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8:55 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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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
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Ed Sim's eBay-Skype Moral: Beware The Earnout
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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.
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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) weblogs.com.
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.
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
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.
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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 …
Adobe:
Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3  —  For immediate release  —  Flash Player for Mobile Devices Delivers High-Impact Video and Dynamic Web Content  —  ADOBE MAX 2007, CHICAGO - October 1, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® …
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 …
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
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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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Why Big Newspapers Applaud Some Declines in Circulation
Discussion: Content Bridges
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Facebook banned in United Arab Emirates?
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, Zune 2 coming Wednesday
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Plans to Take $1.4 Billion In Skype-Related Charges
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Random Thoughts over some White Tea with Honey
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Google proposes 'crumbled cookies' in privacy pledge
Discussion: Mashable!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Deceptive EULA, spyware bring down the wrath of the FTC
Discussion: The Register
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
PS3 price-cut coming October 12th?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Verizon's Big TV Bet Pays Off
Discussion: dslreports.com
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Google's Friends And Family Plan
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Barbarians Are At The Gate, But Microsoft Moves To Protect Office Revenues
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia unlocks anti-Apple campaign