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12:55 PM ET, October 29, 2008

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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  —  It's something you can't get on the Roku.  Nor on LG's BD300.  Nor on Samsung's P2500 / P2550 Blu-ray players.  Nor through Netflix's own “Watch Instantly” portal.  It's high-def Netflix streaming, and it's coming first to Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Experience (NXE) Review: It's Pure Improvement
Discussion: NewTeeVee and VideoGamer.com
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:   Netflix Now Streams In HD? (Xbox 360)
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!  —  Asus is known as a late entrant to the smartphone game, but that doesn't mean they're slow learner.  As a matter of fact, we're hearing they'll be launching an Android-based phone during the first half of 2009.
Discussion: Electronista, PalmAddicts and TG Daily
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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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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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: Epicenter
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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.
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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 …
AppleInsider:
MacBook Airs ship; Psystar plans Mac notebook, Blu-ray desktop  —  Apple is making good on a promise to have its new MacBook Airs in the hands of customers early next week.  Meanwhile, unofficial Mac clone maker Psystar has announced a Blu-ray-enabled Mac desktop and says its also working on a Mac notebook.
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
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft researcher talks about his iPhone tie … LOS ANGELES—As he began his speech on Wednesday, Microsoft Research chief Rick Rashid talked up his ties, not just to Microsoft's products, but also to those from Apple.  —  “If you use a Macintosh or an iPhone, which honestly I would not recommend …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and CNET News
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.
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.
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs Now Shipping
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
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Justin Sheckler / Open:
Announcing the Movie Reviews API
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Lime Wire signs Lewis Black's record label
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
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Limelight's Recent Network Buildout Lowering CDN Pricing, Impacting Margins
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider