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1:25 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.
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Glam launches Brash, a content and ad network focused on men
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Plans Major Cost Cuts, Including Layoffs
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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 …
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.
 
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Discussion: InformationWeek
Om Malik / Business Week:
Software Makers Get an iPhone Bump
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
CrunchDeals: Acer Aspire One netbook for $309.99
Discussion: CNET News, dealnews and Obsessable
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 …
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Susan Moskwa / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Where's my data?
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Opera Mobile 9.5 beta now available for Symbian UIQ3, too
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Bringing search ads to file sharers
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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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Carriers Sell Subsidized MacBooks?
Discussion: The Apple Blog
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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Is Microsoft Recession Proof?
Discussion: Startup Chatter
 

 
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