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11:20 PM ET, October 28, 2008


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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
First look at Windows 7's User Interface  —  At PDC today, Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 7.  Until now, the company has been uncharacteristically secretive about its new OS; over the past few months MS has let on that the taskbar will undergo a number of changes …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Windows 7 details galore: interface tweaks, netbook builds, Media Center enhancements  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 announcement earlier today was followed up by an extensive demo of the new features during the PDC keynote, and since then even more info about the new OS has flooded out …
Charlie Owen:
Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7  —  If you are attending the 2008 Professional Developers Conference you received a pre-beta Windows 7 build today (6801) which contains many features the Windows Media Center team has been developing over the past year.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions
Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7 and netbooks
Discussion: OSNews
Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers …
Discussion: Gizmodo and VentureBeat
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Office Comes to the Browser (Finally)  —  Microsoft announced this morning at its PDC conference that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of some of its main office software products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
Microsoft to Extend Office to the Browser  —  Q&A: Microsoft Senior Vice President Chris Capossela discusses how extending Office applications to the browser will increase choice and flexibility for customers.  —  As part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To “Software Plus Services” Message
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to ‘webify’ Office (sort of)
Discussion: Enterprise Alley and Technologizer
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Office Goes to the Web
Discussion: TechFlash
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Introducing Y!OS 1.0 - live today!  —  Earlier this month, we introduced a revamped universal profile to all Yahoo! users - but that was just the tip of the iceberg.  With the new profile page, you got a peek at our open vision, but today's Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 platform launch gives you something to get your hands on.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Opens Up Big Time  —  Six months after first announcing its open strategy, Yahoo has released a slew of development tools (as we told you it would) under the Y!OS 1.0 platform.  It's kind of like a Web OS, but Y!OS officially stands for Yahoo Open Strategy.
Discussion: and The Register
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Means Business With New Application Platform
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Short Term Profits Over Long Term Principles; Google's Caving On Book Scanning Is Bad News  —  Today the tech/business press was filled with stories about how Google has settled the lawsuits from authors and publishers over its book scanning project.  Google is paying $125 million …
Discussion: New York Times
The Official Google Blog:
New chapter for Google Book Search  —  Google was built on the principle of making the world's information more accessible and useful.  Before the company was even founded, Larry and Sergey imagined a way to make it easier for anyone, anywhere, to access the information held within the world's books.
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Blu-ray is dead - heckuva job, Sony!  —  Blu-ray is in a death spiral. 12 months from now Blu-ray will be a videophile niche, not a mass market product.  —  With only a 4% share of US movie disc sales and HD download capability arriving, the Blu-ray disc Association (BDA) is still smoking dope.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Epicenter
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Retailers Slash Blu-Ray Player Prices
Discussion: NewTeeVee and
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
The Monitor Ends Daily Print Edition  —  After a century of continuous publication, The Christian Science Monitor will abandon its weekday print edition and appear online only, its publisher announced Tuesday.  The cost-cutting measure makes The Monitor the first national newspaper to largely give up on print.
Discussion: and Business Week
David Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Monitor shifts from print to Web-based strategy
Discussion: Content Bridges and Salon
Wal-Mart To Sell Google's G1 Phones At Discount Starting Wed  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Wal-Mart Inc. (WMT) will start selling the G1 phone at a discounted price starting Wednesday, a Wal-Mart spokesman confirmed Monday night.  —  Wal-Mart will carry the Google Inc. (GOOG) G1 phone …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Inc. Plans About 600 Layoffs  —  Time Inc., the world's largest magazine company, is set to announce a revamping that will result in job cuts of 6 percent — more than 600 positions — and a reorganization that could radically alter the culture at the venerable publishing house.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Time Inc. Layoff and Reorg Memo From Ann Moore
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Review: Classics lets you touch your books on your iPhone  —  Among the possibilities opened up by iPhone OS 2.0, reading books on the iPhone has emerged as a fairly popular one.  Though the debate rages between fans of the printed page and those who prefer digital shelves …
Discussion: TeleRead
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter developer claims the “the internet is built wrong”  —  In a recent article, Alex Payne, API Lead at Twitter, claims that the internet is broken.  While some of his arguments may have merit, it's a shockingly bizarre PR tactic to come out against something (especially the internet) when your own stuff is broken.
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Gabe Cohen / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps Goes Experimental with Google Labs  —  There is a widely held belief that technology progress in the enterprise is slow and methodical, that adoption cycles are long, and that experimentation is inappropriate.  Here at Google we believe that experimentation is a good thing - even in the enterprise space.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Psystar introduces Blu-ray bag of hurt to its Mac clones  —  There may be an ongoing lawsuit between the two companies, but that's not stopping Mac clone maker Psystar from moving forward with new product plans without Apple's approval.  The company proudly announced today that it is now shipping …
Robert Palmer / TUAW:
Rumor roundup: iPhone 2.2 firmware details  —  Apple has given developers a taste of the new iPhone firmware, version 2.2 beta 2, and it includes a host of spiffy new features that are making the rounds online.  —  A tipster shared with us some screenshots of the new firmware …
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
A lesson for bloggers: go to the source or look like a fool  —  The Hill, a popular newspaper covering D.C. and Congress, wrote a story claiming iPhones were well on their way to being offered to members of Congress and their staff.  However, the piece, entitled “iPhones are a must-have for Congress …
Discussion: Valleywag
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
iPhones not on House ‘must-have’ list
Discussion: Industry Standard
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MTV: Just Ignore That Nice New Video Site We Rolled Out Yesterday  —  I've just heard back from the folks at, who've explained what they're up to with MTV Music, the nifty video archive site they quietly rolled out yesterday.  —  The answer: They really haven't rolled out the site.
Discussion: CrunchGear, NewTeeVee and Ars Technica
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Welcome to Beta  —  Abhay Parasnis here, General Manager for Live Mesh.  Today is a big day for Live Mesh, but before going into details, I want to thank all the existing users of our Live Mesh technology preview.  We REALLY appreciate the great suggestions and enthusiasm so many of you have provided.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Web Thrived In Spite Of The DMCA, Not Because Of It
Discussion: Ars Technica and TG Daily
Jim Duffy / Network World:
Cisco study: IT security policies unfair
Discussion: PC World
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Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. Announces Retail …
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Google is oddly silent about Grand Central
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Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Ubuntu's breakout  —  Ubuntu and Canonical, the Mark Shuttleworth …
Discussion: The Open Road
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