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1:15 PM ET, October 19, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OMG Britney!  On Twitter!  —  This is perhaps the most exciting news since the May launch of TomCruise.com: I'd like to welcome Britney Spears to our world.  She (or rather her people) have launched both a Twitter account and a bloggy sort of site with near constant updates on her fascinating life.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Tweet me, baby, one more time  —  When we heard that pop singer Britney Spears was reinventing herself, we didn't know it involved a Twitter account.  —  But it's true—go to the newly revamped BritneySpears.com, and check it out.  You can “Friend Britney” not only on Facebook, YouTube …
Discussion: Mashable!
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why This Storm May Stay Away From Apple  —  VIOLENT waves are tossing about the world's largest financial institutions like toys made of balsa.  The dark skies ahead can't be anything but a recession.  Sheets of cold rain have already been smacking the retail sector.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple Q4 earnings smackdown  —  Andy Zaky has a bone to pick with Wall Street — or rather, with the professional analysts who cover Apple (AAPL) at Morgan Stanley (MS), Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), and the rest.  —  “I could write a book on what Wall Street analysts don't know,” he says.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Fans Predict Blowout Quarter...But All That Matters Is Guidance  —  A group of folks who ridicule Wall Street analysts for intentionally lowballing their Apple estimates so Apple can “surprise” on the upside have assembled their own consensus for Apple's Q4.  Not surprisingly, the consensus calls for upside:
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Why Is Jerry Yang Still in Charge?  —  Lately, Yahoo seems to stumble from one idea to the next, with no grand vision or plan for the company.  —  From the magazine issue dated Oct 27, 2008  —  Eight months ago, Yahoo!CEO Jerry Yang had a chance to sell his company to Microsoft for $43 billion.
David Leppard / Times of London:
Passports will be needed to buy mobile phones  —  Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance.  —  Phone buyers would have to present a passport …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Cloud Computing and Vendor Lock-In  —  Tim Bray has a thought provoking post on embracing cloud computing entitled Get In the Cloud where he brings up the problem of vendor lock-in.  He writes … Tim's post is about cloud platforms but I think it is useful to talk about avoiding lock …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and tecosystems
Jai Molloy / Technician's Blog:
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 (Code name: Kickstart)...  So I haven't posted anything in a while but rest assured I am alive and well.  —  Today I have a little surprise for everyone (unless you read before you click).  I managed to get my mitts on a BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Changing That Home Page?  Take Baby Steps  —  A FEW weeks ago, Yahoo began what may be its biggest overhaul of its home page.  But if you are among the roughly 100 million Americans who stop by Yahoo.com every month, the odds are that you haven't noticed any changes.
Melissa / yprofileblog.com:
Managing your alias and profile  —  Many of you have expressed your concern with the newest version of profiles, and believe me, we're reading and hearing your comments and are committed to helping you maximize your experience with the new profiles.  —  First off, we want to apologize straight away …
Frank Washburn / GigaOM:
Where's the Money In Casual Web Game Development?  —  For years, developing web-based casual games was little more than a hobby, a means of creative expression for game enthusiasts.  Then advertising revenue started to reshape the casual gaming landscape — now, multimillion-dollar deals …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
 
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Google monetizes start page, vocal minority gets vocal
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Tony Smith / The Register:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Open Sources