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12:10 PM ET, October 28, 2008

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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Calendar and Docs gadgets  —  Gmail Labs has been a really fun way to easily try out new ideas and get some of our pet feature requests implemented quickly.  We wanted to take this to the next level and let you start adding your own stuff to Gmail.
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Labs Adds More Gmail Goodness: Gadgets for Calendar, Docs
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Gmail Now Supports Gadgets
InfoWorld:
Google settles copyright lawsuits with publishers, authors  —  Google has settled lawsuits brought against it by major publishers and authors that argued that Google's wholesale scanning and indexing of in-copyright books without permission amounted to massive copyright violations.
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BBC:
Google strikes book search deal  —  Google's reach into the world's libraries looks more assured following a deal struck today.  —  The agreement with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers will resolve a number of lawsuits from the last three years.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Google, Authors and Publishers Settle Book-Scan Suit  —  The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and Google have announced a settlement in a 2005 lawsuit over its book-scanning project.  —  Google will pay $125 million to resolve claims by authors and publishers …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Set Common Voice Abroad  —  Principles Aim to Define Conduct With Nations That Restrict Speech, Lack Privacy Protections and Censor Search Results  —  Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. will announce Tuesday that they have agreed to a common set of principles …
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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ten Comments You Think Are Cool And Insightful But Aren't  —  Comments are the lifeblood of TechCrunch, and we love 'em.  But we also get our share of the freaks, conspiracy theorists and jerks out there who have something to say and believe they have a constitutional or God given right to say it, right here.
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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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Playfish Gets $17 Million More For Social Games  —  Over the past year video games have begun invading every computing platform, from social networks to mobile devices.  They've also been picked up in the portfolios of a number of firms.  —  London based Playfish has just raised …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Study: When it comes to influence, bloggers beat friend lists  —  Facebook likes to trumpet the value of “trusted referrals”—recommendations and ads with the endorsements of members of your friends list.  But a new study from Jupiter Research, commissioned by analytics company BuzzLogic …
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
PDC: Windows 7 on tap  —  LOS ANGELES — It's Day 2 of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference and the next version of the company's flagship operating system software, Windows 7, is on tap.  —  Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president of Windows and Windows Live engineering …
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SlideRocket's Impressive Online Presentation App Hits General Release  —  SlideRocket, an online presentation application that produces slideshows that rival (and in many cases, better) PowerPoint, has launched to the general public.  The site had previously been available under a public beta …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
10 Years Later, Misunderstood DMCA is the Law That Saved the Web  —  If you're wondering whom to thank for the Web 2.0 explosion in interactive websites, consider sending a bouquet to Congress.  Today's internet is largely an outgrowth of the much-reviled Digital Millennium Copyright Act …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zimbra offers hosted collaboration tools for universities  —  There's a growing trend towards “hosted” software — saving money on hardware and IT expenses by letting someone else host your software on their servers.  Now, Yahoo-owned Zimbra is getting into the act.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Mashable! and CenterNetworks
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Student charged after alerting principal to server hack  —  ‘Intentional criminal act’?  —  A 15-year-old high school student in New York State has been charged with three felonies after he allegedly accessed personnel information on his school's poorly configured computer network …
Discussion: Albany Times Union and Slashdot
Unstrung:
Verizon Eyes Femtos for 2009  —  Verizon Wireless says that it could introduce its first femtocell product early next year, following CDMA rival Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board)'s move into the nascent home base station market late last year.  —  The No. 2 U.S. cellular operator wants …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Real Estate Crashes In Second Life, Too: Linden Lab's Bailout Plan  —  Linden Lab's new-ish CEO Mark Kingdon has been fond of telling reporters “there's no credit crunch in Second Life.”  We'll see about that.  Last night Linden announced it was jacking the prices on its “Openspaces” …
Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
Microsoft Teams up with Akamai for High-Def Video Solution  —  Microsoft and Akamai Technologies will release a beta version of a high-definition video solution for PCs in early 2009, the companies announced today.  Both companies are introducing new streaming technologies to make the new service possible.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Yahoo team up against lottery hoax e-mails  —  You know all those hoax e-mails that arrive in your in box saying that you've won a lottery?  You don't click on them, obviously, but many people do, enough to prompt Microsoft and Yahoo to form a coalition to warn consumers about the scam.
Carolyn Miller / adCenter Blog for Advertisers:
adCenter Fall Upgrade: New Features  —  Over the weekend, we upgraded the adCenter interface and added new features to help make managing your adCenter campaigns easier.  Several of these features were requested right here in the community, so we want to thank you for your feedback.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP pulls its outlook ‘in light of the uncertainties’  —  SAP on Tuesday announced third quarter results and pulled its outlook for 2008 “in light of the uncertainties surrounding the current economic and business environment.”  SAP did say it can keep 2008 operating margins at about 28 percent.
Discussion: The Register
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sirius XM: Is The Company's Equity Worth Anything?  Goldman Cuts Target To 25 Cents; Trims Rev Ests  —  Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Wienkes this morning repeated his Sell rating on Sirius XM (SIRI), while cutting his price target to 25 cents from 50 cents and trimming estimates.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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