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3:30 AM ET, October 21, 2008

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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Lala's Spectacular New Music Service  —  For a couple of months now, I've been using a music service that's been in a quiet (but open) beta period.  It's been kind of amazing.  That service is the all-new version of Lala, and it's officially throwing its doors open to the public today.
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Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
Lala Plays a New Song.  —  Tomorrow, Lala Media Inc. will announce an interesting new approach to selling digital music.  It's based on a new type of license it secured with the four major labels and 170,000 indie labels, that lets consumers pay a dime to own a song that they can listen …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Lala May Have Just Built The Next Revolution In Digital Music  —  Call me a skeptic.  When Lala came to our offices last week trying to convince me that music was heading to the cloud, and that they were going to help lead the transition, I wasn't convinced at first.
Tom Lowry / Business Week:
The Short List for U.S. Chief Technology Officer  —  Barack Obama has pledged to name a cabinet-level CTO to oversee a job-creating national broadband buildout if he's elected.  Big names abound  —  Barack Obama says that the U.S. is not doing nearly enough to create jobs through technology.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Google CEO Wants to Be President Obama's Tech Chief  —  Did you know?  Besides sitting on Apple's board of directors, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been an informal adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  In fact, he lurves Obama so much that's he not just going to endorse him …
Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Backs Obama
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Scott Rafer: The Facebook Platform is Dead  —  When speaking at the Facebook developer conference today in Berlin, Scott Rafer declared that Facebook platform dead.  He posted statistics including one that I posted that suggests Facebook widgets are dead.  Lookery's own statistics …
PBS:
Ctrl-Alt-Del: Did Apple reboot an important product announcement?  —  Apple last week introduced a pair of very nice notebook computers that, not at all surprisingly, looked like riffs on the MacBook Air.  The company in a separate announcement released 600 high-definition television episodes through the iTunes Store.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bloglines Returns to Challenge Google Reader - Thank Goodness  —  Popular RSS reader Bloglines says it's solved the much publicized recent problems with feed updating that lead smaller services to pursue its users and Google Reader triumphalists to declare the RSS reader market all zipped up.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bloglines Gets A Band-Aid; And We Hear It's Still For Sale
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Launches 1.0 Version - Eyes Facebook, Google Reader, Delicious, Digg, ...  When Twine announced itself to the world exactly one year ago, it claimed to be “the first mainstream Semantic Web application”.  However despite raising millions of dollars in its quest to bring the Semantic Web …
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile:
Dell and N-Trig: I've Had It  —  In many ways, the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC has become one of my favorite Tablet PCs.  It is very thin, light, has ample room on the wrist pad for typing, has a scroll wheel, and is generally pleasant to use in portrait mode.  It goes to sleep and resumes very quickly.
Discussion: Technology Questions and Engadget
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Please Fix The iPhone: A To-Do List For Steve Jobs  —  iPhone addicts love their iPhones, but nothing is perfect.  Customer feedback for Apple just went public on Please Fix the iPhone.  The site let's iPhone owners, or anyone else, list and vote on the features that most need fixing on the iPhone.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
RSS Adoption at 11% and it May Be Peaking, Forrester Says  —  Forrester Research today published a new report on the state of RSS.  In short, while there are bright spots, it does not paint the picture of a technology that's going mainstream anytime soon.  —  On a positive note …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem For Android Takes The Jukebox In The Sky And Puts It In Your Pocket  —  What good is an endless jukebox in the sky if you can only listen to it while you are sitting in front of your computer?  Imeem answers that with what is certainly the best Android app I've seen (or heard) so far.
Discussion: Mashable! and Obsessable
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Popularity or Income?  Two Sites Fight It Out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the aftermath of the dot-com bust, many chastened venture capitalists pledged never again to finance an idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin with no viable business model.  Too many poorly conceived companies like Pets.com and Webvan had flamed out.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
RIM Could Rot With the Economy  —  Research In Motion, maker of the indispensable BlackBerry devices, may see sales stall in this brave, new, sucky economy.  —  That's the conclusion of Tavis McCourt, an analyst with Morgan Keegan.  He expects sales growth will slip from 40 percent in 2008 to between 25 and 30 percent in 2009.
Discussion: Business Week
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
Google removes applications just before launch  —  As people start receiving their pre-ordered T-Mobile G1 phones, they are going to be very disappointed to find that the 50+ applications that were reported in the Android Market have now been stripped down to only 13.
wmpoweruser.com:
Two new HP devices revealed  —  HP's mysterious new smartphone entrants have been revealed, and certainly look stylish enough.  Apparently the result of bringing the design in-house the HP Ipaq VoiceMessenger and DataManager feature unique looks.  —  HP Ipaq DataManager
Discussion: SlashPhone and Engadget Mobile
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Veoh Lays Off 15—Not 40 Percent As Rumored; Russia Office Closed  —  Online video site Veoh, backed by about $70 million in funding including from Michael Eisner, did about 15 layoffs from its St Petersburg, Russia office about a month ago, the company has told me.
Discussion: CNET News and Valleywag
Sydney Morning Herald:
Spam flood goes on despite bust  —  Last week's bust of the largest spam operation in the world, which was run by a Queensland resident, has had no measurable impact on global spam volumes.  —  The spam gang, known by authorities and security experts as HerbalKing, was responsible for one-third of all spam …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Samsung Epix i907 unboxing  —  Well, this has been a long time comin', hasn't it?  We just got our grubby mitts on that much-debated Samsung Epix i907 and boy... it's thick!  Counting out the AT&T Tilt, this is probably the thickest phone in their line-up.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Wikia lays off 30 percent of staff  —  Bid goodnight to Jimmy Wales's dream of cashing out on Wikipedia, the world's largest collection of infrequently asked questions.  The vehicle for his scheme, a derivative for-profit startup called Wikia, is imploding.
Nick / Rough Type:
The cost of First Click Free  —  The web you see when you go through Google's search engine is no longer the web you see when you don't go through Google's search engine.  —  In a note on my previous post, The Centripetal Web, Seth Finkelstein points to Philipp Lenssen's discussion of a new Google service …
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.
Ken Brown / NVIDIA Press Room:
New NVIDIA Motherboard GPUs Pack Big Punch In A Small Package  —  With 5x More Performance in One-half the Size, New GeForce 9-Series mGPUs Tap Parallel Processors for More Than Just Graphics  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  NVIDIA's engineering team was given a challenge …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Your privacy is an illusion: UK attacks civil liberties  —  Last year one of the more troubling provisions of the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) finally came into effect.  This piece of legislation made it a criminal offense to refuse to decrypt almost any encrypted data residing within …
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Harvard Prof: Google earns “$32-$50 million” annually from typosquatting websites  —  Harvard Business School professor Benjamin G. Edelman estimates Google makes between $32 and $50 million in gross profit each year — potentially much more — from placing its AdSense text ads on so-called “typosquatting” sites.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft U Rank: Personalize Your Search Results  —  Microsoft Research just announced the release of a new experimental search engine interface with a focus on personalization and social networking.  U Rank allows you to reorder your searches, add notes, create lists of results …
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