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4:15 PM ET, October 29, 2008

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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.
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Arn / MacRumors:
NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs Now Shipping
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing Gadgets
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
John Doerr: 10 ways for companies to stay afloat in rough times  —  At VentureBeat's Downturn Roundtable event this morning, Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr came prepared with a list of the top things that start-up CEOs should do.  He surveyed 18 of Kleiner's companies, and here's what they suggest …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Webware.com and Tech Beat
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.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:   Roku Capable Of HD Streaming, Netflix HD Content Only On XBOX 360 For Now
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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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Experience (NXE) Review: It's Pure Improvement
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TechSpot
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.
Discussion: CNET News
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Technology news:
Apple's $24.5B: The case for a stock buyback  —  Here's a headache most companies would love to have.  —  Apple is sitting on a huge cash reserve — $24.5 billion as of September and growing at the rate of $8 to $10 billion a year - that's doing almost nothing for it.
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
LinkedIn launches apps network; Keeps its business focus  —  LinkedIn on Wednesday unveiled its applications platform where outside developers can offer business-oriented software.  —  The move (LinkedIn blog, statement, Techmeme) makes sense as LinkedIn can stick to its knitting …
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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can Motorola's Big Bet on Android Pay Off?
Discussion: From Istanbul …
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Finally Offering Free Wifi for iPhone Users (Includes Starbucks Locations)  —  AT&T has announced that they are now offering free Wi-Fi access to iPhone subscribers across the U.S. … AT&T provided a number of early hints that the service would be coming.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo-Google deal faces yet another round of concern  —  A consumer group, legislators, and Wall Street weighed this week for another round of dishing on Yahoo's proposed search advertising deal with Google.  —  With the companies having granted the Department of Justice two extensions …
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Gives Up On Yahoo-Google Search, Wants Microsoft Deal
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft researcher talks tools, telescope, and iPhone … 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 …
Discussion: TechFlash and Microsoft Pri0
Google Code Blog:
Google moves towards single sign-on with OpenID  —  Currently users are required to create individual passwords for many websites they visit, but users would prefer to avoid this step so they could visits websites more easily.  Similarly, many websites on the Internet have asked …
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
T-Mobile G1 unlock possible; Android Community celebrates with giveaway  —  The first T-Mobile G1 has been unlocked thanks to the guys over at Unlock-TMobileG1.com.  In honor of this we will be giving away 3 unlock codes for the T-mobile G1 in a community contest.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Rockers refuse to throw the horns for white space broadband  —  As a vote on the question looms, the Federal Communications Commission's docket continues to fill up with an amazing number of statements, position papers, petitions, and pronouncements, all focused on whether the agency …
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Electronista
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
The Look Is Tawdry, but the Possibilities Are Virtually Endless  —  So you want to be a video game designer.  —  You're clever.  You can entertain millions of people for billions of hours.  Here's how you prove it: find a PlayStation 3, buy LittleBigPlanet and make a luscious new level with the game's prodigious editing tools.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: solid-state drives boost battery life  —  Intel said Tuesday that solid-state drives can extend battery life up to 30 minutes compared to hard disk drives.  —  Add the speed advantage of solid state drives and that's two strikes against hard disks.  Price parity—strike three—is still a ways off, however.
Discussion: Electronista
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Site's Formula for Success: TV Content With Fewer Ads  —  “THUMBS up” and “thumbs down” ratings for commercials.  Choose-your-own-advertisement options before shows begin.  Interactive games during advertising breaks.  —  In the last year these online advertising innovations …
Discussion: Epicenter, NewTeeVee, TechCrunch and Gawker
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Lime Wire signs Lewis Black's record label  —  The renegade file-sharing service will sell Comedy Central albums in its download store.  Will the major labels be next?  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — The world's biggest record companies would love to shutter Lime Wire.
 
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Mark Cannice / Industry Standard:
Global economic crisis drives China VC confidence to new low
eMarketer:
Retailers Get Social with Facebook
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Electronista:
Intel, ASUS launch ‘community-designed’ PC concept
Discussion: TG Daily and Gearlog
ISPreview UK:
RSA Labels London as Worlds Wi-Fi Access Point Capital
Discussion: Engadget and DailyTech
Vito Pilieci / canada.com:
Study debunks bad gamer image
Discussion: p2pnet and Joystiq
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Trutap races to be the mobile IM aggregator of choice
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Justin Sheckler / Open:
Announcing the Movie Reviews API
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung NC10  —  This 10-inch netbook trumps the field …
Discussion: I4U News
Financial Times:
Out with a Bang  —  People flush with cash and with an eye …
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Designing the New MacBook: Why It Couldn't Have FireWire
 

 
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