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6:05 PM ET, October 15, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Layoffs Letter From CEO Randy Falco  —  More to come on this story, but AOL will lay off 2,000 employees.  Here is the letter to AOL employees that went out at 11 a.m. EDT today from CEO Randy Falco:  —  Dear AOL colleague,  —  Just over a year ago, AOL embarked on an incredibly complex …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: AOL Laying Off 2,000: Randy Falco Email  —  AOL has confirmed the mass layoffs we have been writing about for the last month.  In a company-wide email sent at 11am this morning, AOL president Randy Falco said the "realignment" would include a reduction in force of 2,000 AOLers.
Gillian Wee / Bloomberg:   Time Warner's AOL Internet Division to Cut 2,000 Jobs
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL to cut 2,000 jobs
Discussion: Bits and PDA
Reuters:
Led Zeppelin to sell music online  —  LONDON (Reuters) - British rockers Led Zeppelin will offer their music online for the first time next month, they said on Monday.  —  The band, whose reunion gig in London in November prompted more than a million fans to apply for 10,000 available tickets …
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Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Led Zeppelin to Make Its Songs Available Digitally  —  It's been a long time, but Led Zeppelin, one of the last superstar acts to refrain from selling its music online, is finally offering its catalog to digital-music fans.  —  The shift by Led Zeppelin, whose reunion concert in London next month …
Nick / Rough Type:   What is and what should never be  —  It's over, rock fans.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Zeppelin: This Interweb thing is cool
Discussion: The Globe and Mail and Gizmodo
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Reader Stats are Bulls**t (With Proof)  —  Google Reader stats, in case you don't know, are bulls**t.  In fact, all Feedburner stats for most top blogs are bulls**t due to the effect of default feeds.  Want 80,000 free subscribers?  How about 200K or more?  Read on.
USA Today:
Google's GPhone strategy could keep user costs low  —  SEATTLE - Google's (GOOG)widely anticipated - and top secret - GPhone mobile phone project could trump Apple's (APPL) glitzy iPhone - by going low cost and low tech, tech analysts say.  —  That scenario gained credence last week …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Tops Feed Reader and Social Bookmark Rankings  —  Some interesting audience-engagement data just came out from AddThis.com, which ranks the top feed readers and bookmarking services by how actively they are used.  These rankings are based on how many times people across the Web add …
Steve Jobs / Apple:
A Greener Apple  —  Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products.  Upon investigating Apple's current practices and progress towards these goals …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Caterpillar: Web 2.0 giant  —  There may well be a time when Facebook, YouTube, Digg, and the other Web 2.0 fashion plates make some real money, but for the moment their results pale in comparison to those of the most unexpected beneficiary of the web's recent evolution, the industrial-age stalwart Caterpillar.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Attention - NewsGator and Bloglines Join APML Workgroup  —  Web users interested in personalization, privacy and increasing sophistication in their applications take note: the Attention Data spec APML (Attention Profiling Markup Language) gained substantial momentum today with the announcement …
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Nick Bradbury:   FeedDemon, NetNewsWire and NewsGator Inbox to Support APML
PR Newswire:
Broadcom Leaps Ahead of the Competition with the World's First '3G Phone on a Chip' Solution  —  Over a Year Ahead of Competitors, Broadcom Introduces Single-Chip HSUPA Processor  —  BCM21551 Features Full CMOS RF, Rich Multimedia, Bluetooth(R), FM Radio, FM Transmitter and More …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Broadcom introduces 3G on chip
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Pirates take over anti-piracy website  —  The Pirate Bay scores another victory over the music biz  —  Software pirates have launched an astonishing smash 'n' grab raid on the music biz, stealing the domain name of one of its foremost anti-piracy bodies.  —  The Pirate Bay has now taken …
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Twitter: show me the money! … That makes the Twitter a prime spot for making money since, as James points out, marketers would rather hit you while you're talking with friends and happy than when you're concentrating on some deep technical argument.  —  I hate the thought of ads being inserted into the Twitter stream.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Scribd a Porn Document Network?  —  Please note that this post is NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW).  While I have not embedded any offending images, some of the content and links is objectionable.  —  One of the most popular services for bloggers is called Scribd, a so-called "YouTube for Documents".
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google's sneak attack?  Adsense for Facebook  —  Is Google-the-Goliath sneaking into the Facebook building — via the basement?  —  Google is actively recruiting third-party developers with applications on Facebook to run Adsense ads within applications pages, VentureBeat has learned.
Salon:
Hitachi hatches a humongous hard drive  —  It's Monday morning and you, like me, are wondering, What, no news from the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference taking place in Tokyo next week?  —  No worries, I've got you covered.  Word today is that next week's confab of hard drive technologists …
John Markoff / Bits:
Bill Gates Presents the One (Really Big) Ringy Dingy  —  For Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and the other companies that make telecommunications equipment, this Tuesday is a sort of D-Day.  —  That day, Bill Gates plans to introduce Microsoft's invasion into their business, with a new line of software …
Oliver Starr / blognation:
Jiglu is a Smarter Way to Tag Your Content  —  Tagging is one of those crucial areas that can make or break a site.  Not only can it profoundly influence SEO but it can have even greater effects upon HOW people find your site as well as how deeply into your site they delve once they find it.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Secret manual shows Comcast (gasp!) protects customers' privacy
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Leo Lewis / Times of London:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
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Strangers A 'Cost of Doing Business' On MySpace
Discussion: Ars Technica
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Cellphones: Hyundai W-100 Wrist Phone Most Feature-Rich Yet, and Now It's Real
Discussion: Crave and Boing Boing Gadgets
Mike Sakal / East Valley Tribune:
P.V. man sentenced in porn spam case
Discussion: Salon and Digital Media Wire
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
False starts in race to future of DVDs
Discussion: Macsimum News
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Supreme Court dumps Microsoft, Best Buy appeal
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