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5:55 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 …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions  —  Like Elvis in '68, Microsoft is itching for a “comeback,” and Windows 7 is the perfect excuse.  In fact, this week in LA at the Professional Developers Conference, Windows 7 officially shoved Vista aside.
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers …
Discussion: VentureBeat and I4U News
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.
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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 …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Office Goes to the Web
Discussion: TechFlash and eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to ‘webify’ Office (sort of)
Discussion: Technologizer
CNN:
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 …
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.
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David Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Monitor shifts from print to Web-based strategy  —  In 2009, the Monitor will become the first nationally circulated newspaper to replace its daily print edition with its website; the 100 year-old news organization will also offer subscribers weekly print and daily e-mail editions.  —  Republish
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.
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InfoWorld:
Google settles copyright lawsuits with publishers, authors
Roy Blount Jr / The Authors Guild:
$125 Million Settlement in Authors Guild v. Google
Discussion: Portfolio and InformationWeek
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MTV: Just Ignore That Nice New Video Site We Rolled Out Yesterday  —  I've just heard back from the folks at MTV.com, 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: Switched
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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
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
iPhones not on House ‘must-have’ list
Discussion: Industry Standard
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Shakeout Threatens to Thin Out Web-Ad Brokers  —  As the Economy Sours and Venture Funding Grows Scarcer, Some Networks Have Begun to Exit a Crowded Niche on the Internet  —  More than 300 online-ad networks have cropped up over the past couple of years, making the business of brokering ads …
Electronista:
Rogers sells 255,000 iPhones, hurts rivals  —  Rogers today reported a large leap in its results for the summer quarter that were highlighted by the Canadian launch of the iPhone 3G.  The telecoms company sold and activated a total of 255,000 iPhones between the device's July 11th launch …
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 …
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Arn / MacRumors:   Apple Seeking to Increase Participation in App Store Ratings?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blip.tv Figures Out How To Serve Ads In iTunes Videos  —  For most people, watching Web video is predominantly a streamed experience on their computers.  But an important and substantial portion of Web video is still downloaded to be watched later, or transferred to a different screen (usually an iPod, but sometimes a flat-screen TV).
Discussion: Epicenter, Beet.TV and Furrier.org
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Blip.tv's Mike Hudack Survives “The Video”; Now Trying to Keep His Video Site Afloat
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
NuConomy: Next-gen web analytics  —  Web analytics is an increasingly important metric for web publishers.  It used to just be about tracking how many visitors you get and how many pages they view.  Technology has improved so that you can now track site entry points, popular keywords …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Profy and Mashable!
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Retailers Slash Blu-Ray Player Prices  —  Electronics manufacturers and retail chains are slashing prices of Blu-ray players in a bid to boost adoption of the high-definition movie format, which has yet to catch on with American consumers.  —  Entry-level Blu-ray players have dropped …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TECH.BLORGE.com
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google is oddly silent about Grand Central  —  Google is being very quiet about Grand Central, the virtual phone service it acquired in July 2007 but hasn't really done anything with since.  In my opinion, Grand Central is already a good service.  There are a few features I'd like to see added but …
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.
 
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