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10:05 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”  —  All eyes are on the presidential election today, but another important vote just took place at the Federal Communications Commission.  By a vote of 5-, the FCC formally agreed to open up the “white spaces” spectrum — the unused airwaves between …
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Reuters:
FCC clears Google-backed plan on airwaves use  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved a plan sought by tech companies like Google Inc and Microsoft Inc to open soon-to-be-vacant television airwaves to new wireless devices.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
F.C.C. to Open Radio Spectrum
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Launches Effort to Spark Startups  —  Microsoft's new BizSpark project is an effort to spur startups and entrepreneurs to use Microsoft technology when launching new companies.  Microsoft is giving away software, services and support to startups earning less than $1 million to help …
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and Computerworld
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft offers free software for start-ups  —  LOS ANGELES—In its boldest bid yet to win the affections of emerging businesses, Microsoft on Wednesday announced a program that will allow some start-ups to use its server software free of charge.  —  Dubbed BizSpark, the program will be open …
Discussion: TechFlash
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today  —  Twitter has launched a group and community feature in Japan today, called Twicco.jp.  In the demo video I took at the Digital Garage conference you can see it lets users create and follow a group instead of an individual account.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works  —  CNN's holographic election coverage is fancy pantsy, but how did they manage to send 3D 360 degree footage of virtual correspondent Jessica Yellin from Chicago all the way to the station's election center in NY?  As Arthur C. Clarke says, Magic.
Discussion: RealityPrime
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Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations  —  You know how the situation - you're on a meeting or talking to someone whom you don't particulary like and you would die for an interruption.  Usaully nothing happens and you're stuck in a conversation/meeting pretending to listen.
Discussion: mobilesyrup.com
Moon Ihlwan / Business Week:
New Samsung Phone: a Real iPhone Killer?  —  To hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talk about Samsung Electronics' new upgraded smart phone, T*Omnia, Korean consumers will soon get the mother of all smart phones on the planet.  “The T*Omnia is at the forefront of this new generation of mobile devices …
Discussion: Electronista
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful  —  Change is a familiar concept in the mobile-phone industry.  Most recently, Apple and Google introduced mobile devices with two vital innovations: They run on fast 3G networks and use touch screens.  Yesterday Research In Motion …
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Our airwaves, indeed  —  Tom Evslin is celebrating the FCC's decision to open up the white spaces between old TV channels to unlicensed use (to create, for example, “wi-fi on steroids,” as Google's Larry Page has put it).  —  This is hugely important.  It could provide the means to connect more of America.
Discussion: Industry Standard
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:   FCC Vote Results - We The People Won
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple  —  Development chief Tony Fadell's exit underscores concerns about whether Apple is doing enough to groom management talent that could succeed Steve Jobs  —  At a company as tight-lipped about its inner workings as Apple (AAPL), changes at the top can be hard to gauge.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC  —  Todd Bishop's TechFlash site has a worthwhile read up on the unhappy response of Tablet PC enthusiasts to Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's description of the Tablet PC as a “niche” product at last week's PDC event.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CrunchGear
Mark Ward / BBC:
The end of an era - Windows 3.x  —  An application has expectedly quit.  —  Windows 3.x has come to the closing moments of its long life.  —  On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.  —  The various versions of Windows 3.x …
Discussion: The Register, Neowin.net and Slashdot
Arn / MacRumors:
Software Fix for MacBook Pro Trackpad Issue “Coming Soon”  —  Earlier this week, a number of complaints emerged about a trackpad issue found on the new MacBook Pros.  PCPro.co.uk relays one customer's experience: … The problem even drew the attention of Apple according to one blogger …
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Tomorrow is the Sony Ericsson day!  —  Sony Ericsson will announcing new products tomorrow, on November 6th.  Apparently, it will be a Walkman announcement, hinting us we'll finally see the W705 aka Rika officially unveiled, among other things.  —  In addition, new accessories will probably …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Online Meltdown Update: AOL Ads Down 6% In Third Quarter  —  More fuel for the online advertising pessimists among you: Advertising revenues at AOL dropped 6% in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage 2% advertising growth …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Borrell: Banner advertising the big loser in '09 online ad decline  —  A new report by Borrell Associates scheduled for release today paints a dim picture for those who've bet the ranch on a future of counting page views and ad impressions.  The credit crisis and the general economic downturn …
Discussion: Zero Percent Idle
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IAC After The Split: Revs Up But Spin-Off Expenses Push Profits Down  —  You can almost hear the relief from the Gehry-designed HQ as IAC (NSDQ: IACI) reports what chairman and CEO Barry Diller calls “the last quarter when the costs of our spin-offs will distort the operating performance.”
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
SMBs Driving Mobile Broadband Adoption  —  The market is still in its infancy, but small businesses are deploying mobile gadgets faster than big enterprises because they can be easily purchased from commercial outlets.  —  Small to medium businesses are adopting mobile broadband at a faster rate …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Electronista:
Meizu to launch iPhone clone Nov. 30th  —  Meizu's shadow to the iPhone, the M8, should be available in at least a limited form before the end of the month, according to a post by company head J. Wong.  While already tentatively slated for November, the touchscreen phone should be launched …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and Engadget
James Sherwood / The Register:
Users pour forth MacBook trackpad woes  —  An official Apple forum has become a sounding board for numerous complaints that the MacBook's new multi-touch glass-covered trackpad isn't behaving itself.  —  Owners of shiny new metal MacBooks grumble that the trackpad freezes after roughly 50 clicks …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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