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9:35 AM ET, October 28, 2008

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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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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Microsoft Azure Enters the Crowded Cloud Computing Market
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
So just what is running on Windows Azure?
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and Webware.com
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  —  If you use Google's apps, you likely find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time in Gmail.  And with good reason.  Gmail is where the majority of the activity is happening, so it tends to be where you live.
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: Mashable!
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Zimbra Collaboration Suite Now Up In The Clouds With Zimbra Hosted  —  Yahoo's Zimbra email product offering has announced this morning that their Collaboration Suite is now available to educational institutions using the Zimbra Hosted platform.  Basically the Zimbra Hosted platform puts …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Sonos Launches Free iPhone, iPod Touch App [Update]  —  Those of you with Sonos equipment already filling your abode with the sweet tunes of your music library and an iPhone or iPod Touch should promptly hit up Apple's App Store and download their free app now.
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 …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 (M3) pre-beta features detailed in privacy statement  —  God I love privacy, or to be more exact, privacy statements.  Microsoft today has just published the “Windows 7: Pre-release privacy statement” detailing some new and very interesting features which we're expected to see tomorrow …
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
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 …
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 …
Windows Live Dev:
Windows Live ID Becomes an OpenID Provider  —  Windows Live ID Commits to Support OpenID  —  Beginning today, Windows Live ID is publicly committing to support the OpenID digital identity framework with the announcement of the public availability of a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Live ID OpenID Provider.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Helium Raises $17 Million, Lays Off 30 Percent of Employees  —  The bomb-shelter mentality among startups is now so severe that even companies raising money are announcing layoffs in response to diminished economic prospects.  Boston-based Helium just closed a $17 million series A financing …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: “I don't think anyone can make money from the Linux desktop.”  —  A popular question in desktop circles is “Can anyone make money from the Linux desktop?”  Canonical CEO and Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth's answer is “I don't think anyone can make money from the Linux desktop.”
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Darkstrand lights up LambdaRail for commercial use  —  The Internet started out as a government-funded effort to link up disparate academic institutions.  Over time, however, it morphed into a commercial venture, and the public gradually hopped online.  Unfortunately, the commercial Internet …
Discussion: PE Hub News and VentureBeat
Emily Steel / Business Technology:
AOL Ditches Its Own Video Player for Brightcove  —  Time Warner's AOL unit on Tuesday plans to announce that it is scrapping its online video player technology in favor of systems created by Cambridge, Mass.-based Brightcove.  In addition to using Brightcove to deliver video to viewers …
Discussion: Epicenter, Beet.TV and TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Contentinople
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.
John Tanaka / IGN PSP:
Sony Talks Firmware  —  What's in store for the PSP and PS3?  A few hints inside.  —  Version 5.0 and Version 2.5 of their respective firmwares gave the PSP and the PS3 some much asked-for features.  So what's in store for Sony's evolving wonder devices?
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Satellite radio minority channel decision looms for FCC  —  The Federal Communications Commission doesn't have too much more time to decide who will get those minority channels that Sirius and XM Satellite Radio promised to lease out after they merged.  And judging from the suggestions …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford's SSE Ventures Funds Diffbot  —  Stanford's new on-campus venture fund, SSE Ventures, has made its first investment.  The company, Diffbot, offers a RSS reader and a tool called Feedbeater that creates RSS feeds for web pages that don't already have them.
Reuters:
And the Word became digital  —  ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - An assembly of Catholic bishops on Monday called for the use of mass communications — including television, cinema, DVDs and even iPods — to be used to spread the Bible in as many languages as possible.
Discussion: Engadget
Brad Stone / Bits:
A Site for Workplace Scuttlebutt Gets More Financing  —  Plenty of people are likely to be bookmarking Glassdoor.com soon.  The four-month-old Web site can come in handy for navigating an era of heavy layoffs and endemic unemployment.  —  Glassdoor.com, based in Sausalito, Calif. …
 
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Rolling Out New SPARC-Based Server System
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zuora raises $15M to manage online subscriptions
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Study: When it comes to influence, bloggers beat friend lists
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iPhone Apps Could Be the New MySpace Page
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower?
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and The Register
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Is surfing the Internet altering your brain?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's WindowShop Offers A Sleek Interface For The Online Megastore
InfoWorld:
Microsoft to open up ‘M’ language
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Bryan Adams pulls a Prince on fan sites
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Alarm raised on teenage hackers
 

 
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