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6:15 AM ET, October 30, 2008

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NeoSmart Technologies / The NeoSmart Files:
Google Abandons Standards, Forks OpenID  —  A couple of hours ago, the Google Security Team posted an article claiming that Google's made the switch to OpenID, joining Yahoo! and Microsoft in the ranks OpenID providers.  —  But it looks like someone may have been a bit to hasty to pull that switch …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Your Gmail Account is Now An OpenID  —  You may not know it, but you probably have an OpenID.  If you have a Yahoo account, you have an OpenID.  If you have a Windows Live account, you will soon have an OpenID.  And today, if you have a Google e-mail account, you can also start using your Gmail address as an OpenID.
Google Code Blog:
Google moves towards single sign-on with OpenID
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
October Surprise: TiVo to Stream Netflix  —  In the beginning, there was Netflix streaming movies and TV content to the PC, and it was “meh.”  Then there was the Roku Netflix player and it was actually pretty good.  And lo, then there was Netflix streaming to the Xbox …
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Lands on TiVo!  —  Over 4 years in the making, Netflix digital video has finally found its way to TiVo!  —  The process probably hasn't played out exactly the way TiVo and Netflix anticipated when they initially inked a development agreement in 2004... In fact …
Discussion: Epicenter, Reuters and TiVo Lovers
Apple:
MobileMe: About the Late-September 2008 MobileMe update  —  This article provides more detailed information about some recent improvements and the resolution of known issues that Apple delivered in the Late-September 2008 update to MobileMe services.  —  Apple is always working to improve MobileMe.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps  —  Apple has updated its MobileMe web service software, but hasn't noted the update in its MobileMe news blog or otherwise notified subscribers of the new changes outside of an article on the company's support site.  —  The “late-September 2008 …
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
T-Mobile G1 unlock possible; Android Community celebrates with giveaway  —  The first T-Mobile G1 has been unlocked thanks to the guys over at Unlock-TMobileG1.com.  In honor of this we will be giving away 3 unlock codes for the T-mobile G1 in a community contest.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kevin Rose runs from the crowd  —  Why is Kevin Rose on a publicity binge?  In the past two months, the founder of headline-voting site Digg has garnered two magazine covers.  There he is, with a smoldering leer on local San Francisco magazine 7x7.  The look reminds everyone …
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Wall Street Journal:
Beatles License Songs to Viacom Videogame Unit  —  The Beatles have licensed songs to MTV Networks' Rock Band videogame series, according to several people familiar with the matter, a coup for the Viacom Inc. unit in its battle with rival Activision Inc. for supremacy in the world of rock and roll video games.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Beatles, Long Digital Hold-Outs, May Lend Tune To Rock Band Game
Discussion: Mac|Life, VentureBeat and paidContent
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Why Does Windows 7 Think It's Windows 6.1?  —  Microsoft is a bit schizoid about Windows 7.  On the one hand, it of course wants to promote it as something new and different.  But it is also making a big deal of its continuity with Vista.  —  This dissonance shows up in a curious way.
PC Pro:
SecondLight: Surface on steroids  —  Microsoft's British researchers are literally bringing another dimension to the company's Surface touchscreens, writes Barry Collins in Los Angeles.  —  The original Surface tables are one of the chief attractions here at PDC, with attendees clambering …
Discussion: Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Technology news:
Apple's $24.5B: The case for a stock buyback  —  Here's a headache most companies would love to have.  —  Apple is sitting on a huge cash reserve — $24.5 billion as of September and growing at the rate of $8 to $10 billion a year - that's doing almost nothing for it.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
John Doerr: 10 ways for companies to stay afloat in rough times  —  At VentureBeat's Downturn Roundtable event this morning, Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr came prepared with a list of the top things that start-up CEOs should do.  He surveyed 18 of Kleiner's companies, and here's what they suggest …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat's downturn event: The VC panel
Discussion: Bits
John Markoff / New York Times:
Antiviral ‘Scareware’ Just One More Intruder  —  SAN FRANCISCO — How much money can criminals make scaring naïve computer users?  Try $5 million a year.  —  That is how much a marketing associate of one Russian operation appears to be earning from its sales of fake antivirus software through …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Rockers refuse to throw the horns for white space broadband  —  As a vote on the question looms, the Federal Communications Commission's docket continues to fill up with an amazing number of statements, position papers, petitions, and pronouncements, all focused on whether the agency …
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Harvard's Charlie Nesson raises Constitutional questions in RIAA litigation  —  In a major development in RIAA litigation, Prof. Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School is charging that the RIAA's tactics are an abuse of federal process and that the law on which the litgation rests …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
PC World:
Flexible 125-inch Plasma Display Coming in 2009  —  A Japanese display start-up is well on the way to commercializing a 3-meter wide flexible plasma display and expects the first models to appear next year.  —  The 125-inch display is made using a proprietary plasma array technology developed …
Discussion: Engadget HD
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Finally Offering Free Wifi for iPhone Users (Includes Starbucks Locations)  —  AT&T has announced that they are now offering free Wi-Fi access to iPhone subscribers across the U.S. … AT&T provided a number of early hints that the service would be coming.
Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo announces Netbook with Splashtop instant-on technology  —  Lenovo will soon release a second version of its IdeaPad S10 Netbook, which it will sell to schools.  The IdeaPad S10e will be sold through Lenovo's Government & Education channel and is scheduled to start shipping on November 25.
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWeek
David Pogue / New York Times:
BlackBerry Aims to Stay Step Ahead  —  Boy, oh boy.  The bunch who brought you the BlackBerry sure has been a band of busy beavers.  —  With do-everything wonderphones like the iPhone and the G1 “Google phone” breathing down its neck, the BlackBerry's status as the best-selling smartphone isn't guaranteed forever.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
TheStreet.com Posts Surprise Loss, Names Jim Cramer Chairman (TSCM)  —  The market panic has been good news for TheStreet.com's (TSCM) Web traffic — the company posted 27% year-over-year unique visitor growth during Q3, it said today, including an average 8 million unique visitors per month.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Asus want laptop designs from you  —  Intel and Asus have launched a site that seeks collaborators for “community designed” PCs.  —  The two companies say consumers can become product designers at WePC, a Web site launched Wednesday.  Participants can collaborate with each …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo Headed to Chicago  —  The Comcast TiVo service currently offered on Motorola hardware in New England looks to be headed towards Chicago early next year, though it may still be a bit rough around the edges.  From Comcast's earnings call earlier today:
Discussion: TiVo Blog, TiVo Lovers and Engadget HD
Laura June / Engadget:
Possible Psystar Mac laptop clone in the works  —  It looks like Psystar really hasn't been hit by either the economic downturn or the lawsuits Apple has brought against it regarding those “OS X-capable” machines.  Adding insult to yesterday's injury — the announcement of desktops with built …
 
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Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
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Andrew Webster / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony removes content approval, PS2 now open platform
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BBC:
Bosses ‘should embrace Facebook’
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Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
Modding the Acer Aspire One - HSDPA
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Mari Silbey / Zatz Not Funny!:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Source: MTV exec Holt offered MySpace Music job
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Camcording in movie theater results in 21-month sentence
Discussion: Techdirt and Threat Level
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel: solid-state drives boost battery life
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electronista