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1:20 AM ET, October 27, 2008

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing  —  A couple of months ago, Hugh Macleod created a bit of buzz with his blog post The Cloud's Best Kept Secret.  Hugh's argument: that cloud computing will lead to a huge monopoly.  Of course, a couple of weeks ago, Larry Ellison made the opposite point …
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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: mathewingram.com/work
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash and Incremental Blogger
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.
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: Engadget 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 7 pre-beta build: What's inside  —  Microsoft isn't going to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles until Tuesday, October 28.  But new info about what's part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers is beginning to trickle out.
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
HP Mini 1000 netbook comes out of hiding, starts at $399  —  Our recent posts about HP Mini-note price drops at Amazon are starting to illustrate what we thought last month: HP is either making room for a new netbook or they're adding another choice to their lineup.
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
MacBook Pro Tradeoffs  —  When Apple redesigned its laptops earlier this month, most of the attention, including mine, was focused on the entry-level MacBook.  That was because of its popularity, and because Apple managed to make over the machine in a way that added some oomph and lots …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ZeroG Wireless raises $17 million for embedded Wi-Fi chips  —  ZeroG Wireless is announcing today that it has raised $17 million in a second round of funding for its business of designing embedded Wi-Fi chips.  This company is looking for the day when billions of everyday gadgets and sensors are connected to the Internet.
Discussion: GigaOM
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Mahalo Launches Incentive Program to Spur Use  —  Mahalo, a hybrid web directory/zeitgeist/search engine with wiki capabilities, has quietly added a Loyalty Program that tracks the number of pages people view and rewards the most loyal visitors with prizes.  The site, which was founded …
Discussion: Beyond Search and CostPerNews
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Music distributor TuneCore gets $7 million
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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
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Web Browser is the New Laptop
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Tests Profile 2.0 With Drag And Drop Interface
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Baseband Break-In, Unlock Closer
Discussion: Technologizer and PalmAddicts
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Ongoing Phishing Attack Exposes Yahoo Accounts
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Everything you Need to Know about Ubuntu 8.10 - Intrepid Ibex
Discussion: TechSpot, Slashdot and digg.com
Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
If No One Sees It, Is It an Invention?
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot