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2:00 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 …
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
A Hands-on First Look at Google Android
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:   Android kill switch: Is Google evil?
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Still Makes Sense, Ballmer Says  —  Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said a deal with Yahoo! Inc. may still make economic sense for shareholders of both companies, prompting Yahoo shares to jump as much as 12 percent.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and Epicenter
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ballmer: It's ok to wait until Windows 7; Yahoo still ‘makes sense’; Google Apps ‘primitive’  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday defended Vista's honor-again-but at least gave a nod to enterprise buyers that planned to skip it and upgrade when Windows 7 launches.
Discussion: CNET News, Electronista and Gartner
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Shrs Jump; Did Ballmer Hint On New Bid?  —  Did Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer just hint that the company might make a new bid for Yahoo (YHOO)?  —  The market seems to think so.  Marketwatch is reporting that Ballmer today said a combination of the two companies would “make sense economically” for both companies.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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AppleInsider:
iTunes sells 200 million TV shows, adds new HD TV lineup
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
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 …
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.
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.
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 and Slashdot
Dan Farber / CNET News:
Yahoo rolls out social Web foundation  —  Yahoo is beginning the transition to its new socially-enabled platform, laying the foundation for a “universal profile” today.  The new profile page will allow users to make limited changes to their profiles, such as status updates, adding connections …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Kahn / Reuters:
Doctors warn of rash from mobile phone use  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Doctors baffled by an unexplained rash on people's ears or cheeks should be on alert for a skin allergy caused by too much mobile phone use, the British Association of Dermatologists said on Thursday.
Discussion: Inquirer, Gadget Lab and Switched
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: Podcasting News
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Macintosh share of the U.S. market tops 9%  —  Almost lost in the noise of the Presidential debates, the collapse of the Dow and the milling of those new MacBook aluminum unibodies were the preliminary reports from Gartner and IDC this week that showed sharp gains for Apple (AAPL) in third-quarter domestic computer shipments.
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Prosper And Other P2P Lenders Get Squeezed By The Credit Crunch  —  Prosper and other peer-to-peer lenders like Zopa and Lending Club may turn out to be collateral damage from the credit crisis.  Yesterday, Prosper suspended new lending in order to register with the S.E.C to create a secondary marketplace for the loans on its site.
Discussion: Bits
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Can You Really Own The Idea Of Making Your iPhone Look Like Beer?  —  from the drink-up!  dept  —  It's time to raise your glasses in a toast to ridiculous intellectual property lawsuits.  Or, if you don't have a tasty beverage on hand, perhaps a virtual one, say, on your iPhone?
Discussion: Inquirer and Technology Live
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Panasonic firms up pricing for Lumix DMC-G1 mini-DSLR for mid-November launch  —  We had it on good authority that Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds debut, the Lumix DMC-G1, was tracking for a November release at $799, and Panasonic USA just dropped some PR to exactly that effect.
Discussion: Panasonic, Crave, Gizmodo and Electronista
 
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo to cut 3,500 jobs — party on!
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Pulse 2.0
Tony Hirst / OUseful.Info, the blog:
Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets
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Koreans Develop Robotic Plant
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Virtual Earth: Get A MultiMap Map On Your Site For Free!
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 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Pro Does Not Support Both GPUs Simultaneously
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Removes Fake Trackers from Torrents
Tom Espiner / CNET News:
Adobe addresses Flash Player ‘clickjacking’ flaw
Discussion: Download.com editors
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's third quarter: What to expect
Discussion: BoomTown
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Free Broadband for the Masses
Discussion: Industry Standard
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
ESPN comes to the iPhone — with an addictive bar game
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Why I Blog  —  THE WORD blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log.
Discussion: bytes|genes and Voices
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Cracks $12, Valuation Now Officially Ridiculous
 

 
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