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5:35 PM ET, November 2, 2008

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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.”
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Microsoft's Manhattan Project  —  This week Microsoft gave evidence that it will continue to be a major force for at least the next decade.  The company outlined its products and strategies that more fully embrace the “cloud,” such as the Azure set of cloud services; Web-based …
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.
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)
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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 …
Steve Hall / Adrants:
Renamed WiFi Networks Guilt Freeloaders Into Buying Coffee  —  This is truly brilliant.  With free WiFi popping up at cafes the world over, the number of people impolitely “stealing” it without so much as buying a simple coffee has increased as well.  To both reprimand and capitalize on this trend …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Raw Feed
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
German BVG Agency Forces iPhone App To Be Removed From App Store  —  This story comes out of Berlin, Germany.  A 21-year old Web developer created an iPhone application that uses the GPS in the iPhone to help you find the nearest public transportation U-Bahn and S-Bahn (subway) stations.
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
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
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 …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DirectTV May Enter Online TV War With “Web On Demand” Service
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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
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Kevin Maney / Portfolio:
The End of This Blog  —  Kevin Maney writes: If Tech Observer looks …
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Online Ad Prices Hit the Skids With the Stock Market
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An Open Letter to Gmail: Happy Halloween! We love your costume!
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America CTO's infomercial for Obama
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