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12:30 PM ET, October 20, 2008

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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 …
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News:
Obama gets backing of Google CEO Schmidt  —  Eric Schmidt, CEO of Silicon Valley heavyweight Google, plans to campaign on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.  —  On Tuesday, just two weeks before Election Day on November 4, Schmidt will join Sen. Obama at an event …
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
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two Ways Yahoo Can Blow The Mass Firings
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Glam Media Finds Its Male Side, Launches Brash.com  —  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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Glam Gets Brash: Screenshots Of The New Men's Network
Discussion: Technology Live
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   Glam Media launches Brash for the boys
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Glam launches Brash, a content and ad network focused on men
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.
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 …
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 …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
CrunchDeals: Acer Aspire One netbook for $309.99  —  Another day, another deal on a netbook.  Today it's the Acer Aspire One, which Buy.com has for just $309.99 - that's cheap!  You'll get a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB solid state drive, 8.9-inch 1024×600 screen …
Discussion: CNET News, dealnews and Obsessable
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 …
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.
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.
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Internet brings families closer, study says
Discussion: USA Today and Techdirt
Om Malik / Business Week:
Software Makers Get an iPhone Bump  —  These days, the release of an iPhone application boosts the fortunes of mobile software-application makers overall  —  It has been widely reported that iPhone owners use data connections to surf the Internet more often than people with smartphones that have built-in browsers.
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Susan Moskwa / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Where's my data?  —  Today we're going back to basics.  We'll be answering the question: What is a website?  —  ...Okay, not exactly.  But we will be looking into what a “website” means in the context of Webmaster Tools, what kind of sites you can add to your Webmaster Tools account …
 
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Discussion: InformationWeek
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
The affordable LG KP500 is codenamed “Cookie”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Two Ways Google Is Trying To Juice AdSense: Ad-Only Search Boxes …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and Shoemoney
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims to get more touchy-feely
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: Tech Trader Daily and The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iLike Teams With TuneCore To Help Artists Sell Their Music
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Blu-ray has case of the economic blues
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Carriers Sell Subsidized MacBooks?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA now wants to avoid trial in innocent infringement case
Discussion: ZDNet Government and digg.com
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Is Microsoft Recession Proof?
Discussion: Startup Chatter
 

 
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