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2:20 PM ET, October 23, 2008

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Amazon Web Services Blog:
Big Day for Amazon EC2: Production, SLA, Windows, and 4 New Capabilities  —  My colleagues and I have spent the week building up anticipation for this post on Twitter.  After you read this post I am sure that you will agree that the wait was worthwhile.  —  The hallways at Amazon have been buzzing with excitement of late.
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Using the Cloud to build highly-efficient systems  —  These are times where many companies are focusing on the basics of their IT operations and are asking themselves how they can operate more efficiently to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.  This is not the first time that we have gone through …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Amazon's Linux cloud computing out of beta, joined by Windows  —  A central part of Amazon's online computing foundation is growing up.  —  The Elastic Compute Cloud, a service that gives customers on-demand access to Linux servers, is now out of beta testing, said Jeff Barr …
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Amazon battens down the hatches before Microsoft's cloud launch next week
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Sun Loses Co-Founder to Start-Up  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Andreas von Bechtolsheim, a brilliant billionaire who has created some of the best-selling computer systems in the industry, is resigning as chief architect of Sun Microsystems to focus on a start-up that is challenging another industry giant, Cisco Systems.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 - Critical  —  Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958644)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Apple Can Enable Dual GPU and On-the-Fly Switching in MacBook Pro  —  Nvidia dropped by today to demo some of the awesome things that the GeForce 9400M in the new MacBooks can do that Intel's integrated graphics just can't touch, and to discuss a few technical points.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Google's Russian Ad Buy Blocked On Technicality; Putin's Spanner In The Works?  —  Russia's FAS anti-trust authority has blocked Google (NSDQ: GOOG) from gaining a foothold in the country's booming online advertising business.  Top-three portal Rambler in July agreed to sell …
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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russian Antimonopoly Service Bans Google Acquisition of Begun  —  Back in July we reported on acquisition of a Russian contextual advertising company Begun (one of the largest companies working in the field in Russia) by Google.  At the time we suggested that a combination of contextual advertising sold …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Three Places To Shop For Android Apps?  How Confusing!  —  Yesterday, T-Mobile stocked their stores with G1 handset, the first smartphone to feature Google's mobile operating system “Android.”  Along with the device itself, the Google Android Market also went live.
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New York Times:
The New York Times Company Reports Preliminary Third-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today a preliminary third-quarter loss per share from continuing operations of $.01, including $.07 per share for severance costs, compared with $.10 earnings per share (EPS) …
Discussion: Epicenter and New York Times
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
NY Times 3Q profits down 51 pct, beats estimates
Discussion: Between the Lines
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Dozens And Dozens” Of Ad Networks Will Die In 2009  —  Jeff Lanctot, chief strategy officer for Microsoft's interactive agency Razorfish, told PEhub that based on client reaction to the economic downturn, he expects 2009 to be a very tough year for ad networks:
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Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Q&A with Jeff Lanctot, Chief Strategy Officer for Interactive Ad Agency Razorfish
Discussion: Epicenter and paidContent.org
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Expands to Firefox and IE  —  Earlier this year, we launched Inquisitor 3 for Safari.  Since then, users have been asking (demanding) that we make Inquisitor available on other browser platforms.  This evening, we're doing just that with the launch of Inquisitor Firefox 2 and 3 and Internet Explorer 7 and 8.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple Polishes Popular MacBook for a Higher Price  —  Apple's MacBook laptop, the company's low-end portable computer aimed at average consumers, isn't just any old product.  It's the best-selling Macintosh in history, at a time when Mac sales are growing much faster than sales of PCs in the U.S. overall.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Derek Phillips / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing Gmail for mobile 2.0  —  As an engineer on the Gmail for mobile team, I use the Gmail client on my mobile phone all the time.  Because of this, I'm always looking for ways to make it faster, more robust and easier to use.  Today, we're thrilled to introduce Gmail for mobile version 2 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Students Competing For Slots At Elite Colleges Resorting To “Facebook Sabotage”  —  Students competing to get into the nation's most elite colleges and universities have begun to use sneaky, under-handed tactics involving Facebook, according to a new report from the Chicago Tribune.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Ticketmaster to Acquire Star Power in Azoff Deal  —  Ticketmaster Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire what is widely regarded as the music world's most powerful artist-management company and install the management company's boss at the helm of the combined company, a bid to find …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Announces $22.7 Million Infusion From SAP, Goldman Sachs, and McGraw Hill  —  Business networking startup LinkedIn is announcing today that it has raised another $22.7 million, on top of the $53 million D round it closed last June at a $1 billion valuation.
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Who's to blame for jumping votes on WV touchscreen machines?  —  “I know what box I pushed,” insisted an audibly miffed Calvin Thomas.  The West Virginia retiree is one of several residents who have reported problems in early voting on the state's iVotronic touchscreen machines.
Discussion: Switched
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Rackspace Hosting makes two acquisitions
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sony Cuts FY '09 Forecast On Currency, Macro Weakness
Discussion: paidContent.org
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Even AT&T Is Startled by Cost of iPhone Partnership
Discussion: DSLreports and AT&T
Ryan Kairer / PalmInfocenter:
Access Announces ALP v3.0 and ALP mini
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
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Discussion: TechFlash
Marci Alboher / New York Times:
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