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10:55 PM ET, September 29, 2008

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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 …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Shooting at clouds  —  Free software activist Richard Stallman …
Discussion: eWeek and WebGuild
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Why Apple shares took a nosedive  —  Apple shares suffered their sharpest fall in eight years Monday morning on the word of two analysts — including one whose record predicting the company's performance is mixed at best.  —  By 10:10 a.m ET the stock had dropped 16%, wiping out more than $18 billion …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple stock plunging, Google stock diving, Yahoo stock melting  —  It appears as if the bad overall economy is nailing some key tech stocks this morning.  Apple, Google and Yahoo are all down significantly right now in early afternoon trading on the stock market.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VCs (And Startups) Won't Be Immune To The Credit Crunch  —  So far the downward spiral of credit and financial markets seems to have left venture capital firms and startups relatively unharmed.  Even though the IPO market closed completely in the second quarter (and opened again only slightly in the third) …
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
How start-ups can survive  —  In 2001, the first dot-com economy collapsed.  New companies couldn't raise funds to continue operating.  Existing companies couldn't go public or get bought.  My employer (Red Herring) folded, as did hundreds of other businesses.
Business Week:
The 25 Most Influential People on the Web  —  Each year, we turn to readers and BusinessWeek staff for the Best of the Web list, asking them to contribute names for a list of the Internet's movers and shakers.  Take a look at the slide show to see which people have the most impact on the Web these days.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sept 29th: The Day of Unlucky Sevens  —  Does anyone else find it weird that the rejection of the $700 billion bailout plan was a day of unlucky sevens?  The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 777.7 for the day.  —  I wrote over the weekend a post that rounded up what some of the big technology companies …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Nasdaq's Plunge: Large-Cap Tech Takes A Mammoth Hit; Top 10 …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and Voices
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Tech stocks hammered as bailout fails in House
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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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 …
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:   Always On Laptops  —  Road warriors, rejoice!
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
What happened to Hotmail?  —  Last week, after receiving a “tip” from Microsoft's PR firm Waggener Edstrom, we posted on the coming rollout of a new version of Hotmail.  Our readers were quick to try and catch the new version in the wild, checking out different Bay numbers like the junior sneaky geniuses we know you are.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
AP: The Modern Newsroom Looks Like a Little RSS Reader  —  The 20th century news and stock ticker used to be one of the most archetypal images of newsrooms all around the world.  It was timely and exciting, if a bit impersonal, for editors to watch the wires for breaking news …
Discussion: ap.org and paidContent.org
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Nice timing: Microsoft discloses executives raises, bonuses  —  The big winner this year appears to be Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, who received the biggest bonus and salary award.  —  But all the top executives at Microsoft received raises and higher bonuses in fiscal 2008 than in fiscal 2007.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yusuf Mehdi Gets a Big New Job at MSN-But Still No Digital Head in Sight  —  Longtime Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi (pictured here) is taking over a big part of Microsoft's online services portfolio-including marketing, online audience business development and product management for MSN and the search properties.
Office of Attorney General Rob McKenna:
Fright Fight: Washington Attorney General leading battle against scareware with Microsoft  —  New lawsuits announced today under state's improved anti-spyware law  —  SEATTLE - Attorney General Rob McKenna stood at the frontlines with Microsoft Corp. in the war against spyware in 2006.
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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.
Discussion: Startup Chatter
Reuters:
Nokia CTO Bob Iannucci to step down  —  Nokia's (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Technology Officer Bob Iannucci will step down from his position for personal reasons effective immediately, a spokesman for the world's top cell-phone maker said on Monday.
Discussion: Engadget and mocoNews.net
Google Mac Blog:
Introducing Top Draw  —  Top Draw is an image generation program just launched in the Google Mac Playground.  By using simple text scripts, based on JavaScript, Top Draw can create surprisingly complex and interesting images.  Even cooler is that the program has built-in support for installing any image of yours as your desktop image.
Discussion: Cult of Mac, MacUser and Lifehacker
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft, Xerox Invest in Innovation  —  Lead Microsoft and Xerox technologists tout the benefits of research in the quest to deliver the next big thing in IT and computing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Emerging Technologies event.  Signifying its commitment to invest …
Discussion: Paul Mooney
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
The Debate: A Twitter Play-by-Play  —  This graph illustrates tweet volume for specific terms mentioned during the course of last week's presidential debate.  For example, how many updates per minute contained the word “Iran.”  Of the terms in this graph, the most twittered word in a one minute …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Clashes with Book Publishers  —  Swedish book publishers have presented a study in which they show how widespread book piracy is in Sweden.  The publishers think that this copyright infringement has a disastrous effect on their income, while The Pirate Bay is surprised …
Discussion: Epicenter
cellular-news:
New Mobile Music Bundle Could Attract 2 Billion UK Downloads  —  A report by TNS has found that within the UK alone, mobile phone owners could download 2.1 billion music tracks from the Sony Ericsson and Nokia music portals.  With legal UK music downloads in 2007 standing at just 1.5 billion across …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ukrainian Startup MP3Count Springs Up To Sell Music For Pennies  —  The legal travails of Russian music download service AllOfMP3, which sold music for a few cents per download, are well known.  Whether or not it was legal under Russian law, the site was shut down after massive U.S. government pressure …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
YouTube Gets More Competitive With Upload Redesign, Larger File Sizes  —  YouTube has been criticized in the past for not offering the experience already being offered on services like Viddler or Vimeo where users can upload large file sizes and input video information while it's being uploaded.
Sandisk:
SANDISK ANNOUNCES WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE PHONE MEMORY CARD CAPACITY WITH 16GB MICROSDHC AND M2  —  Best Buy Mobile and Verizon Wireless Stores Are First to Carry New 16GB Capacity  —  Milpitas, Calif. September 29, 2008 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory products …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Mattel says it will appeal Scrabulous ruling  —  Mattel, which owns the international rights to Scrabble, said today it would appeal last week's court ruling in India that the Scrabulous online word game did not violate Mattel's copyrights.  —  The court did, however, say Scrabulous infringed …
 
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Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
Q&A with PlayFirst's John Welch on making game consoles obsolete …
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In-Soo Nam / CNN:
Verizon, KT, 4 Others Complete Rollout Of Trans-Pacific Cable
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
British Telecom Wants to Watch
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Chip Maker Rambus Wins Battles, but Faces Bigger War
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AT&T Switches Satellite-TV Provider
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