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4:35 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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Launches: Video Interview With Mike Volpi  —  Joost, the impeccably pedigreed, funded, and hyped Internet TV platform is releasing its software to the general public on Monday.  For those of you beta testers (like us) who've griped about the reliability and usability of the application …
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. …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Management Shake Up At Skype  —  A big management change at Skype has occurred with Niklas Zennstrom resigning as CEO and Henry Gomez returning to eBay.  —  This tells me a few things.  First that the eBay leadership is not happy with the direction Skype has been going and is looking …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay: Skype wasn't all that after all  —  eBay confessed its Skype sins on Monday.
Discussion: WSJ.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Zennstrom Out as Skype CEO; Pays $530 Million Earnout …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Bought with an arm and a leg, Skype bleeding cash and looking for new CEO
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Skype Ouch: eBay's billion-dollar case of buyer's remorse
Discussion: SiliconValley.com
Janus Friis:
(not) just another monday
Discussion: WebProNews, JoostTeam.com and WinBeta
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Static On Skype, Zennstrom Quits
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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 …
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Leaderboard To Launch, Attacking Technorati's Last Stronghold  —  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 like Google Blog Search, Ask.com and Sphere (among others).
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   TechMeme list heralds death of blogging?
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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James Niccolai / PC World:
Nokia Buys Navtec Mapping Service for $8.1 Billion
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Barbarians Are At The Gate, But Microsoft Moves To Protect Office Revenues  —  The barbarians are at the gate, a new horde is on the way, but no one seems to be defending the castle.  Instead, the Microsoft Office warriors are rebranding, repackaging and relaunching old products and calling them new.
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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
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Google's Friends And Family Plan  —  The drumbeat has started in Silicon Valley: Google phones are coming.  —  It's no secret that Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) is keen to become a pivotal player in the mobile phone world.  And one of the companies often mentioned behind closed doors …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T threatens to disconnect subscribers who criticize the company  —  AT&T has rolled out new Terms of Service for its DSL service that leave plenty of room for interpretation.  From our reading of it, in concert with several others, what we see is a ToS that attempts to give AT&T the right …
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KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions
Discussion: GigaOM, IP Democracy and Epicenter
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 …
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Radiohead Fans to Name Their Price for New Album
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Joost finally sheds invite-only status, opens up to the public
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
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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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
FTC settles with alleged spyware operation
Discussion: Ars Technica
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Verizon's Big TV Bet Pays Off
Discussion: dslreports.com
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
EXCLUSIVE: $39.99 Version of the PS3 Game Warhawk, Minus Bluetooth …
PR Newswire:
VC Exit Market Not Impacted by Market Volatility and Sub Prime Concerns in 3Q 2007
Jon Healey / Los Angeles Times:
For a few 99-cent songs more
Discussion: dslreports.com
Ryan Block / Engadget:
A note to both Apple and iPhone customers on the v1.1.1 update
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Sued For Cutting iPhone Price
Discussion: Computerworld
Phil Manchester / The Register:
Open source development goes Mac-tastic
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
IPhone: Unbricked iPhones Now Fully Working, Calls Included …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 76: The Yahoo Revival Meeting (Starring His Digital Holiness Steve Jobs)!