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8:45 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.
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
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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, APC and Slashdot
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.
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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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: Gizmodo and NewTeeVee
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 …
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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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.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
UK Music Groups Launch Super Anti-Piracy Coalition  —  Umbrella groups in the UK which represent various parts of the music industry have decided that, in order to win the war on Internet piracy, what they really need is an even bigger umbrella group for all the other umbrella groups to shelter under.
Discussion: The Register and Guardian
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.
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 …
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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:
Osama bin Twitter: Terrorists hone the micro-message
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Mahalo Launches Incentive Program to Spur Use
Discussion: Beyond Search and CostPerNews
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Music distributor TuneCore gets $7 million
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ZeroG Wireless raises $17 million for embedded Wi-Fi chips
Discussion: Business Week, PE Hub News 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
Bret / Bret on Social Games:
Sunday Startup: Don't Believe the Recession Hype
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Facebook to developers: Here, have some code!
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Web Browser is the New Laptop
Discussion: jkOnTheRun