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5:00 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.
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. …
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 …
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Bought with an arm and a leg, Skype bleeding cash and looking for new CEO
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 Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Zennstrom Out as Skype CEO; Pays $530 Million Earnout …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Skype Ouch: eBay's billion-dollar case of buyer's remorse
Discussion: SiliconValley.com
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?
Discussion: Webomatica
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  —  The acquisition provides navigation technology for Nokia devices and bolsters the services side of its business.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Nokia Corp. has agreed to buy the digital mapping company Navteq for US$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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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.
Discussion: GigaOM, IP Democracy and Epicenter
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Radiohead Fans to Name Their Price for New Album  —  In an unusual test for the music industry's transition to digital sales, the superstar British rock band Radiohead said its much anticipated new album will initially be available only as a digital download on the band's Web site — with fans choosing the price they are willing to pay.
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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 …
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
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.
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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
PS3 price-cut coming October 12th?
Discussion: CrunchGear and I4U News
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Yahoo+Telefonica: oneSearch on additional 100M handsets
BlackBerry:
RIM Introduces First CDMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl
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
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Financial Times Will Allow Some Free Access to Web Site
Dave Clark / Joost™ Blog:
Hello Public  —  Big day for us at Joost — today Joost …
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
A note to both Apple and iPhone customers on the v1.1.1 update
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
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)!