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10:05 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.
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Android kill switch: Is Google evil?  —  Google's new Android phone includes a “kill switch,” allowing the company to delete applications users purchase from the Android Market.  Frankly, I don't trust Google's intentions.  —  Computer World describes the situation:
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Look at Google's First Phone
Discussion: CrunchGear, Memex 1.1 and Big in Japan
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   What Android Can Learn From the iPhone: It's the Software, Stupid.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Android comes with a kill-switch
Discussion: The Open Road
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Details Released On The Radiohead Experiment Results: A Tremendous Success  —  While Trent Reznor has been very open in discussing the results of his various business model experiments, Radiohead has been notoriously quiet about it — leading some to falsely assume that the experiment was a failure.
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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
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
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
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
Tom Espiner / CNET News:
Adobe addresses Flash Player ‘clickjacking’ flaw  —  Adobe Systems has addressed a security flaw in its Flash Player products that could lead to ‘clickjacking’ attacks.  —  Flash Player 10, released on Wednesday, includes a fix for the clickjacking vulnerability published by researchers Jeremiah Grossman …
Discussion: Download.com editors and Gizmodo
AppleInsider:
iTunes sells 200 million TV shows, adds new HD TV lineup  —  Apple announced Thursday that all four of the major US television networks are offering primetime programs in high definition on the iTunes Store, which has become the world's most popular online TV service with over 200 million episodes sold …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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
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: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's third quarter: What to expect  —  Google will report its third quarter earnings after the bell Thursday and all eyes will be on the search giant to see if it can weather an economic storm.  —  Google has been facing these questions repeatedly in recent quarters-so much that the company put …
Discussion: BoomTown
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.
 
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Rachel Champeau / UCLA Newsroom:
UCLA study finds that searching the Internet increases brain function
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