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4:55 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 is taking a break from his campaign to stop people from buying Harry Potter books to blast the concept of cloud computing.  “It's stupidity,” he tells the Guardian.  “It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign.”
Discussion: WebGuild
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Open Source Guru Richard Stallman: Cloud Computing “Worse Than Stupidity”
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
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ap.org:   More than 500 newspapers sign up for AP Member Marketplace
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   AP Signs Up 500 Papers For Online News Sharing Service
XOHM™ WiMAX:
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sprint's WiMax: Comcast Who? We'll Choke BitTorrent If We Want To
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileCrunch
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.
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
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 …
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Malware Attacks Posing in Campaign Videos  —  Apparently Saturday Night Live isn't the only constituency seeking to profit by tying its fortunes to presidential-themed video clips these days.  —  In addition to the highly-publicized skits that SNL has produced in the last several weeks …
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.
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
eMusic CEO David Pakman 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 “premier” venture capital firm, according to an eMusic press release.
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent.org
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: Portfolio and Lost Remote
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.
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: MacUser and Lifehacker
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.
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
How ‘carders’ trade your stolen personal info  —  Debit cards and PINs are hot subjects on the criminal underground forums these days, Tom Rusin said on a recent visit to CNET.  Rusin is president of North American operations at Affinion Group, a company that monitors the criminal underground …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft, Washington state sue over ‘scareware’ pop-up ads  —  Microsoft and the Attorney General's office in Washington state said on Monday they have filed seven lawsuits over pop-up ads that scare consumers into paying for software that supposedly fixes critical errors on a PC.
Kris Pigna / PC Magazine:
New ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Makes Cocaine Sales a Game  —  Earlier this week, news broke that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars — the forthcoming DS rendition of Rockstar's immensely popular crime series — would feature a drug-selling mini-game, where players could earn money peddling six different kinds of narcotics around town.
Discussion: Reuters, Negative Approach and Joystiq
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 …
OPEN Forum:
Think Local, Act Conversational - It Just Might Save Your Business  —  (6) FOUND THIS USEFUL.  DO YOU?  —  (image credit Marin IJ)  —  What do people think of when they are considering Corbet's Hardware, a local business near my home?  For that matter, what do they think of Ambrosia restaurant?
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Classmate PC gets a boost with million-unit Venezuelan order  —  The government of Venezuela has announced plans to order more than one million Classmate PC laptops from Portugal as part of a broad economic agreement between the two countries.  The government of Venezuela aims …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and TechSpot
 
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
ARM Taps into IBM's Processor Technology
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Stock market plunges badly as bailout stalls in House …
Discussion: TG Daily, CNNMoney.com and Gothamist
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Bill would force satellite radio units to go digital
Discussion: Orbitcast
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VCs (And Startups) Won't Be Immune To The Credit Crunch
Discussion: Guardian and GigaOM
Nokia:
Nokia renews its business mobility solutions offering and strategy
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
CDN Consolidation Poised to Begin
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
DropSend sold - but how easy is it to flip a web app these days?
Discussion: paidContent
Om Malik / Business Week:
Can Browser Plug-Ins Be a Business?
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Great Windows-Mac Laptop War
Discussion: MacRumors, TechBlog and Technology Live
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government
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