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2:55 PM ET, November 2, 2008

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding Opera Mini and the App Store  —  [UPDATE: Addendum regarding iPhone SDK guideline 3.3.2 appended.]  —  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.
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.”
Discussion: Outside the Lines
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
San Francisco Chronicle:
Salesforce.com CEO's head is still in a ‘cloud’  —  Despite the economic downturn, Salesforce.com in San Francisco is one company that's still growing.  —  Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff co-founded Salesforce.com in an apartment in San Francisco in 1999 at the height of the dot-com bubble …
Matt Hamblen / PC World:
Motorola Confirms Layoffs  —  Motorola officials confirmed Friday that $800 million in cuts planned for 2009 will require laying off about 3,000 workers, with a little more than two-thirds of those job cuts coming from the handset division.  —  About layoffs will be made globally …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Try Netflix Watch Instantly on your Mac right now  —  Netflix is in the process of beta testing its Watch Instantly feature for Mac computers, and now it's opened up the test for all users who wish to opt-in.  Simply follow this link and you'll be good to go: http://www.netflix.com/silverlightoptin .
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hands On With Netflix's New Mac Streaming Player: A Good Start (NFLX)
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Gadgetell
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.
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 …
Discussion: A VC
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
YouTube Blog:
Auto Translate Now Available For Videos With Captions  —  In August, we added captions and subtitles to YouTube videos to help uploaders reach a wider audience.  —  While we've been working to offer captions in as many different languages as possible, there are often only a few translated versions available.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Discussion: digg.com
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Storm 9530 User Manual Emerges!  —  BlackBerry Storm enthusiast?  Didn't get your fill of Halloween goodies last night?  No worries, we have got you covered with an awesome treat that won't cause cavities...  Click the image above and you can download the 249 page user manual …
Discussion: SlashPhone and Gizmodo
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DirectTV May Enter Online TV War With “Web On Demand” Service
Discussion: DSLreports
Randall Stross / New York Times:
30 Seconds to Boot Up? That's 29 Too Many
Discussion: I4U News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Is Revver On The Fritz?  —  We've been getting a lot of tips …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Windows 7 hands on - Impressive at every turn
Discussion: TechSpot
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The End of This Blog  —  Kevin Maney writes: If Tech Observer looks …
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Online Ad Prices Hit the Skids With the Stock Market
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Dong Ngo / CNET News:
No more pirated DVDs from China...maybe
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An Open Letter to Gmail: Happy Halloween! We love your costume!
 

 
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