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11:55 AM ET, October 27, 2008


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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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Google Earth Comes To The iPhone, And It's Awesome
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:   PDC: Microsoft opens Surface to developers
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 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.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   Verizon 3Q earnings up 31 percent
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: p2pnet and Alec Saunders SquawkBox
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 …
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Ubuntu goes more mobile with 8.10 release
Discussion: InfoWorld
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Leave the Laptop Behind
Discussion: Between the Lines and Know It All
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Police will use new device to take fingerprints in street
Discussion: Engadget and open
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple to sweeten Snow Leopard with more Cocoa
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Widget maker Gigya appoints ValueClick executive as CEO
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New address spoofing flaw smudges Google's Chrome
Edible Apple:
iPhone still reigns supreme on Flickr
Discussion: Gearlog, Apple Gazette and
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gives Up On The Netherlands
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista No Longer Matters