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2:55 PM ET, October 29, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs Now Shipping  —  Multiple readers are reporting that the new version of the MacBook Air that was announced on October 14th is now shipping.  —  The new MacBook Air uses the new NVIDIA-chipset which includes the GeForce 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU).
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.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Experience (NXE) Review: It's Pure Improvement
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechSpot and
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.
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:   Roku Capable Of HD Streaming, Netflix HD Content Only On XBOX 360 For Now
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 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can Motorola's Big Bet on Android Pay Off?
Discussion: From Istanbul …
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 …
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:   Yahoo-Google deal faces yet another round of concern
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 just gave a rundown of the top 10 things startups should be doing right now to keep their companies afloat in hard times.  —  The ten:  — Act now.
Discussion: CNET News and Tech Beat
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft researcher talks about his iPhone tie … 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, which honestly I would not recommend …
Discussion: 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 …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Trutap races to be the mobile IM aggregator of choice  —  If instant messaging, and now mobile IM is a commodity market, then UK-based mobile startup Trutap has decided to try and become the aggregator of choice for the mainstream consumer.  The TechCrunch40 finalist from 2007 now supports …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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