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11:50 AM ET, October 30, 2008


 Top Items: 
MobileMe: About the Late-September 2008 MobileMe update  —  This article provides more detailed information about some recent improvements and the resolution of known issues that Apple delivered in the Late-September 2008 update to MobileMe services.  —  Apple is always working to improve MobileMe.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps
Discussion: TG Daily
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Apple rewrote MobileMe; Should ‘just work better’
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola: No Google Android ‘GPhones’ Til Next Christmas  —  Motorola's (MOT) cellphone business restructuring includes a big bet on Google's (GOOG) Android platform, which Motorola hopes to use for several high-end smartphones and mid-level phones.  So when will we see their first ‘GPhone’?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Recession Delays Motorola Cellphone Spinoff, More Cuts Coming (MOT)
Discussion: Between the Lines and AndroidGuys
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Netflix and TiVo to Partner on Movies  —  Two of the scrappiest bantamweights in Silicon Valley, Netflix and TiVo, are expected to announce a long-awaited partnership on Thursday.  —  Netflix will place its Watch Instantly streaming-movie service on TiVo's HD-compatible set-top boxes …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Lands on TiVo!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Video of John Doerr Giving 10 Tips for Start-ups to Avoid the Econalypse  —  Here's a video of star VC John Doerr reciting his 10 tips for start-ups to follow in the economic downturn.  —  Doerr gave out the advice at VentureBeat's “How to manage your start-up in the downturn” …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat downturn event: Tightening your belt isn't enough
Discussion: GigaOM, Tech Beat and Scobleizer
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
A tough decision: Grab an iPhone or wait for the Storm?  —  Verizon Wireless and Research in Motion should be thanking one particular customer service rep for stopping at least one customer - me - from defecting to AT&T and the iPhone this week.  I had called in to find out about altering …
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
The Beatles Go Digital—Finally!  —  Today will mark an auspicious day for the music business, and maybe the first big hint that the Beatles may finally be on the way to Apple's iTunes.  —  That's a big leap of faith but hear me out: The Beatles' label Apple Corps will join MTV for a splashy …
Wall Street Journal:
Beatles License Songs to Viacom Videogame Unit
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Mulls Service Bundles for Netbooks  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. wants to employ a new tactic to market “netbook” computers in the U.S., offering them at a steep discount to customers who sign-up for wireless service contracts.  —  This bundling of cellular service with PCs isn't done in the U.S. …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS Earnings As Bad As Promised: Local Ads Kill TV, Online Ads Up 12% (CBS)  —  CBS reported Q3 performance in line with it's October 10 earnings warning.  (Join us for LIVE coverage beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET; refresh this page for the latest)  —  Interactive revenues remained a small fraction …
Discussion: MediaMemo and
PR Newswire:
CBS Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: MediaMemo and Epicenter
Pirate swoop ‘catches’ non-gamers  —  Games firms are accusing innocent people of file-sharing as they crack down on pirates, a Which?  Computing investigation has claimed.  —  The magazine was contacted by Gill and Ken Murdoch, from Scotland, who had been accused of sharing the game Race07 by makers Atari.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
RADUS Debuts Slick Application For Consuming And Discovering Online Content  —  RADUS (pronounced “radius") is a new media hub that serves as an aggregator for content that includes RSS feeds, videos, photos, and music.  And while the site certainly isn't the first to bring all of these together …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The new gets all social and stuff  —  Social networks are front and center in the latest redesign of AOL's homepage, which the company announced Thursday and says it will start to gradually roll out to users over the next few weeks (unless they choose to opt in earlier).
Discussion: WebProNews
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Cruz: New Mac Browser Off to an Impressive Start  —  Cruz is a very slick new entry in the Mac OS X browser world.  Built on WebKit, the same engine that powers Apple's Safari, Cruz looks and renders just like Safari, but layers on power-user features that raise it far above Apple's default offering.
NeoSmart Technologies / The NeoSmart Files:
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 …
EstDomains Update: Notice of Termination Stayed  —  On 28 October 2008, ICANN sent a notice of termination to EstDomains burnette-to-tsastsin-28oct08-en.pdf [PDF, 76K].  Based on an Estonian Court record, ICANN has reason to believe that the president of EstDomains …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Walls Come Down On  —  Last month AOL began releasing parts of its new tear-down-the-walls home page strategy, allowing users to view email from Yahoo and Gmail.  —  Today they launch the rest of the new features (we had a leaked screen shot here).
Discussion: The Open Road and Epicenter
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N96 lands at Best Buy  —  Score one more for team Nokia - sort of.  Remember that $800 CompUSA price tag on the Bold that everyone laughed at?  Well, it looks like the condition might be contagious.  The good news for all you Nokia fans out there is that your favorite Finnish phone …
Stephen Shankland /
Third Chrome beta due in days, Google says  —  Google will soon begin distributing a third beta version of its Chrome Web browser, a release that takes on bugs, performance, and security weaknesses.  —  “You will automatically get updated in the next few days,” Chrome program manager Mark Larson …
PC World:
Flexible 125-inch Plasma Display Coming in 2009  —  A Japanese display start-up is well on the way to commercializing a 3-meter wide flexible plasma display and expects the first models to appear next year.  —  The 125-inch display is made using a proprietary plasma array technology developed …
Discussion: Engadget HD
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Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Study: iPhone Users Not All High Earning Tech Geeks
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Twitter squatting  —  If you have been immersed in real life lately …
Discussion: p2pnet, and Slashdot
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
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Discussion: The Register and ISPreview UK
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD ‘Shanghai’ chip debuts at resellers
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41% of UK Internet Users Read a Blog in August
David Pogue / New York Times:
BlackBerry Aims to Stay Step Ahead
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SecondLight: Surface on steroids
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
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