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1:50 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 …
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Plans Major Cost Cuts, Including Layoffs  —  Struggling Internet Giant to Disclose Significant Reductions as Economic Troubles Spread and Rivals Pose Stiff Competition  —  Yahoo Inc. is drafting significant cost-cutting plans to try to reverse its fortunes from the inside.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
No surprise. Yahoo expected to announce layoffs
Discussion: Gadgetell
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Intel shows off working Moorestown MID device  —  Intel on Monday showed off a prototype handheld based on Moorestown, its upcoming Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform designed to enable a new generation of ultra-thin, touchscreen devices with extensive battery life.
Discussion: TG Daily
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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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
CBS Tries to Make Online Viewing Social  —  Mel Brooks said the hardest thing to do was to make a person sitting alone in a room laugh out loud.  Laughter is social, and that's important to consider as watching online video on your laptop or handheld device with headphones can be a pretty isolating experience.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and WebProNews
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:   CBS to mash up Web couch potatoes
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two Ways Yahoo Can Blow The Mass Firings  —  Now that Yahoo employees have had the pleasure of reading about their impending fate for weeks, management will reportedly finally announce the mass firings this week.  The exact number has yet to be released—somewhere between 1500 and 3000 …
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 …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
MPAA slams EFF on RealDVD  —  The movie industry finally responded to accusations that it has filed suit to stop sales of RealDVD software as a means of maintaining control over those who make DVD players.  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that advocates for the rights of Internet users …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Text messaging: great method of communication for the deaf  —  Text messaging is something that just about everyone is doing these days.  I have spoken with many friends who admit that texting has become their primary means of communicating with their kids when they are out with friends.
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 …
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 …
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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Let's Be Serious: Online Display Ads Will Fall Sharply In 2009  —  For a year, we've listened to analysts passionately explain how online ad spending will power through any broader economic and advertising weakness.  Eyeballs are moving online, this story went (goes), ad dollars will follow.
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Slashes Desktop, Server Processor Prices
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
YouTube Blog:
A Behind the Scenes Look at Contacting Us
Discussion: InformationWeek
Om Malik / Business Week:
Software Makers Get an iPhone Bump
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
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: Shoemoney and Domain Name Wire
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Study Confirms Our New “Connectedness” Is A Mixed Blessing
Discussion: InformationWeek and WebProNews
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Opera Mobile 9.5 beta now available for Symbian UIQ3, too
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bringing search ads to file sharers
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record Label ‘Infringes’ Own Copyright, Site Pulled
Discussion: p2pnet, Slashdot and digg.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA now wants to avoid trial in innocent infringement case
Discussion: TechSpot, ZDNet Government and digg.com
 

 
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