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9:20 AM ET, October 27, 2008

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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.
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Peter Birch / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Earth for iPhone  —  Even before we introduced Google Earth back in 2005, the team had long dreamed of being able to carry the Earth around in your pocket.  Well, today that dream becomes a reality as we introduce Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch.
Google Earth Blog:
Google Earth for the iPhone Released!  —  At long last, Google is releasing Google Earth for the iPhone (and iTouch) tonight (Sunday)!  I've been expecting this to happen for months.  Especially after I saw another Google Earth-like application on the iPhone back in May.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Google Earth Comes To The iPhone, And It's Awesome
Business Wire:
Slim, Stylish and Well-Connected: Introducing the Dell Inspiron Mini 12  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dell today introduced the Inspiron™ Mini 12, a small, easy-to-carry Internet companion that you can fine tune to fit your specific needs and deeds.
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APC:
WORLD FIRST review of Inspiron Mini 12: Dell's super-slim netbook! … Let's set the scene.  I'm in Shanghai attending a regional Dell event with selected media, analysts and partners.  During a break between sessions I grab a much-need coffee in the ante room.
Discussion: Guardian, jkOnTheRun, APC and Slashdot
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: CrunchGear, I4U News and RyanSpoon.com
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Netflix finally brings ‘Watch Instantly’ to Macs via Silverlight  —  In a move that seemed like it would never, ever, ever happen, Netflix has finally managed to bring its streaming video technology (and decent library) to Macs everywhere, thanks to Microsoft's Flash-esque also-ran, Silverlight.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Macs getting Netflix “Watch Instantly” with Silverlight
Discussion: NewTeeVee
New York Times:
To Survive, Net Start-Ups Slow Their Metabolism  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley has always been a land of big, bold dreams.  In the first Internet boom its start-ups either grew fast or died trying, sometimes spectacularly.  The casualties of the bust, like Pets.com and Webvan, became legendary.
QIK:
Qik now live with alpha release client for BlackBerry  —  One of the most frequent requests we've had from Qik fans has been for a BlackBerry client.  Today we are really excited to announce our alpha release clients for the BlackBerry Pearl 8120, BlackBerry Pearl 8130, and BlackBerry Bold.
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Even if Royalties for Web Radio Fall, Revenue Remains Elusive  —  After a 19-month battle over Internet radio royalties, a truce between record labels and webcasters is finally in sight that would allow Internet radio start-ups to eke out an existence for at least a little while longer.
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 …
Microsoft Corporation:
Get the Windows 7 Pre-Beta Build at WinHEC 2008!  —  Be one of the first to see what's new in Windows 7 and be among a select few to receive a pre-beta build of Windows 7.  Join us as WinHEC 2008 - Register today.  —  WinHEC is the only chance for you to engage with the team at this level …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Fun at work with Facebook and YouTube  —  It's clear that the line between work and play is blurring.  Many people check work e-mail accounts in their off hours as much as they check their personal e-mail accounts.  And who isn't occasionally distracted by something on Facebook or YouTube during the work day?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Widget maker Gigya appoints ValueClick executive as CEO  —  David Yovannoy has become the chief executive of a leading widget company, Gigya, effective Tuesday.  He was formerly chief operating officer of ValueClick.  —  Yovanno spent nine years at Internet advertising network giant ValueClick …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Verizon 3Q earnings up 31 percent  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Communications Inc. said Monday earnings rose 31 percent in the third quarter as wireless did better than expected, while its traditional phone business continued to decline.  —  The country's second largest telecommunications company …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Google Liable For Typosquatting Domains That Use AdSense?  —  While I have tremendous respect for the ongoing work that Ben Edelman has done over the years exposing many of the dirty tricks used by spyware and adware vendors, I tend to disagree with his view on trademark law.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
UK Music Groups Launch Super Anti-Piracy Coalition  —  Umbrella groups in the UK which represent various parts of the music industry have decided that, in order to win the war on Internet piracy, what they really need is an even bigger umbrella group for all the other umbrella groups to shelter under.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ZeroG Wireless raises $17 million for embedded Wi-Fi chips
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No letup in FCC smut-free broadband fight
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Web Browser is the New Laptop
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