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12:10 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
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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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Motorola to call on Google in cell overhaul
Discussion: Open Source and Forbes
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.
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP revs netbooks: Attempts custom Linux OS  —  Hewlett Packard on Wednesday rolled out a netbook lineup designed to play catch up with Dell, Asus and others.  But the real interesting play here is HP's move to develop a custom Linux operating system for one of its netbooks.
Discussion: HP, CrunchGear and Crave
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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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 …
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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Gives Up On Yahoo-Google Search, Wants Microsoft Deal
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Reuters
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 Engadget
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.
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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BBC:
MS offers peek through Windows 7
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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.
 
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