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8:15 PM ET, October 26, 2008

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing  —  A couple of months ago, Hugh Macleod created a bit of buzz with his blog post The Cloud's Best Kept Secret.  Hugh's argument: that cloud computing will lead to a huge monopoly.  Of course, a couple of weeks ago, Larry Ellison made the opposite point …
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Nick / Rough Type:
What Tim O'Reilly gets wrong about the cloud  —  Technology publisher and Web 2.0 impresario Tim O'Reilly wrote a thought-provoking post today about the dynamics of the nascent cloud computing business.  He makes some important and valid points, but his analysis is also flawed …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 pre-beta build: What's inside  —  Microsoft isn't going to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles until Tuesday, October 28.  But new info about what's part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers is beginning to trickle out.
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
TV Prices Falling Faster  —  If you're in the market for a new flat panel TV, you may be tempted to get ready to pull out your credit card (if you have any credit left).  In the next few weeks, LCD and plasma set prices are due to plummet.  —  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving …
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
MacBook Pro Tradeoffs  —  When Apple redesigned its laptops earlier this month, most of the attention, including mine, was focused on the entry-level MacBook.  That was because of its popularity, and because Apple managed to make over the machine in a way that added some oomph and lots …
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Ongoing Phishing Attack Exposes Yahoo Accounts  —  The Netcraft toolbar community has detected a vulnerability on a Yahoo website, which is currently being used to steal authentication cookies from Yahoo users — transmitting them to a website under the control of a remote attacker.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Web Browser is the New Laptop  —  I've been reading a lot of good things about the emerging “netbook” category of subnotebooks: … Like any self-respecting nerd, I already own a laptop, of course, but my wife has taken to surfing the internet at night and doing her Java-based New York Times crosswords in bed.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Tests Profile 2.0 With Drag And Drop Interface  —  MySpace continues to clean up the look and feel of its site with the launch of a new profile and editor.  It's not ready for mainstream U.S. use yet, so they've unleashed it on Canadian users for testing (anyone can try it out though, see below).
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!  —  Facebook is known for keeping its cards pretty close to its chest, so to speak.  But in recent months, the company has been drumming up its commitment to open source—and on Friday, Facebook announced that a piece of internally created software …
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Enables Deep Linking Within Videos  —  It's not a big new feature but it's certainly one that will come in handy: YouTube will now allow you to send users to a specific point in a video by appending a short tag to the end of a video's URL.  It's pretty surprising that this functionality …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
You May Soon Know if You're Hogging the Discussion  —  PEOPLE who want to improve their communication skills may one day have an unusual helper: software programs that analyze the tone, turn-taking behavior and other qualities of a conversation.  The programs would then tell the speakers whether …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
HP Mini 1000 netbook comes out of hiding, starts at $399  —  Our recent posts about HP Mini-note price drops at Amazon are starting to illustrate what we thought last month: HP is either making room for a new netbook or they're adding another choice to their lineup.
 
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Dan Kimerling / TechCrunch:
What Will Jobs Announce at MacWorld 2009?
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Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Upwardly Mobile  —  An Indian startup thinks that the right software …
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Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
If No One Sees It, Is It an Invention?
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Once again, Twitter's death is laid out.  Once again, users will fail to notice
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple earnings, profits, and cash embarrass Microsoft
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
iPhone Software 2.2 to add public transit & walking directions
 

 
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