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5:40 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 …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Why I Won't Buy an iPhone  —  Apple has abandoned its founding ethos of creativity and innovation by hanging up on third-party software developers  —  I don't own an iPhone, and I don't think I ever will.  That may come as a surprise to anyone acquainted with my long history of owning and liking Apple (AAPL) products.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Digital Democracy Director Slams Google's Greed
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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: WebProNews, TECH.BLORGE.com and rc3.org
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
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 …
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
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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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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hallelujah — a Yahoo music exec who gets it
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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: loose wire blog
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Ted Wallingford / Download Squad:
Facebook barely scratching the surface of the platform's potential?  —  "Funwalls."  Free Conference Calls.  "Gifts" in the form of bitmaps of red roses.  Today's Facebook applications are heavy on the social and light on the networking, and techy thought-pioneer Tim O'Reilly says in a new report …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Minnesota woman to appeal $220,000 RIAA award  —  Jammie Thomas, the Minnesota woman who last week was ordered to pay the recording industry $222,000 for copyright violations related to sharing songs, has decided to appeal the verdict.  —  Thomas announced her decision Monday morning …
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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.
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.
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 Simon / Search Insider:
Is The Online Ad Industry Partying Like It's 1999?  —  Online advertising spending is healthy, and most people in the industry seem to believe that the industry faces nothing more challenging than a few speed bumps on its way to inevitable dominance of advertising as a whole.
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
 
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Reuters:
EU: Intel seeking more time on antitrust reply
Discussion: Macsimum News
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Blusens intros GPS units with satellite imagery
Discussion: Gadgetell
Darren Murph / Engadget:
US in-flight calling can't catch a break, ruled out for "foreseeable future"
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Vuze opens up platform; claims 10 million "viewers"
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Calif. man sues Apple over iPhone 'bricking'
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google PageRank Update & Link Selling
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Carm from Sandisk ups ante; will shave her head too if Microsoft's …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Scobleizer
WCVB-TV:
Web Site Lets You Tattle On Your Neighbor
Discussion: IP Democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Add an Info View to Google Results
Discussion: Compiler
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Operators show Nokia who wears the housut*
Discussion: IntoMobile
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware makes storage fluid
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's 100-day review: A lot of cards shown already
San Francisco Chronicle:
Users' complaints to FTC show another side of Google
Discussion: WebProNews
Business Wire:
Alltel Wireless Launches New Wi-Fi Solution
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Yahoo! for Yahoo?  Maybe not.  —  The jumbo online revenue gains …
Discussion: Screenwerk