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5:20 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
In Age of Impatience, Cutting Computer Start Time  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the black hole of the digital age — the three minutes it can take for your computer to boot up, when there is nothing to do but wait, and wait, and wait some more before you can log on and begin multitasking at hyper-speed.
Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
If No One Sees It, Is It an Invention?  —  IN December, Johnny Chung Lee, then a Ph.D. candidate, posted a five-minute video on YouTube that became an Internet sensation.  —  The video showed how, in a few easy steps, the Nintendo Wii remote controller — or “Wiimote” …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Launches 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).
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Baseband Break-In, Unlock Closer  —  Get ready, because the iPhone 3G unlock is coming to an iPhone 3G near you.  The iPhone Dev Team have been able to break in the baseband processor.  As you may remember from the first-generation iPhone unlock, this is big news because it means …
Discussion: Technologizer and PalmAddicts
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Everything you Need to Know about Ubuntu 8.10 - Intrepid Ibex  —  Ubuntu 8.10, named Intrepid Ibex, is scheduled for release next week, so we figured it's time to run down the checklist of improvements, fixes, and enhancements since Hardy Heron came out earlier this year.
Discussion: TechSpot, Slashdot and digg.com
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
iPhone Software 2.2 to add public transit & walking directions  —  The next version of Apple's iPhone software will not only introduce Street Views to the handset's Maps application, but also provide bus, train and walking directions, a series of new photos reveal.  —  Public Transit Directions
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Upwardly Mobile  —  An Indian startup thinks that the right software …
Discussion: Slashdot
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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