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1:10 PM ET, October 23, 2008

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Amazon Web Services Blog:
Big Day for Amazon EC2: Production, SLA, Windows, and 4 New Capabilities  —  My colleagues and I have spent the week building up anticipation for this post on Twitter.  After you read this post I am sure that you will agree that the wait was worthwhile.  —  The hallways at Amazon have been buzzing with excitement of late.
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Using the Cloud to build highly-efficient systems  —  These are times where many companies are focusing on the basics of their IT operations and are asking themselves how they can operate more efficiently to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.  This is not the first time that we have gone through …
Discussion: Moonwatcher
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:   Amazon's Linux cloud computing out of beta, joined by Windows
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Sun Loses Co-Founder to Start-Up  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Andreas von Bechtolsheim, a brilliant billionaire who has created some of the best-selling computer systems in the industry, is resigning as chief architect of Sun Microsystems to focus on a start-up that is challenging another industry giant, Cisco Systems.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ex-Cisco SVP to Lead Andy Bechtolsheim's Latest Switch Startup  —  UPDATED: Andy Bechtolsheim may be well known for co-founding Sun Microsystems, but the reality is that his list of accomplishments is much longer.  Whenever there is a major infrastructure technology shift …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Apple Can Enable Dual GPU and On-the-Fly Switching in MacBook Pro  —  Nvidia dropped by today to demo some of the awesome things that the GeForce 9400M in the new MacBooks can do that Intel's integrated graphics just can't touch, and to discuss a few technical points.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russian Antimonopoly Service Bans Google Acquisition of Begun  —  Back in July we reported on acquisition of a Russian contextual advertising company Begun (one of the largest companies working in the field in Russia) by Google.  At the time we suggested that a combination of contextual advertising sold …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Google's Russian Ad Buy Blocked On Technicality; Putin's Spanner In The Works?  —  Russia's FAS anti-trust authority has blocked Google (NSDQ: GOOG) from gaining a foothold in the country's booming online advertising business.  Top-three portal Rambler in July agreed to sell …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Three Places To Shop For Android Apps?  How Confusing!  —  Yesterday, T-Mobile stocked their stores with G1 handset, the first smartphone to feature Google's mobile operating system “Android.”  Along with the device itself, the Google Android Market also went live.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Hold Your Breath For The Facebook Android App
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to release critical Windows security patch on October 23  —  It's not Patch Tuesday today, but Microsoft is pushing out a Windows security patch, marked as “Critical,” on Thursday October 23.  —  Microsoft has been attempting to bundle up all of its security fixes and patches so they can be delivered once monthly.
Discussion: The Register and Security Bytes
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New York Times:
The New York Times Company Reports Preliminary Third-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today a preliminary third-quarter loss per share from continuing operations of $.01, including $.07 per share for severance costs, compared with $.10 earnings per share (EPS) …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Severance Costs Push NYT To Q3 Loss; Exploring Writedown …
James Callan / Bloomberg:
Comcast Doubles Internet Speed, Sells Premium Service  —  Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, will double the speed of its Internet service for current subscribers and offer even faster connections at additional cost to improve movie, music and game downloads.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple Polishes Popular MacBook for a Higher Price  —  Apple's MacBook laptop, the company's low-end portable computer aimed at average consumers, isn't just any old product.  It's the best-selling Macintosh in history, at a time when Mac sales are growing much faster than sales of PCs in the U.S. overall.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Announces $22.7 Million Infusion From SAP, Goldman Sachs, and McGraw Hill  —  Business networking startup LinkedIn is announcing today that it has raised another $22.7 million, on top of the $53 million D round it closed last June at a $1 billion valuation.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Expands to Firefox and IE  —  Earlier this year, we launched Inquisitor 3 for Safari.  Since then, users have been asking (demanding) that we make Inquisitor available on other browser platforms.  This evening, we're doing just that with the launch of Inquisitor Firefox 2 and 3 and Internet Explorer 7 and 8.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Ticketmaster to Acquire Star Power in Azoff Deal  —  Ticketmaster Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire what is widely regarded as the music world's most powerful artist-management company and install the management company's boss at the helm of the combined company, a bid to find …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 before 2010?  Magic 8 Ball says “don't count on it”  —  Last week Microsoft announced that product codenamed Windows 7 would retail with that same name.  At the time, the company refrained from announcing a ship date, with current predictions ranging from late 2009 to early 2010.
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Who's to blame for jumping votes on WV touchscreen machines?  —  “I know what box I pushed,” insisted an audibly miffed Calvin Thomas.  The West Virginia retiree is one of several residents who have reported problems in early voting on the state's iVotronic touchscreen machines.
Discussion: Switched
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Weblogs, Inc. Three Years Later: Impressive Page View And Revenue Growth  —  Earlier this month News Corp. celebrated the three year anniversary of the acquisition of MySpace.  Today, AOL does the same for the Weblogs, Inc. blog network they acquired in October 2005.
Discussion: Valleywag and The Blog Herald
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Even AT&T Is Startled by Cost of iPhone Partnership  —  AT&T's successful relationship with Apple comes at a price: $900 million.  —  That is the amount of money AT&T paid to Apple for the 2.4 million iPhones the phone company sold in the third quarter.  It is a number that surprised even AT&T …
Discussion: DSLreports, GMSV and AT&T
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
How to avoid being an IT layoff casualty  —  During this period of downturn, the unadulterated waste caused by failed IT will drive layoffs as organizations cancel poorly performing projects.  Although these marginal projects might have escaped the axe during better times, today they're perfect budget-cut targets.
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
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