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3:15 PM ET, October 25, 2008


 Top Items: 
Apple devs get new iPhone, Snow Leopard pre-releases  —  Apple developers this weekend are enthusiastically reporting that they've been provided with new test releases of the both the next iPhone software update and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.  —  iPhone Software 2.2 beta 2
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is Twitter the next Netscape?  —  Fred Wilson in his famous answer compared Twitter to Google when it was a pre-revenue startup.  A nice problem to have, for sure, but what if Twitter is more like Netscape than Google?  —  I was a web developer when Microsoft passed Netscape.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alex Payne / Twitter Technology Blog:
We Got Data  —  There are lots of ways to get data into and out of Twitter.  So many, in fact, that it's become a bit confusing as to what a developer's options are.  We'd like to clear that up.  —  REST API  —  If you want to interact with Twitter on behalf of an individual user …
Discussion: Channel 10
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Realtime wars pick up speed
Discussion: FriendFeed Blog
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem, by the Numbers  —  Microsoft reported a reassuringly solid quarter in tough times on Thursday, but its Windows business looked weak.  —  The big Windows unit reported a 2 percent rise in revenue and 4 percent decline in operating income.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Next-gen mobile broadband tech tops 100Mbps in Ericsson test  —  Mobile equipment maker Ericsson was able to reach real-world speeds of 100 Mbps in the latest tests of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular data gear, engineers write in the company's house journal, Ericsson Review.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Five reasons to buy Yahoo stock  —  The struggling Internet company may look like a basket case but now's the time to jump in.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — Here's why you should buy, not bail, on Yahoo.  —  1. Eventually, management will get tossed.  —  Starting with the least scientific …
Phone Arena:
Hot new phones coming to Verizon next month!  —  Verizon “Big Red” Wireless wants to be better than Santa and prepares a bunch of hot new phones for the Holidays, an internal document tells us.  We've heard about them in earlier rumors, but here is the real deal:
Leslie Poston / Mashable!:
People Search Site 123people Goes International  —  123people is a people search engine that has been in private beta since February of this year.  Originally covering only Europe, the company is throwing open its doors to international people searches with a US launch and going into open beta today.
Discussion: and
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
In search of the smart phone laptop  —  Palm tried it with Foleo and failed; will Apple do better?  —  Computerworld) In the past two years, cell phone and laptop companies have unveiled breathtaking innovations — from 24-hour battery laptops to dual-screen laptops to “augmented reality” cell phone applications.
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Andrew Moseman / Popular Mechanics:
Scientists Fixing Hubble Contend With Antiquated Computers  —  NASA scientists trying to find out what went wrong during last week's repair of the Hubble Space Telescope find themselves dealing with 486 processors and other outdated computer technology.  But sometimes, mission managers say …
Discussion: Slashdot and
Nick Bryant / BBC:
Australia trials national net filters  —  Is the Rudd government about to erect a Great Firewall of Australia - introducing a form of internet censorship that will infringe upon the freedom of computer users to browse the worldwide web?  —  That is the concern of online civil liberties groups …
The Technium:
Evidence of a Global SuperOrganism  —  I am not the first, nor the only one, to believe a superorganism is emerging from the cloak of wires, radio waves, and electronic nodes wrapping the surface of our planet.  No one can dispute the scale or reality of this vast connectivity.  What's uncertain is, what is it?
Discussion: MAKE Magazine
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Eric Lai / PC World:
In Satellite Photo Resolution Race, Who's Winning?
iTunes glitch censors song titles
Discussion: and MacNN
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Surprise, Surprise: E-Voting Glitches Found In Early Voting
Discussion: Slashdot, CNN and Daily Kos
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
New Facebook Design: Running the Numbers on Applications
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Debate to delay ‘white space’ vote heats up
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
New MacBook Pro Does Not Support 8GB RAM (for now)
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Twitter bug reveals private messages
Discussion: Startup Meme
Robert Johnson / Facebook Blog:
Scribe Makes Its Open Source Debut
Discussion: Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Don't Be Evil? Google Uses Shady Ad Tactics To Edge Out Competitor
Discussion: Startup Meme and StartUpArabia
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
19,683 Tech Layoffs And Counting