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9:40 AM ET, October 20, 2008

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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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Layoffs Expected to Hit This Week  —  Yahoo started out the year with layoffs, and it is going to end the year with more.  The layoffs have been expected ever since Yahoo hired hatchet men from Bain & Co. to come help with the downsizing.  The exact number of layoffs is still not known …
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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.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Report: Yahoo plans cost-cutting moves, layoffs
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and TechSpot
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 …
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: CNET News and TechCrunch
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam launches 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 following early rumors.
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
DARPA Contract Description Hints at Advanced Video Spying  —  Real-time streaming video of Iraqi and Afghan battle areas taken from thousands of feet in the air can follow actions of people on the ground as they dig, shake hands, exchange objects and kiss each other goodbye.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
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
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
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 …
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Toshiba, SanDisk restructure flash ventures
Discussion: The Register
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iLike Teams With TuneCore To Help Artists Sell Their Music
Discussion: 901am and Mashable!
Business Technology:
Linking the Real Web with Virtual Worlds
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Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Blu-ray has case of the economic blues
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Carriers Sell Subsidized MacBooks?
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record Label ‘Infringes’ Own Copyright, Site Pulled
Discussion: p2pnet, Slashdot and digg.com
gary vaynerchuk:
Britney Spears is on Twitter....kinda
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Is Microsoft Recession Proof?
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
The Internet is no 21st-century boob tube
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Techdirt
Martin / gHacks technology news:
Google Chrome Adds Greasemonkey Support
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Mashable!
 

 
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