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3:55 AM ET, October 27, 2008


 Top Items: 
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista No Longer Matters  —  Make no mistake: Microsoft has moved beyond Windows Vista, which will become all too apparent during this week's Professional Developer Conference.  Windows 7 is the future, and in many ways it's the present, too.  —  Contrary to ridiculous assertions recently …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 First Impressions; The $600 MacBook Air??  —  A few months ago, even before Dell released its Inspiron Mini 9, I got a chance to take a peek at the Inspiron Mini line, including the Mini 12.  At a meeting in San Fransisco with SightSpeed, a LAPTOP Editor's Choice video calling service …
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Officially the Biggest Netbook on the Block  —  A truly bizarre day to announce a new notebook, Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 is officially the most gargantuan netbook on the block.  I wasn't exactly blown away by it when I scoped it briefly a couple months ago …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Earth brings virtual tourism to iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google already has customized some of its Web sites for display on the iPhone, but now the company also dived headlong onto Apple's highly regarded mobile phone with a full-fledge application, a handheld version of its Google Earth geographical software.
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 …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing
Discussion: The Open Road and broadstuff
Jessica Dolcourt /
Qik announces streaming video for BlackBerry  —  California mobile video company Qik on Sunday announced the alpha release of version 1.0 of Qik for BlackBerry.  The free, downloadable application (covered here and demoed here) lets cell phone filmmakers stream video live from their mobile phone to …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Macs getting Netflix “Watch Instantly” with Silverlight  —  Remember Silverlight?  Well, Netflix is putting Microsoft's video playback system to good use by offering “Watch Instantly” functionality under OS X “by the end of the year.”  —  Since “Watch Instantly” was introduced …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Gizmodo
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Mahalo Launches Incentive Program to Spur Use  —  Mahalo, a hybrid web directory/zeitgeist/search engine with wiki capabilities, has quietly added a Loyalty Program that tracks the number of pages people view and rewards the most loyal visitors with prizes.  The site, which was founded …
Discussion: Beyond Search and CostPerNews
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.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gives Up On The Netherlands  —  According to several sources, MySpace has decided to throw in the towel with regards to its expansion in The Netherlands.  The social networking site had opened up an Amsterdam office merely 9 months ago but has now announced it will shut it down and move …
Discussion: The Next Web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Game journalism sucks: So Crispy Gamer raises money for an alternative voice  —  Game journalism sucks.  Game journalists can't be trusted (umm, except VentureBeat's perhaps?).  Crispy Gamer is banking that a lot of people share that opinion.  So the company wants to be an independent source …
Discussion: GigaOM
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Finance Defaults Rise; More Makers Offer Loans  —  Troubles are brewing in the technology-financing business, the credit that greases many technology sales.  —  Defaults on tech financings, loans that allow companies to purchase computers, software and other products, have spiked this year.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Edible Apple:
iPhone still reigns supreme on Flickr
Discussion: Apple Gazette and
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Osama bin Twitter: Terrorists hone the micro-message
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Music distributor TuneCore gets $7 million
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ZeroG Wireless raises $17 million for embedded Wi-Fi chips
Discussion: Business Week and GigaOM
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
No letup in FCC smut-free broadband fight
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Graphics chip market grows a surprising 22.5 percent in third quarter
Discussion: CNET News
Bret / Bret on Social Games:
Sunday Startup: Don't Believe the Recession Hype
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
WiFi security more prevalent in major cities, but still weak
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
You May Soon Know if You're Hogging the Discussion
Discussion: Gizmodo
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Lobby Loses Against “Non-Filtering” ISP
Caroline McCarthy /
Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Web Browser is the New Laptop
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
MacBook Pro Tradeoffs
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Tests Profile 2.0 With Drag And Drop Interface
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Baseband Break-In, Unlock Closer
Discussion: Technologizer, PalmAddicts and