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5:00 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
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google opens up Android source code
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where Will Android Go Next?
Discussion: 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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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 …
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
Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
Hands-on with the HP iPaq Voice Messenger and iPaq Data Messenger smartphones  —  HP has announced two new Windows Mobile smartphones today - the iPaq Voice Messenger and Data Messenger.  HP is pitching the smartphones at two different markets and the iPaq Voice Messenger is aimed at users …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
HP Shows Off Two New iPaq Phones: One Touch, One Not
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Visa, Huawei, ARM to join Symbian group  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - British chip designer ARM, card network Visa, Chinese technology group Huawei and nine others said on Tuesday they planned to join the Symbian Foundation to get free access to its software.  —  Since June 2008 …
Discussion: Electronista and Boy Genius Report
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Mail.com raises $35M for custom emails  —  It looks like venture capitalists haven't given up on web companies yet.  Mail.com, which operates an email service, web portal and related content sites, just announced that it raised $35 million back in September.
Discussion: paidContent.org and socalTECH.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL Gives YourMinis Users the Post-Acquisition Blues, Shutters Service  —  Grab your OPML reading list and get out now.  That was the message in an email sent today to users of the innovative start-page service YourMinis, a years-old startup that was acquired by AOL in February.
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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Gary Anthes / Computerworld:
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