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10:50 AM ET, October 21, 2008

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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.
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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.
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 …
Paul Boutin / Wired News:
Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004  —  Thinking about launching your own blog?  Here's some friendly advice: Don't.  And if you've already got one, pull the plug.  —  Writing a weblog today isn't the bright idea it was four years ago.  The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis …
Yahoo! Tech:
Palm Treo Pro: A sweet Windows smartphone  —  San Francisco - The BlackBerry, iPhone, and T-Mobile G1 may be the kings of smartphone cool, but if you ask me, they all share one big shortcoming: They don't run Windows Mobile.  —  I know that statement puts me in a distinct minority.
Discussion: InfoWorld and PalmAddicts
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
HP Shows Off Two New iPaq Phones: One Touch, One Not  —  HP's rumored touchscreen handset has showed up in the for of the iPaq Data Communicator, a pop-out QWERTY Windows Mobile handset, with a solid but predictable spec sheet.  You'll find a full range of 3G capabilities, Wi-Fi, a-GPS …
Discussion: SlashPhone and Obsessable
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Online Video Site Blip.tv Secures Second Round  —  Online video site Blip.tv, based in new York City, has secured its entire second round of funding from Bain Capital Ventures.  The amount was not disclosed, but CEO Mike Hudack said that the round had been in the works well before the financial crunch.
Discussion: Epicenter and Beet.TV
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Gets Some Safety Money From Bain  —  New York-based online television network blip.tv has closed its second round of institutional capital, led by Bain Capital Ventures.  The company had previously closed a round of funding (June 2007) with Ambient Sound Investments …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
John Markoff / New York Times:
Beware the Digital Zombies  —  REDMOND, Wash. — In a windowless room on Microsoft's campus here, T. J. Campana, a cybercrime investigator, connects an unprotected computer running an early version of Windows XP to the Internet.  In about 30 seconds the computer is “owned.”
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Shazam moves to Android, works with Amazon MP3 Store  —  Shazam, the mobile music discovery provider made popular on the iPhone, announced today that it has launched its mobile application for the Android platform.  Android users will be able to “discover” a song and connect to Amazon's MP3 store …
Discussion: Music Ally, GigaOM and Business Week
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Brightstorm Raises $6 Million For Online Video Tutorials  —  If high-school education is failing in the U.S., maybe Web video can help.  Founded last April, Brightstorm is a Web video site that brings bright, talented teachers together with students who need some extra help.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Brightstorm launches into the booming online education market
Discussion: Startup Meme
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Uses Public Service Ads to Link to Own Election Page  —  Google AdSense ads are embedded in websites all across the web.  As a webmaster, you have the option to let Google display Public Service Ads when they cannot find a fitting other ad; these ads will not earn the webmaster revenue.
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
Microsoft Xbox: Not Ready For Primetime  —  There's a new member of the “Not Ready for Primetime Players”: The Xbox 360.  —  Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) has delayed the launch of “Xbox Live Primetime,” its programmed series of interactive games with real-world prizes, until the spring.
Kris Graft / Edge Online:
Muslim Group Condemns LBP “Censorship”  —  Sony reacted a little OTT with the withdrawl ,( although I suspect the individual who stated that they found it offensive could just have easily been some fanboy making ‘smart*%$’ comments on a forum to put people off . )
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Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Sony recalls game after music offends Muslims
Discussion: p2pnet, Japan Probe and CrunchGear
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Apple's next act: Changing PC buying habits  —  Nvidia inside: Apple's latest MacBook laptops have an Nvidia graphics processor next to their Intel chips, which puts the spotlight on graphics chips as an important part of today's basic computer system.  Image: Apple
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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.
Richard Brewer-Hay / eBay Ink:
eBay To Institute Global Ban on Ivory Sales  —  One thing I have found fascinating over my first year here at eBay is the variety of topics covered in both email and in meetings.  Beyond the typical marketing or PR planning meetings there are hundreds of different policies and rules …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: digg.com
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Cyrus Farivar / Salon:
U.K. proposes massive database to monitor cell and Net communications
Discussion: Times of London and UPI
Avner / boxee blog:
Hola Hulu!  —  our forums, twitter and inbox are filled with messages such as “now if I could only play Hulu on boxee..”, “give me Hulu!”, or my personal favorite “if you somehow figured out how to make Hulu work... I will kiss you on the mouth.  ;)” (hey @beiting we figured it out! hope you're a good kisser)
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
ASUS CEO Reveals Eee PC Sales Numbers, Plans for Touch Eee PCs and More Eee Family Products  —  Earlier this week the ASUS Eee PC celebrated its first birthday (with a full birthday party and cake at LAPTOP Magazine).  It was one year ago that the Taiwanese company began selling its first sub-notebook …
 
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Mythic “flattered” by Warcraft's imitation combat
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Matt Sedensky / Associated Press:
MediaNews CEO: Outsourcing could help save money
Discussion: MediaFile and paidContent.org
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BeenVerified hopes to make background checks easier and cheaper
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Ken Schachter / Red Herring:
Where Congress Puts Its Own Money
Discussion: Techdirt
Lou Cabron / 10 Zen Monkeys:
The Great Google Rebellion
Sydney Morning Herald:
Spam flood goes on despite bust
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Portfolio, Obsessable and Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bloglines Returns to Challenge Google Reader - Thank Goodness
Discussion: TechCrunch
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
RIM Could Rot With the Economy
Discussion: Business Week
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Please Fix The iPhone: A To-Do List For Steve Jobs
Discussion: Startup Meme
 

 
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