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6:45 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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).
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
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.
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 Facebook Blog
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:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple earnings, profits, and cash embarrass Microsoft
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