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3:45 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.
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
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” …
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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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. …
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
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).
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 …
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: Inquirer
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
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
US Court Strikes Down “Business Method” Patents (Like Amazon's 1-Click) For Now (AMZN)  —  The sparks are going to fly: The legal status of Amazon's (AMZN) controversial 1-click patent, which the company filed for in 1997 and won in 1999 — and licensed to companies like Apple (AAPL) — is now in doubt.
Discussion: Techdirt and Reuters
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu gets horny: Intrepid Ibex (8.10) officially released  —  The Ubuntu developers have announced the official release of Ubuntu 8.10, codenamed Intrepid Ibex.  This release includes new versions of many popular open source desktop applications and also introduces several important new features.
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
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Adobe nukes ‘critical’ Pagemaker flaws  —  Adobe has released a patch to fix a pair of critical vulnerabilities in its PageMaker 7 software, warning that a hacker could exploit these flaws to “take control of the affected system.”  —  A third vulnerability, confirmed by Adobe, remains unpatched …
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 …
 
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September Semiconductor Sales Up 1.6 Percent Year-on Year
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Lessig Blog:
On the Google Book Search agreement
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BBC:
Cybercrime wave sweeping Britain
Discussion: CircleID
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Leaders Say No to Proposition 8 With New Group and Ad
Discussion: GMSV
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
New “Get a Mac” ads doing well against “I'm a PC” series
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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