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3:55 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 …
Ed Moltzen / crn.com:
Microsoft's Ballmer: Google Reads Your Mail  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a knock at one of his chief rivals during a speech to an audience in the U.K., saying Google reads customer email as part of a failed bid to drive ad-based revenue.  —  The software giant's chief made the remarks during …
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Microsoft CEO Says Google Reads Your Mail
Discussion: Digital Daily
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
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 …
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:   Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 bundle for the holidays
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
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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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
YouTube: The Big Copyright Lie  —  I'm a big YouTube fan.  —  We can thank YouTube for cutting the gordian knot of video codecs.  Instead of futzing around with codecs and media players, YouTube's universal, Flash-based web video "just works".  After all this time, it turns out the killer app …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and rc3.org
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.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
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Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
CONVENIENCE WINS, HUBRIS LOSES AND CONTENT VS. CONTEXT, A PRESENTATION FOR SOME MUSIC INDUSTRY FRIENDS  —  Yesterday was a crazy day.  —  In the morning I found myself car-less and skateboarding to Santa Monica High School in a suitcoat and wool Vans with my computer in a leather satchel over my shoulder …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Ian Rogers To Music Industry: "Inconvenience Doesn't Scale"
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Announcing a preliminary iPhone 1.1.1 Jailbreak  —  The iPhone/iTouch Dev guys have been hard at work for weeks and have finally managed to jailbreak 1.1.1.  Right now, they're nowhere near releasing a general-use tool but the first steps have been made.  Congratulations to dinopio, asap18 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Seagate Formally Launches Hybrid Hard Drives  —  Seagate has begun shipping its first hybrid hard drives, more than a year after the company first announced plans to enter the market.  —  The Momentus 5400 PSD 2.5-inch hybrid drive has begun shipping to OEMs, four of which are qualifying the drive for inclusion in a notebook PC.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Graphing social patterns with Linkedin's Reid Hoffman  —  Speaking the Graphing Social Patterns conference (covering the business and technology of Facebook) in San Jose today, Linkedin founder and chairman Reid Hoffman poured cold water on the notion that a single social graph would prevail.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware makes storage fluid  —  Fresh off a blockbuster IPO and its user conference, VMware has divulged details around upcoming additions to its flagship software.  —  Out of all the new bits and bobs in ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5, customers may find some storage tools most appealing.
 
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Carm from Sandisk ups ante; will shave her head too if Microsoft's …
Discussion: Channel 9
WCVB-TV:
Web Site Lets You Tattle On Your Neighbor
Discussion: IP Democracy
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Thomas to appeal RIAA's $222,000 file-sharing verdict
Discussion: p2pnet, Gizmodo, Mashable! and Digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Add an Info View to Google Results
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Operators show Nokia who wears the housut*
Discussion: IntoMobile
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Adobe confirms PDF backdoor, offers unsupported workaround
Discussion: Today @ PC World and p2pnet
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  Maybe not.  —  The jumbo online revenue gains …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Mixx launching public beta, rolling out content partnerships
Discussion: Mashable! and MarketingShift
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intel launches a company-ranking site: CoolSW