Wire:
YouTube, PBS Ask Americans to “Video Your Vote”  —  Citizens to Document Their Voting Experiences From Polling Places  —  The initiative educates voters on the entire process and a wide array of issues associated with voting in America, while enabling the world to watch pivotal moments in this historic election as they unfold.
Discussion: Podcasting News and YouTube Blog
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube and PBS Have Joint Effort to Monitor Polling Places on November 4
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First New York Times API is Live - Here's Why it Matters  —  The much-anticipated first Application Programming Interface (API) from the New York Times went live today, according to a post on the company's blog Open - All the code that's fit to printf().  First up is a campaign finance data API and next is a movie review API.
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Derek Willis / Open:
Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API
Discussion: All Points Blog
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Today's Claim Chowder  —  Let's flag the most egregiously wrong rumor reports from the last few weeks.  —  DUNCAN RILEY: $800 MACBOOKS  —  Jackass of the week honors go to Duncan Riley at Inquisitr, who a week ago launched the “$800 laptop from Apple” rumor.
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Twitter accidentally reveals search integration?  —  Twitter Search integration?  —  (Credit: Twitter on Get Satisfaction)  —  We've assumed that Twitter would be integrating Twitter Search (formerly Summize) into the main site for awhile now.  It seems that Twitter has accidentally confirmed this integration.
Discussion: Mashable! and Seth's Blog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook hosts 10 billion photos  —  Facebook might not be a photo-sharing site, per se, but there are a heck of a lot of pictures uploaded to it.  —  On Tuesday night, engineer Doug Beaver wrote a blog post announcing that the total count of photos on the site now stands at about 10 billion.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft aiming to deliver Vista SP2 before Windows 7  —  The Windows team is readying second service packs (SP2) for Vista — and for its server complement, Windows Server 2008 — and is aiming to deliver these SP2s before it releases Windows 7, according to my sources.
Agence France Presse:
Computer error behind Qantas midair drama  —  Authorities have blamed a faulty onboard computer system for last week's mid-flight incident on a Qantas flight to Perth.  —  The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said incorrect information from the faulty computer triggered a series …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Technology Live
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
All Eyes On Google This Week  —  Google, whose stock is down 45% this year, announces third quarter financial results tomorrow, and Silicon Valley will be watching.  Analysts expect revenues of a little over $4 billion and EPS of $4.79 - and most have price targets for the stock …
Discussion: Bits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jive Software Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff  —  When it comes to layoffs, 1/3 of total staff seems to be a magic number.  Portland based Jive Software, which is backed by Sequoia, laid off around 40 people today, a third of their total staff.  This follows massive employee growth over the last year.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
JP Morgan ups Apple estimates, down on Dell  —  Analysts are beginning to upgrade their outlook on Apple stock in the wake of yesterday's MacBook family announcement, with JP Morgan leading the charge.  —  “We think that Apple's brand and market share momentum offer meaningful buffers” …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
InfoWorld:
Eclipse offers mobile dev tools  —  Seeking to establish Eclipse as the standard mobile development platform, the Eclipse Foundation on Wednesday is offering the first major release of its Eclipse Mobile Tools for Java Project (MTJ).  —  MTJ is a set of plug-ins for the Eclipse IDE offering capabilities …
Discussion: The Register and Open Source
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Cablevision Expands Free Wi-Fi Network - Coverage now extends into CT, Dutchess/Westchester Counties...  Cablevision has reached out to us to note that their effort to provide free Wi-Fi to all of their broadband subscribers is moving along.  After lighting up a massive swath of Long Island in September …
Discussion: GigaOM
Business Technology:
SAP's Big Freeze  —  Business-software giant SAP is freezing costs.  —  SAP announced last week that its revenue for the quarter would fall short of its guidance due to a sudden drop in orders at the end of September.  That sent the company into cost-cutting mode, as outlined …
 
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Query Growth Strong In September, But Spending Trends Ominous
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EffectiveUI launches 360-degree video apps for training and games
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