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7:25 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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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.
The Official Google Blog:
What we learned from 1 million businesses in the cloud  —  The reliability of cloud computing has been a hot topic recently, partly because glitches in the cloud don't happen behind closed doors as with traditional on-premises solutions for businesses.  Instead, when a small number …
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.
Discussion: MacRumors and Macsimum News
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
Lower Income People Are The iPhone's Fastest Growing Demographic
Discussion: GMSV, iPhone Buzz, Epicenter and atmaspheric
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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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: broadstuff, Epicenter and WebProNews
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
8 Things to Expect in the Next iPhone Update  —  One of the great things about the iPhone is the regular software updates.  Free and automatic improvements are piped, hot and steaming, to your pocket computer.  —  We don't know exactly when the next version of the iPhone operating system …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google to AdSense users: Please don't dump us in crap economic times  —  Given the poor state of the global economy, there's a worry that online advertising, a key factor for the survival of many websites, will take a big hit.  That hasn't happened just yet, but Google, the leader in the field …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
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 …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony batteries involved in another recall  —  Updated at 2:15 p.m. PDT with the names and quantities of notebooks affected by each manufacturer.  —  More than two years after the largest battery recall in the electronics industry, Sony batteries have been fingered again as the culprit …
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
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Clarifies Its OpenID Implementation  —  After we wrote about Google becoming an OpenID provider yesterday, a number of reports suggested that Google was not following the OpenID guidelines closely and that it was basically forking OpenID to suit its own agenda.
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. …
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.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Japanese iPhone owners to be offered TV tuner add-on  —  Addressing a widely-publicized feature omission for Japanese iPhone users, local carrier Softbank on Thursday announced plans to begin selling a TV Tuner add-on later this year that will also serve as an extended battery pack.
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
Accept credit card payments from your iPhone  —  Want to bring your business with you wherever you go?  Inner Fence's new Credit Card Terminal accepts payments directly from your iPhone.  According to the company's web page, the system offers just enough features so you don't have to drag …
Discussion: MacBlogz
Jacobs School Computer Science and Engineering News:
Keys Can be Copied From Afar, Jacobs School Computer Scientists Show  —  UC San Diego computer scientists have built a software program that can perform key duplication without having the key.  Instead, the computer scientists only need a photograph of the key.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Local Business Hijacking: Microsoft Acquires Yahoo, Becomes Escort Service  —  Mike Blumenthal has been diligently covering how local listings can be hijacked by other businesses in Google Maps.  He's also been frustrated that Google doesn't seem to be fixing the local hijacking problem.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Silicon Valley Leaders Say No to Proposition 8 With New Group and Ad  —  Today, a panoply of prominent tech and Internet leaders is taking a very public stand against a controversial initiative before California voters, which would eliminate the current legal right of same-sex couples to marry.
Discussion: GMSV, TechCrunch and Tech Ticker
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Electronic Arts Off On Weak Outlook; Cutting Staff 6%  —  Electronic Arts (ERTS) shares are taking a big hit this afternoon on investor disappointment with the company's near-term outlook.  —  For the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, the company posted non-GAAP revenue of $1.126 billion …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook Using DMCA Notices To Takedown Private Videos?  —  from the say-what-now?  dept  —  You may remember last month that we had a story about Google taking down a video on Google Video for copyright infringement, even though the video itself (a brief Christmas home movie) was set to private, and only 3 or 4 people had seen it.
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
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 …
Tech-On! : tech news:
[FPDI] ‘40-inch OLED Panel Is Largest Size Possible,’ Samsung Says  —  Samsung SDI Co Ltd exhibited a 40-inch OLED panel that features a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, a color gamut of 107% NTSC and a luminance of 200cd/m2 (peak luminance of 600cd/m2) at FPD International 2008.
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).
Paul Buchheit / FriendFeed Blog:
Share your FriendFeed activity on Twitter  —  We want to make it easier for you to share your FriendFeed activity on the web services you're already using.  Now you can publish your FriendFeed updates directly to Twitter.  —  To enable this feature, go to your Account page and find the 'Post …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
The MacBook Makeover  —  Apple's bestselling MacBook laptop just got its 2008 makeover.  It's a thing of beauty, clad in aluminum like its more expensive Pro siblings.  It's slightly lighter than the previous black or white plastic models (and, at $1,300, more expensive) …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Updates Live Mesh: Worldwide Availability, Mac and Windows Mobile Clients  —  Today, Microsoft will release a major update for Live Mesh, its consumer oriented cloud storage and synchronization service.  Among these updates are more granular permissions for sharing folders …
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, BBC and Slyck
 
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Peter Bright / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: Windows 7's streamlined UAC
Discussion: OSNews
Evin Levey / The Official Google Blog:
A picture of a thousand words?
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
When the Roads Talk, Your Car Can Listen
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft kicks off the era of user-generated console games
Discussion: Xbox Press
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Adobe nukes ‘critical’ Pagemaker flaws
Discussion: Adobe
Charles / Channel 9:
Steven Sinofsky at the PDC2008 Open Space
Discussion: Technology Questions
Lessig Blog:
On the Google Book Search agreement
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
New “Get a Mac” ads doing well against “I'm a PC” series
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
AppleInsider:
Apple more undervalued than others tech heavyweights
Discussion: Edible Apple and Seeking Alpha
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Online Videos — And Our Attention Spans — Get Longer
Discussion: Beet.TV and WatchingTV Online
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu gets horny: Intrepid Ibex (8.10) officially released
 

 
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