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7:20 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 …
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: .
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hands On With Netflix's New Mac Streaming Player: A Good Start (NFLX)
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, Guardian and Gadgetell
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.
San Francisco Chronicle: CEO's head is still in a ‘cloud’  —  Despite the economic downturn, in San Francisco is one company that's still growing.  —  Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff co-founded in an apartment in San Francisco in 1999 at the height of the dot-com bubble …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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: Podcasting News and Mashable!
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
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