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10:45 AM ET, October 29, 2008

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Reid Hoffman / The LinkedIn Blog:
Announcing Applications on LinkedIn  —  Hi Everyone.  I'm writing today to announce the launch of LinkedIn's applications platform that will enable over 30 million professionals on LinkedIn to communicate, collaborate, and share information even better than before.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Means Business With New Application Platform  —  LinkedIn has launched its new OpenSocial-based application platform called InApps - an answer to the platforms found on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, but without the clutter and “junk” apps that plague those sites.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Xbox 360 Experience hands-on and impressions  —  Thanks to a special blessing from the folks in Redmond, we've had an opportunity to thoroughly give the rejiggered Xbox 360 Dash (AKA, the New Xbox Experience) a serious run through, and we've got the lowdown on the future of your gaming life.
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Darren Murph / Engadget HD:
HD Netflix streaming comes to Xbox 360 first
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Now Streams In HD? (Xbox 360)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Kotaku
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Speed Dials Cell Overhaul  —  New Mobile Chief Plans to Slash More Jobs, Focus on Google Software to Simplify Design and Cut Costs  —  Motorola Inc.'s new cellphone chief is moving quickly to scale back the struggling division, simplifying the way it makes devices and cutting additional jobs.
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch Android handset in 1H09  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch its first Android-based Google phone in the first half of 2009, according to company sources.  Asustek may initially sell the Android-powered handsets under its own brand in the Taiwan market before also launching customized models …
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Asus Android phone coming early next year!
Discussion: Electronista and PalmAddicts
Jim Courtney / GigaOM:
Why BlackBerry Storm Is An iPhone (and G-1) Killer  —  Having followed activity in the BlackBerry ecosystem over the past few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that BlackBerry Storm should be called BlackBerry Stealth.  Why?  With little media coverage, its forthcoming launch is the sleeper play …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
HP gets serious about Netbooks  —  The Mini 1000 MIE has a custom HP interface meant to hide its Linux OS from users.  —  After a brief experiment in the education market, Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday is set to introduce a whole line of Netbooks for mainstream consumers.
Vivek Shankar / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Gains Internet Search Share; Microsoft Loses  —  Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc. handled a larger chunk of U.S. Internet searches last month while Microsoft Corp. lost market share, according to researcher ComScore Inc.  —  Yahoo had about 20.2 percent of queries in September …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Gives Up On Yahoo-Google Search, Wants Microsoft Deal
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Logitech Coughs Up $30 Million To Acquire SightSpeed  —  Switzerland-based Logitech, maker of personal computer peripherals, is entering the software market by acquiring internet video communications services provider SightSpeed for $30 million in cash.  The deal is expected to close in early November.
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Logitech to Acquire SightSpeed. Questions Arise.
Discussion: PE Hub News and The Blog known …
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Tech giants in human rights deal  —  Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have signed a global code of conduct promising to offer better protection for online free speech and against official intrusion.  —  The Global Network Initiative follows criticism that companies were assisting governments in countries like China to censor the Internet.
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Just try surfing the Web in China. Seriously, here's how
Discussion: Skype Journal and GigaOM
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Congress blasts tech giants for cooperating with Chinese government
Eric Fisher / SportsBusiness Journal:
Tech leaders back sports blog network  —  Former AOL programming chief Jim Bankoff has secured a mid-seven-figure sum of venture capital for SB Nation, a startup network of sports blogs, from a group of digital media and technology luminaries.  —  The round of funding was led by Accel Partners …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Former AOL Exec Raises Funding For Sports Blogs Network
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google SearchWiki  —  Google's experiment that allows users to vote and annotate search results is back and this time it has a name: Google SearchWiki.  Justin Hileman is one of the lucky people who has access to the experimental feature: “Things are a bit smoother this time.
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Justin Hileman / justin hileman dot info:   SearchWiki - Google's customized social search is back
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Garmin: Nuvifone on track for 2009 launch, but economy hurts outlook  —  Garmin said Wednesday that it nuvifone, a GPS enabled phone, is on track to launch in the first half of 2009 and should hit carrier labs in the earlier part of the year.  —  Garmin added in a statement that it has signed letters …
Discussion: All Points Blog
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Business Wire:
Garmin Reports Record Third Quarter Revenues with Strong Operating …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Designing the New MacBook: Why It Couldn't Have FireWire  —  Rainer Brockerhoff's studied dissection of the new MacBook's design—how certain design choices intersect with the realities of components to produce real notebooks—perfectly explains how they are not simply a wishlist of parts and features that magically come together.
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Blu-ray is dead - heckuva job, Sony!  —  Blu-ray is in a death spiral. 12 months from now Blu-ray will be a videophile niche, not a mass market product.  —  With only a 4% share of US movie disc sales and HD download capability arriving, the Blu-ray disc Association (BDA) is still smoking dope.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung NC10  —  This 10-inch netbook trumps the field with its spacious keyboard and more than 7 hours of battery life.  —  Current Price: $550.00 (1 seller)  —  Review Contents: … The Samsung NC10 has joined the ranks of 10-inch netbooks—including the Eee PC 1000H, MSI Wind, and Lenovo IdeaPad S10—and it beats them all.
AndroidGuys:
OpenMoko at Work on Android Handset  —  We've got a juicy one for you today... and kids remember where you heard it first!  —  OpenMoko is working with the Android platform as we speak and look to have something soon.  Soon like maybe November.  —  You know who OpenMoko is, right?
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and CostPerNews
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Online Office: Microsoft keeps promising while Google delivers  —  No one really expected Microsoft to completely abandon the idea of desktop software, did they?  Today, at the Professional Developers Conference, the company announced that it will be rolling out “Office Web applications,” …
 
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