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12:05 AM ET, October 25, 2008


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Oprah's Favorite New Gadget  —  This page requires Flash 9.  Download it here.  —  This summer, Oprah received a gift that she says changed her life.  “I'm telling you, it is absolutely my new favorite thing in the world,” she says.  —  Meet the Amazon Kindle&trade …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Video: Amazon's Bezos on Oprah
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Amazon's Kindle obsession: Bury the printed book
Discussion: Crave
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple donates $100,000 to fight same-sex marriage ban*  —  Apple is contributing $100,000 to fight Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.  The company's announcement today came as the fight over Prop. 8 grows hotly contested …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google co-founders Brin and Page among large donors to campaign to defeat Prop.  8  —  Silicon Valley hasn't been a prominent player in the pitched fundraising battle over whether to ban same-sex marriage in California — until now.  —  Google co-founder and president Sergey Brin …
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta  —  Hi there, Mike Nash here.  —  As you know we are getting ready to talk about Windows 7 at the PDC next week.  Before we do that, I thought I would give you an update on our latest work for Windows Vista.  —  We are committed to continually improving Windows …
Will Park / IntoMobile: iPhone application for FREE on AppStore  —  Well that sure was fast.  Just the other day I sat down with Sean from to discuss the online data storage service's plans for the mobile space.  In talking about how was gunning to cover the mobile, desktop …
Discussion: Mashable!
Brian Shih / Google Reader:
Reading The Guardian, full-text style  —  We've always used Reader to keep up to date on news and current events and today it just got a little easier: The Guardian just moved all of their RSS feeds from partial to full-text.  They are the first major newspaper in the world to do so, and this is, well, great news.
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:   The Guardian Gives Readers the Whole Story via RSS
Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Pro Does Not Support 8GB RAM (for now)  —  Luke from was kind enough to test out a new NVIDIA-based MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM (two 4GB chips) to see if the earlier reports were true.  NVIDIA representatives had stated that the new chipsets used in the MacBook and MacBook Pro could support up to 8GB of RAM.
Danny Coleman / International Business Times:
Hop-on Will Launch Its Google Android Alliance Phone at 2009 International CES  —  Hop-on(Pink Sheets: HPNN) will be launching its new open “Android Platform” deviceat the Consumer Electronic Show, in Las Vegas January 2009.  This phone willbe sold for under $200.
Hop-on readying Android phone
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo, Gearlog and Crave
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
19,683 Tech Layoffs And Counting  —  This has been a brutal month or so for tech layoffs.  According to our Layoff Tracker, there have been 19,683 job eliminations at tech companies announced since mid-September, and we're not even counting the 24,600 people at Hewlett-Packard who are being eliminated …
Discussion: F**kedStartups
John Markoff / New York Times:
Security Flaw Is Revealed in T-Mobile's Google Phone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Just days after the T-Mobile G1 smartphone went on the market, a group of security researchers have found what they call a serious flaw in the Android software from Google that runs it.
Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:
Apple Is Ready to Take a Bite of Silicon Valley  —  Comments from Apple CEO Steve Jobs this week suggested that the cash-rich computer and phone maker might be in a good position to start snapping up struggling tech companies.  —  During Apple's earnings call Tuesday, Steve Jobs proudly reported …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What's Up at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (Hint: Cloudy With a Chance of Amazon Pain)  —  Next week in Los Angeles, Microsoft will kick off its Professional Developers Conference, a place the software giant likes to unveil all kinds of news in a big launchtastic flourish.
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.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Twitter bug reveals private messages  —  Be careful what you Twitter — especially if you think the website will keep it secret for you.  In 1999, Scott McNealy, then Sun's CEO, said, “You have zero privacy anyway.  Get over it.”  Webheads have been diligently trying to prove him wrong since …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
What's Apple Really Worth?  —  That's the $150 billion question and the crux of a simmering debate between Apple fans, Apple customers, Apple investors and Wall Street.  —  This all hit a head earlier this week when Apple released its fourth quarter earnings and while earnings per share handily beat the Street, revenue came up light.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Yahoo discontinues Vista-optimized IM program  —  Yahoo Messenger for Vista, now discontinued, offered richer graphics that took advantage of Vista's Windows Presentation Foundation engine.  —  (Credit: Yahoo)  —  One of the first applications designed to run only on Windows Vista has been discontinued.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The New York Times Readies HD Online Video Channel As Part of New Brightcove Implementation  —  The New York Times has launched a new HD-format video player with a 16:9 wide-screen frame.  Other new features include a redesigned video library, a “Most Viewed” rank, and tools to share videos to social sites like Facebook and Digg.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
New Facebook Design: Running the Numbers on Applications  —  Over the past few weeks there has been some debate going on about the overall impact of the new Facebook design.  Scott Rafer declared the Facebook platform dead earlier this week.  I had previously posted numbers suggesting …
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Sarah Palin ‘SNL’ Online Clips Soon to Eclipse TV  —  Among the Top ‘Most Popular’ Shorts on  —  NEW YORK ( — Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's appearance was very good for “Saturday Night Live,” bringing the show its best ratings in 14 years.
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
The Undiscovered Best: How Yahoo! Actually Leads Paid Search  —  When Microsoft made an uninvited bid for Yahoo! last February, Yahoo! mounted a “No Sacred Cows” takeover defense and explored all options, even the once unthinkable: outsourcing some search ads to once arch-rival Google.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How The New York Times (NYT) Can Save Itself  —  The New York Times (NYT) is now running on fumes.  S&P has downgraded the company's debt to junk, and Moodys is about to do the same.  The stock has fallen to $10 $9, and is being propped up primarily by the company's non-news assets.
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Sony Ericsson: UIQ is dead  —  What's this?  Sony Ericsson, a champion of the UIQ mobile OS, has apparently seen the last days of the Symbian-based OS.  Sony Ericsson's Patrick Olsen said at the Symbian Smartphone Show that his company's mobile OS of choice just “didn't make it.”
Discussion: Crave
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Scribe Makes Its Open Source Debut
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Checking In On Facebook Connect: Where Are All The Partners?
Discussion: Lookery Blog and PE Hub Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BroadSoft Cuts Jobs As Sales Slow
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Discussion: and F**kedStartups
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Laura Rich / Portfolio:
When Will Microsoft Go in for the Kill?  —  Sam Gustin writes …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Live: Yahoo Previews Its New Application Platform
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Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Man sued for libel over comments on eBay
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