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11:55 AM ET, October 31, 2008

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Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Retrieve Sign In  —  Please enter your e-mail address or username below.  Your username and password will be sent to the e-mail address you provided us.  —  or  —  Submit  —  Webmonkey is a property of Wired Digital.  —  Welcome to Webmonkey  —  A private profile page has been created for you.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Gmail Labs Adds Text Messaging Feature.  KTHXBAI.  —  We don't see it in our Gmail settings (yet), but Webmonkey reports that Gmail Labs has added a very useful opt-in feature for sending text / SMS messages to mobile phones using the built-in Chat functionality.
Discussion: Inquirer and Unwired View
Michael Calore / webmonkey:
OMG! Gmail Adds SMS Chat
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google brings text-messaging to online chat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Google Playing Chicken With the Justice Department?  —  Are Google and Yahoo thinking of walking of away from their controversial search advertising deal, as reported in an amusingly hedged report in The Wall Street Journal last night?  —  How's this for covering your bases in a story …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Talks Over Google-Yahoo Search Deal Fail to Progress  —  The likelihood that Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. will walk away from their planned search partnership has risen, say people familiar with the matter.  —  The two Internet companies have so far failed to reach an agreement on their partnership …
Reuters:
Yahoo, Google May Walk Away from Search Deal: Report
Discussion: Associated Press and WebProNews
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple hires top IBM chip designer and blade server guru  —  Apple's decision to hire Mark Papermaster away from IBM could mean that its Xserve lineup is taking on a more prominent role.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Updated throughout at 4:55 p.m. PT with additional details and comment from IBM.
Discussion: Reuters, MacBlogz, 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   IBM sues brainiac looking to leap to Apple; Download the docs
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple recruits top chip designer, IBM responds with suit
John Markoff / New York Times:   I.B.M. Sues to Block Executive's Move to Apple
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook May Be Growing Too Fast.  And Hitting The Capital Markets Again.  —  When Facebook raised $240 million from Microsoft in 2007, and another $235 million in debt and equity in 2008, everyone thought they had plenty of cash to get through their big growth phase.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 First Impressions (Kills the Original)  —  RIM excels at many things, but keeping secrets ain't one of 'em, so we'd eyeballed the BlackBerry Curve 8900 (nee Javelin) quite a bit before this AT&T-branded one dropped in our laps.  It's a Bolder version of the current Curve …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Will Hold On to Nextel  —  After failing to find a buyer for its Nextel cellphone unit, Sprint Nextel Corp. said Thursday it will hold on to the asset and renew a long-term partnership with Motorola Inc. to provide network support and mobile devices for Nextel.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sprint, Cogent in Peering Feud …
Discussion: WebProNews
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
No Opera Mini for the iPhone  —  It seems that the engineers at Opera developed a version of Opera Mini that would run on the iPhone (and the iPod touch), but this browser will never see light of day because Apple rejected it from the App Store. … Well that sucks.
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek expects to ship US$200 Eee PC in 2009, says president  —  Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$78.26 billion (US$2.39 billion) for the third quarter this year, while net profit after tax was NT$6.38 billion, an increase of 13% on quarter, but a drop of 14.2% on year.
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Improvements to Ads Quality  —  We're always working on improvements that will help us show the most relevant ads to our searchers, and we're excited to tell you that we'll soon introduce two changes designed to enhance how we calculate Quality Score and rank ads.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Eee PC 1000H Runs Windows 7 Well  —  Here is a confession: I am getting pretty tired of netbooks running Windows XP.  So when we got our Windows 7 Beta disc at PDC earlier this week, I couldn't wait to get it running on a netbook.  —  This morning we loaded Windows 7 Ultimate (Pre-Beta) on an ASUS Eee PC 1000H.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Trojan virus steals bank info  —  The details of around 500,000 online bank accounts and credit and debit cards have been stolen by a virus described as “one of the most advanced pieces of crimeware ever created”.  —  The Sinowal trojan has been tracked by RSA, which provides security solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's other new platform: Live Framework  —  LOS ANGELES—While it was Windows Azure that got much of the attention, Microsoft also released another important platform at this week's Professional Developers Conference.  —  Microsoft's Live Framework is essentially the developer piece of Live Mesh.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing: Will the financial geeks give it a boost?  —  The advantages of cloud computing are commonly known: You don't need upfront infrastructure investment; scaling up is relatively easy; and the service provider is likely to be more efficient than your company.
Jim Zemlin:
Linux to Ship on More Desktops than Windows  —  For those that decry the constant prediction of the “year of the Linux desktop” I am happy to say that next year Linux may actually ship on more desktops than Windows or the Mac.  That is right, I said next year.  What is driving this?  Two words: fast boot.
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
WiFi thermostat puts power (and cooling) at your fingertips  —  In an age where we can put WiFi into a plastic bunny that wiggles its ears in response to commands over the Internet, why not stick the same wireless networking into a thermostat that allows remote monitoring and schedule changes?
Discussion: The Pondering Primate
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google's JotSpot exposes user data  —  Google's JotSpot service, which allows people to collaborate on online documents, has been found to expose user names and e-mail addresses to anyone on the Internet.  The breach, which was uncovered by a Harvard Business School professor and security researcher …
Discussion: fiercecio.comwatch
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Microsoft's Azure is not Hailstorm, but what's the point of it?  —  Microsoft has made its Azure cloud computing announcements at PDC, so now we know what it's doing: it is extending Windows 2008 Server into the online market so that programmers who develop applications in Visual Studio …
Discussion: Rough Type, InfoWorld and LiveSide
Kirk / Medialoper:
Waiting for Google's Kindle Killer  —  During an onstage interview with Chris Anderson at this year's BEA, Jeff Bezos described his vision of a world where any book ever published would be available anywhere, at any time.  At the time it seemed like one of those distant fantasies that might be decades away.
Roger Grimes / Security Adviser:
China is not selling bugged hardware  —  Rumors of secret Chinese spy chips in office computers don't stand up to logical scrutiny  —  In the last two weeks, I've heard various groups theorizing that Chinese companies are producing computers that contain secret spy hardware.
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon gets DOJ approval for Alltel purchase
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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hard Times? Not for iPhone Developers
Discussion: Listening Post and Edible Apple
John Kennedy / Silicon Republic:
BlackBerry Storm price plans revealed
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget Mobile
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MTV Bleeps File Sharing Software Out Of Music Videos
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Kurt Mackey / Ars Technica:
More on the Windows 7 UI: new taskbar will be mandatory
Discussion: OSNews and digg.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Study: Google runs more than 10 million Web sites