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2:15 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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers and Previews New Web Applications Based on Office Software  —  Company showcases an early version of its next client operating system designed to be faster and easier and connect across PCs, devices and the Web.
Discussion: VentureBeat and I4U News
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
PDC: Windows 7 on tap  —  LOS ANGELES — It's Day 2 of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference and the next version of the company's flagship operating system software, Windows 7, is on tap.  —  Steven Sinofsky, senior vice president of Windows and Windows Live engineering …
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
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and jkOnTheRun
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft taking Office to the browser
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and eWeek
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  —  Google has settled lawsuits brought against it by major publishers and authors that argued that Google's wholesale scanning and indexing of in-copyright books without permission amounted to massive copyright violations.
Google:
Authors, Publishers, and Google Reach Landmark Settlement
Discussion: Google Watch and New York Times
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
Discussion: TG Daily
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Gmail Now Supports Gadgets
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 …
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New York Times:
Big Tech Companies Back Global Plan to Shield Online Speech
Discussion: Digital Daily and WebProNews
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 …
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.
Ira Teinowitz / TVWeek.com:
Parton Adds Voice to Argument Over White Space  —  Dolly Parton has stepped into the battle at the Federal Communications Commission over whether the agency should act now to begin allowing the marketing of devices that use the white space between digital TV channels.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:   Dolly Parton Hates White Space Broadband …
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 …
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.
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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 …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
AdaptiveBlue takes a fresh tack with Glue, a semantic social network  —  AdaptiveBlue's latest version of its browser plug-in is a complete revamp of its BlueOrganizer product.  Now called Glue, it aims to synthesize semantic technology that connects information about books, music …
BoomTown:
The Deal Dance: AOL and Yahoo (and even Google and Microsoft) Continue to Waltz  —  So-at this point-BoomTown feels it is not untoward in asking: What the heck is taking so long for Yahoo and AOL to decide whether or not to merge their struggling operations?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Green Agenda Could Pay Off  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, the Internet search and advertising giant, is increasingly looking to the energy sector as a potential business opportunity.  —  From its beginning, the company has invested millions of dollars in making its own power-hungry data centers more efficient.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and BloggingStocks
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 …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Real Estate Crashes In Second Life, Too: Linden Lab's Bailout Plan  —  Linden Lab's new-ish CEO Mark Kingdon has been fond of telling reporters “there's no credit crunch in Second Life.”  We'll see about that.  Last night Linden announced it was jacking the prices on its “Openspaces” …
GamesIndustry.biz:
Avalanche prepares to lay off 77 staff  —  Avalanche Studios has confirmed that it is preparing to lay off 77 of its 160 staff due to losing two publishing contracts this year, worth around USD 34 million (EUR 27.2 million).  —  The studio is currently in negotiations with unions to let the staff …
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
 
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Microsoft, Yahoo team up against lottery hoax e-mails
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Sirius XM: Is The Company's Equity Worth Anything? …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP pulls its outlook ‘in light of the uncertainties’
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Emily Steel / Business Technology:
AOL Ditches Its Own Video Player for Brightcove
Discussion: Beet.TV, Epicenter, TechCrunch and ClickZ
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Zimbra offers hosted collaboration tools for universities
Discussion: Ars Technica, InfoWorld and Mashable!
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Student charged after alerting principal to server hack
Discussion: Albany Times Union
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
Ubuntu's Shuttleworth: “I don't think anyone can make money from the Linux desktop.”
 

 
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