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12:10 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
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  —  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, you can bet …
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.
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Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Nvidia: 9400M Coming to Five Other Notebooks, We'll Snag 30 Percent …
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
msevents.microsoft.com:
TechNet Webcast: Information Regarding an Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Release (Level 200)  —  Event ID: 1032393978 … English.  —  Product(s):  —  Security.  —  Audience(s):  —  IT Professional.  —  Duration:  —  60 Minutes  —  Start Date: Event Overview
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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  —  The bad blood between Facebook and Google may go deeper than anyone has really realized to date.  The spat became public earlier this year when Facebook banned Google's Friend Connect, theoretically over security issues (but really over competitive issues).
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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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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Email From Jason Calacanis: How To Handle Layoffs  —  In his latest email newsletter, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis discusses “How To Handle Layoffs.”  It is a topic he knows too well, having had to go through a layoff of 10 percent of his staff earlier today.
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
EU thinks of the children, launches safe Internet initiative  —  The European Parliament voted today to launch a new version of its Safer Internet Programme that will run from 2009-2013.  The updated Safer Internet program “will... promote safer use of the Internet and other communication technologies …
Discussion: WebProNews
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Tough times, unoriginal blog posts  —  Mahalo founder: “Tough times, hard decisions.”  Zillow founder: “Difficult times, difficult decisions.”  Seesmic founder: “Tough times.  Tough decisions.”  The only thing easy in these times is what to headline your post about the employees you just laid off.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Q&A with Jeff Lanctot, Chief Strategy Officer for Interactive Ad Agency Razorfish  —  Earlier today, I spoke with Jeff Lanctot, chief strategy officer for Razorfish, one of the world's biggest interactive agencies, about advertisers' mentality in the face of a prolonged downturn.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Moblyng Lets You Build Slideshows On Your iPhone  —  Moblyng, the company formerly known as FlipTrack that is focused on taking Flash-based slideshows to mobile platforms, has released an application on Apple's App Store that allows users to create entertaining slidesshows from their iPhones.
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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The Care and Feeding of Entrepreneurs
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The German start-up scene: Copycats, but getting smarter
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
iPhones are a must-have for Congress