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12:45 PM ET, October 27, 2008

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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.
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TechFlash:
On tap: Ray Ozzie keynote at PDC  —  LOS ANGELES — Microsoft's cloud computing initiatives are expected to be a main topic today as Ray Ozzie, the company's chief software architect, opens the Professional Developers Conference.  A live stream is available starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Microsoft PDC home page.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies pre-beta release of ‘Windows 7 Server’  —  Microsoft is readying a beta of Windows Server 2008 R2, a k a “Windows 7 Server,” and will share some more details about the features and rollout plans for that product during the company's Professional Developers Conference kick-off keynote on October 27.
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista, Bink.nu and I4U News
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Cloud Computing to Headline Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference  —  Microsoft readies for its big developer event, where cloud computing will take top billing, along with tools and servers to support it.  Other areas of focus will be Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft's new “Oslo” modeling strategy.
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.
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Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
Google Earth now available for iPhone
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's third quarter on target; iPhone dings wireless churn  —  Updated: Verizon's third quarter results were in line with Wall Street estimates courtesy of a solid performance in the telecom giant's wireless business.  But wireless churn was up as the company did take a hit due to the popularity of the iPhone.
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David Lieberman / USA Today:
Cable operator Cox to launch cellphone service  —  NEW YORK — Cox Communications (CCI) plans to rock the wireless phone business Monday by unveiling plans to launch cellphone service in the second half of 2009 that ultimately will make the No. 3 cable operator a rival of AT&T, (T) Sprint Nextel (S) and Verizon.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Microsoft About To Open Surface For Developers In Search For Killer App  —  At this week's Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft is set to make a slew of announcements about its product lines, and hopefully show a glimpse of some exciting new ones.  One of the first gems to, um …
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Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:   PDC: Microsoft opens Surface to developers
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple to sweeten Snow Leopard with more Cocoa  —  According to developer build notes leaked on the web, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard's new Finder and “almost all” other graphical apps will be delivered using Cocoa.  Here's why, and what benefit this additional use of Cocoa will provide to users.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Leave the Laptop Behind  —  For more mobile workers, phones increasingly give them much of what they need — with a lot less hassle  —  It's time to think about leaving your laptop at home.  —  For years, mobile workers have been ditching their desktop computers for laptops that they can take wherever they go.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Know It All
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
With Smartphones, Cher Wang Made Her Own Fortune  —  No one is ever going to call Cher Wang “poor little rich girl.”  —  The daughter of one of the richest men in the world, she never made headlines as a profligate jet setter sponging off her father's wealth.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Finally Truphone for Blackberry Is Ready  —  Truphone, the service that allows you to make cheap long distance phone calls using VoIP technology on a mobile phone, is now available to users of BlackBerry devices as a beta offering.  This product is called Truphone Anywhere for Blackberry.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
IT pays the price for your fun at work  —  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
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Police will use new device to take fingerprints in street  —  Civil rights campaigners say images must not be added to databases  —  Every police force in the UK is to be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners - handheld devices that allow police to carry out identity checks on people in the street.
Discussion: Engadget and open
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Video game legend Miyamoto talks ‘Wii Music’ … Last Monday, Nintendo released its latest would-be blockbuster game, Wii Music.  —  The new game, for the company's monster hit console, the Wii, is from Nintendo senior managing director Shigeru Miyamoto, one of the video game industry's true legends.
Discussion: DailyTech
 
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Esteban Kozak / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Search: Finding that former colleague of yours just got easier
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Marcan / HackMii:
The Homebrew Channel, beta9
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Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
Crispy Gamer lands $8.25 million
Discussion: paidContent.org, GigaOM and PE Hub News
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Ubuntu goes more mobile with 8.10 release
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Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Widget maker Gigya appoints ValueClick executive as CEO
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
UK Music Groups Launch Super Anti-Piracy Coalition
Discussion: Guardian, The Register and p2pnet
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Google Liable For Typosquatting Domains That Use AdSense?
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Even if Royalties for Web Radio Fall, Revenue Remains Elusive
Discussion: p2pnet and Alec Saunders SquawkBox
Edible Apple:
iPhone still reigns supreme on Flickr
Discussion: Gearlog and Apple Gazette