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6:05 AM ET, October 24, 2008

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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 Reports Record First-Quarter Revenue  —  Revenue surpasses $15 billion with healthy sales of enterprise software and Xbox 360 consoles  —  Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)  —  View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
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David Scheer / Bloomberg:
Jobs Said to Be Targeted by Teen in Heart-Attack Tale  —  Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — A fake Internet report that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack was posted by a teenager, and investigators haven't found evidence he tried to profit from driving down the stock …
David Hill / Medialets:
Android Market vs. iPhone App Store: The First 24 Hours  —  Google's Android Market has been officially live for 24 hours.  Here are some early observations and comparisons with the iPhone App Store's first 24 hours.  —  There are myriad similarities between iPhone and Android users:
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times (NYT) Running On Fumes  —  Not sure how it came to this so fast, but the New York Times (NYT) is approaching the point where it will have to manage its business primarily to conserve cash and avoid defaulting on its debt.  This situation will only get worse as advertising revenue continues …
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby  —  TOKYO - A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.
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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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Informed players say Apple's Mac mini still kickin'  —  With Apple's recent ‘State of the Mac’ omitting any mention of the Mac mini and reports surfacing over the current line's discontinuation, there's been some speculation that the diminutive desktop's days may (again) be numbered.
Discussion: MacRumors, Edible Apple and HardMac.com
Gmail Blog:
A picture is worth a thousand words  —  Here on the Gmail team, we're always thinking of ways to help you communicate.  Back in the day, we put chat right inside Gmail.  Then along came group chat and more emoticons.  And when we realized that late night communication had its downsides …
Tom Sullivan / InfoWorld:
Looking for job security?  Try Cobol  —  As long as there are mainframes, there will be Cobol.  Learn the language and the culture and you might land a job that that lasts until retirement  —  A career as a Cobol programmer might not be as sexy as slinging Java code or scripting in Ruby …
Discussion: Inquirer
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Posts Revised iPhone NDA Agreement and Readies iPhone 2.2 Beta 2 Firmware  —  Apple has posted a new iPhone developer agreement as previously promised.  One of the developer agreements has been posted publicly, though another is only available to registered developers.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The Cure To Our Economic Problems  —  I would hate to be the winning Presidential candidate.  Both candidates are delusional in thinking their economic policies will drag us out of a recession or even improve the economy.  The reality is that the solutions offered by both are the equivalent …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Video site Break.com lays off 11  —  Video site Break.com has laid off about 11 workers, according to CEO Keith Richman.  —  The site, which now bills itself as an online “entertainment destination for guys” is planning to hire the same number of people in the future, just “with different skill sets,” Richman said.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Nintendo Kills Wii Homebrew With Update, Again, Again, Again  —  Nowadays, any self-respecting hardware manufacturer is locked in an interminable battle to lock down their platforms for unclear reasons, because that's how things are, OK?  Accordingly, Nintendo has just released a patch …
Discussion: WiiBrew and Engadget
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple could buy Dell with cash  —  Here's an interesting corporate milestone: When the markets closed on Wednesday, Dell (DELL) was trading at $11.98 share, with 1.96 billion shares outstanding.  That puts Dell's market capitalization at $23.5 billion.  —  Meanwhile on Tuesday …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and The Apple Core
PC Pro:
Open-source DRM ready to take on Apple and Microsoft  —  An open-source digital rights management (DRM) scheme says it's ready to supplant Apple and Microsoft as the world's leading copy protection solution.  —  Marlin, which is backed by companies such as Sony and Samsung …
Discussion: TechSpot and Macsimum News
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sweden to Introduce Controversial Anti-Piracy Law  —  Sweden, home of The Pirate Bay and the most active pro-piracy lobbyists and politicians, is drafting a new law that would make it easier to go after individuals who share copyrighted files on filesharing networks such as BitTorrent.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Local
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Android Is Getting a Touchscreen Keyboard Next Year  —  While the G1 has an excellent keyboard, that's not stopping many users from complaining that they cannot type in landscape mode (notably, the decision to omit the virtual keyboard was to coax users to use the QWERTY hardware).
PBS:
Collateral Damage: Why Windows Mobile will die.  —  I am not a very sophisticated mobile phone user.  I don't use most of the bells and whistles on my phone, probably because I don't know what they even are.  But just because I'm an idiot about USING mobile phones doesn't mean I don't understand …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
To Prep for Downturn, VCs Turn to Triage  —  The credit crunch has scared America straight for a few quarters at least.  This means that consumers aren't buying, and corporations are putting spending on hold.  As such, venture firms have been sowing panic among their portfolio companies, telling them to cut early and cut often.
Discussion: F**kedStartups
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Video: Side by Side - BlackBerry Storm, Bold & iPhone 3G!  —  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million... or something like that.  Anyways, I'm pretty sure this is one of the first videos out there that compares the BlackBerry Storm to the BlackBerry Bold to the Apple iPhone 3G.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AP Backs Down On Controversial Rate Plan: Cuts Rates, Gives Members All AP Text, Halts '09 Increases  —  In a major turnabout, the Associated Press has just reversed course on its controversial rate plan following a board meeting today.  The co-op, facing defections from members large and small …
Discussion: Epicenter
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Interview: AP Execs Explain Strategic Change …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
An Interview With Yahoo's Jerry Yang, Part 1: The Econalypse's Impact and More  —  BoomTown was a squeaky enough wheel to get Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to grant a long interview by phone yesterday-just a day after he had announced weak third-quarter earnings results for the Internet giant …
 
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Nelson Ireson / MotorAuthority:
BMW seeking partners for open-source car software platform
Associated Press:
Source: Yahoo to announce plans for Neb. facility
Discussion: paidContent.org
Franklin Paul / Reuters:
Xerox profit misses estimates, plans job cuts
Discussion: CNET News
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Malware writers ratchet up attacks as stock market tanks
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
You Know About Backups. Now, Do It Online.
Discussion: Defensive Computing
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Taking Your Wi-Fi Cafe With You, but Not Everywhere
 Earlier Items: 
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple looks forward to add RF communications to everything
Discussion: Engadget, MacBlogz and Gizmodo
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple begins testing Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update
Discussion: MacRumors
Samsung Mobile News Room:
SAMSUNG'S UNIQUE AND CUSTOMIZABLE …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google reads brain waves to measure ads on YouTube
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Reddit goes ‘Independent,’ says more deals to come