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10:50 AM ET, October 20, 2008


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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple Ads About Microsoft Ads About Apple Ads About Microsoft  —  Apple released a couple of new “Get a Mac” ads today, and while I wouldn't usually bother to mention that here, these ones are noteworthy: They make direct reference to Microsoft's current $300 million ad campaign for Windows.
David Kaplan /
Glam Media Finds Its Male Side, Launches  —  After offering a hint about its plans last month, female-centric Glam Media has released Brash, its new male-focused lifestyle and entertainment online hub.  Brash is being targeted to men 18-49 years old and is beginning life …
Discussion: and TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Glam Media launches Brash for the boys  —  Four years after women's media and advertising network Glam Media made its debut, the company has announced its male counterpart: Brash.  —  Like Glam, it's an editorial hub with both original and partner content, but more importantly, it's a “publisher network” of sites that run Brash ads.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Glam launches Brash, a content and ad network focused on men
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
No surprise.  Yahoo expected to announce layoffs  —  Word leaked out over the weekend that Yahoo is planning layoffs when it reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday afternoon.  The exact number of jobs affected is unknown, thought sources told the San Jose Mercury News and Wall Street Journal that it would likely be more than 1,000.
Discussion: Gadgetell and Newsweek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Layoffs Expected to Hit This Week
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Yahoo plans cost-cutting moves, layoffs
Discussion: and TechSpot
Brian Hurley / The Register:
Run Mac OS X on a PC  —  We show you how  —  Special Report Want to run Mac OS X on a PC?  Perhaps you don't want to pay the premium for Apple's hardware - or Apple doesn't make the kind of computer you need, such as a netbook.  Because of its native roots in Motorola and PowerPC code …
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Motorola Readies Its Own Android Social Smartphone  —  Amid a boom in social-network-friendly handsets, Motorola prepares a new entry, but its Android may not debut until 2009's second quarter  —  As the wireless world awaits the Oct. 22 debut of the first phone based on the Google-backed Android software …
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft gets patent for real-time f-bomb bleeping  —  Back in 2004 Microsoft applied for a patent for real-time censoring of audio streams, and now the USPTO has granted that patent.  —  As PC gamers have known for a long time, and Xbox gamers have known for a while …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Study Confirms Our New “Connectedness” Is A Mixed Blessing  —  To all those who feared that technology pulls people apart, a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project on the American family reveals the opposite is true: today's families are more connected than ever.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
The Internet is no 21st-century boob tube
Discussion: Techdirt and Washington Post
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI to launch 3.5G Wind netbook next month  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) is planning to launch the Wind U120 with a built-in 3.5G module in November this year.  The netbook will feature Intel's Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory, 120GB hard drive and Windows XP and be priced around NT$18,000 …
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bringing search ads to file sharers  —  What would happen if you introduced one of the most lucrative business models on the Internet — search-related advertising — to the file-sharing networks that power much of the Net's underground economy?  We're about to find out.
Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Backs Obama  —  Schmidt Expands Political Role by Hitting the Campaign Trail  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will hit the campaign trail this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, signaling Mr. Schmidt's push for a greater voice in politics …
Discussion: Epicenter and Pulse 2.0
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims to get more touchy-feely  —  Bill Gates may not be hanging around Microsoft's research labs 24/7, but his vision for going beyond the mouse and keyboard seems to be doing pretty well without his day-to-day oversight.  —  At a user interface conference this week …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Two Ways Google Is Trying To Juice AdSense: Ad-Only Search Boxes …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and Shoemoney
Susan Moskwa / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Where's my data?
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Opera Mobile 9.5 beta now available for Symbian UIQ3, too
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
DARPA Contract Description Hints at Advanced Video Spying
Discussion: Slashdot
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Toshiba, SanDisk restructure flash ventures
Discussion: The Register
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Open Letter to Google : Why Have You Taken Away my Google & GMail Accounts?
Discussion: CloudAve and loose wire blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iLike Teams With TuneCore To Help Artists Sell Their Music
Discussion: The Social, 901am and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Google Learns Lessons in the Ways of Washington
Business Technology:
Linking the Real Web with Virtual Worlds
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Blu-ray has case of the economic blues
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Carriers Sell Subsidized MacBooks?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record Label ‘Infringes’ Own Copyright, Site Pulled
Discussion: p2pnet, Slashdot and
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA now wants to avoid trial in innocent infringement case
Discussion: ZDNet Government and
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Is Microsoft Recession Proof?
Discussion: Startup Chatter