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10:25 AM ET, October 24, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
White space battle gets dirty as the mud flies  —  If you thought that the battle over white space devices might cool down after the Federal Communications Commission issued its own engineering report on the technology, think again.  In a new set of comments (PDF) just filed with the FCC …
Richard Whitt / The Official Google Blog:
Down to the wire on white spaces
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
The XO laptop gets a Windows makeover  —  On the outside, the Windows version of the XO laptop looks just like the Linux model.  But simply booting up the device shows that the Windows version bears little resemblance to the original One Laptop Per Child device.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Moody's may cut New York Times into junk territory
Discussion: Gawker and Epicenter
Associated Press:
Source: Yahoo to announce plans for Neb. facility  —  LA VISTA, Neb. - Yahoo Inc. is expected to unveil plans to build a new facility in Nebraska on Friday, just days after the California-based Internet company announced it will cut at least 1,500 workers as it deals with the economic downturn.
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 …
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Intel ‘corrects’ executives who slammed iPhone  —  Updated 4:30pm with additional background on the ongoing saga of Apple and Intel.  —  Intel issued a “correction” Thursday regarding comments one of its executives made earlier this week slamming the iPhone as incapable of working correctly with the Internet.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Search Engine Cache Isn't Copyright Infringement  —  from the good-news-for-search-engines dept  —  There are some out there who have suggested that search engines such as Google and Yahoo are basically just massive copyright violators, because they scan, index and keep an archive of websites.
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 and Slashdot
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:
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.
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, Boy Genius Report and Engadget
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: Beyond Search and F**kedStartups
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, Macsimum News and Slashdot
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
Miguel Helft / Bits:
A New (Fighter) Jet for Google's Founders?  —  A company controlled by Google's top executives, including billionaire founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, appears to have added a new plane to its well-equipped fleet: a fighter jet, or more precisely a Dornier Alpha Jet.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Silicon Alley Insider
Staci D. Kramer /
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 and Lost Remote
Staci D. Kramer /
Interview: AP Execs Explain Strategic Change …
Discussion: MediaFile
Kevin Michaluk / 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.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Engadget
Nelson Ireson / MotorAuthority:
BMW seeking partners for open-source car software platform  —  The ConnectedDrive system is just one of the computing breakthroughs BMW has made in recent years  —  At the Convergence 2008 conference on automotive electronics yesterday, BMW revealed it is looking for partners as it pursues an open-source car computing platform.
Aviv / MacBlogz:
iPhone Tethering Plan: Sources Say Problematic Delays Caused by AT&T Network  —  MacBlogz has learned that problematic issues caused by AT&T's cellular network, coupled with extreme caution being practiced by AT&T, is preventing an official iPhone tethering plan from progressing.
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.
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