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Google Abandons Standards, Forks OpenID  —  A couple of hours ago, the Google Security Team posted an article claiming that Google's made the switch to OpenID, joining Yahoo! and Microsoft in the ranks OpenID providers.  —  But it looks like someone may have been a bit to hasty to pull that switch …
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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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Your Gmail Account is Now An OpenID  —  You may not know it, but you probably have an OpenID.  If you have a Yahoo account, you have an OpenID.  If you have a Windows Live account, you will soon have an OpenID.  And today, if you have a Google e-mail account, you can also start using your Gmail address as an OpenID.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
October Surprise: TiVo to Stream Netflix  —  In the beginning, there was Netflix streaming movies and TV content to the PC, and it was “meh.”  Then there was the Roku Netflix player and it was actually pretty good.  And lo, then there was Netflix streaming to the Xbox …
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Lands on TiVo!  —  Over 4 years in the making, Netflix digital video has finally found its way to TiVo!  —  The process probably hasn't played out exactly the way TiVo and Netflix anticipated when they initially inked a development agreement in 2004... In fact …
Discussion: Epicenter and Reuters
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 …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat's downturn event: The VC panel
Discussion: Bits
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   VCs Speak On The Economic Downturn: Batten Down the Hatches
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.
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Why Does Windows 7 Think It's Windows 6.1?  —  Microsoft is a bit schizoid about Windows 7.  On the one hand, it of course wants to promote it as something new and different.  But it is also making a big deal of its continuity with Vista.  —  This dissonance shows up in a curious way.
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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.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kevin Rose runs from the crowd  —  Why is Kevin Rose on a publicity binge?  In the past two months, the founder of headline-voting site Digg has garnered two magazine covers.  There he is, with a smoldering leer on local San Francisco magazine 7x7.  The look reminds everyone …
Discussion: Laughing Squid
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.
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 …
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Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo announces Netbook with Splashtop instant-on technology  —  Lenovo will soon release a second version of its IdeaPad S10 Netbook, which it will sell to schools.  The IdeaPad S10e will be sold through Lenovo's Government & Education channel and is scheduled to start shipping on November 25.
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWeek
PC Pro:
SecondLight: Surface on steroids  —  Microsoft's British researchers are literally bringing another dimension to the company's Surface touchscreens, writes Barry Collins in Los Angeles.  —  The original Surface tables are one of the chief attractions here at PDC, with attendees clambering …
Discussion: Slashdot
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com Posts Surprise Loss, Names Jim Cramer Chairman (TSCM)  —  The market panic has been good news for TheStreet.com's (TSCM) Web traffic — the company posted 27% year-over-year unique visitor growth during Q3, it said today, including an average 8 million unique visitors per month.
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Harvard's Charlie Nesson raises Constitutional questions in RIAA litigation  —  In a major development in RIAA litigation, Prof. Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School is charging that the RIAA's tactics are an abuse of federal process and that the law on which the litgation rests …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Asus want laptop designs from you  —  Intel and Asus have launched a site that seeks collaborators for “community designed” PCs.  —  The two companies say consumers can become product designers at WePC, a Web site launched Wednesday.  Participants can collaborate with each …
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Antiviral ‘Scareware’ Just One More Intruder  —  SAN FRANCISCO — How much money can criminals make scaring naïve computer users?  Try $5 million a year.  —  That is how much a marketing associate of one Russian operation appears to be earning from its sales of fake antivirus software through …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo Headed to Chicago  —  The Comcast TiVo service currently offered on Motorola hardware in New England looks to be headed towards Chicago early next year, though it may still be a bit rough around the edges.  From Comcast's earnings call earlier today:
Discussion: TiVo Blog, Engadget HD and TiVo Lovers
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Slams RIAA Tactics  —  Early on, in the RIAA's legal campaign against file sharers, it appeared that judges were mostly siding with the RIAA, and taking the RIAA's claims at face value.  However, due to widespread backlash, and an improved understanding of how the RIAA's tactics …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
TWiki's hunt for cash fractures its community  —  Can an open-source project be acquired against its will?  Apparently, the answer is “Yes,” as the recent experience of the TWiki community demonstrates.  In this case, TWiki.net (the company) has taken over Twiki.org (the project) …
Discussion: TWiki.Codev and WikiRing Blog
Mari Silbey / Zatz Not Funny!:
How Much of a Test was New York's 2-Minute Drill?  —  The folks over at CNET caught New York's two-minute analog-shut-off test on video yesterday.  Side by side it shows one digital television broadcast behaving as normal, while an analog source displays color bars and a text crawl advising viewers of the upcoming DTV transition.
Discussion: Crave and Bits
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: jkOnTheRun and Electronista
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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