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3:00 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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: AOL Laying Off 2,000: Randy Falco Email
Discussion: CNET and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Tops Feed Reader and Social Bookmark Rankings  —  Some interesting audience-engagement data just came out from, 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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer
AddThis Blog:   Social Trends for September
Brad Linder / Download Squad:   How many Google Reader users subscribe to our feed (or yours)?
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 …
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 …
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 …
Microsoft's Ballmer and his 'brother' Bill Gates
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Greenpeace News:
iPhone's hazardous chemicals  —  When will promises of a greener Apple bear fruit?  —  International — Scientific tests, arranged by Greenpeace, reveal that Apple's iPhone contains hazardous chemicals.  The tests uncovered two types of hazardous substances, some of which have already been eliminated by other mobile phone makers.
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Greenpeace hangs up on the iPhone
Discussion: Epicenter and Computerworld
Rob Mead /
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Discovery Plans to Buy Web Site  —  Discovery Communications Inc., looking to jump-start a stalled Internet strategy, plans to acquire the Web site for $250 million.  —  Discovery, owner of cable channels such as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, said it will use the site …
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.
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Yet another Ajax toolkit: Eclipse RAP 1.0  —  Wouldn't it be nice if you could write your application once and then reuse the code in both a) a "fat client" for high interactivity and offline usage, and b) a "thin client" inside a web browser for ubiquitous access with zero install?
AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs  —  Expands industry's premier placeshifting TV-on-the-PC portfolio with addition of TV Wonder™ 650 Combo USB and TV Wonder™ 600 PCI/PCI Express  —  AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder™ product lineup that enables HDTV on the PC.
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.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
$100 Zune30s on Woot! today  —  If you don't know what Woot! is, now is a great time to find out.  Woot! sells one product each day starting at midnight CST.  But whatever that product is will usually go for a lot less than you would find it anywhere else.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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PC World:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Strangers A 'Cost of Doing Business' On MySpace
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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
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Anne Broache / CNET
Supreme Court dumps Microsoft, Best Buy appeal
Discussion: Associated Press and Engadget
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
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Discussion: Channel 9 and cgm
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
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