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1:50 PM ET, October 23, 2008

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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  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
NY Times 3Q profits down 51 pct, beats estimates
Discussion: Between the Lines
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Severance Costs Push NYT To Q3 Loss; Exploring Writedown …
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.
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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:
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Q&A with Jeff Lanctot, Chief Strategy Officer for Interactive Ad Agency Razorfish
Discussion: Epicenter and paidContent.org
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
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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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.
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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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 …
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
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
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.
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.
 
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