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9:50 AM ET, October 3, 2008

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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Plans to Unveil Smart Phone  —  Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to grow its device business beyond corporate users, is preparing to release a new smart phone that will also be marketed to consumers, according to people briefed on the plan.  The device will debut in Europe, these people say …
Martin Veitch / CIO UK Magazine:
INTERVIEW: Steve Ballmer on the Cloud, Google, data centres and the cult of Apple  —  Microsoft will out-cloud Google  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered the keynote speech at his company's London conference “Technologies to Change Your Business: How Customers Are Implementing Tomorrow's Strategies Today”.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Royalty rate doesn't change for Apple, music retailers  —  The Copyright Royalty Board on Thursday froze the rate that digital-music stores, such as iTunes and RealNetworks' Rhapsody, must pay music publishers.  —  On Thursday, the three-member board that sets statutory copyright licenses e-mailed …
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BBC:
Music downloads avoid rate hike  —  The veiled threat to shut down iTunes if royalty rates on downloaded songs were hiked has been averted.  —  The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) opted to keep the status quo and turned down a request to increase royalties from 9 to 15 cents on songs bought online.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
WiMAX networks: we won't single out P2P for punishment  —  Sprint's new XOHM WiMAX service—does it hate both lowercase letters and P2P file-sharing?  After Sprint switched on the wireless home and mobile broadband service in Baltimore this week, reporters seized on the company's network management policies …
Discussion: DSLreports
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
What's the big deal about WiMax?  —  Sprint Nextel has made headlines all week as it's started lighting up its first 4G wireless network using a technology called WiMax.  But what exactly is WiMax?  And how does it fit into the future of wireless?  Here's a primer to help you sort it out.
Discussion: MuniWireless
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Flickr's iPhone-friendly (beta) redesign  —  A great deal of Web companies have long since converted their iPhone-optimized sites into native iPhone apps, but not Yahoo's Flickr.  Instead, Flickr is just getting around to tweaking its mobile site, m.flickr.com—in beta—specifically for iPhones.
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The T-Grid: Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic vs. the iPhone  —  Give Steve Jobs this: When Apple frets publicly about other companies ripping off the iPhone, it has a point.  The iPhone is quickly becoming what the Mac was more than twenty years ago, only more so: A device that sets the style …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gizmodo and Forbes
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Nokia's Touch Screen 5800 Nods to iPhone
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is the link economy really broken?  —  It happened amid the stream of Twitter messages about the vice-presidential debates between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, so a lot of people probably missed it, but Allen Stern of Centernetworks said something that really caught my eye: “it's clear the link economy is broken.”
Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Skype President Addresses Chinese Privacy Breach  —  You may have seen some reports in the media about a security and privacy breach in the software provided by our Chinese partner, TOM Online.  I'm writing to let you know where we stand, and what we're doing to resolve the problem.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Skype Defends VoIP IM Monitoring In China
Sony:
SONY'S THIRD GENERATION READER DIGITAL BOOK GIVES READERS A “FEEL” FOR LITERATURE  —  Sony eBook Store Offers Enhanced Functionality  —  With the latest edition of Sony's Reader Digital Book, announced today, readers can truly let their fingers do the walking.
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Two Online Health Site Operators to Announce a Merger  —  In a deal that threatens WebMD's dominance in the health care space, Revolution Health Network plans to announce on Friday that it has merged with Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several health Web sites.
Discussion: Business Wire and Valleywag
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Revolution Health, Waterfront Media Plan Merger To Compete With WebMD
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big Blogger Pay Cuts At b5Media  —  Toronto based b5Media is changing the way it pays bloggers in its hundreds-strong blog network, according to an email memo sent out to partners by CEO Jeremy Wright and copied below.  —  Gone are guaranteed payments of “$100-$200/month” plus bonuses for traffic.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Ensight
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft gives users six months longer to flee from Vista  —  Buckling to OEMs?  —  Never mind that Microsoft has kicked off a hyped ad campaign to convince the public to buy Windows Vista PCs, - it's also given users more time to switch back to Windows XP.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 8.0.1 (Stability and Bug Fixes)  —  Apple has released an update to iTunes to version 8.0.1.  The update is available in Mac OS X's Software Update and provides the following features: … Apple released iTunes 8.0 on September 9th. iTunes 8 introduced Genius playback …
Webroot, Inc.:
Webroot® Threat Advisory: Hackers Using Real Headlines to Attract Users to Fake Blogs  —  Top Searches in Google Trends Labs Being Used to Increase Search Listings for Malware Infected Blogs  —  Webroot, a leading provider of security solutions for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets …
Reuters:
Sen. Kohl asks for continued Google, Yahoo monitoring  —  Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) deal to put some Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) ads on its searches may hurt the industry, and warrants monitoring by the U.S. Justice Department even if the agency eventually approves …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Rethinks Its Aversion to Ads  —  Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships.  —  But in recent months some of the Internet company's executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm video proves RIM hates confidentiality, or they just want to leak crap  —  “You're invited to a secret presentation on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm.  But just remember, we at RIM don't care about company secrets any more, so you Italians in the audience should feel free …
Tech-On! : tech news:
[CEATEC] NICT, Victor Develop 72-inch 3D Display Viewable with Naked Eye  —  Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and Victor Company of Japan Ltd jointly developed a 72-inch 3D display that can be viewed with the naked eye and exhibited it at CEATEC JAPAN 2008.
Discussion: Gearlog, Engadget and Engadget HD
Matt Cutler / The Visible Measures Blog:
Microsoft's Viral Video Adventure: Seinfeld/Gates vs. I'm a PC  —  Microsoft recently went on a marketing offensive, launching a $300 million campaign that was unexpectedly divided into two distinct sections.  The first, ostensibly designed as a teaser, featured legendary comedian Jerry …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Polling Web 2.0's Presidential Debate Hubs  —  In the buildup to this election season's presidential debates, we've seen a number of services launch that aim to enhance the viewers' experience (and hopefully keep them informed).  During tonight's highly anticipated Vice Presidential debate we put a few of them in the test.
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
Sony Ericsson is working on automatic zoom for it's cameraphones
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook stock sales scheduled for November 1
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Media for Business - Who's Doing it Well & How
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Fear  —  The NDA is dead, yes, and good riddance …
Discussion: Linux.com
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T-Mobile HTC Shadow II is on the horizon
Discussion: IntoMobile, wmpoweruser.com and TmoNews
New York Times:
Credit Crisis Spreads a Pall Over Silicon Valley