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5:35 PM ET, October 22, 2008

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Android Developers Blog:
Android Market: Now available for users  —  Last month I outlined some details around Android Market.  Today, Android Market launched for users to download applications along with the first Android-powered phone—the T-Mobile G1.  —  With Android Market, users can easily download apps to their Android-powered phone.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top Ten Android Launch Apps  —  The first Android phone. the G1, goes on sale today at T-Mobile stores.  And, although I have some issues with the software/hardware interface, those are more than overcome by all the great software on the phone.  I've been testing out a phone for about a week …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jonathan Skillings / Crave:
T-Mobile delivers the G1 (aka Android) phone
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Tough times, hard decisions.  —  Given the challenging economic environment, we've decided to cut costs at Mahalo.  —  Although we've got a significant amount of cash on hand, and the business is ahead of schedule in terms of traffic (4m uniques a month, double where we thought we would be at this point) …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Jason Calacanis' Mahalo Fires 13
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Internet Winter Hits Mahalo; Cuts 10% Of Staff
TechFlash:
Bill Gates' mysterious new company  —  Just months after his Microsoft farewell, Bill Gates is quietly creating a new company — complete with high-tech office space, a cryptic name and even its own trademark.  —  Public documents describe the new Gates entity — bgC3 LLC — as a “think tank.”
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Upgrade: AdSense Reporting, Visualization Tools, & More  —  A day after announcing a slight touch up, Google Analytics is rolling out what it calls a “significant upgrade” to its feature set.  The new tools include AdSense integration, Motion Charts, advanced segmentation …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Rackspace Buys Two Startups to Beat Amazon's Cloud  —  Rackspace Hosting said today that it has agreed to buy startups Slicehost and Jungle Disk, a move aimed at boosting its Mosso cloud offerings in order to step up competition with Amazon's Web Services.  But whether or not Rackspace …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Cloud Computing Price War to come?
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Rackspace Acquires Slicehost and JungleDisk: Challenges Amazon's …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Music Social Network Imeem In Play; Hires Bank; Laying Off 25 Percent  —  Online music-focused social network Imeem is on the block, according to our sources, and has hired investment banker Montgomery and Co. to lead the sale.  Coincidentally, we have also learned that the company is announcing …
AT&T:
AT&T Customers to Enter a ‘Bold’ New Wireless World  —  Breakthrough BlackBerry Smartphone Is Coming to Nation's Fastest 3G Network; Arrives in Stores Nov. 4  —  Waterloo, Ontario — AT&T customers will be entering a bold new wireless world with the launch of the BlackBerry® Bold&trade …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: We Still Haven't Figured Out The Living Room (AAPL)  —  Not Steve Jobs' most important comment during last night's earnings call, but still interesting: Apple's (AAPL) chief admits no one has succeeded yet at bridging your living room TV with the Internet — including Apple …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!
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Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Economy to Give Open-Source a Good Thumping  —  When we think of the Great Depression, we imagine long lines of gaunt men, caps in hand, waiting for soup handouts.  The equivalent photos of today's economic hard times — displayed for free, of course, on Flickr — may be represented by images …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
7 Real Reasons Why iPhone Is a Smash Hit  —  Love it or hate it...there is no denying that Apple's iPhone is not only a game changer but a certifiable hit.  Apple shared some interesting stats about the iPhone today.  I culled some of the more interesting facts from the transcript …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steve Jobs's Home Run With the iPhone
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNet.com.au:
Intel slams ‘slow’ iPhone ARM CPU  —  Any speed shortcomings in Apple's iPhone were the fault of its rival chipset manufacturer ARM, a senior Intel executive said in Taiwan yesterday.  —  “The shortcomings of the iPhone are not because of Apple,” Intel's director of ecosystems …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:   Intel says iPhone not capable of ‘full Internet’
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Launches DOCSIS 3.0 In New England - Though Comcast has yet to officially actually tell anybody...  On Monday we were the first to report that Comcast was getting very close to launching new 22Mbps/5Mbps and 50Mbps/10Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in a handful of new markets.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apricot drops ‘too complicated’ Linux from netbook line  —  Apricot has pulled the plug on its Linux-based netbook, choosing instead to offer the pint-sized Picobook Pro only with Windows XP.  —  The Pro, which launched last week, was to be offered with a choice of XP and SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New signs point to Windows 7 debuting earlier than expected  —  As I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog, Microsoft privately is telling some of its customers that Windows 7 will be out in the latter half of 2009.  —  It's true, as Microsoft's spokespeople contend, that the …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Spy shots of the Nokia E63 emerge  —  As part of the whole discussion on the leaked Nokia promotional video about a month ago, the existence of the mysterious Eseries phone, the E63, has come to light.  Much of the phone still remains a mystery but we do have some new spy shots to confirm …
Discussion: Electronista and Unwired View
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
It's becoming hard to distinguish open source from SaaS  —  I had a fascinating conversation with a Silicon Valley VC this morning.  He has successfully invested in a range of open-source and SaaS companies, and made a somewhat startling comment: … He is absolutely right, at least about the blending of SaaS and open source.
Discussion: Techdirt and LinuxWorld.com
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why I like netbooks  —  John Markoff quotes Steve Jobs.  “We don't know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk.”  —  As with all Jobsisms, it's beautifully elegant, true — and misleading.  You have to read it very carefully.  —  He isn't saying no one knows how to build one, just that “we” don't know how to.
AT&T:
Strong Wireless Gains, Sound Operational Execution Highlight AT&T's Third Quarter; Results Led by 2.4 Million iPhone 3G Activations, Rapid Wireless Data Growth  — $0.55 reported earnings per diluted share versus $0.50 in the year-earlier quarter  — $0.67 adjusted earnings per diluted share …
 
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Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Microsoft described as ‘biggest hacker in China’
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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