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6:55 PM ET, October 1, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Finally Official: eBay's Skype Has Bombed  —  eBay has finally acknowledged what has been obvious to the rest of the world for at least three quarters: the Skype acquisition gamble has failed.  Among the news today:  — Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom officially gone (he's been virtually gone for months)
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Business Wire:
Niklas Zennstrom Steps Down as CEO of Skype  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today announced that Niklas Zennstrom has stepped down as CEO of Skype.  Zennstrom, who co-founded Skype in 2003, will become non-executive chairman of the Skype Board of Directors.
Thomas Crampton / Media and Technology:
SCOOP: Zennstrom defends Skype while stepping down  —  October 1, 2007 - Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and co-founder of Skype, today stepped down from the company ahead of the scheduled work-through period for its acquisition by eBay.  —  Shortly before the public announcement of his departure …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Static On Skype, Zennstrom Quits  —  Niklas Zennstrom has resigned as CEO of Skype, but will become non-executive chairman of the company's board.  Michael van Swaaij, eBay's (EBAY) chief strategy officer, has been appointed interim CEO until a replacement is found.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and broadstuff
biz.yahoo.com:
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Termination of a Material Definitive Agreeme  —  Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement  —  On September 28, 2007, eBay Inc., a Delaware corporation ("eBay"), and its subsidiaries, Skype Luxembourg Holdings S.A.R.L. …
Ed Sim / BeyondVC:
On performance based earnouts
Discussion: alarm:clock
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Bought with an arm and a leg, Skype bleeding cash and looking for new CEO
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Ed Sim's eBay-Skype Moral: Beware The Earnout
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new top 100?  —  Like almost everyone else, I keep track of who's pointing to me in Technorati, a service that was created in a Thanksgiving programming binge by David Sifry, based on the output of (my own labor of love) weblogs.com.  —  Technorati grew to become a blog search engine …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechMeme list heralds death of blogging?  —  I was just looking at the TechMeme Top 100 List and noticed that it has very few bloggers on it — I can only see about 12 real blogs on that list.  Blogging being defined as "single voice of a person."  Most of the things on the list are now done …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Leaderboard To Launch, Attacking Technorati's Last Stronghold  —  Update: The leaderboard has launched.  See it here.  —  Blog search engine Technorati's founding CEO is gone, its traffic party has ended and its core search functionality is under long term fire from competitors …
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Debut Zune 2 on Tuesday  —  Microsoft will hold a event on Tuesday in Redmond to herald the second generation of Zune music players, BetaNews has learned.  —  According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event.
Dave Clark / Joost™ Blog:
Hello Public  —  Big day for us at Joost — today Joost is drawing back the curtain and steppin' out.  —  Haven't been able to score an invite?  Now it doesn't matter!  Everyone can enjoy a ballooning selection of comedy, music videos, documentaries, movies and the latest hits …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Service Helps Friends Share Their Online Discoveries  —  Four software designers who were instrumental in the creation of Google's popular e-mail and mapping services have founded a new company with the intent of making it easy for people to find out what Web material their friends are enjoying.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed To Aggregate Social Network Data Into A Single Feed
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ  — The combined entity would create a leading global player in the fast growing location based services market  — NAVTEQ to support existing customers as before  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia and NAVTEQ today announced a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
They're asking $8 billion, but remember — location, location, location
Discussion: Techdirt
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia unlocks anti-Apple campaign  —  The quartet of posters above was photographed in New York city over the weekend by a MacRumors forum jockey.  Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen Nokia pounce on Apple foibles, and it certainly won't be the last.
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Nokia Ads Take Aim at Apple's Closed iPhone
Discussion: Crave and CNET News.com
Tad / The Virtual Ubiquity Blog:
Adobe to Acquire Virtual Ubiquity  —  We've got some exciting news to share today.  At Adobe's annual MAX conference this morning, it will be announced that Adobe Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virtual Ubiquity.  The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year.
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions  —  Don't respond to this post if you want to keep your AT&T connection  —  Most people don't read the fine print in their consumer contracts but those who do have noticed something about AT&T's new terms of service.
 
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
eBay's Desktop App, San Dimas, Enters Public Beta
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Williams / The Register:
Facebook wins Manx battle for face-book.com
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone users now fear security patches, say analysts
The Register:
Google proposes 'crumbled cookies' in privacy pledge
Adobe:
Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Deceptive EULA, spyware bring down the wrath of the FTC
Discussion: The Register
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun slots slumping storage unit into server group
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
PS3 price-cut coming October 12th?
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
 Earlier Items: 
BlackBerry:
RIM Introduces First CDMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Verizon's Big TV Bet Pays Off
Discussion: dslreports.com
Josh Tyrangiel / Time:
Radiohead Says: Pay What You Want  —  Roughly 12,000 albums …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
A note to both Apple and iPhone customers on the v1.1.1 update
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Google's Friends And Family Plan
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Barbarians Are At The Gate, But Microsoft Moves To Protect Office Revenues
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 76: The Yahoo Revival Meeting (Starring His Digital Holiness Steve Jobs)!