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9:35 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.
Google Earth Blog:
Google Earth for the iPhone Released!  —  At long last, Google is releasing Google Earth for the iPhone (and iTouch) tonight (Sunday)!  I've been expecting this to happen for months.  Especially after I saw another Google Earth-like application on the iPhone back in May.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Google Earth Comes To The iPhone, And It's Awesome
Business Wire:
Slim, Stylish and Well-Connected: Introducing the Dell Inspiron Mini 12  —  ROUND ROCK, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dell today introduced the Inspiron™ Mini 12, a small, easy-to-carry Internet companion that you can fine tune to fit your specific needs and deeds.
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APC:
WORLD FIRST review of Inspiron Mini 12: Dell's super-slim netbook! … Let's set the scene.  I'm in Shanghai attending a regional Dell event with selected media, analysts and partners.  During a break between sessions I grab a much-need coffee in the ante room.
Discussion: Guardian, jkOnTheRun, APC and Slashdot
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: CrunchGear, I4U News and RyanSpoon.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon third quarter earnings on target; Wireless strong  —  Verizon's third quarter results were in line with Wall Street estimates courtesy of a solid performance in the telecom giant's wireless business.  —  The company on Monday reported third quarter earnings of $1.67 billion …
Discussion: Electronista
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PR Newswire:
Verizon Reports Continued Growth in 3Q  —  Strong Sales of Verizon Wireless Services, FiOS Internet and TV, and Strategic Business Services; Continued Solid Revenue and Cash Flow Growth  —  3Q 2008 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results  — 59 cents in diluted EPS and 66 cents in adjusted EPS …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   Verizon 3Q earnings up 31 percent
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Netflix finally brings ‘Watch Instantly’ to Macs via Silverlight  —  In a move that seemed like it would never, ever, ever happen, Netflix has finally managed to bring its streaming video technology (and decent library) to Macs everywhere, thanks to Microsoft's Flash-esque also-ran, Silverlight.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Macs getting Netflix “Watch Instantly” with Silverlight
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
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.
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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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Widget maker Gigya appoints ValueClick executive as CEO  —  David Yovannoy has become the chief executive of a leading widget company, Gigya, effective Tuesday.  He was formerly chief operating officer of ValueClick.  —  Yovanno spent nine years at Internet advertising network giant ValueClick …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Fun at work with Facebook and YouTube  —  It's clear that the line between work and play is blurring.  Many people check work e-mail accounts in their off hours as much as they check their personal e-mail accounts.  And who isn't occasionally distracted by something on Facebook or YouTube during the work day?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Google Liable For Typosquatting Domains That Use AdSense?  —  While I have tremendous respect for the ongoing work that Ben Edelman has done over the years exposing many of the dirty tricks used by spyware and adware vendors, I tend to disagree with his view on trademark law.
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 …
 
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Guy proposes to his girlfriend with hacked Chrono Trigger ROM
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
UK Music Groups Launch Super Anti-Piracy Coalition
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New address spoofing flaw smudges Google's Chrome
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
PDC: Microsoft opens Surface to developers
Edible Apple:
iPhone still reigns supreme on Flickr
Discussion: Apple Gazette and digg.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gives Up On The Netherlands
Discussion: The Next Web
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Discussion: Beyond Search and CostPerNews
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ZeroG Wireless raises $17 million for embedded Wi-Fi chips
Discussion: PE Hub News, Business Week and GigaOM
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
No letup in FCC smut-free broadband fight
Bret / Bret on Social Games:
Sunday Startup: Don't Believe the Recession Hype
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
MacBook Pro Tradeoffs
Discussion: Venture Chronicles