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7:15 AM ET, October 27, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Earth brings virtual tourism to iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google already has customized some of its Web sites for display on the iPhone, but now the company also dived headlong onto Apple's highly regarded mobile phone with a full-fledge application, a handheld version of its Google Earth geographical software.
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Peter Birch / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Earth for iPhone  —  Even before we introduced Google Earth back in 2005, the team had long dreamed of being able to carry the Earth around in your pocket.  Well, today that dream becomes a reality as we introduce Google Earth for iPhone and iPod touch.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MacRumors
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
Google Earth now available for iPhone  —  (cross-posted from the Official Google Mobile Blog)  —  The world just got a little bit smaller.  Google Earth is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch, allowing you to fly to the far reaches of the world from the palm of your hand.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 First Impressions; The $600 MacBook Air??  —  A few months ago, even before Dell released its Inspiron Mini 9, I got a chance to take a peek at the Inspiron Mini line, including the Mini 12.  At a meeting in San Fransisco with SightSpeed, a LAPTOP Editor's Choice video calling service …
Discussion: APC, Engadget, I4U News and RyanSpoon.com
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Officially the Biggest Netbook on the Block  —  A truly bizarre day to announce a new notebook, Dell's Inspiron Mini 12 is officially the most gargantuan netbook on the block.  I wasn't exactly blown away by it when I scoped it briefly a couple months ago …
New York Times:
To Survive, Net Start-Ups Slow Their Metabolism  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley has always been a land of big, bold dreams.  In the first Internet boom its start-ups either grew fast or died trying, sometimes spectacularly.  The casualties of the bust, like Pets.com and Webvan, became legendary.
Discussion: A VC and Alec Saunders SquawkBox
Microsoft Corporation:
Get the Windows 7 Pre-Beta Build at WinHEC 2008!  —  Be one of the first to see what's new in Windows 7 and be among a select few to receive a pre-beta build of Windows 7.  Join us as WinHEC 2008 - Register today.  —  WinHEC is the only chance for you to engage with the team at this level …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista No Longer Matters  —  Make no mistake: Microsoft has moved beyond Windows Vista, which will become all too apparent during this week's Professional Developer Conference.  Windows 7 is the future, and in many ways it's the present, too.  —  Contrary to ridiculous assertions recently …
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Qik announces streaming video for BlackBerry  —  California mobile video company Qik on Sunday announced the alpha release of version 1.0 of Qik for BlackBerry.  The free, downloadable application (covered here and demoed here) lets cell phone filmmakers stream video live from their mobile phone to Qik.com …
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QIK:
Qik now live with alpha release client for BlackBerry  —  One of the most frequent requests we've had from Qik fans has been for a BlackBerry client.  Today we are really excited to announce our alpha release clients for the BlackBerry Pearl 8120, BlackBerry Pearl 8130, and BlackBerry Bold.
Nick / Rough Type:
What Tim O'Reilly gets wrong about the cloud  —  Technology publisher and Web 2.0 impresario Tim O'Reilly wrote a thought-provoking post today about the dynamics of the nascent cloud computing business.  He makes some important and valid points, but his analysis is also flawed …
Discussion: Whimsley and mathewingram.com/work
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Even if Royalties for Web Radio Fall, Revenue Remains Elusive  —  After a 19-month battle over Internet radio royalties, a truce between record labels and webcasters is finally in sight that would allow Internet radio start-ups to eke out an existence for at least a little while longer.
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
PDC: Microsoft opens Surface to developers  —  Los Angeles — At this week's Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft is giving a broad group of developers the ability to create applications for its Surface tabletop computer for the first time.  —  So far, deployment of the Surface computer …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New address spoofing flaw smudges Google's Chrome  —  Browser vuln enables website impersonation  —  Google's Chrome browser has been marred by yet another vulnerability, this one allowing attackers to impersonate websites of groups like the Better Business Bureau, PayPal or, well, Google.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Macs getting Netflix “Watch Instantly” with Silverlight  —  Remember Silverlight?  Well, Netflix is putting Microsoft's video playback system to good use by offering “Watch Instantly” functionality under OS X “by the end of the year.”  —  Since “Watch Instantly” was introduced …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and NewTeeVee
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Osama bin Twitter: Terrorists hone the micro-message  —  I thought for sure the ten millionth “death of Twitter” meme over the weekend would be the most ridiculous item about the popular micro-messaging service.  Then I read the report [PDF] about terrorists potentially using Twitter to spread their evil.
Edible Apple:
iPhone still reigns supreme on Flickr  —  Despite having only a 2 megapixel camera, the iPhone continues to be the most popular cameraphone used on Flickr.  Yeah yeah, we all know that the iPhone camera doesn't have the ability to zoom or autofocus, and that other cameraphones might shoot in higher quality …
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg.com
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gives Up On The Netherlands
Discussion: The Next Web
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Game journalism sucks: So Crispy Gamer raises money for an alternative voice
Discussion: GigaOM
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Finance Defaults Rise; More Makers Offer Loans
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and GigaOM
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Mahalo Launches Incentive Program to Spur Use
Discussion: Beyond Search and CostPerNews
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Music distributor TuneCore gets $7 million
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Confidential
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ZeroG Wireless raises $17 million for embedded Wi-Fi chips
Discussion: Business Week and GigaOM
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
No letup in FCC smut-free broadband fight
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Graphics chip market grows a surprising 22.5 percent in third quarter
Discussion: CNET News
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
WiFi security more prevalent in major cities, but still weak
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
You May Soon Know if You're Hogging the Discussion
Discussion: Gizmodo
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Lobby Loses Against “Non-Filtering” ISP
Discussion: digg.com
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Web Browser is the New Laptop
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
MacBook Pro Tradeoffs
Discussion: Venture Chronicles