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10:05 PM ET, October 23, 2008

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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 …
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
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Amazon's Linux cloud computing out of beta, joined by Windows
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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times (NYT) Running On Fumes  —  Not sure how it came to this so fast, but the New York Times (NYT) is approaching the point where it will have to manage its business primarily to conserve cash and avoid defaulting on its debt.  This situation will only get worse as advertising revenue continues …
Discussion: Business Wire and Epicenter
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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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Security Vulnerability Research & Defense:
More detail about MS08-067, the out-of-band netapi32.dll security update  —  Today Microsoft released a security update that fixes a remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Server Service.  This is a serious vulnerability and we have seen targeted attacks using this vulnerability …
David Hill / Medialets:
Android Market vs. iPhone App Store: The First 24 Hours  —  Google's Android Market has been officially live for 24 hours.  Here are some early observations and comparisons with the iPhone App Store's first 24 hours.  —  There are myriad similarities between iPhone and Android users:
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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 …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Android Is Getting a Touchscreen Keyboard Next Year  —  While the G1 has an excellent keyboard, that's not stopping many users from complaining that they cannot type in landscape mode (notably, the decision to omit the virtual keyboard was to coax users to use the QWERTY hardware).
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Android Phone Fans
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby  —  TOKYO - A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Taking Your Wi-Fi Cafe With You, but Not Everywhere  —  What if you could take along your strong and speedy home Wi-Fi connection wherever you go?  —  That's the idea behind a new service from Sprint called Xohm, which takes Wi-Fi to its logical extreme.  Fittingly, the technology behind it is called WiMax.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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Stephen H. Wildstrom / Business Week:
Baltimore's New WiMAX Service Flies Where Wi-Fi Flops
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
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.
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple looks forward to add RF communications to everything  —  Apple is well known for a very tight integration of it's various devices.  Your iMac, iPod, Apple TV, Airport and other Apple devices all work seamlessly within your home.  —  But what happens when you are outside your home?
Discussion: Engadget, MacBlogz and Gizmodo
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes tiny RF modules for ever-present connectivity
Discussion: The Apple Blog and Macsimum News
David Scheer / Bloomberg:
Jobs Said to Be Targeted by Teen in Heart-Attack Tale  —  Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — A fake Internet report that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack was posted by a teenager, and investigators haven't found evidence he tried to profit from driving down the stock …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
An Interview With Yahoo's Jerry Yang, Part 1: The Econalypse's Impact and More  —  BoomTown was a squeaky enough wheel to get Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to grant a long interview by phone yesterday-just a day after he had announced weak third-quarter earnings results for the Internet giant …
PBS:
Collateral Damage: Why Windows Mobile will die.  —  I am not a very sophisticated mobile phone user.  I don't use most of the bells and whistles on my phone, probably because I don't know what they even are.  But just because I'm an idiot about USING mobile phones doesn't mean I don't understand …
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
You Know About Backups.  Now, Do It Online.  —  “My wife's computer crashed first,” lamented Francis Wade.  Then his followed a few weeks later, as if part of some malicious digital conspiracy.  —  “God knows what happened to it.  Windows started to misbehave.  I couldn't get into anything.
Discussion: Defensive Computing
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple begins testing Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  Apple this week began testing Mac OS X 10.5.6, the next in a running series of updates planned for the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, which could prove to be the most extensive yet.  —  The first test build, which reportedly arrive Thursday …
Discussion: MacRumors
Aviv / MacBlogz:
iPhone Tethering Plan: Sources Say Problematic Delays Caused by AT&T Network  —  MacBlogz has learned that problematic issues caused by AT&T's cellular network, coupled with extreme caution being practiced by AT&T, is preventing an official iPhone tethering plan from progressing.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Pro Quality Without Reflex Lens  —  O.K., O.K., we get it.  There are some things we just can't have.  —  You can't have a little cellphone with a big screen.  You can't have a big car that gets amazing gas mileage.  And you can't have a little camera that takes pro-quality photos.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Boing Boing Gadgets
 
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Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox profit misses estimates, plans job cuts
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Malware writers ratchet up attacks as stock market tanks
Richard Whitt / The Official Google Blog:
Down to the wire on white spaces
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sweden to Introduce Controversial Anti-Piracy Law
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Chippy / UMPCPortal:
USI MID-160. ‘Worlds Thinnest MID’
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AP Backs Down On Controversial Rate Plan: Cuts Rates, Gives Members …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Oregon Trail Facebook app to be replaced with dating service
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