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7:15 AM ET, November 3, 2008


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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News: extends cloud computing service  — is expanding its cloud computing service with a new option that lets customers more easily build external Web sites.  —  The company is expected to announce the new service, called Sites, at its Dreamforce user conference on Monday in San Francisco.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT: sets its Sites on Microsoft  —  Salesforce's DreamForce developer conference opens Monday morning with the announcement of a new Sites service.  Sites is a new business for Salesforce, potentially extending the thousands of applications by pushing application data to the Web over Salesforce servers.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Business Technology: Wants to Host Your Web Site  — is getting into the Web site hosting business, the latest sign that the company's ambitions reach beyond the sales-automation software it's named for.  —, whose annual conference gets under way in San Francisco Monday …
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace and MTV Turn Pirated Video Into Ad Dollars
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
MTV Networks in deal to monetize uploaded videos
Discussion: Mashable! and
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ad Rates Dropped 11% In The Third Quarter  —  The average amount advertisers pay publishers to display their ads one thousand times — CPMs — dropped 11 percent from Q2 to Q3 across the 307 ad networks and 1,300 publishers that ad-optimizing firm The Rubicon Project calls clients.
Rafael / Within Windows:
Flashy Windows 7 bits protected by elaborate scheme, workaround  —  During PDC '08, I was passed a note indicating that I should dig deeper into the bits to discover the snazzy new Taskbar.  Upon cursory analysis, I found no evidence of such and dismissed the idea as completely bogus.
John Markoff / New York Times:
On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm  —  Microsoft plans to report on Monday that the security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds and other online scourges has become much more serious.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Times Said Shopping  —  The troubled New York Times Company is running out of options.  It owes more than $1 billion, close to half of it coming due in the next two years.  But it just ruled out layoffs for the foreseeable future and will probably try to avoid cutting …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
John McCain and Barack Obama Talk Tech  —  In advance of tomorrow's elections, here's a pair of videos of the two presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, talking about tech.  —  While Obama has many more supporters in the tech and Internet sectors …
Discussion: TechCrunch
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola ZINE ZN5 officially hits T-Mobile, paparazzis lose their jobs  —  There hasn't been much doubt about Motorola's MOTOZINE ZN5 hitting T-Mobile, but official confirmations are always a nice thing, no?  Starting today, at select T-Mobile corporate locations and online, you'll be able to pickup a Motorola ZN5 for yourself.
Discussion: Electronista and
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Three strikes” P2P rule inches closer to law in France  —  France's “three-strikes” copyright enforcement proposal is slowly making its way into law, as the French Senate has now overwhelmingly voted in favor of the measure.  The legislation received a massive cross-party vote of 297 …
Discussion: paidContent
Agence France Presse:
Microsoft unveils 60 million dlr investment in SKorea  —  SEOUL (AFP) - Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer on Monday unveiled a plan to invest 60 million dollars in South Korea's software industry as part of the US giant's drive to strengthen its presence in the country.
Discussion: Engadget
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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Discussion: Technologizer
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Sprint HTC Touch Pro Now Available Online!
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Hall / Adrants:
Renamed WiFi Networks Guilt Freeloaders Into Buying Coffee
Matt Hamblen / PC World:
Motorola Confirms Layoffs
San Francisco Chronicle: CEO's head is still in a ‘cloud’