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4:15 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Stops Mac Mini Shipments to Retailers, Says to Expect No More  —  The Mac mini may be pronounced dead as soon as today's Apple earnings conference call, as two major retailers in Europe have confirmed to me that they can't order any more of the little computers.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where Will Android Go Next?
Discussion: Signal to Noise and OStatic blogs
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
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Most flagrant flamebait ever
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Research in Motion:
RIM to Launch BlackBerry Application Storefront and BlackBerry Application Center  —  New online distribution channels to benefit consumers, carriers and developers as market for BlackBerry applications continues to grow  —  Santa Clara, CA - BlackBerry Developer Conference - Research In Motion …
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Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
More BlackBerry app store details emerge  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—RIM's co-founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has just given the 700 registered developers at the first ever BlackBerry Developer conference sound, but strange advice.  The key to successful BlackBerry development isn't just good programming …
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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Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Microsoft's SideSight: Something Apple Should Watch  —  A new Microsoft-developed technology called SideSight looks like something that deserves to be on a next-generation iPod touch.  Or in a magician's repertoire.  —  The SideSight technology is contained in yet another paper …
Discussion: Engadget and ExtremeTech
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.
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech, BetaNews and TechSpot
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 …
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: Furrier.org and MacDailyNews
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
NVIDIA to join Mac gaming push, intros new desktop chipsets
Discussion: bit-tech.net
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft  —  It's planning a PR campaign for early '09 to fight piracy as XP is retired  —  Computerworld) Software counterfeiters pass on Windows Vista and instead prefer to pirate Windows XP, a Microsoft Corp. attorney said today …
Discussion: GMSV
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Benjamin Cohen / channel4.com:
Meeting Mr Nintendo  —  To fans of video games, he's like Steven Spielberg and Robert de Niro rolled into one: the brains behind everything from Donkey Kong to the Wii, which turned Nintendo into a household name.  —  But now Shigero Miyamoto has condemned the increasing use of violence in many games …
Discussion: Destructoid
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
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.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Want To Know Just How Bad Security Is For E-Voting Machines?  —  from the read-this dept  —  You may recall earlier this month that a judge in New Jersey barred some researchers from releasing their report into the security vulnerabilities found in e-voting machines from Sequoia that were being used in the state.
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 …
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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Adobe's Ichabod boosts AJAX search
Discussion: The Register
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL Gives YourMinis Users the Post-Acquisition Blues, Shutters Service
Discussion: CenterNetworks and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Indian Telco Offers Free Netbook With a Wireless Contract
John Oates / The Register:
Judge tells Oracle and SAP to sort it out
Discussion: Between the Lines and CNET News
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Keyboard sniffers to steal data
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Android ‘GPhone’ App Store Missing Some Big Names
Discussion: Crave
Gary Anthes / Computerworld:
Dear Mr. President: Let's talk tech
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Mythic “flattered” by Warcraft's imitation combat
Discussion: Massively
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Shazam moves to Android, works with Amazon MP3 Store
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