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8:10 AM ET, October 29, 2008

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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.
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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.
Charlie Owen:
Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7  —  If you are attending the 2008 Professional Developers Conference you received a pre-beta Windows 7 build today (6801) which contains many features the Windows Media Center team has been developing over the past year.
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Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7 and netbooks
Discussion: Inquirer and OSNews
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
First look at Windows 7's User Interface
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.
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To “Software Plus Services” Message  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent an email to customers today (reprinted below) summarizing some of the big news coming out of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Online Office: Microsoft keeps promising while Google delivers
Discussion: AccMan Pro
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.
Jim Granelli / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
SightSpeed folds into Logitech  —  Telephone rebels have long flocked to Skype, Vonage and other Internet-based calling services that offer cheap to free calls.  —  Now SightSpeed, with its well-regarded video conferencing capabilities, hopes to take its Internet calling service beyond computer …
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Christian Science Paper to End 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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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.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Gives Up On Yahoo-Google Search, Wants Microsoft Deal  —  Yahoo management's moves over the past year are rapidly slipping into tragicomedy.  As we've noted frequently over the past few weeks, the Yahoo-Google search deal is on the rocks, and both the company and now Wall Street are flopping around for alternatives.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Inc. Plans About 600 Layoffs  —  Time Inc., the world's largest magazine company, is set to announce a revamping that will result in job cuts of 6 percent — more than 600 positions — and a reorganization that could radically alter the culture at the venerable publishing house.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Time Inc. Layoff and Reorg Memo From Ann Moore
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
BlackBerry Fund Plants Its First Seeds  —  The BlackBerry Partners Fund — a new venture capital fund to invest in start-ups making applications for mobile phones — announced Wednesday that it has made its first three investments: Buzzd, a mobile city guide; Digby, for mobile shopping; and WorldMate, for planning and managing trips.
Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Introducing Y!OS 1.0 - live today!  —  Earlier this month, we introduced a revamped universal profile to all Yahoo! users - but that was just the tip of the iceberg.  With the new profile page, you got a peek at our open vision, but today's Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 platform launch gives you something to get your hands on.
Hallyu Tech:
REIGNCOM'S IRIVER NV MINI GPS NAVIGATION  —  Reigncom has announced the release of the iriver NV mini, a PMP with built in GPS navigation.  The device is basically a slimmed down version of iriver's NV PMP.  The mini has been heavily slimmed down in both size and functions …
Discussion: Engadget, PMP Today and Gadgetell
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Designing the New MacBook: Why It Couldn't Have FireWire
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Congress blasts tech giants for cooperating with Chinese government
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
New Mac Pros at January's Macworld Conference & Expo?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and World of Apple
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony profit plunges 72 percent on strong yen
Discussion: New York Times
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
A decade of the DMCA: keep the Safe Harbor, ditch the rest
Discussion: Techdirt and TG Daily
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Just try surfing the Web in China. Seriously, here's how
Discussion: GigaOM and Skype Journal
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Review: Classics lets you touch your books on your iPhone (Updated)
Discussion: TeleRead
Dolapo / Google Reader:
We like it graphed  —  When we launched the Trends page last year …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Twitter developer claims the “the internet is built wrong”
Discussion: Internet Evolution
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Gabe Cohen / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps Goes Experimental with Google Labs
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MTV: Just Ignore That Nice New Video Site We Rolled Out Yesterday
Discussion: CrunchGear, BetaNews and Fast Company
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Tribler Set to Make BitTorrent Sites Obsolete
 

 
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