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9:40 AM ET, October 2, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Blogsearch Relaunches as Techmeme Killer, Across 11 Categories  —  In its first major upgrade ever, Google Blogsearch just relaunched and looks radically different.  Instead of the blank page look of Google.com, Blogsearch now looks like Google News (but uglier) - with the hottest topics …
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Michael Cohen / The Official Google Blog:
Browse what the world is saying on Blog Search  —  Did you know that millions of bloggers around the world write new posts each week?  If you're like me, you probably read only a tiny fraction of these in Google Reader.  What's everybody else writing about?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Its Own Memetracker
Discussion: broadstuff
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Google Blogsearch and Techmeme
Discussion: Download Squad
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
One Way to Turn a Mac Into a PC Just Got Better  —  There are two common methods for running Microsoft Windows and Windows programs on an Apple Macintosh, and one of those methods just got better and easier.  —  The first approach uses a feature called Boot Camp that comes free on every new Mac.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Google ‘Goliath’ Microsoft says  —  The chief executive of Microsoft has admitted that his firm's slowness to grasp the potential of internet search had hit the business.  —  Steve Ballmer told the BBC that Microsoft had become a “David” in search alongside the “Goliath” of its arch-rival Google.
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Nintendo DSi vs. PSP-3000 vs. iPod Touch, v1.0  —  Now that we have some concrete details about the Nintendo DSi — which bears more than a few similarities between its multimedia competitors — let's size it up against the PSP-3000 and Apple's “gaming handheld” the iPhone/iPod Touch.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo announces Wii storage solution: SD cards
Discussion: Newlaunches.com, OhGizmo! and Joystiq
John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out Post-Roll Video Ads  —  YouTube, which has never had trouble growing an audience but hasn't yet figured out the trick for monetizing them thar eyeballs, is adding a trick from the old playbook: post-roll advertisements.  As we understand it (and this has been confirmed with the company) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SlingMedia Prepares To Launch Their Video Portal At Sling.com  —  Sling Media, the creators of a hardware device that lets users stream their home television signal to an Internet connected device anywhere (with a software download), is preparing to launch their new video portal, Sling.com.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Nokia boss has high praise for iPhone  —  Nokia boss (President and CEO) Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is full of praise for Apple, though he's digging in his heels to compete with the iPhone company.  —  He described Apple's impact on the industry across the last year and said the company had done the industry “a big favour”.
Andy Stadler / Google Mobile Blog:
Google on Android: Search  —  On September 23, T-Mobile announced the world's first Android-powered phone, the G1.  The phone comes preloaded with Search, Maps, Gmail with Contacts, Calendar, Google Talk, and YouTube.  The applications are easy to use, fully synchronized with the web …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and mocoNews.net
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
What effect will the financial crisis have on the tech sector?  —  Expect to see a slowdown in smartphone sales and a concomitant growth in the use of open source, cloud computing and virtualisation technology as consumers cut back on their “discretionary” purchases while businesses …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?  —  There are only so many world-changing products a company can create, but there's still plenty of room for Apple to extend established product lines  —  Where does Apple go from here?  The question lies at the heart of the media and industry buzz that so often surrounds …
LG:
LG Launches Artistically Inspired Handset, Renoir  —  Seoul, Korea, October 3, 2008- LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, announced the official launch of its LG-KC910, a slim yet feature-packed full touchscreen 8 megapixel multimedia phone.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL's Unhappy TVSquad Bloggers Stay, But Also Launch Competing Site  —  AOL's budget cuts across the board have been well reported, but the bloggers were the most vocal about it (as bloggers tend to be).  —  Many bloggers have reportedly left.  The group behind TVSquad is doing something a little different, though.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
David / TmoNews:
Sometimes lightning does strike twice...  Yesterday we posted a few “unboxing” pics that were more tease than anything else, yet we got some eye candy of the box itself.  We know you wanted more, we wanted more and it looks like our super secret ninja was holding out on us.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Music Downloads: Is the Price Right?  —  A federal panel will decide if Apple, Amazon and the like should pay higher royalties to music publishers.  But 99¢ songs likely aren't going anywhere  —  A contentious battle between Apple and part of the music industry is set be decided today …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Laptop Makers Shy Away From Multitouch Technology  —  Apple's iPhone is making multitouch all the rage on mobile phones but laptop makers are not rushing to add the technology to traditional notebooks.  —  Multitouch, which lets users control applications through gestures on a screen …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Outrageous Nokia headset designs to become reality  —  UK - Parrot feathers, mini satellite dishes and exhaust pipes aren't commonly found on a pair of headphones (unless you live in Shibuya, Tokyo, of course, where anything goes).  But these are exactly the sorts of decorative trinkets …
Discussion: textually.org and PhoneReport v2.0
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Intel's Barrett: Teachers Matter More Than PCs  —  Someday, assuming the financial crisis eventually eases, the nation needs to confront the longer-term issue of economic competitiveness.  It's an evergreen subject, but also an important one — the only way to revive the economy and deliver higher living standards in the years ahead.
darkREADING:
New DOS Attack Is a Killer  —  2:45 PM — Things are a-brewin' in Sweden.  Sweden is not just home of the infamous bikini team, it is also the home of Outpost 24, an equally sexy software-as-a-service network scanning service, and the employer of my friend Robert E. Lee and his colleague Jack C. Louis.
 
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Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
AT&T has a lot of ‘runway’ left with HSPA
Discussion: DSLreports, IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Nine Inch Nails version of Tap Tap Revenge game coming
Discussion: IntoMobile and iPhone Buzz
Bill Ray / The Register:
Branson brand floats into mobile broadband
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Samsung i907 coming to AT&T as Epix
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Nicholas Thompson / Washington Monthly:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: Fujitsu to sell hard drive unit to Western Digital
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
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New California law narrows overtime regulations for skilled tech workers
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Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says