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3:55 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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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’?
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Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Motorola Delays Cell-Phone Spinoff, Drops Platforms  —  Motorola confirmed Thursday that it will eliminate its MOTOMAGX and Symbian platforms in order to focus on the Google Android, Windows Mobile, and P2K 3G solutions.  The company will also delay plans to spin off its mobile business into a separate entity.
Reuters:
US appeals court rejects business method patents  —  A U.S. patent appeals court ruled on Thursday that business methods, such as Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) one-click to buy goods on the Internet, cannot be patented.  —  The case was closely watched …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Greatly Limits Software And Business Method Patents  —  from the huge-victory-for-innovation dept  —  I don't say this often, but it looks like the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) — or “the patent court” — got a big one mostly right.
Apple:
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.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps
Discussion: TG Daily and O'Grady's PowerPage
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Some Shed Their Gadgets by Turning to One: iPhone  —  Lower-income households are turning in force to Apple Inc.'s iPhone and may be doing so to save the cost of a separate broadband connection and music devices, according to the media measurement firm comScore Inc.
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
Lower Income People Are The iPhone's Fastest Growing Demographic
Discussion: iPhone Buzz, Epicenter and atmaspheric
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:
Revenue Crisis: Here Come The Pro Accounts  —  In his Wired magazine cover story, “Free!  Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business,” Wired editor Chris Anderson wrote: “It's now clear that practically everything Web technology touches starts down the path to gratis, at least as far as we consumers are concerned.”
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
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” …
Mark Larson / Google Chrome Releases:
Beta release: 0.3.154.9  —  Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released.  You will automatically get updated in the next few days.  You can open About Google Chrome (from the wrench menu) to get the update at any time.  —  This release fixes the top issues we've heard about from people using …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Third Chrome beta due in days, Google says
Discussion: Download Squad
Which? News:
Games firms pursuing innocent file sharers  —  People told to pay up for game they didn't play  —  Innocent people are being accused of illegal file-sharing, which carries the penalty of high fines and court action, according to a Which?  Computing investigation.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Slyck
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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 …
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Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com:
BlackBerry Storm Launch Event With The Foo Fighters In Los Angeles, California
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
HP Mini 1000 and 700 netbooks confirmed … Following a slip on the company's website earlier in the week, HP has confirmed today the launch of two new netbook computers; the HP Mini 1000, Compaq Mini 700, as well as confirming details about a Vivenne Tam edition offering.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The new AOL.com gets all social and stuff  —  Social networks are front and center in the latest redesign of AOL's AOL.com 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).
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Big Guns Come Out In Effort To Show RIAA's Lawsuits Are Unconstitutional  —  from the this-ought-to-be-worth-watching dept  —  People have been submitting this story nonstop, but I wanted to take some time to read the details before commenting on it.  It's not the first time that folks …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and Inquirer
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Windows Media Player 12's surprising new features  —  Though many previously bundled applets are now will ship separately to Windows 7, Windows Media Player remains part of the core OS.  Windows 7 will ship with Windows Media Player 12, which includes some surprising new features.
Discussion: digg.com
YouTube Blog:
Link To The Best Parts In Your Videos  —  Here at YouTube, we still pride ourselves in listening closely to our community and building what you ask for.  In this spirit, we are pleased to announce the ability to “deep link” to YouTube videos.  This means you can now not only link to a YouTube video itself …
ICANN:
EstDomains Update: Notice of Termination Stayed  —  On 28 October 2008, ICANN sent a notice of termination to EstDomains http://www.icann.org/correspondence/ burnette-to-tsastsin-28oct08-en.pdf [PDF, 76K].  Based on an Estonian Court record, ICANN has reason to believe that the president of EstDomains …
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
ICANN Gives Notorious Internet Registrar Stay of Execution - for the Moment
Discussion: Forbes and Security Watch
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Online Videos — And Our Attention Spans — Get Longer  —  The conventional wisdom is that people on computers have the attention span to watch only very short video clips.  But it's clear that getting network programming on their own schedule makes it increasingly worthwhile for some viewers to watch full episodes on their computers.
Discussion: Beet.TV and WatchingTV Online
Charles / Channel 9:
Steven Sinofsky at the PDC2008 Open Space … Sign In  — HOME - RECENT - MEDIA  — SHOWS  — FORUMS  — SANDBOX - WIKI - SEARCH - ABOUT  —  Subscribe  —  FEATURED
Discussion: Technology Questions
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Leaders Say No to Proposition 8 With New Group and Ad
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New “Get a Mac” ads doing well against “I'm a PC” series
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