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12:50 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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: WebProNews, GigaOM, Reuters and IP Democracy
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Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Forms Strategic Partnership with Consortium of More Than 150 Newspapers Across the U.S.  —  Unique Relationship Creates Valuable Advertising Network Plan to Integrate Search, Content, Local Tools, and Recruitment Begins with Yahoo! HotJobs  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov 20, 2006 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:   Yahoo! for Yahoo?  Maybe not.  —  The jumbo online revenue gains …
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 …
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Newsvine Acquired By MSNBC.com
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Mircosoft 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: Crave and Opposable Thumbs
San Francisco Chronicle:
Users' complaints to FTC show another side of Google  —  All they wanted from Google was $10.  —  The Internet colossus had offered this enticement to people who signed up for its online payment service, Checkout - but some customers said they failed to get their promised credit.
Discussion: WebProNews
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Mixx launching public beta, rolling out content partnerships  —  Updates have been made to this story, which incorrectly stated some of Mixx's content partnerships.  —  Mixx, a social-news site that Webware covered last month, is poised to launch its public beta on Tuesday …
Discussion: Webware.com and Mashable!
Louise Story / New York Times:
Toyota's Latest Commercial Is Not on TV.  Try the Xbox Console.  —  AMONG other new features, the new Toyota Yaris has a giant tentacle that reaches out of its roof to shoot enemies as it races through a futuristic tunnel, sometimes within inches of soaring fireballs.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and 24/7 Wall St.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
SAP's Business Intelligence Leap  —  To expand in one of business software's hottest sectors, the German giant detours from its organic growth plan and agrees to buy Business Objects for $6.8 billion  —  In the rapidly consolidating business software market, SAP (SAP) has taken a conservative tack …
Discussion: The Register
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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
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Major Internet Hubs See Lesser Influence
Discussion: WebProNews and p2pnet
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Info chief shrugs off Bluetooth regulation
Telegraph Travel:
US says no to in-flight mobile use
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
Fred Vogelstein / Los Angeles Times:
The Facebook revolution  —  The Internet megahit may be growing …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
OK, you're right, it IS a bubble
Discussion: ben barren and innonate
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Way to Find Your Corner of the Internet Sky