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3:45 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Amazon battens down the hatches before Microsoft's cloud launch next week  —  Amazon has made a few tweaks and additions to its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure just days before Microsoft is expected to launch its head-to-head competitive service at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC).
Discussion: Scripting News and ReadWriteWeb
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 … and CloudAve
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 …
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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TechNet Blogs:
More detail about MS08-067, the out-of-band netapi32.dll security update  —  Today Microsoft released a security update that fixes a remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Server Service.  This is a serious vulnerability and we have seen targeted attacks using this vulnerability …
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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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.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo plug-in gives brains to browser search
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Camino 2.0 finally sees the light of day with alpha release
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
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.
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.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Sign of the Times: Should the ‘Gray Lady’ talk to a Yahoo?  —  The news has been unrelentingly bad for the news business, in the last two years as advertising keeps shifting to the Internet.  —  And there's no question that the great ‘Gray Lady’ of newspapering, The New York Times, is in a vise.
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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.
MediaShift:
How ‘Follower Spam’ Infiltrated Twitter — and How to Stop It  —  When using the micro-blogging service Twitter, by default you get email notices whenever anyone signs up to “follow” you (when you follow someone on Twitter, their Twitter posts, or “tweets,” display on your main Twitter page …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit goes ‘Independent,’ says more deals to come  —  Social news site Reddit, which was acquired by Conde Nast's Wired Digital division two years ago, has announced the start of a new strategy to distribute its technology around the Web.  It's partnered with the U.K.'s Independent newspaper …
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:
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and Epicenter
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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel unveils new cooling tech for ultrathin laptops  —  Intel wants a laptop to live up to its name.  —  A computer that sits comfortably, coolly on your lap.  The world's largest chipmaker expects a crush of ultrathin laptops from PC makers in 2009 and unveiled cooling technology this week …
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Think Firefox 3 is fast?  Try Firefox Minefield  —  A colleague today showed me a cool, new browser that he's been using to browse the web at blisteringly fast speeds.  The browser?  Minefield.  The author of the code?  —  Mozilla.  —  Yes, that same Mozilla that makes the Firefox browser.
Wall Street Journal:
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.
 
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Sony slashes forecast on strong yen
Discussion: paidContent.org and Bits
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Howcast lands $2M more for how-to videos
Discussion: Beet.TV, NewTeeVee and Startup Wire
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Rackspace Hosting makes two acquisitions
Discussion: Business Wire and Startup Wire
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sony Cuts FY '09 Forecast On Currency, Macro Weakness
Discussion: paidContent.org
 Earlier Items: 
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Even AT&T Is Startled by Cost of iPhone Partnership
Discussion: DSLreports and AT&T
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
How to avoid being an IT layoff casualty
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 before 2010? Magic 8 Ball says “don't count on it”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Moblyng Lets You Build Slideshows On Your iPhone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Weblogs, Inc. Three Years Later: Impressive Page View And Revenue Growth
Discussion: Valleywag and The Blog Herald
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Zillow and Redfin vets launch insta-sharing network
Discussion: TechFlash