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11:30 AM 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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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.
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
Discussion: SlashPhone and Obsessable
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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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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Forbes, TechCrunch and Engadget
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.
Discussion: Epicenter, AppScout, eWeek and Docu-Drama
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!
Gary Anthes / Computerworld:
Dear Mr. President: Let's talk tech  —  Top IT luminaries demand action from the next administration  —  Computerworld) Science and technology may not have been the focus of the recent debates between presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama, but both candidates have outlined some broad policy proposals and goals.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Salon, Epicenter and Startup Wire
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
BeenVerified hopes to make background checks easier and cheaper  —  BeenVerified is looking to shake up the background-checking industry with cheap and fast solutions that small businesses can afford.  —  The New York-based company is launching a service today that can perform …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
 
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Brightstorm launches into the booming online education market
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