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10:15 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” …
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Microsoft Azure Enters the Crowded Cloud Computing Market
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
So just what is running on Windows Azure?
Discussion: and One Microsoft Way
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.
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.
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   As Recession Looms, What to Expect from Tech
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!
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
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 …
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 …
New York Times:   Big Tech Companies Back Global Plan to Shield Online Speech
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Profy and
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 …
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 …
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, TechCrunch and ClickZ
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
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.”
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 …
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 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
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Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
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