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4:30 AM ET, October 23, 2008


 Top Items: 
Bill Gates' mysterious new company  —  Just months after his Microsoft farewell, Bill Gates is quietly creating a new company — complete with high-tech office space, a cryptic name and even its own trademark.  —  Public documents describe the new Gates entity — bgC3 LLC — as a “think tank.”
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market: Now available for users  —  Last month I outlined some details around Android Market.  Today, Android Market launched for users to download applications along with the first Android-powered phone—the T-Mobile G1.  —  With Android Market, users can easily download apps to their Android-powered phone.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top Ten Android Launch Apps  —  The first Android phone. the G1, goes on sale today at T-Mobile stores.  And, although I have some issues with the software/hardware interface, those are more than overcome by all the great software on the phone.  I've been testing out a phone for about a week …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Hold Your Breath For The Facebook Android App  —  The bad blood between Facebook and Google may go deeper than anyone has really realized to date.  The spat became public earlier this year when Facebook banned Google's Friend Connect, theoretically over security issues (but really over competitive issues).
Discussion: All Facebook
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Tough times, hard decisions.  —  Given the challenging economic environment, we've decided to cut costs at Mahalo.  —  Although we've got a significant amount of cash on hand, and the business is ahead of schedule in terms of traffic (4m uniques a month, double where we thought we would be at this point) …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Email From Jason Calacanis: How To Handle Layoffs
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
Mahalo in English: Suddenly, it's 2001
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis' Mahalo Fires People
Discussion: and Valleywag
Business Technology:
LinkedIn Gets Even More Funding
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social Times
Touching Firefox  —  I finally upgraded from my iBook G4 to one of those new shiny aluminum MacBooks last Tuesday, so over the weekend, I got to play around with the big buttonless glass trackpad.  I noticed that I often used the 4-finger gestures to show all windows or the desktop but rarely used any 3-finger ones.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Experimental Firefox 3.1 Build Gets Awesome Multitouch Gestures on Macs
Avinash Kaushik / Occam's Razor:
Google Analytics Releases Advanced Segmentation: Now Be A Ninja!  —  The Google Analytics team announced the release of seven features today.  The next stage in the metamorphosis of the popular web analytics tool.  —  Without a doubt the feature that I am most excited about is Advanced Segmentation.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: We Still Haven't Figured Out The Living Room (AAPL)  —  Not Steve Jobs' most important comment during last night's earnings call, but still interesting: Apple's (AAPL) chief admits no one has succeeded yet at bridging your living room TV with the Internet — including Apple …
Rafat Ali /
Music Social Network Imeem In Play; Hires Bank; Laying Off 25 Percent  —  Online music-focused social network Imeem is on the block, according to our sources, and has hired investment banker Montgomery and Co. to lead the sale.  Coincidentally, we have also learned that the company is announcing …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
iPhones are a must-have for Congress  —  House members in the next Congress could get Apple's iPhone as their newest communication gadget.  —  The Chief Administrative Office (CAO), which oversees the communications systems for the House, has begun testing a small number of iPhones within …
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Economy to Give Open-Source a Good Thumping  —  When we think of the Great Depression, we imagine long lines of gaunt men, caps in hand, waiting for soup handouts.  The equivalent photos of today's economic hard times — displayed for free, of course, on Flickr — may be represented by images …
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Hires Yale's Business School Dean  —  Apple Inc. is hiring the dean of Yale University's business school to start a new project that it calls Apple University.  —  The Cupertino, Calif., company said Joel Podolny, the dean of the Yale School of Management will join Apple as vice president …
Lee Bruno / Guardian:
US military targets social nets  —  The social networking landscape could change beyond recognition with technology that maps the skills and needs of users  —  A new startup is helping reshape the social networking landscape by using artificial intelligence to automate the process of identifying …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ex-Cisco SVP to Lead Andy Bechtolsheim's Latest Switch Startup  —  Andy Bechtolsheim may be well known for co-founding Sun Microsystems, but the reality is that his list of accomplishments is much longer.  Whenever there is a major infrastructure technology shift, you can bet …
Discussion: Business Week
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New signs point to Windows 7 debuting earlier than expected  —  As I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog, Microsoft privately is telling some of its customers that Windows 7 will be out in the latter half of 2009.  —  It's true, as Microsoft's spokespeople contend, that the …
Facebook Connect and OpenID Relationship Status: “It's Complicated”  —  Editor's Note: This post was contributed by John McCrea, VP of marketing for Plaxo, which is at the vanguard of the data portability movement.  He also blogs at The Real McCrea and does a weekly video podcast about …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Is 39 the New 28 at Google?  —  UPDATE 3:03 PM Adding Google's Explanation  —  The T-Mobile G1, the first phone powered by Google's Android software, went on sale Wednesday.  Google touted the device on its home page with an 11-word promo: “New!  The G1 is on sale now.  Learn about the phone.”
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace Music picks up more indie artists  —  Better late than never.  —  MySpace Music tonight announced a deal with indie digital distributor IODA to bring its million-strong catalog of songs to the social network's music-streaming service.  That means artists such as Brazilian songstress Bebel Gilberto …
TiVo Adds Jaman, CinemaNow  —  Written by Adrian Covert.  —  Following previous revelations that TiVo would be teaming up with CinemaNow to provide users with Disney movie rentals straight from their DVRs, they appear ready to unleash that content to the public, with digital film provider also along for the ride.
Marci Alboher / New York Times:
The Care and Feeding of Entrepreneurs  —  GUY KAWASAKI is a best-selling author of seven books on entrepreneurship, a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures, the co-founder of, an “online magazine rack,” and a popular public speaker and blogger.
Discussion: Internetnews Blog
David / TmoNews:
Software update for the G1 tomorrow?  —  Wow, not a day after the launch T-mobile and Google are prepping an OTA update for bug fixes and “working out the kinks.”  I'm not sure if I am impressed by the rapid application of this OTA update or disappointed that one is ready not 24 hours after launch.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple device sized between iPhone, MacBook detected online  —  Apple chief Steve Jobs' has dismissed any immediate plans to enter the netbook field, but a new discovery online points to a mystery device with a resolution in between its pocketable devices and its notebooks.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The German start-up scene: Copycats, but getting smarter  —  I've been in Germany since Sunday for the Berlin Web 2.0 Expo, where I participated in a workshop to help European start-ups improve their pitches.  —  I'll talk about some of the best start-ups at the event — Doodle, Plista …
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Is Amazon censoring anti-DRM reviews?
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
60% of Marketing Budgets Remain Unchanged by Economy
Jeff Bussgang / PE Hub News:
Omidyar Network Staffs Up
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Brigid Gaffikin / GigaOM:
AudioMicro Gets First Funding Round From DFJ Frontier
Discussion: and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street analysts weigh in on Apple's fourth quarter results
Office Sustained Engineering:
Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There A Hidden Broadband Price War?
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ignoring Downturns Is Unhealthy And Dangerous
Discussion: Sexy Widget
Business Technology:
Lessons From Burger King For This G1 Marketer