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12:40 PM ET, September 29, 2008


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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Falls Sharply; RBC, Morgan Stanley Cut Ratings  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down sharply Monday morning after analysts at RBC Capital and Morgan Stanley cut their ratings on the stock.  — RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky cut his rating on the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Plunges After Downgrades: Slowing Demand, Crappy Economy  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down 14% to around $110 — their lowest since May, 2007 — after Morgan Stanley and RBC both downgraded the stock this morning.  Why?  Mostly slowing demand and lousy economic conditions.
XOHM WIMAX BROADBAND SERVICE DEBUTS IN BALTIMORE  — New 4G wireless era dawns as unique business model revolutionizes mobile Internet access  — Service-plan innovation includes $50 “Pick 2 for Life” offer without usage limitations  —  A next-generation 4G wireless network based …
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore  —  Monday, Sprint will launch wireless WiMax services in Baltimore, marking the beginning of what could become a new era in mobile broadband.  —  The mobile data network — which will be marketed under the Xohm brand name …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates App Store to address developer misuse  —  Apple over the weekend instated a series of changes to the way its App Store operates in an effort to knock out loopholes that were being exploited by some developers seeking an unfair advantage.  —  Reviews
Touchmeme / Touchmeme's Blog:   Apple Changes App Listing Behavior in AppStore
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
UK secret service recruiting on Facebook  —  MI6, a branch of the UK's secret service, is using Facebook as part of a recent recruitment drive to find the “next generation of spies”, reports The Guardian newspaper.  —  The ads, which begun appearing on the so-called social utility, reflect a change in tactics first introduced in 2006.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Visual Studio 2010 to come with ‘black box’  —  Updated 9:56 a.m. PDT: Added screen shot and a link to Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 page.  —  Airplanes are equipped with recorders that capture both cockpit audio and flight data, so in the event that something goes wrong, investigators can try to determine the source of the problem.
Discussion: eWeek and InformationWeek
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook hires general counsel as it continues to grow  —  Young upstart Facebook is growing up at Internet speed.  —  The latest sign: Its freshly installed management team has hired a legal gun with a loaded resume that includes serving as a White House lawyer who helped coordinate …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman  —  Web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the free software campaigner  —  The concept of using web-based programs …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Great Windows-Mac Laptop War  —  Windows laptops only had about 80 percent unit share at online and brick-and-mortar retail stores in June and July, according to NPD.  But measured in dollars, market share was much lower: 65 percent.  The difference in both categories largely belonged to Mac laptops.
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechBlog
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Why The Flow Of Innovation Has Reversed  —  I had a beer recently with Dave McClure of 500 Hats.  As is always the case when I get together with Dave, we had a long, rambling and enjoyable conversation about how the Web is changing the way businesses get built.  —  At some point, I said that the vector of innovation has changed.
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Letting Our Fingers Do the Talking  —  In the fourth quarter of 2007, American cellphone subscribers for the first time sent text messages more than they phoned, according to Nielsen Mobile.  Since then, the average subscriber's volume of text messages has shot upward by 64 percent …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government  —  The tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture.  Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and WebProNews
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
The Perfect Apple for the Living Room  —  Apple's bland launch of a thinner Nano left the Mac faithful craving more.  Now rumors are flying around the Net about a new device, with Apple retailers being asked to return their existing Apple TVs by Sept. 30 and mysterious placeholder SKUs showing up in Future Shop's inventory system.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Rumor: An iPhone for Verizon in 2009  —  Chalk this one up to wishful thinking.  —  A leading Apple blog posted a rumor Sunday that the iPhone — which is currently available in the United States only through AT&T Wireless — could be coming to Verizon, perhaps as early as January 2009.
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
High Online Video Ad Costs Could Drop  —  Online video ads cost advertisers substantially more than display or text advertising, but prices might drop as its novelty fades, says a new report by eMarketer.  —  Citing research by Bain and Company for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) …
Discussion: Epicenter and Lost Remote
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Hoping Apple's ‘Brick’ Is First All-Screen Laptop  —  Here's hoping that Apple's feverishly-anticipated “Brick” project is the world's first all-screen laptop — like this mockup of the OLPC version 2 by designer Yves Behar.  —  There's slim chance, of course, but I for one would love …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Raw Feed
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
LG Teaser Shows 3G Netbook: The Momo  —  LG is planning the release of a new netbook with 3G internet inside.  The X110 Momo is listed on LG's site as “coming soon”, and includes the standard netbook features: 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1.3MP webcam, a 10" screen, optional Bluetooth, an SD card reader and Windows XP Home Basic.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Want To Be a Trendsetter on Twitter?  Follow CareerBuilder Example  —  I like checking out current Twitter trends from time to time to see what topics get the most attention in the twitterverse.  While Google Trends are also interesting and often show some very interesting things …
Discussion: WebProNews
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
eMusic CEO Out  —  This one's odd: A few weeks ago eMusic CEO David Pakman was meeting with us and talking up the chances of his company, which sells digital downloads via monthly subscription service.  Now he's out, headed for an unnamed but “premiere” venture capital firm, according to an eMusic press release.
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