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5:30 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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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:
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
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.
gHacks technology news:
Google Chrome Adds Greasemonkey Support  —  One of the elementary things that the Google browser is missing is support for some kind of plugins or extensions that Firefox offers for a long time.  Google announced plans to support an extension API in later builds of the web browser …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
The Internet is no 21st-century boob tube  —  Remember when you were young and your family used to gather 'round the television eating dinner on TV trays, fixated by programs like M*A*S*H and All in the Family?  Chit chat about what happened at school and work was relegated to commercial breaks.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Mike Elgan / Computerworld Blogs:
ASUS may ship two-screen Windows 7 notebooks in Q1  —  SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. — Asustek, also known as ASUS — the people who make the Eee PC — plans to ship new notebooks that have touch screens on both the top (where the screen normally goes) and the bottom (where the keyboard normally goes) …
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Handango to Offer Paid Apps for Android  —  The G1 is one of the most anticipated mobile phones to be released towards the end of this month.  Everyone is waiting to see how it will stack up against the iPhone and how the Android Marketplace will do against Apple's App Store.
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 …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Changing That Home Page? Take Baby Steps
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Google monetizes start page, vocal minority gets vocal
Discussion: Guardian, Slashdot and Micro Persuasion
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
Move over pinochle, Web surfing stimulates aging brains
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
FriendFeed to add Realtime APIs next week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Destruction Of Bloglines Now Complete; Founder Prepares To Switch To Google Reader
Tony Smith / The Register:
Netbooks take ten per cent of Euro PC market
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