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5:35 AM ET, October 29, 2008

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
First look at Windows 7's User Interface  —  At PDC today, Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 7.  Until now, the company has been uncharacteristically secretive about its new OS; over the past few months MS has let on that the taskbar will undergo a number of changes …
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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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Windows 7 details galore: interface tweaks, netbook builds, Media Center enhancements  —  Microsoft's Windows 7 announcement earlier today was followed up by an extensive demo of the new features during the PDC keynote, and since then even more info about the new OS has flooded out …
Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7 and netbooks
Discussion: OSNews
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions
Discussion: Channel 10, WinExtra and Lifehacker
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Office Comes to the Browser (Finally)  —  Microsoft announced this morning at its PDC conference that the next release of Microsoft Office will include browser-based versions of some of its main office software products - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Online Office: Microsoft keeps promising while Google delivers
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Email: Microsoft Is Really Sticking To “Software Plus Services” Message
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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.
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 …
Discussion: Business Week, Bits and The 463
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The Official Google Blog:
New chapter for Google Book Search
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.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Engadget HD
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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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Opens Up Big Time
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.
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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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.
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
Gabe Cohen / Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Apps Goes Experimental with Google Labs  —  There is a widely held belief that technology progress in the enterprise is slow and methodical, that adoption cycles are long, and that experimentation is inappropriate.  Here at Google we believe that experimentation is a good thing - even in the enterprise space.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
A decade of the DMCA: keep the Safe Harbor, ditch the rest  —  Ten years ago this week, President Clinton (remember him?) signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law.  Ostensibly passed to bring US copyright law in line with World Intellectual Property Organization treaties …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Web Thrived In Spite Of The DMCA, Not Because Of It
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Review: Classics lets you touch your books on your iPhone (Updated)  —  Among the possibilities opened up by iPhone OS 2.0, reading books on the iPhone has emerged as a fairly popular one.  Though the debate rages between fans of the printed page and those who prefer digital shelves …
Discussion: TeleRead
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Xbox 360 Experience hands-on and impressions
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Eric Fisher / SportsBusiness Journal:
Tech leaders back sports blog network
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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