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9:55 PM ET, November 2, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: Startup Chatter
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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 Developers Conference I posted first-take analysis, “Azure: Windows Becomes the Web,” which I followed up with “Microsoft's Server Stack Gets Higher.”
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, Guardian and Gadgetell
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace, MTV Networks team with Auditude to profit from online video  —  It just goes to show that you can teach old media new tricks.  —  Television networks and Hollywood studios used to try to prevent people from uploading copyrighted content on the Internet.  Now they are looking to profit from the practice.
Discussion: Forbes, Bits and The Social
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Circuit City to shutter 155 stores, locations to go public tomorrow  —  According to a slew of tips we've received, Circuit City will be closing down 155 of its retail locations, possibly even before Black Friday.  Right now details are sketchy, but it seems that the company's traditional …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
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 …
Fred / A VC:
Hacking Education  —  I spent a lot of time on this blog in the past month exhorting everyone to give teaching tools to the neediest public schools.  I did that because education is possibly the most important thing we can do for our world and our children.
Discussion: WinExtra and bytes|genes
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 …
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.
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Sprint HTC Touch Pro Now Available Online!  —  Sprint customers will be overjoyed at the news that the Sprint HTC Touch Pro is now available online!  The QWERTY slider can be snapped up at the Sprint site for $299.99 with free shipping and free activation of a new line.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and MobileCrunch
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: Joe Duck
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 …
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
German BVG Agency Forces iPhone Developer to Change App
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Tops 20 Million Peers
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Easton Ellsworth / The Blog Herald:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DirectTV May Enter Online TV War With “Web On Demand” Service
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
30 Seconds to Boot Up? That's 29 Too Many
Discussion: I4U News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Never underestimate Microsoft's ability to turn a corner
Discussion: Beet.TV and Ars Technica
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