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5:15 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 …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Amazon's Linux cloud computing out of beta, joined by Windows  —  A central part of Amazon's online computing foundation is growing up.  —  The Elastic Compute Cloud, a service that gives customers on-demand access to Linux servers, is now out of beta testing, said Jeff Barr …
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon … and CloudAve
Nick / Rough Type:   And now for the enterprise ...  For Amazon.com's utility-computing …
Derek Phillips / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Gmail for mobile 2.0  —  As an engineer on the Gmail for mobile team, I use the Gmail client on my mobile phone all the time.  Because of this, I'm always looking for ways to make it faster, more robust and easier to use.  Today, we're thrilled to introduce Gmail for mobile version 2 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 - Critical  —  Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958644)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record First-Quarter Revenue  —  Revenue surpasses $15 billion with healthy sales of enterprise software and Xbox 360 consoles  —  Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)  —  View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Sign of the Times: Should the ‘Gray Lady’ talk to a Yahoo?  —  The news has been unrelentingly bad for the news business, in the last two years as advertising keeps shifting to the Internet.  —  And there's no question that the great ‘Gray Lady’ of newspapering, The New York Times, is in a vise.
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
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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 …
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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.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo plug-in gives brains to browser search
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Camino 2.0 finally sees the light of day with alpha release
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Students Competing For Slots At Elite Colleges Resorting To “Facebook Sabotage”  —  Students competing to get into the nation's most elite colleges and universities have begun to use sneaky, under-handed tactics involving Facebook, according to a new report from the Chicago Tribune.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Video site Break.com lays off 11  —  Video site Break.com has laid off about 11 workers, according to CEO Keith Richman.  —  The site, which now bills itself as an online “entertainment destination for guys” is planning to hire the same number of people in the future, just “with different skill sets,” Richman said.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel unveils new cooling tech for ultrathin laptops  —  Intel wants a laptop to live up to its name.  —  A computer that sits comfortably, coolly on your lap.  The world's largest chipmaker expects a crush of ultrathin laptops from PC makers in 2009 and unveiled cooling technology this week …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Electronista
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Think Firefox 3 is fast?  Try Firefox Minefield  —  A colleague today showed me a cool, new browser that he's been using to browse the web at blisteringly fast speeds.  The browser?  Minefield.  The author of the code?  —  Mozilla.  —  Yes, that same Mozilla that makes the Firefox browser.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Dozens And Dozens” Of Ad Networks Will Die In 2009  —  Jeff Lanctot, chief strategy officer for Microsoft's interactive agency Razorfish, told PEhub that based on client reaction to the economic downturn, he expects 2009 to be a very tough year for ad networks:
Discussion: Digital Daily and Epicenter
MediaShift:
How ‘Follower Spam’ Infiltrated Twitter — and How to Stop It  —  When using the micro-blogging service Twitter, by default you get email notices whenever anyone signs up to “follow” you (when you follow someone on Twitter, their Twitter posts, or “tweets,” display on your main Twitter page …
 
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Want T-Mobile's Google Phone? Not in D.C.
Discussion: Gearlog and Slashdot
Nick Gray / HTC Source:
Android Virtual Keyboard coming on Q1 09
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit goes ‘Independent,’ says more deals to come
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel planning Montevina Refresh notebook platform for April next year
Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
Apple's “Real” Earnings Grew a Staggering 124.6% in Q4 2008!
Discussion: MacBlogz and AppleInsider
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Second Try Proves Lucky: Getty Buys Jupitermedia's Online Images Unit …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Jupitermedia
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Rackspace Hosting makes two acquisitions
Discussion: Business Wire and Startup Wire
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Even AT&T Is Startled by Cost of iPhone Partnership
Discussion: DSLreports and AT&T
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Who's to blame for jumping votes on WV touchscreen machines?
Discussion: Switched
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
How to avoid being an IT layoff casualty
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Sony Ericsson Hikaru to bring an 8 MP camera, 8GB of memory …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 before 2010? Magic 8 Ball says “don't count on it”
 

 
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