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1:35 PM ET, October 8, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Google, Advertising and Phones Go Together  —  For more than two years, a large group of engineers at Google has been working in secret on a mobile phone project.  As word about their efforts has trickled out, expectations in the tech world for what has been called the Google phone …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google and I.B.M. Join in 'Cloud Computing' Research  —  Even the nation's elite universities do not provide the technical training needed for the kind of powerful and highly complex computing Google is famous for, say computer scientists.  So Google and I.B.M. are announcing today …
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William M. Bulkeley / Wall Street Journal:
IBM, Google, Universities Combine 'Cloud' Forces  —  International Business Machines Corp. and Google Inc. said they are starting a program on college campuses to promote computer-programming techniques for clusters of processors known as "clouds."  —  In a joint telephone interview …
Business Wire:
Alltel Wireless Launches New Wi-Fi Solution  —  Alltel introduces Wi-Fi to provide customers with access to thousands of hotspots  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Whether staying in a hotel, waiting for a flight or drinking a latte at the local coffee shop, Alltel customers can now connect to the Internet virtually anywhere.
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Daniel Thomas / MarketWatch:
McDonald's offers free wi-fi Internet service in 1,200 U.K. outlets  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — McDonald's Corp. (MCD:, , ) said at the weekend that it would offer high-speed wireless Internet services to customers for free in 1,200 of its U.K. fast food outlets.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Alltel dives into WiFi, offers up variety of plans
Discussion: Mobility Site
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Alltel Adds WiFi To Mobile Data Mix
Nick / Rough Type:
Selling a community  —  The sharecropper rollup continues.  The little plantation Newsvine has been bought by the big plantation MSNBC for a non-transparent amount of cash.  "I personally would like to thank all Newsvine users who have helped make Newsvine what it is," wrote Newsvine cofounder Calvin Tang yesterday.
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Calvin Tang / Newsvine:
The Future of Newsvine and What it Means to You  —  newsvine, newsvine-community, msnbc, future-of-newsvine  —  I personally would like to thank all Newsvine users who have helped make Newsvine what it is - the most vibrant and active community of users on the digital news media landscape.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Msnbc.com acquires Newsvine
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
When Old Media Buys a Community
Xbox.com:
Holiday Consoles Include Two Free Games  —  Xbox® is rewarding holiday console buyers this season with two free games!  Hot on the heels of a price reduction for all Xbox 360™ consoles, Microsoft is now giving holiday buyers even more value by including two great games …
Discussion: DailyTech, Crave, Kotaku and CrunchGear
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 bundle for the holidays  —  Well, it looks like that rumored new Xbox 360 bundle we heard about way back in August was right on the mark, as Microsoft has now officially announced that the console will soon come bundled with both Forza 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance at no added cost.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Loic Le Meur's New Startup Launches: Seesmic  —  The rumors were correct.  Loic Le Meur, a well known European entrepreneur that recently relocated to San Francisco, will unveil his new video startup, Seesmic, this morning into a closed beta.  —  The service is very much in "alpha" and they've only given away a few test accounts.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Vonage settles patent case with Sprint  —  Internet telephony provider Vonage said Monday that is has settled its patent dispute with Sprint Nextel.  —  The two companies have entered into a licensing arrangement that allows Vonage to use patents for voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology that are held by Sprint.
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David Ward / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony to put cheaper PS3 in play  —  Sony Computer Entertainment America will unveil a $399 40GB PlayStation 3 on U.S. shores, sources said.  —  The release comes on the heels of an announcement by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe that a new lower-priced version of the PS3 will be launched …
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Why the iPod can be conquered  —  Apple's hugely popular digital music player isn't as ubiquitous as most people think, which explains why rivals like Microsoft keep trying to dethrone it, writes Fortune's Richard Siklos.  —  (Fortune) — Far be it for any mortal to tell Steve Jobs how to flog …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  Maybe not.  —  The jumbo online revenue gains at Yahoo's newspaper partners may be transitory and short-lived, say publishers struggling to sustain initial lifts they fear they can't replicate in the second year of the agreement.  —  While online sales increased …
Discussion: Screenwerk
 
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Operators show Nokia who wears the housut*
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Ian Rogers To Music Industry: "Inconvenience Doesn't Scale"
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware makes storage fluid
Discussion: Computerworld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's 100-day review: A lot of cards shown already
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell XPS M1530: movin' on up
Discussion: Crave, CrunchGear, Gadgetell and Gizmodo
BBC:
Briton claims first gaming gold
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dolby stakes its claim in 3D movie tech
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray discs with BD+ DRM failing to play on some devices
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Users' complaints to FTC show another side of Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Oracle mulls vote on open source at upcoming shareholders meeting
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Adobe confirms PDF backdoor, offers unsupported workaround
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Mixx launching public beta, rolling out content partnerships
Discussion: Webware.com and Mashable!
Louise Story / New York Times:
Toyota's Latest Commercial Is Not on TV. Try the Xbox Console.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
SAP's Business Intelligence Leap
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
ETEN Glofiish M800 - TyTN II Contender?
Discussion: Engadget, Gear Diary and Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intel launches a company-ranking site: CoolSW