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12:55 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Blogs are so over, Wired magazine says  —  Hey, didn't you hear?  Blogs are so 2004.  They're dead now, says Paul Boutin (who also writes for Valleywag) in a piece he wrote for Wired magazine.  Here's his argument (such as it is) in a nutshell: … Wow — that's pretty persuasive, isn't it?
Discussion: Virtual Economics
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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Peter Burrows / Tech Beat:
Lala Plays a New Song.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Android ‘GPhone’ App Store Missing Some Big Names
Discussion: Crave
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 …
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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
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Akamai Gets Into the Ad Business  —  Tech Firm Acquires E-commerce-Tracking Acerno to Aid in Behavioral Targeting, Purchasing  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Big publishers have long counted on Akamai to deliver web content faster and more reliably.  Now Akamai hopes it can convince those clients …
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Jeff Young / Akamai:
Akamai Introduces Advertising Decision Solutions; Announces Agreement to Acquire acerno  —  Contacts:  —  Media Relations  —  Akamai Technologies  —  617-444-3913  —  jyoung@akamai.com  —or—  Noelle Faris  —  Investor Relations  —  Akamai Technologies  —  617-444-4676
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola intros avant-garde $2,000 AURA, markets it like a Rolex  —  We can't remember the last time we purchased a phone because it possessed 700+ individual components, a stainless steel housing or a front plate that takes a fortnight to create, but Motorola's hoping you start to care about that kind of minutiae right about now.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer  —  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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Earnings: What to Expect When You're Not Expecting (Much)  —  Here's a bright spot in Yahoo's third-quarter earnings announcement later today: Sources told BoomTown that the company will not announce a specific number of layoffs tomorrow, although it will give an overall percentage of employees and costs to be cut.
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Gets Some Safety Money From Bain
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
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 …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Open-Sources Android on Eve of G1 Launch  —  Table of Contents:  —  Google releases the complete Android mobile operating system stack under the open-source Apache license, freeing up carriers, OEMs and ambitious application development experts to build functional smart phones with the software.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung announces the Epix for AT&T  —  The BlackJack series was a turning point for Samsung and solidified their place in the smartphone market among the major players until RIM got all fussy about the name and today they announced the Epix, which is basically the BJ III.
Discussion: Crave, Electronista, WMExperts and Engadget
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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google-Yahoo Search Deal Toast, Says TheDeal  —  Not confirmed, but makes sense given the way this has been headed.  The partnership will have to be so neutered to pass muster that it seems no longer worth doing anyway.  —  TheDeal.com:  —  Google, Yahoo! likely to drop venture
Michael Iams / MapQuest Blog:
By Popular Demand... An Optimal iPhone Browsing Experience  —  MapQuest users have come to rely on the quality and accuracy of MapQuest results no matter where they are — which is why we are delighted to introduce MapQuest optimized for the iPhone.  We have served millions of requests …
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.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Google Being More Careful Amid Slump, Schmidt Says  —  Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet search site, will make fewer acquisitions and slow hiring amid the global economic turmoil, Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said.
 
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John Oates / The Register:
Judge tells Oracle and SAP to sort it out
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Keyboard sniffers to steal data
Gary Anthes / Computerworld:
Dear Mr. President: Let's talk tech
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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
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Brightstorm nabs $6M, launches into the booming online education market
Discussion: MarketWatch and Startup Meme
Ken Schachter / Red Herring:
Where Congress Puts Its Own Money
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