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2:00 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?
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Most flagrant flamebait ever
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Dave Bort / Android Open Source Project:
Android is now available as open source  —  Today is a big day for Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and the open-source community.  All of the work that we've poured into the mobile platform is now officially available, for free, as the Android Open Source Project.  —  You'll be hearing a lot about Android devices.
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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.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google opens up Android source code
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and AppScout
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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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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MarketWatch:
Brightstorm Launches Online Learning Network for Teens; Announces $6M in Series A Financing  —  Learning Experts Join Forces to Empower Teens, Teachers and Parents to Shape the Future of Education  —  Brightstorm today launched a new online learning network for teens that offers video-based courses designed …
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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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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
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
NVIDIA to join Mac gaming push, intros new desktop chipsets
Discussion: bit-tech.net and MacDailyNews
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
Research in Motion:
RIM Takes Push to a New Level with BlackBerry Web Signals Technology for Third Party Content Services  —  Online content providers can now push notifications to BlackBerry smartphones and enable streamlined mobile access for their customers  —  Santa Clara, CA - BlackBerry Developer Conference …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Global Anti-Piracy Day to Highlight Collaborative Efforts to Protect Customers and Partners Around the World From Software Piracy and Counterfeiting  —  Microsoft works with customers, partners and governments to launch dozens of anti-piracy initiatives spanning the globe.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Make Your Own iPhone/Android Apps With New App Generator  —  Today AppLoop launched a mobile application generator which lets you turn any RSS feed into a mobile application for either iPhone (available today) or Android (coming soon).  The company, who competes with the analytics …
 
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Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Microsoft's SideSight: Something Apple Should Watch
Discussion: Engadget, ExtremeTech and Phone Scoop
AppleInsider:
What to expect: Apple Q4 2008 earnings preview
Discussion: Edible Apple and Bullish Cross
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft
John Oates / The Register:
Judge tells Oracle and SAP to sort it out
Discussion: CNET News
BBC:
Keyboard sniffers to steal data
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Android ‘GPhone’ App Store Missing Some Big Names
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BeenVerified hopes to make background checks easier and cheaper
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Google Being More Careful Amid Slump, Schmidt Says
 

 
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