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1:35 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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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  —  Apple has updated its MobileMe web service software, but hasn't noted the update in its MobileMe news blog or otherwise notified subscribers of the new changes outside of an article on the company's support site.  —  The “late-September 2008 …
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’?
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Recession Delays Motorola Cellphone Spinoff, More Cuts Coming (MOT)  —  Motorola's breakup into two companies — cellphones and infrastructure — won't happen next summer as planned, the company said today in its Q3 earnings release.  Why not?  Co-CEO Sanjay Jha: “While our strategic intent …
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” …
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
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Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com:
BlackBerry Storm Launch Event With The Foo Fighters In Los Angeles, California
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 …
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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. …
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).
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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Compaq Mini 700: It's the HP Mini 1000 with optional HSDPA
BBC:
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.
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 …
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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
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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
Brian Prince / eWeek:
ICANN Gives Notorious Internet Registrar Stay of Execution - for the Moment  —  ICANN has held off terminating the accreditation of EstDomains, an Internet registrar long accused of being an open house for malware distributors.  The move comes a day after ICANN notified EstDomains in a letter …
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Foxconn rumored to be quitting branded motherboard market  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is planning to quit the branded motherboard market, according rumors circulating from sources at channel vendors in China.  —  Foxconn responded in saying it has heard nothing regarding the speculation.
Samuel Axon / Engadget:
Asus, Intel launch WePC website, ask community to design PCs for them  —  True power is derived from the people, yes?  Asus and Intel know this well, so they've launched a website called WePC, where users can draw up concepts and specs for new netbook and notebook models then argue about how fantastic or utterly impractical they are.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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