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10:50 PM ET, October 27, 2008

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's Azure cloud platform: A guide for the perplexed  —  Now that the initial Microsoft PDC pixie dust has settled, developers are trying to digest exactly what Microsoft's cloud platform is.  Here's my attempt to explain it.  —  Microsoft layed out its “Azure” …
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Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure at Professional Developers Conference  —  Company releases comprehensive Azure Services Platform for the cloud, offering unprecedented power of choice and open connections for developers.  —  Today, during a keynote speech at the Microsoft Professional …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft launches Windows Azure  —  LOS ANGELES—Microsoft on Monday announced a version of Windows that runs over the Internet from inside Microsoft's own data centers.  —  Dubbed Windows Azure, it's less a replacement for the operating system that runs on one's own PC than it is an alternative …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Microsoft offers cloud computing a hearty handclasp  —  Microsoft and Ray Ozzie cracked the door half open this morning on Windows Azure, the infrastructure formerly known as Windows Cloud.  In the process, Ozzie served notice that IT will remain in the Windows/Office grip but with an abstraction layer …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Azure Aims to Re-define the OS  —  I'm at the Microsoft PDC in Los Angeles, where I was among a small group of bloggers and analysts who had a roundtable today with Microsoft executives Ray Ozzie (Chief Software Architect), Bob Muglia (Senior Vice President of the Server and Tools Business) …
Discussion: webmonkey, Port 25 and internetnews.com
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft launches Windows Azure, its “cloud OS”  —  Having spent billions constructing a data center network over the last couple of years, Microsoft this morning launched, in limited “preview” form, Windows Azure, its platform for cloud computing.  The announcement was made by Microsoft's …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Ozzie on Azure: It all comes down to trust
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   So just what is running on Windows Azure?
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Ozzie, Muglia, and Srivastava on Windows Azure: Video
Discussion: LiveSide
Windows Live Dev:
Windows Live ID Becomes an OpenID Provider  —  Windows Live ID Commits to Support OpenID  —  Beginning today, Windows Live ID is publicly committing to support the OpenID digital identity framework with the announcement of the public availability of a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Live ID OpenID Provider.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Adds Support For OpenID, Calls It De Facto Login Standard
Discussion: CloudAve and BetaNews
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Windows Live is now an OpenID Provider
Discussion: Port 25 and The Real McCrea
Revision3 » blog:
Changes to Revision3's Programming Lineup  —  As any student of media knows, birthing new media can be a tremendously fun, engaging and rewarding endeavor, but it's also rarely a straight shot to success.  —  15 years ago we were posting magazine articles to the web; fast forward to today …
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Electronista:
iPhone could hit $99, rule smartphones  —  Apple has the room to cut the price of the iPhone to where it could take command of the smartphone market, analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham Research says today in a research note.  The financial expert estimates that the average …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 (M3) pre-beta features detailed in privacy statement  —  God I love privacy, or to be more exact, privacy statements.  Microsoft today has just published the “Windows 7: Pre-release privacy statement” detailing some new and very interesting features which we're expected to see tomorrow …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Hardware 2.0
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George Colony / George F. Colony:
Why this tech recession will be different  —  Quickly: For tech, this recession will be different than 2001-2003  —  Content: I'm not an economist.  But I've been present for a bunch of recessions and watched how technology markets survived.  And I spend a lot of my time talking …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Scrambles to Patch Buffer Overrun Exploit in Android G1  —  Table of Contents:  —  Security expert Charlie Miller leverages a flaw within an SDK component of Google's open-source Android operating system.  The buffer overrun flaw lets hackers hijack the Web browser …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile G1 coming to Walmart at a slashed price?  —  Word on the street is that the top ten Walmarts in each market will be getting hooked up with the T-Mobile G1 on the 24th of November.  That in itself isn't really news — big boxes have really been ramping up their wireless sales as of late …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Helium Raises $17 Million, Lays Off 30 Percent of Employees  —  The bomb-shelter mentality among startups is now so severe that even companies raising money are announcing layoffs in response to diminished economic prospects.  Boston-based Helium just closed a $17 million series A financing …
Discussion: VentureBeat and F**kedStartups
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Goes Mainstream  —  A lot more people — and businesses — are finding new ways to tweet  —  One of the hottest technologies in Silicon Valley is also one of the simplest.  —  The online service from Web start-up Twitter Inc. prompts users to do one thing: answer the question, “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less.
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Aviary SaaS Image Editing Software Leaves Beta  —  ReadWriteWeb is reporting that Aviary, a much-hyped and long awaited suite of online image editing tools, is about to leave private beta.  Aviary was developed by the people behind the popular Photoshop contest site Worth1000 using Adobe's Flex …
Discussion: Webware.com, Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Geoff Ramsey—CEO / eMarketer:
Online Ad Spending Will Keep Growing  —  eMarketer will be giving another haircut to its online ad spending predictions next month.  But that's not necessarily bad news for online marketers.  —  Need data for presentations? eMarketer subscribers can download charts instantly — over 50,000 choices.
Esteban Kozak / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Search: Finding that former colleague of yours just got easier  —  I'd like to announce today the launch of our new search platform, currently released to a small percentage of our LinkedIn users.  In addition, a certain percentage of the remaining users can explore the new search experience …
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews.net:
Illegal G1's “Pouring” Into China  —  US-ordered G1's have been “pouring into China” illegally since it was released in the US on October 26 through T-Mobile, reports Pacific Epoch, citing the Chinese IT site DoNews.  The handsets are going for a lofty 3,999 remminbi ($584) in Bejing's Zhongguancun …
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget Mobile
CodeWeavers:
CODEWEAVERS' SOFTWARE FREE FOR DOWNLOAD THANKS TO GEORGE W. BUSH AND FALLING GAS PRICES  —  Giveaway Triggered in CodeWeaver's Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge; “We take full responsibility for global economic collapse,” says CEO  —  The catastrophic cratering of the global economy …
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Nintendo moves right along  —  FEMALE FANS: Women try out a Wii at a computer fair in Germany in August.  Of those who play a Wii, 50% are female, a Nintendo executive says.  —  Sales of Wii and DS consoles remain strong even during the economic crisis, an executive says.
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot and Joystiq
 
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