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10:20 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.
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech and videogaming247
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Congress blasts tech giants for cooperating with Chinese government
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Just try surfing the Web in China. Seriously, here's how
Discussion: Skype Journal and GigaOM
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 …
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Former AOL Exec Raises Funding For Sports Blogs Network  —  Former AOL executive vice president of consumer and publisher services Jim Bankoff has secured a “mid-seven-figure sum” of venture capital for SB Nation, a startup network of sports blogs.  We already mentioned this briefly …
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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.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Engadget HD
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Short Term Profits Over Long Term Principles; Google's Caving On Book Scanning Is Bad News  —  Today the tech/business press was filled with stories about how Google has settled the lawsuits from authors and publishers over its book scanning project.  Google is paying $125 million …
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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