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12:50 PM ET, October 16, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
Review: Over 260 images and 5 videos of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device  —  The biggest mobile news of 2007 was definitely the Apple iPhone and I think the biggest news of this year is the Google Android.  I enjoyed my trip out to see the T-Mobile G1 launch last month …
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:   Android kill switch: Is Google evil?
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Build your own display ads in minutes  —  Today we released the AdWords display ad builder, which lets you create professional-looking display ads in AdWords without needing to hire a designer or start from scratch.  If you've wanted to expand beyond your text ad campaigns …
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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
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Apple:
ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC Offer Incredible Lineup of Programming in Stunning HD on the iTunes Store  —  iTunes Tops 200 Million TV Episodes Sold, Including Over One Million HD Episodes  —  Apple® today announced that all four of the major networks are offering primetime programs …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iTunes welcomes HD TV from more major networks
Discussion: Gizmodo
Harris Corporation:
Harris Corporation and Google TV Ads Work Together to Expand Television Advertising Opportunities  —  Service Enables Traffic Customers Access to New Sales Channels Through Google TV Ads™  —  Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Google makes some TV ad strides
Discussion: Traditional Media and WebProNews
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside the BlackBerry Bold  —  Research firm iSuppli says it costs Research In Motion $169.41 to make the smartphone, lower than some Street estimates—and promising for RIM's profit margins  —  The smartphone race between upstart Apple (AAPL) and incumbents like Research In Motion (RIMM) is well under way.
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:   AT&T BlackBerry Bold coming with free mobile video?
Aude Lagorce / MarketWatch:
Nokia's profit falls 30% but margins hold  —  Industry leader loses market share but confirms outlook  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — Nokia Corp. on Thursday posted a 30% drop in third-quarter profit and a 5% decline in sales, but the world's largest maker of mobile phones managed …
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Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Nokia Losing Price Wars
Discussion: GigaOM
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Making Touch Screen Laptop  —  PC Giant Aims to Spur Demand With Line of Products Using Touch Technology  —  Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to boost its personal computer sales amid a deteriorating economy and soft holiday season, is increasingly turning to touch-screen technology.
Rex Crum / MarketWatch:
Ballmer says Yahoo deal would “make sense economically”  —  ORLANDO, Fla. (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp. (MSFT: , , ) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that he thinks a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo Inc. (YHOO: , , ) would still “make sense economically” for both companies shareholders.
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA Brushes Off DRM Complainers As Fringe 0.2%  —  from the listening-to-your-customers dept  —  It would appear that gaming company EA got the wrong message concerning DRM after its Spore DRM debacle.  While EA eventually backed down, it certainly did plenty to damage its own reputation in the gaming community.
Discussion: Custom PC
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.
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Opera study: only 4.13% of the web is standards-compliant  —  Browser maker Opera has published the early results of an ongoing study that aims to provide insight into the structure of Internet content.  To conduct this research project, Opera created the Metadata Analysis and Mining Application …
Discussion: Open Sources, Slashdot and digg.com
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Pro Does Not Support Both GPUs Simultaneously  —  When Apple introduced new MacBook Pro notebooks with two types of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from NVIDIA, many wondered if both GPUs could be used simultaneously.  NVIDIA's Hybrid SLI/GeForce Boost technology allows …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Removes Fake Trackers from Torrents  —  In an attempt to make BitTorrent more secure, and to reduce some of the load on their own tracker, The Pirate Bay has started to remove all duplicate, dead and anti-pirate trackers from the torrents they host.
Discussion: digg.com
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Magnify360 offers Google Adwords Cost Optimizer  —  Magnify360, a company that offers advertising conversion optimization solutions, announced today that it has launched Google Cost Optimizer for those that want to maximize the performance of their Google AdWords campaigns.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
 
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In Targeting Online Ads, Campaigns Ask: Who's Searching for What?
Tom Espiner / CNET News:
Adobe addresses Flash Player ‘clickjacking’ flaw
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Michael Kahn / Reuters:
Doctors warn of rash from mobile phone use
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's third quarter: What to expect
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Free Broadband for the Masses
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