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2:50 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?
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.
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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.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo to cut 3,500 jobs — party on!  —  A tipster tells us that Yahoo plans to cut 3,500 jobs, chiefly in sales and finance, on December 10 — while keeping plans for a multimillion-dollar holiday party days before the cuts: … Our source also confirms that the company is slashing severance packages …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Pulse 2.0
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Shrs Jump; Did Ballmer Hint On New Bid?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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 …
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Yahoo rolls out social Web foundation  —  Yahoo is beginning the transition to its new socially-enabled platform, laying the foundation for a “universal profile” Thursday.  —  The new profile page will allow users to make limited changes to their profiles, such as status updates …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile...And Make Some Connections!  —  Yahoo begins the rollout of its new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of the Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS.  The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) …
Matt Gundersen / The Official Google Blog:
What's new with iGoogle?  —  I'm an iGoogle addict.  I check my news, email, stocks, feeds and weather there and sometimes even manage to squeeze in a game or two during the day.  Having everything in one place is super convenient, but I often wish I could deal with all my stuff without having to leave my iGoogle page.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Mashable!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Goes Wide, Introduces Canvas Pages.
Discussion: louisgray.com and Google Reader
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?
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 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.
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
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.
Reuters:
Norway police charge Microsoft's Fast with fraud  —  The Norwegian police economic crimes unit said it had charged Microsoft-owned search technology firm Fast Search & Transfer with accounting fraud on Thursday.  —  “We are raiding Fast's offices now to secure evidence,” police attorney Baard Thorsen said.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Headup: A True Semantic Web Search Agent  —  “Semantic web” is one of those phrases that's tossed around loosely these days, used to describe just about anything that goes beyond basic keyword search to surface relevant content on the web.  But true semantic web applications …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Andrew Webster / Opposable Thumbs:
GTA San Andreas coming to Xbox Originals  —  Microsoft has announced the latest addition to the Xbox Originals service: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.  The game will be available for download on October 20, and like the rest of the Originals line-up, will run gamers 1,200 Microsoft Points (or $15).
Discussion: Xbox.com and Kotaku
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
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 …
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 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
 
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Adobe addresses Flash Player ‘clickjacking’ flaw
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's third quarter: What to expect
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Free Broadband for the Masses
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