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6:45 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
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon … and CloudAve
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunchIT:
The Cloud Is Shaping Up. …
Nick / Rough Type:
And now for the enterprise ...  For Amazon.com's utility-computing …
Discussion: Business Wire
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 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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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsofts Earnings: A Pleasant Surprise For Rest Of Tech?  —  Microsoft [AAPL Loading...  () ]beat the Street with its 48 cents a share in EPS versus the 47 cents analysts were expecting, on much better than expected revenue: $15.06 billion against the $14.8 billion anticipated.
Discussion: Valleywag
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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TechNet Blogs:
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 …
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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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:   Why Platforms Are Letting Us Down - And What They Should Do About It
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
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, Gizmodo and MacBlogz
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple proposes tiny RF modules for ever-present connectivity
Discussion: Macsimum News
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: Electronista and The Tech Report
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
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:
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.
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
Samsung Mobile News Room:
SAMSUNG'S UNIQUE AND CUSTOMIZABLE TouchWiz ™ USER INTERFACE MAKING ITS WAY TO THE U.S. MARKET IN SEVERAL NEW AND POWERFUL TOUCHSCREEN PHONES  —  TouchWiz™ Offers Users One-Touch Access to Their Favorite Features  —  DALLAS, October 23, 2008 - Samsung Telecommunications America …
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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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Oregon Trail Facebook app to be replaced with dating service
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Business Wire:
Juniper Networks Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google reads brain waves to measure ads on YouTube
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
An Interview With Yahoo's Jerry Yang, Part 1: The Econalypse's Impact and More
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Scott Brown / Wired News:
Scott Brown on Facebook Friendonomics
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Dozens And Dozens” Of Ad Networks Will Die In 2009
Discussion: Digital Daily and Epicenter
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Who's to blame for jumping votes on WV touchscreen machines?
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