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8:25 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
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 …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
RADUS Debuts Slick Application For Consuming And Discovering Online Content  —  RADUS (pronounced “radius") is a new media hub that serves as an aggregator for content that includes RSS feeds, videos, photos, and music.  And while the site certainly isn't the first to bring all of these together …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Entire Video of John Doerr Giving 10 Tips for Start-ups to Avoid the Econalypse  —  Here's a video of star VC John Doerr reciting his 10 tips for start-ups to follow in the economic downturn.  —  Doerr gave out the advice at VentureBeat's “How to manage your start-up in the downturn” …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Walls Come Down On AOL.com  —  Last month AOL began releasing parts of its new tear-down-the-walls home page strategy, allowing users to view email from Yahoo and Gmail.  —  Today they launch the rest of the new features (we had a leaked screen shot here).
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, paidContent and VentureBeat
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Azure manages to avoid a Hailstorm of criticism  —  LOS ANGELES—Microsoft's Hailstorm prompted an avalanche of criticism when it was proposed seven years ago, but developers seem to have few qualms with Windows Azure, which embraces many of the same notions.
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: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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
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
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Cruz: New Mac Browser Off to an Impressive Start  —  Cruz is a very slick new entry in the Mac OS X browser world.  Built on WebKit, the same engine that powers Apple's Safari, Cruz looks and renders just like Safari, but layers on power-user features that raise it far above Apple's default offering.
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.
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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Use BitTorrent to Upgrade to Ubuntu ‘Intrepid Ibex’  —  Ubuntu, the open source GNU/Linux based operating system, is about to release its next big update - Intrepid Ibex.  In the past, the update servers would crash very quickly on a big release day, making it hard for people to get the latest update.
Discussion: CNET News, Lifehacker and digg.com
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
Andrew Webster / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony removes content approval, PS2 now open platform  —  The PlayStation 2 just passed its 8th birthday here in North America, and the console is still going strong.  With 131.3 million units sold worldwide, Sony is looking to continue to tap into that market.
Discussion: Engadget and Joystiq
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC member optimistic airwaves proposal will pass  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top federal regulator said on Wednesday he is optimistic communications officials will approve a plan, backed by Microsoft Corp and Google Inc, to open soon-to-be vacant television airwaves.
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Rockers refuse to throw the horns for white space broadband
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 …
BBC:
Bosses ‘should embrace Facebook’  —  Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests.  —  Attempts to control employees' use of such software could damage firms in the long run by limiting the way staff communicate, the think tank said.
 
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Antiviral ‘Scareware’ Just One More Intruder
Mari Silbey / Zatz Not Funny!:
How Much of a Test was New York's 2-Minute Drill?
Discussion: Bits and Crave
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo Headed to Chicago
Discussion: TiVo Blog, TiVo Lovers and Engadget HD
Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo announces Netbook with Splashtop instant-on technology
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWeek
Comcast:
Comcast Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: IP Democracy, Epicenter and GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Source: MTV exec Holt offered MySpace Music job
Discussion: TechCrunch and Furrier.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
User Privacy Settings By Geography: A Flickr Study
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Finally Offering Free Wifi for iPhone Users (Includes Starbucks Locations)