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7:55 AM ET, October 20, 2008

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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 …
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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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Yahoo plans cost-cutting moves, layoffs  —  Yahoo is expected to announce cost-cutting moves this week, including another round of layoffs, according to a report Sunday in the Wall Street Journal.  —  The exact number of layoffs is unknown, but job cuts are expected to come …
Discussion: TechSpot and TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam about to launch Brash, a content and ad network focused on men?  —  Glam Media, a content and ad network focused mostly on woman, is apparently about to launch a network focused on men called Brash.com, something we'd expected after reporting on it last month after early rumors.
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.
Discussion: MacRumors
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA now wants to avoid trial in innocent infringement case  —  The RIAA has apparently had a change of heart towards a Texas woman accused of sharing music over KaZaA when she was 16 years old.  In Maverick v. Harper, the industry group has backed off its demand for a jury trial …
Discussion: ZDNet Government and digg.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iLike Teams With TuneCore To Help Artists Sell Their Music  —  Popular music service iLike has teamed with TuneCore, a music distribution platform, to help artists promote and sell their music as easily as possible.  —  TuneCore (whose CEO thankfully seems to have stopped handling the site's PR) …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OMG Britney!  On Twitter!  —  This is perhaps the most exciting news since the May launch of TomCruise.com: I'd like to welcome Britney Spears to our world.  She (or rather her people) have launched both a Twitter account and a bloggy sort of site with near constant updates on her fascinating life.
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Britney Spears is on Twitter....kinda
Discussion: Mashable!
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Google Learns Lessons in the Ways of Washington  —  After Google and Yahoo announced an advertising partnership in June, letters from consumer groups and advertising associations poured into government regulators, urging them to support or block the proposed deal.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Toshiba, SanDisk restructure flash memory venture  —  Toshiba and SanDisk announced Monday that their joint flash memory manufacturing venture is being restructured.  As a result, Toshiba will gain a larger ownership stake while SanDisk will reduce costs.  —  SanDisk said Monday …
Discussion: The Register
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Open Letter to Google : Why Have You Taken Away my Google & GMail Accounts?  —  Google, I am a very lucky American who is living the dream of owning or being a partner in several small businesses.  Each of these businesses utilize Google's GMail and Google Docs, in an effort to cut …
Discussion: loose wire blog
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Blu-ray has case of the economic blues  —  This year, Blu-ray won the war.  Now it faces another battle.  —  Technology analysts say the world's economic roller coaster could mean consumers will be holding onto their money instead of buying pricey Blu-ray players and discs - the high-definition DVD format.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record Label ‘Infringes’ Own Copyright, Site Pulled
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Janko Roettgers / TorrentFreak:
Stanford University Embraces BitTorrent
Discussion: Pulse 2.0, TechSpot and digg.com
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Is Microsoft Recession Proof?
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Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Handango to Offer Paid Apps for Android
Discussion: Mashable!
Martin / gHacks technology news:
Google Chrome Adds Greasemonkey Support
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Mashable!
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Cloud Computing and Vendor Lock-In
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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Apple Q4 earnings smackdown
 

 
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