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3:50 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 …
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: eWeek, TG Daily and techeblog.com
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Intel:
Intel Demonstrates World's First Working ‘Moorestown’ Platform
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.
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.
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:   CBS to mash up Web couch potatoes
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 …
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
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 …
Jessica Dolcourt / Download.com editors:
Opera Mobile's second beta supports widgets, Symbian UIQ  —  There's been a lot of activity this week in the world of mobile browsers.  On Friday, Mozilla introduced an alpha build for Fennec, the very-much-in-development mobile browser that will grow up to become Firefox for Mobile.
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Dusanb / IntoMobile:
Opera Mobile 9.5 beta now available for Symbian UIQ3, too
Discussion: The UIQ Evangelist and TechSpot
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Circuit City Weighs Broad Cuts  —  Circuit City Stores Inc. is considering a plan to close at least 150 stores and cut thousands of jobs, as an alternative to filing for bankruptcy-court protection, said people familiar with the company.  —  Earlier this month, the nation's No. 2 electronics retailer …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Intel Slashes Desktop, Server Processor Prices  —  In less than a week after reporting third-quarter financial results, Intel cut the prices on several of its high-end, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo desktop processors.  In addition, Intel dropped prices on some its older Pentium chips for desktops …
Discussion: The Register and Hardware 2.0
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm hitting Best Buy November 16th?  —  To be fair, that's what looks to be the in-stock date, not the street date as we're told.  We got our hands on a print out of a Best Buy product sheet which clearly shows the BlackBerry Storm's store in-stock date.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Calls Another Critic Vexatious After She Points Out Flaw In RIAA Logic  —  It appears that someone in the RIAA's legal team discovered the word “vexatious” lately and now likes to use it.  First, the RIAA declared lawyer Ray Beckerman vexatious, and now it's trying to pin the same word …
Discussion: BetaNews
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
Call it a ‘sub-subnotebook.’ New ‘PC’ is small as a cell phone!  —  SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. — IMOVIO launched today a smaller alternative to a subnotebook — much smaller.  The new iKIT is about the size of a PDA from ten years ago, but has a QWERTY keyboard and connects to the Internet at 3G speeds via your cell phone or Wi-Fi.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
We've Got Exclusive Details On New Comcast Speeds, Prices - Broader DOCSIS 3.0 Launch getting very close...  Comcast will be shaking up their speed tiers as they deploy DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades, not only increasing speeds on standard tiers, but delivering new, 22Mbps/5Mbps and 50Mbps/10Mbps speed tiers.
Discussion: GigaOM
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SearchMe Adds Music Search With Unlimited Streaming Via Imeem Widgets  —  Okay, this has to be the coolest hack of the week.  Visual search engine SearchMe has just added a music search tab that brings back results with free, legal, unlimited full-song streams and cover art you can flip through.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
YouTube Blog:
A Behind the Scenes Look at Contacting Us  —  We've heard some of your concerns around trying to get the assistance you need when having an issue on the site.  Our ultimate goal is to keep improving the product so you essentially won't need any help at all.
Discussion: InformationWeek
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC lukewarm on networks' request to delay white space vote
Discussion: CNET News and DailyTech
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Fennec alpha 1 puts Firefox on your handheld
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
LG Lotus, Samsung Rant and Highnote now available at Sprint
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Text messaging: great method of communication for the deaf
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 …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and Shoemoney
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Susan Moskwa / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Where's my data?
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims to get more touchy-feely
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Bringing search ads to file sharers
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
DARPA Contract Description Hints at Advanced Video Spying
Discussion: Bits and Slashdot
Brian Hurley / The Register:
Run Mac OS X on a PC
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
 

 
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