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1:35 PM ET, October 27, 2008

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Microsoft:
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 …
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
PDC: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie announces ‘Windows Azure’
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Ray Ozzie Keynote - Live!
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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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.
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
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.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cox Unveils Wireless Plans to Keeps Telcos on the Offensive
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.
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 jkOnTheRun
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 …
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.
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.
Eric Sylvers / International Herald Tribune:
Reducing the clicks in uploading from mobile phones  —  MILAN: Starting his week, you will be able to shoot a video with your mobile phone and then - click, click, click - upload your latest exploits to YouTube.  —  Sony Ericsson will introduce a new phone to be sold in Italy by 3 Italia that allows you to do just that.
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.
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Guy proposes to his girlfriend with hacked Chrono Trigger ROM  —  Oh man, this is deeply nerdy.  This fellow Phill's girlfriend was playing Chrono Trigger using an SNES emulator, and he hacked the ROM she was using, adding an entire new area ("Koma Kulshan," an old name for Mt. Baker …
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 …
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.
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.
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 Gizmodo
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
The possibilities of a ‘portable eye’  —  Inventor says device for blind has much broader uses  —  The KNFB Reader lets users photograph printed material, then reads it back.  (George Rizer/ Globe Staff)  —  When Peter Alan Smith pulls out his phone in a crowded Back Bay restaurant …
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