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10:15 AM ET, October 30, 2008

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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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Netflix and TiVo to Partner on Movies  —  Two of the scrappiest bantamweights in Silicon Valley, Netflix and TiVo, are expected to announce a long-awaited partnership on Thursday.  —  Netflix will place its Watch Instantly streaming-movie service on TiVo's HD-compatible set-top boxes …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs, Gawker and PVRblog
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple rewrote MobileMe; Should ‘just work better’  —  Apple updated a knowledge base article and noted that it basically rewrote MobileMe's underpinnings in a late September update.  —  The article, which carries an Oct. 29 date, outlines the following:
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:   Apple silently updates MobileMe web apps
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 …
PR Newswire:
CBS Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  —  Revenues of $3.4 Billion Up 3%  —  Television Segment Revenues of $2.1 Billion Up 2%  —  Adjusted Net Earnings of $290.3 Million and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $.43  —  Free Cash Flow of $1.4 Billion for the First Nine Months of 2008
Discussion: MediaMemo and Epicenter
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS Earnings As Bad As Promised: Local Ads Kill TV, Online Ads Up 12% (CBS)
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent.org
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
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 …
Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Mulls Service Bundles for Netbooks  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. wants to employ a new tactic to market “netbook” computers in the U.S., offering them at a steep discount to customers who sign-up for wireless service contracts.  —  This bundling of cellular service with PCs isn't done in the U.S. …
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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Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Review: Aigo P8860 MID  —  Launched in China in early August, the Aigo P8860 recently became the first (and currently only) Intel MID to be available worldwide.  With the help of the Atom-powered device's first official reseller, Direct from Japan, the P8860 is now shipping to destinations all over the world.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Brocade lowers Foundry Networks buyout bid  —  Shares of Foundry Networks soared more than 17 percent in premarket trading Thursday, after the company announced last evening its merger with Brocade was still alive but at a lower purchase price.  —  Under the revised agreement …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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
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).
Discussion: Epicenter
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
A tough decision: Grab an iPhone or wait for the Storm?  —  Verizon Wireless and Research in Motion should be thanking one particular customer service rep for stopping at least one customer - me - from defecting to AT&T and the iPhone this week.  I had called in to find out about altering …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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.
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.
BBC:
Pirate swoop ‘catches’ non-gamers  —  Games firms are accusing innocent people of file-sharing as they crack down on pirates, a Which?  Computing investigation has claimed.  —  The magazine was contacted by Gill and Ken Murdoch, from Scotland, who had been accused of sharing the game Race07 by makers Atari.
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The new AOL.com gets all social and stuff  —  Social networks are front and center in the latest redesign of AOL's AOL.com homepage, which the company announced Thursday and says it will start to gradually roll out to users over the next few weeks (unless they choose to opt in earlier).
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Softbank's New 1Seg Tuner Gives Japan's iPhones Mobile TV Goodness  —  Softbank's just stumped-up with this interesting mobile TV add-on for Japanese iPhone users: it's a separate unit with tuner and aerial that retransmits the signal over Wi-fi to the phone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
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.
Samuel Axon / Engadget:
Asus, Intel launch WePC website, ask community to design PCs for them  —  True power is derived from the people, yes?  Asus and Intel know this well, so they've launched a website called WePC, where users can draw up concepts and specs for new netbook and notebook models then argue about how fantastic or utterly impractical they are.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat downturn event: Tightening your belt isn't enough  —  Everyone knows startups will have to make cutbacks to survive the coming downturn, but that's not enough: It's also important to look for new opportunities, even if that means completely rethinking your business model.
Discussion: GigaOM, A VC, Tech Beat, Bits and Scobleizer
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Andrew Webster / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony removes content approval, PS2 now open platform
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PC Pro:
SecondLight: Surface on steroids
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Kevin Rose runs from the crowd
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Slams RIAA Tactics
Discussion: CrunchGear, TechSpot and Slashdot
Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo announces Netbook with Splashtop instant-on technology
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWeek
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Finally Offering Free Wifi for iPhone Users (Includes Starbucks Locations)