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12:05 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.
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 …
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 …
Terry Retter / InfoWorld:
Road test: Does WiMax work in the real world?
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Sprint launches Xohm WiMax network in Baltimore
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
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
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
ON Networks Announces Multi-Platform Video Distribution Deal  —  Through its digital AllScreen Syndication Network, ON Networks announced that it can now syndicate any show and accompanying advertisement across the United States and Europe by using its existing and new relationships with distribution partners.
Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:   ON Networks Opens Up AllScreen Syndication Platform
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
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 …
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
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: WebProNews
Associated Press:
Apple faces iTunes test case in Norway  —  OSLO, Norway - Norway's top consumer advocate said Monday he is taking Apple Inc. to the government's Market Council in a test case seeking to force the American company to open its iTunes music store to digital players other than its own iPod.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Coakley, Apple agree on iTunes access for blind
Discussion: AppScout
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.
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
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.
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
Om Malik / Business Week:
Can Browser Plug-Ins Be a Business?  —  Startup Cooliris could show some promise with software that offers 3D-like Web browsing and a new spin on e-commerce shopping carts  —  For as long as I can remember, I have been highly skeptical of the concept of browser plug-ins as a business.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
DropSend sold - but how easy is it to flip a web app these days?
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Brendan Sinclair / ZDNet:
Report: Nintendo will add camera, music to DS
Discussion: Ars Technica
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Apple sells unlocked Iphone in Hong Kong
Discussion: and p2pnet
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Samsung Delve hitting U.S. Cellular?
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Intellectual property bill passes in the House
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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Top 100 Media Companies Revs Slowest Since 2001
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and AdAge
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
How to Make Business More Interesting: Video Games
Discussion: broadstuff
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Vysr widget platform to support Open Social apps
Discussion: Mashable!
Dorian Benkoil / CNET News:
ABC's digital frontier: Closed is open
Discussion: Beet.TV
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow
Discussion: Inquirer
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Motorola Building Up 350-Person Android Team.  Nokia Also Sniffing Around.

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