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9:20 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.
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.
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
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
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:
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 VentureBeat
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 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 …
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.
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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To “Software Plus Services” Message
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, OSNews and LAPTOP Magazine
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Vivaty's 3-D virtual scenes can be embedded on any web site  —  Pretty soon, we'll all be hosting our own virtual worlds.  VentureBeat has a new virtual scene today (you need a Facebook account to access it, and it only works with Windows), courtesy of Vivaty, which is launching its own widget …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: Business Wire and All Points Blog
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
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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