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6:30 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 …
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. …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay: Skype wasn't all that after all  —  eBay confessed its Skype sins on Monday.
Discussion: WSJ.com
Ed Sim / BeyondVC:
On performance based earnouts
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Bought with an arm and a leg, Skype bleeding cash and looking for new CEO
Techmeme News:
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
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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 …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Webomatica
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.
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
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
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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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.
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 …
 
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 More Items: 
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's MSN: Still Sucking Wind After All These Years
Chris Williams / The Register:
Facebook wins Manx battle for face-book.com
Discussion: WebProNews
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
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia unlocks anti-Apple campaign
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 76: The Yahoo Revival Meeting (Starring His Digital Holiness Steve Jobs)!