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11:25 AM ET, November 2, 2008


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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding Opera Mini and the App Store  —  I've done some digging on this “Opera Mini was rejected from the App Store” story, and the truth appears to be very different than what has been reported and assumed.  —  It all started with this paragraph from Saul Hansell on the NY Times Bits weblog …
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News:
Windows 7 pre-beta hits BitTorrent  —  The pre-beta version of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system released to developers at the Professional Developers Conference has already made it onto prominent BitTorrent sites, where thousands of enthusiasts around the world are currently downloading it.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Tops 20 Million Peers  —  The Pirate Bay has reached yet another milestone.  Today, they track more than 20 million unique peers for the first time since the site was launched.  It is estimated that the Pirate Bay tracks more than half of all BitTorrent users at any given point in time.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Can You Be So Sure about Azure?  —  [Editor's note: This commentary derives from my comment response added to the aforementioned post.]  —  During Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference I posted first-take analysis “Azure: Windows Becomes the Web,” which I followed up with “Microsoft's Server Stack Gets Higher.”
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Never underestimate Microsoft's ability to turn a corner  —  This week Microsoft didn't get much hype for its three major announcements.  Certainly it didn't stay on top of TechMeme as long as, say, if Steve Jobs gets a sniffle.  But don't miss what they did.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Beet.TV
AOL Mail Blog:
An Open Letter to Gmail: Happy Halloween!  We love your costume!  —  Happy Halloween Gmail!  We knew you would have the best costume at the party, and who can blame you?  We think it's great that you're using this holiday to pay homage to the one who started it all, who got 35 million people online …
Agence France Presse:
Internet collaboration still in infancy: Wikipedia founder  —  LONDON (AFP) — The age of public collaboration over the Internet is still only in its infancy, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told AFP in an interview.  —  The 42-year-old web guru, in an effort to show Wikipedia's impact thus far …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Is Revver On The Fritz?  —  We've been getting a lot of tips from people who have been having problems reaching the Revver website lately, getting videos uploaded or playing the ones already hosted on the platform.  We haven't paid much attention to them so far, because every time we check …
Amnesty criticises Global Network Initiative for online freedom of speech  —  The human rights campaign group has explained why it isn't part of the new industry-backed plan to protect freedom of expression online  —  Human rights campaign group Amnesty International has criticised …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DirectTV May Enter Online TV War With “Web On Demand” Service  —  We've received a couple of anonymous tips that DirectTV, a $24 billion satellite TV provider, may be entering the online TV wars with a new site called DirectTV Web On Demand.  The site would compete with startups like Hulu, Joost, Fancast,, etc.
Discussion: DSLreports
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 hands on - Impressive at every turn  —  With the Microsoft PDC recently wrapping up, excitement has been building for Windows 7.  I wonder, will it be able to live up to the hype?  There's only one way to find out: install it and see for myself.  This is by no means a complete analysis …
Discussion: TechSpot
Easton Ellsworth / The Blog Herald:
Election Day 2008: The Best Blogs and Social Media Resources  —  Update 1 Nov 2008: We've added several links.  Thanks to Jackie Sheeler for making the first suggestion.  Feel free to add more in the comments!  —  The 2008 US presidential election will be over in about 100 hours (unless Florida can't make up its mind again).
Discussion: DygiScape
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Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
BlackBerry Storm 9530 User Manual Emerges!
Discussion: SlashPhone and Gizmodo
Randall Stross / New York Times:
30 Seconds to Boot Up? That's 29 Too Many
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hands On With Netflix's New Mac Streaming Player: A Good Start (NFLX)
Kevin Maney / Portfolio:
The End of This Blog  —  Kevin Maney writes: If Tech Observer looks …
Discussion: MediaMemo
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Online Ad Prices Hit the Skids With the Stock Market
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
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Dong Ngo / CNET News:
No more pirated DVDs from China...maybe
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
America CTO's infomercial for Obama
Discussion: Beyond Search and broadstuff