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9:00 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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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone Review: What I Love & Hate About T-Mobile G-1  —  It's here: the Google Phone.  After years of speculation and months of waiting, the first Google Android OS-based smart phone has finally been released by T-Mobile USA.  The device formally called as G-1 is made by HTC …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!, Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Look at Google's First Phone
Discussion: CrunchGear, Big in Japan and Memex 1.1
Bill Ray / The Register:   Android comes with a kill-switch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   What Android Can Learn From the iPhone: It's the Software, Stupid.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
First Look at YouTube on the Google Phone
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Listen to Tim Cook  —  One thing Apple knows is what it does.  Apple designs and produces very nice things.  All this hubbub over low-cost laptops is outside the realm of what makes Apple Apple.  —  There has long been, especially in the business press, a strong bias towards encouraging Apple to act like a “normal” computer company.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Scott Bradner / PC World:
How Bad Is US Broadband Deployment?  —  Congress has passed — and the president has signed — the Broadband Data Improvement Act.  It may now be possible to get some useful information about where the United States sits in the world when it comes to the deployment and adoption of broadband Internet services.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google Doubles Number Of Book Scan Publisher Partners  —  The company caused an uproar when it launched the project four years ago, with many fearing Google planned to gain control of all the world's books and give them away for free online.  —  Google has doubled the number of publishers signed …
 
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Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech sector predicted to slow but not collapse
Google Watch:
Will Google's Q3 Earnings Offer a Window View to the Recession?
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch and Portfolio
Joey Seiler / Virtual Worlds News:
$148.5M Invested in 12 Virtual Worlds-Related Companies in Q3 2008
Discussion: paidContent.org and GigaOM
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Newzbin Prepares for Litigation
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Probe Sees Unused Internet
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Music Ally:
Exclusive: Warner Chappell reveals Radiohead's ‘In Rainbows’ pot of gold
Austin Modine / The Register:
iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds
Discussion: RCR Wireless News
Joab Jackson / Linux.com:
Python 3.0 makes a big break
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blip.fm, The “Twitter for Music”, Gets Its Own API
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Help Twitter Find a Revenue Model
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BBC:
Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’
Discussion: open
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC Chair Wants to Go Forward With Use of White Spaces
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Finally, a VC Firm With The Balls To Tell It Like It Is
 

 
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