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9:55 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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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Apple rewrote MobileMe; Should ‘just work better’
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
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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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Beatles, Long Digital Hold-Outs, May Lend Tune To Rock Band Game
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
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
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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS Earnings As Bad As Promised: Local Ads Kill TV, Online Ads Up 12% (CBS)  —  CBS reported Q3 performance in line with it's October 10 earnings warning.  (Join us for LIVE coverage beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET; refresh this page for the latest)  —  Interactive revenues remained a small fraction …
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).
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, UMPCPortal and Engadget
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
41% of UK Internet Users Read a Blog in August
Andrew Webster / Opposable Thumbs:
Sony removes content approval, PS2 now open platform
Discussion: Engadget and Joystiq
John Markoff / New York Times:
Antiviral ‘Scareware’ Just One More Intruder
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Why Does Windows 7 Think It's Windows 6.1?
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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
Comcast:
Comcast Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results