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10:40 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)
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
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Saul Hansell / Bits:   EBay's $4 Billion Lesson in the Value of Hype
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Techmeme Leaderboard is live  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard, that much-leaked list of Techmeme's top 100 sources, including blogs, non-blogs, and everything in between, is now up.  It ranks sites, every 20 minutes, simply by the amount of headline space they've occupied on Techmeme over the past month.
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new top 100?  —  12PM: The TechMeme Leaderboard site is live.  —  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)
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Techmeme Leaderboard Dominated By Media Companies
Discussion: A VC
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.
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Nokia Buys Software Maker for $8.1 Billion  —  Nokia, the world's biggest cellphone maker, said today that it had agreed to pay $8.1 billion for Navteq, the maker of digital mapping and navigational software based in Chicago, as it seeks to migrate satellite-based location services onto its range of phones.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
They're asking $8 billion, but remember — location, location, location  —  Seeing the direction things were going with location-based services, Nokia made a big move today to solidify its position, announcing it would pay $8.1 billion for Navteq, the larger of the two major providers of mapping data.
Discussion: Techdirt, O'Reilly Radar and
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, Zune 2 coming Wednesday  —  Here it is, direct from a trusted source close to the situation — a Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, which will bring all the Zune 2 software goodies and UI tweaks with it when those bad boys are announced on Wednesday.
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 2 leaks out in three flavors  —  Well, we'd heard new Zunes were coming tomorrow (or maybe October 16th) and it looks like retailers are starting to receive display units — everyone, say hello to the new Zunes.  Barring some Photoshop trickeration, it looks like we're getting …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed To Aggregate Social Network Data Into A Single Feed  —  There has been an absolute flood of tech news this morning.  Lost somewhere in the shuffle is the private beta launch of a new startup, founded by four ex-Googlers, called FriendFeed.  And while it may not get a lot of attention today, keep an eye on them.
Josh Tyrangiel / Time:
Radiohead Says: Pay What You Want  —  Roughly 12,000 albums are released in an average year, so the announcement late Sunday night that the new Radiohead record, In Rainbows, will be out Oct. 10 is not itself big news.  Sure, Radiohead is on a sustained run as the most interesting …
Ed Gorman / Times of London:
Steve Ballmer stirs the technology pay row  —  The Microsoft chief executive has questioned the mammoth $74m pay-package taken home last year by Oracle's Larry Ellison  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, waded into the debate over executive pay today and questioned …
Digital Joystick:
Bungie Leaving Microsoft!!  You heard it here first folks  —  A friend of mine who has someone close that works at Bungie has just been dying to tell me a secret about their future.  Since the NDA officially expire today the sent me and email with the details.  I have full faith in this contact.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Kotaku, MTV and WinBeta
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Facebook banned in United Arab Emirates?  —  Users of Facebook in the United Arab Emirates have been left wondering if their access to the site will continue after major telco Etisalat appeared to have blocked the site today.  Many Web sites are actively blocked in the Persian Gulf country …
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FTC fines three men $330,000 for pushing spyware
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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CBS Experiments With Its Video Content
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iPhone: Context over consistency
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Why Big Newspapers Applaud Some Declines in Circulation
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Lookabee's Facebook Apps for Teachers
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Tad / The Virtual Ubiquity Blog:
Adobe to Acquire Virtual Ubiquity
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's MSN: Still Sucking Wind After All These Years
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone users now fear security patches, say analysts
The Register:
Google proposes 'crumbled cookies' in privacy pledge
Discussion: Mashable!
Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Financial Times Will Allow More Free Access to Web Site
Dave Clark / Joost™ Blog:
Hello Public  —  Big day for us at Joost — today Joost …
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