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3:40 PM ET, November 1, 2008


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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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
America CTO's infomercial for Obama  —  In exchange for his late-to-the-party endorsement of Barack Obama, Google CEO Eric Schmidt got a spot on Obama's prime-time infomercial last night.  Note how Schmidt explains his decision, made only after Obama took a substantial lead in the polls …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
Discussion: F**kedStartups
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 …
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
No more pirated DVDs from China...maybe  —  The MPAA doesn't want to make it easy for you to copy DVDs; DVD Shrink does.  —  If you've been copying DVDs using some made-in-China DVD player, think about taking good care of the device, as you might not be able to buy a replacement.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Online Ad Prices Hit the Skids With the Stock Market  —  Online ad rates — across all the major search engines — apparently tanked one day a couple weeks ago, just when the stock market went to hell and talk of a world world depression heated up.  Paul Edmondson, CEO of ad management platform …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Now Official: No One In Tech Can Defend McCain  —  There is apparently not a single prominent person who supports John McCain's technology policies and is confident enough to go out there and debate in favor of them.  —  As readers of this blog know, after publishing the Wired Scorecard a couple weeks ago …
Kevin Maney / Portfolio:
The End of This Blog  —  Kevin Maney writes: If Tech Observer looks a little sparse from here on, that's because it is dead.  —  Some of you may have already seen the news that almost all of's staff is getting cut, and the site will be reformulated as something less costly and ambitious.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Jaime Forman-Lau / The Official Google Blog:
Feed me!  Google Alerts not just for email anymore  —  This week, our Trondheim-based Google Alerts team launched support for feeds, a highly requested feature you can use to receive alerts via the feed reader of your choice.  (Of course, we think the best places to view your updates are iGoogle and Google Reader.)
Discussion:, Lifehacker and Mashable!
Gmail Blog:
Almost new in Labs: SMS Text Messaging for chat  —  Oh snap.  Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail.  It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you chat from your computer and reach your friends no matter where they are.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: New MacBooks Support 6GB RAM  —  While we've officially confirmed that the Nvidia chipset in the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros can theoretically support up to 8GB of RAM, Apple says the capacities for each top out at 4GB.  Turns out, the actual number is right there in the middle …
Discussion: CrunchGear, and MacUser
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
BBC's Magic TV Detector Vans Kept Secret  —  As many of you probably know (especially if you live in the UK), you have to buy a license to have a TV (or even a TV tuner card for a computer).  The license fees go to pay the BBC to operate.  Apparently, the BBC has some secret “TV detector” …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
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Suzanne Tindal / CNET News:
Windows 7 pre-beta hits BitTorrent
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Should Facebook be tapping users for cash?
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Doug Beaver / Facebook Blog:
Click or Treat: Halloween Photo Bonanza
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