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5:35 PM ET, October 29, 2008

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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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Arn / MacRumors:
NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs Now Shipping
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing Gadgets
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.
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Your Gmail Account is Now An OpenID
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 …
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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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.
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Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:   Roku Capable Of HD Streaming, Netflix HD Content Only On XBOX 360 For Now
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.
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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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
New Xbox Experience (NXE) Review: It's Pure Improvement
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
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 …
Martyn Williams / New York Times:
Taiwan's CMEL shows millimeter-thick OLED panel  —  A Taiwanese display maker has developed a 25-inch screen that's less than a millimeter thick.  —  The new screen, which was unveiled by Chi Mei EL at the FPD International exhibition in Japan on Wednesday, is based on the emerging OLED …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo-Google deal faces yet another round of concern  —  A consumer group, legislators, and Wall Street weighed this week for another round of dishing on Yahoo's proposed search advertising deal with Google.  —  With the companies having granted the Department of Justice two extensions …
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wall Street Gives Up On Yahoo-Google Search, Wants Microsoft Deal
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 …
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and CNET News
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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 …
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 …
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
The Official Google Blog:
Eight candles for Google Toolbar  —  Google recently celebrated its 10th birthday.  As we participated in the festivities, we realized that we are coming upon another birthday: In just a few weeks, our very own Google Toolbar will be turning 8 years old.  To celebrate, we wanted …
Market Wire:
Symantec Reports Strong Second Quarter Earnings Growth  —  Results Driven by Storage, High-Growth Areas and Continued Focus on Margin Expansion  —  Symantec Corp. (SYMC - News) today reported the results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2009, ended Oct. 3, 2008.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Gaming performs better for Sony as it ekes out a profit  —  The Japanese giant Sony runs everything from movie studios to a life insurance company, making the company's overall earnings almost meaningless.  On the plus side, looking at each of Sony's divisions helps give a glimpse …
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
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.
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 …
 
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Electronista:
Intel, ASUS launch ‘community-designed’ PC concept
Discussion: TG Daily and Gearlog
Vito Pilieci / canada.com:
Study debunks bad gamer image
Discussion: p2pnet and Joystiq
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
The Look Is Tawdry, but the Possibilities Are Virtually Endless
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Samsung NC10  —  This 10-inch netbook trumps the field …
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Designing the New MacBook: Why It Couldn't Have FireWire
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Motorola Speed Dials Cell Overhaul
 

 
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