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9:30 AM ET, October 16, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google Answers the iPhone  —  In the exciting new category of modern hand-held computers — devices that fit in your pocket but are used more like a laptop than a traditional phone — there has so far been only one serious option.  But that will all change on Oct. 22, when T-Mobile …
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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
The Android fine print: kill switch and other tidbits  —  An uproar erupted when iPhone users discovered a so-called remote kill switch on their phones — will it spur the same reaction in users of the G1, the first Android phone?  —  In the Android Market terms of service …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone Review  —  There is a lot riding on the shoulders of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone.  In some ways, it carries the collective hopes of Linux, open source and Google fans everywhere.  It's open, collaborative and community-based, in other words, everything the iPhone and Windows Mobile aren't.
Michelle Maltais / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How iView the G1: An iPhone owner's take on the Google phone  —  I've very intentionally kept myself in the dark about Google's entry into the smartphone market — until today.  —  It was mostly out of fear that I might find my iPhone in some way deficient by comparison and, as a result, develop a raging case of tech envy.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Android Can Learn From the iPhone: It's the Software, Stupid.  —  or my initial impressions of the G1 in an earlier post.  And there are plenty of other places where you can (re)read about the specs, the slide-out keyboard, and the $179 price.  —  But I did get my Android loaner …
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Look at Google's First Phone  —  The Google phone is real, and it's finally here.  Stand clear of popping corks.  —  Actually, to be completely accurate, there isn't anything called “the Google phone.”  You can't buy “the Google phone,” any more than you can buy “the Windows PC.”
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
T-Mobile G1 review  —  It's hard to believe, but rumors of a “Googlephone” have been floating around since 2006.  To put it in perspective, the first Gphone post on Engadget was written by Peter Rojas.  Needless to say, it's been a long, slow ride to get to Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and ultimately the T-Mobile G1.
Bill Ray / The Register:   Android comes with a kill-switch
Casey / FriendFeed Blog:
View your FriendFeed in real-time  —  Recently we asked some users what they liked about FriendFeed, and one said because “procrastination is only a refresh away.”  It sounded nice, but then we started wondering why anyone should have to refresh at all.  Well now you don't:
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louisgray.com:
Twitter Still Beats FriendFeed On Real-Time Topic Tracking
Discussion: Scobleizer and Webware.com
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Free Broadband for the Masses  —  Backed by VC cash, a former FCC official's startup is out to provide no-fee, ad-supported wireless service  —  There's little debate whether the U.S. is a laggard in high-speed Internet access.  About 40% of U.S. households surf the Net over so-called broadband connections.
Discussion: Industry Standard
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC Chair Wants to Go Forward With Use of White Spaces
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Cracks $12, Valuation Now Officially Ridiculous  —  We've been peeing on Yahoo all the way down, so we hope you won't take this as us talking our book (unfortunately, we've owned the stock forever) or blowing smoke up our employer's rear (we co-anchor TechTicker).  But...  YAHOO'S VALUATION IS NOW RIDICULOUS
Discussion: Beyond Search
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Everything Old Is New Again: Google AdWords Launches Display Ads  —  Back in the day, online display advertisements used to be all the rage.  And then Google AdWords came along and blew the lid off of online advertising with its simple text-based ads and its cost-per-click model.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Indy partners with HubDub for news prediction market  —  The UK startups that aims largely at the US news market has, rather contrarily, signed a deal with a UK newspaper.  Prediction market HubDub, which lets users turn news articles into an attention-drawing gaming market …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As eBay's Core Business Hits Hard Times, Skype Begins To Shine  —  Although eBay beat its downwardly-revised earnings numbers today, its earnings call was filled with glum news for investors.  (Full earnings slides embedded below).  After three flat quarters, revenues declined 3.6 percent from the second quarter to $2.2 billion.
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Matt Mullenweg:
PollDaddy Goes Automattic  —  It's another exciting day here at Automattic.  Today we finally get to announce that we've acquired the market-leading poll and survey service PollDaddy.  —  For a year or two now, I've been minorly obsessed with polls and surveys as a method of lightweight interaction …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ESPN comes to the iPhone — with an addictive bar game  —  Frequenters of any good sports bar will know the game Cameraman.  Basically, you see two versions of the same picture side-by-side and you point out the differences on a touchscreen monitor that is usually placed up at a bar.
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Why I Blog  —  THE WORD blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log.  It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web.  In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, Web log soon became the word blog.
Discussion: bytes|genes and Voices
BBC:
Faster forward  —  Hakan Eriksson is chief technology officer at phone giant Ericsson and has also overseen the company's research efforts.  Here he speculates about the changes mobile broadband will usher in.  —  The past 10 years have a seen a huge change in the way we communicate.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube Founder Compares Online Video To Nascent TV Market  —  YouTube Cofounder Chad Hurley spoke at the MIPCOM Conference in Cannes, France yesterday.  —  In the talk, which is transcribed below, Hurley compares the current state of online video to the nascent years of television.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
SpringSource makes OSGi components pledge  —  Free for all  —  SpringSource is taking steps towards becoming an online destination for those hunting open-source Java components guaranteed as OSGi-compliant.  —  The company is today expected to launch the dm Server and Enterprise Bundle Repository …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Windows Mobile Is In Trouble  —  Recently it was revealed that the newest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7.0, would be delayed until as late as 2010.  The updated version, which the company's partners had reportedly been hoping to have by early 2009 …
 
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Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech sector predicted to slow but not collapse
Joey Seiler / Virtual Worlds News:
$148.5M Invested in 12 Virtual Worlds-Related Companies in Q3 2008
Discussion: paidContent.org and GigaOM
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Newzbin Prepares for Litigation
Scott Bradner / PC World:
How Bad Is US Broadband Deployment?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Listen to Tim Cook
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Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Probe Sees Unused Internet
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iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds
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Joab Jackson / Linux.com:
Python 3.0 makes a big break
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Help Twitter Find a Revenue Model
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BBC:
Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’
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