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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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft launches Windows Azure  —  LOS ANGELES—Microsoft on Monday announced a version of Windows that runs over the Internet from inside Microsoft's own data centers.  —  Dubbed Windows Azure, it's less a replacement for the operating system that runs on one's own PC than it is an alternative …
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Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure at Professional Developers Conference  —  Company releases comprehensive Azure Services Platform for the cloud, offering unprecedented power of choice and open connections for developers.  —  Today, during a keynote speech at the Microsoft Professional …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Microsoft offers cloud computing a hearty handclasp  —  Microsoft and Ray Ozzie cracked the door half open this morning on Windows Azure, the infrastructure formerly known as Windows Cloud.  In the process, Ozzie served notice that IT will remain in the Windows/Office grip but with an abstraction layer …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Ozzie on Azure: It all comes down to trust
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Ozzie, Muglia, and Srivastava on Windows Azure: Video
Discussion: LiveSide
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   So just what is running on Windows Azure?
Revision3 » blog:
Changes to Revision3's Programming Lineup  —  As any student of media knows, birthing new media can be a tremendously fun, engaging and rewarding endeavor, but it's also rarely a straight shot to success.  —  15 years ago we were posting magazine articles to the web; fast forward to today …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
The layoff lie  —  A wave of layoffs is sweeping startupland.  But why?  “Today is my last day at Revision3,” writes Damon Berger, one of the victims, in a mass email.  “Due to budgetary cutbacks that are a direct result of the economic meltdown, I will no longer be employed at the company.”
Kentnichols / Kent's Official Blog:
Add Rev3 to the Deadpool
Discussion: sarah. word., NewTeeVee and GigaOM
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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Adds Support For OpenID, Calls It De Facto Login Standard
Discussion: CloudAve, BetaNews and The Real McCrea
Electronista:
iPhone could hit $99, rule smartphones  —  Apple has the room to cut the price of the iPhone to where it could take command of the smartphone market, analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham Research says today in a research note.  The financial expert estimates that the average …
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Brad Stone / Bits:
A Site for Workplace Scuttlebutt Gets More Funding  —  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. …
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Where the Streets Have Names: Learning from Bono's Facebook Dilemma  —  What happens in the real world can usually end up on the Web for all to discover, share, and assess with or without your knowledge.  —  According to The Mail, even Sir Bono, lead singer of U2, couldn't escape the global distribution and network effect of Facebook.
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 …
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile G1 coming to Walmart at a slashed price?  —  Word on the street is that the top ten Walmarts in each market will be getting hooked up with the T-Mobile G1 on the 24th of November.  That in itself isn't really news — big boxes have really been ramping up their wireless sales as of late …
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: VentureBeat
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Scrambles to Patch Buffer Overrun Exploit in Android G1  —  Table of Contents:  —  Security expert Charlie Miller leverages a flaw within an SDK component of Google's open-source Android operating system.  The buffer overrun flaw lets hackers hijack the Web browser …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, F**kedStartups and Xconomy
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Aviary SaaS Image Editing Software Leaves Beta  —  ReadWriteWeb is reporting that Aviary, a much-hyped and long awaited suite of online image editing tools, is about to leave private beta.  Aviary was developed by the people behind the popular Photoshop contest site Worth1000 using Adobe's Flex …
Discussion: Webware.com, Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
InfoWorld:
Microsoft to open up ‘M’ language  —  Microsoft will reveal on Tuesday its intent to open up its planned “M” application modeling language via the company's OSP (Open Specification Promise), according to the company.  —  The company will offer up parts of M via OSP, Microsoft's Steve Martin …
Discussion: eWeek
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's WindowShop Offers A Sleek Interface For The Online Megastore  —  Today Amazon has launched a new storefront called WindowShop, which presents some of the store's newest and most popular movies, books, and video games in a way that makes browsing the online megastore actually fun.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Webware.com and Regular Geek
Geoff Ramsey—CEO / eMarketer:
Online Ad Spending Will Keep Growing  —  eMarketer will be giving another haircut to its online ad spending predictions next month.  But that's not necessarily bad news for online marketers.  —  Need data for presentations? eMarketer subscribers can download charts instantly — over 50,000 choices.
Discussion: WebProNews, ClickZ and broadstuff
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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