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11:30 PM ET, October 29, 2008

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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 …
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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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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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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
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.
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
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Harvard's Charlie Neeson raises Constitutional questions in RIAA litigation  —  In a major development in RIAA litigation, Prof. Charles Neeson 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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Source: MTV exec Holt offered MySpace Music job  —  MySpace Music has offered its vacant CEO position to Courtney Holt, MTV Networks' executive vice president of digital music and media, according to a music industry source with knowledge of the negotiations.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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 …
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
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Beatles, Long Digital Hold-Outs, May Lend Tune To Rock Band Game  —  We're still waiting for The Beatles to finally start selling the back-catalog online, but the band looks set to take one more step in that direction Thursday.  Their Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) Corps label and MTV will announce …
John Leyden / The Register:
Schneier sticks it to surveillance  —  Inglorious five-year snoop-plan  —  Security guru Bruce Schneier has challenged the view that privacy and security are at loggerheads, suggesting the real debate is between liberty and control.  —  Schneier, security technologist and CTO of BT Counterpane …
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: Engadget HD, TiVo Lovers and TiVo Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Camcording in movie theater results in 21-month sentence  —  A man caught recording movies in a theater with a camcorder has been sentenced to almost two years in prison following his guilty plea earlier this year.  Michael Dwayne Logan had filmed two movies—28 Weeks Later and Enchanted …
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Bethesda pencils in new Elder Scrolls title for 2010  —  Fallout 3 publisher Bethesda has indicated that the next title in the hugely popular Elder Scrolls series will be released in 2010.  —  Paul Oughton, publishing executive for Bethesda, also said that although the market for the Wii …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft researcher talks tools, telescope, and iPhone … 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 …
eMarketer:
Retailers Get Social with Facebook  —  More retailers have fan pages on it than on other social media sites.  —  Facebook is the social media site of choice for many US online retailers, judging by an August 2008 study by Internet Retailer and Vovici.  —  Nearly one-third of responding businesses …
 
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Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
Modding the Acer Aspire One - HSDPA
Discussion: Liliputing, Ubergizmo and jkOnTheRun
Comcast:
Comcast Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: IP Democracy, Epicenter and GigaOM
Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson / NEWS.com.au:
Australia's compulsory internet filtering ‘costly, ineffective’
Discussion: GigaOM and p2pnet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
User Privacy Settings By Geography: A Flickr Study
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google New York hit by cost cuts
Discussion: AppScout and Silicon Alley Insider
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Opera CEO: Chrome has been very good for us
Discussion: Maximum PC all
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Gaming performs better for Sony as it ekes out a profit
Discussion: Electronista and The Register
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