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4:30 AM ET, October 1, 2008

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Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Apple's digital music showdown  —  A ruling this week could force online music sellers to pay publishers more money - as an Apple threat to close iTunes looms.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — For five years, Apple's iTunes Music Store has been the Internet's most successful music store.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Would Apple really shutter iTunes? Unlikely
Discussion: TeleRead
Jens C Brynildsen / Flash Magazine:
FLASH FOR THE IPHONE CONFIRMED AT FOTB  —  At the Flash On The Beach (FOTB) conference in Brighton, Sr. Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems Paul Betlem, confirmed that Adobe is indeed developing a Flash Player for the iPhone.  However, Apple calls the shots as to when it'll be available.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Adobe Flash player for iPhone due ‘soon’ if Apple approves
Discussion: Business Week and VentureBeat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Adobe Speaks of Flash Player for iPhone
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
StumbleUpon 2.0: Good-bye, software toolbar  —  On Tuesday night StumbleUpon is changing the way users interact with the service, ditching the need for a software-based browser toolbar in place of a small frame that loads on top of the Web site you're on.  Users with the toolbar installed …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will StumbleUpon's New Web Look and Feel Give It Web Wings?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Reuters:
Nasdaq probing possibly “erroneous” Google trades  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The operator of the Nasdaq Stock Market said it was investigating “potentially erroneous transactions” involving shares of Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which appeared to plunge as low …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix API Launches Tomorrow - Here's What it Will and Won't Include  —  The much-awaited Application Programming Interface (API) for movie site Netflix will launch tomorrow, according to an email from the company.  As HackingNetflix found out last week, the launch event will occur at the AJAX Experience conference.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Try Google Search As It Was in 2001  —  In honor of their tenth birthday*, Google brought back their search engine the way it was many years ago, in January 2001.  Below an old-school Google logo (in 2001 they were actually already using a newer one) the input box invites you to search through “1,326,920,000 web pages”.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft still paying people to search  —  Microsoft's latest effort to get people to use its search service is something called SearchPerks, which gives people points for using the search engine that can later be redeemed for prizes.  —  Users who agree to download a small program to track …
Discussion: LiveSide and Search Engine Land
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Microsoft Launches SearchPerks; Like Credit Card Rewards, Except for Search  —  Microsoft is today launching a new incentive program for Live Search.  The program is called SearchPerks, and it works very much like a credit card reward program.  —  Every time you search, you earn tickets.
Discussion: Techland
Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Skype 4.0 beta 2  —  This evening Skype has Tomorrow Skype will release the second beta of Skype 4.0.  Skype 4.0 is an ambitious attempt by the company to redesign the Skype UI to better expose the features of Skype to end users, and to reduce confusion around how to use those features.
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Jessica Dolcourt / Download.com editors:
Skype 4.0 beta 2 gives you more say
Discussion: The Blog known …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Toxic Mac Pro's emitting benzene?  —  Mac Pro owners, listen up.  —  A french newspaper Liberation.fr has published a report (English translation) stating that Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pandora, Webcasting see victory in Senate  —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday afternoon passed the Webcaster Settlement Act, the legislation that lays the groundwork for Web radio stations to negotiate reduced royalty rates for the songs they stream over the Web.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Sneaky ad startup Jellycloud deflates, taking $50 million-plus with it  —  The online-ad network market is clogged with startups; most are bound to fail.  But no death may be greeted with more joy than Jellycloud, the latest incarnation of Gator, a startup whose software was caught spying on users.
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
EA Axes Tiberium For Not Meeting Standards  —  Following word in July that EA's Command & Conquer-based squad shooter, Tiberium was getting shifted back to 2010, comes word that the game has been officially killed and some staff let go, the publisher confirmed with Kotaku today.
The Official Google Blog:
Your YouTube video: Hot or Not?  —  YouTube Insight has helped millions of you learn more about your YouTube videos and figure out when, where, and why your videos are popular.  But what if you could learn not just which of your videos are hot on the site, but which specific parts of those videos are hotter than others?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Imeem cleans up its act  —  Imeem, the social music site that was thriving on user-created playlists before MySpace Music turned it into an industry trend, has announced a handful of tweaks and updates that users will be seeing soon.  —  Among them are a slightly redesigned homepage …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gnip 2.0 Launches, With A Business Model  —  Gnip, the guys that are helping move data around from one social network to the next, launched v 2.0 of the service tonight.  —  The new version of the service allows data consumers (services like Plaxo that take data from other services …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Gears of War 2 canvasses special-edition Zune  —  Microsoft couldn't let the gory, highly-anticipated launch of Gears of War 2 (chainsaw duels!  Rhhhahaararggg!) pass without bloodying a Zune or three in the process, Halo 3-style.  Specifically, Microsoft has laser-etched that pesky little …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Letterman YouTube Video Outdraws CBS Clip  —  Tirade Against McCain Gets 10 Times as Many Views  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Sen. John McCain's snub of David Letterman last week may have deprived the “Late Show” host of some needed star power last week, but it's given him a hit on the web.
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and ChasNote
Anthony France / The Sun:
For sale: Second hand camera, good condition, contains top secret MI6 terrorist records and pics  —  A SECOND-HAND camera sold on eBay by a top MI6 agent held secret records used in the fight against al-Qaeda terrorists.  —  Names, snaps, fingerprints and suspects' academic records were found in the memory of the digital device.
John / What They Play:
New Wii due by 2011  —  What They Play has heard from multiple sources in the game development and publishing community that Nintendo is currently showing early presentations of its next home console hardware.  Apparently set to hit the market “by 2011” the new device is said to be the true …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku and Edge Online
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Slide Cuts Deals With Time Warner, CBS  —  Social-Networking Software Supplier Pursues New Revenue  —  Slide Inc., a startup best known for software tools that help people personalize their profiles and amuse themselves on social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, is trying to prove it has staying power.
Discussion: CNET News and BoomTown
Jeff Meisner / E-Commerce Times:
Intel Stands Firm as Wall Street Wobbles  —  Intel appears to be flying above the storm on Wall Street.  Based on the company's robust cash flow, Piper Jaffray analyst Gus Richard has upgraded its stock to buy.  “We're going through a rough economic time, but if I had money lying around …
Discussion: CNET News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of iPhone Satisfaction  —  The agony (occasionally) and ecstacy (frequently) of using an iPhone, as reported by 2150+ respondents to our exclusive survey.  —  It's one of the most popular phones in history.  It's also one of the most controversial.
Royal Pingdom:
Facebook set to overtake MySpace in the US within a month  —  Facebook passed MySpace in worldwide traffic a while ago, but MySpace has kept dominating the US market.  Well, it looks like that is about to change really soon.  —  Within a month (or two at the most), if the current trend holds …
Discussion: All Facebook, The Social and WebProNews
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Kyte Mobile Producer Comes Out of Beta
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft's Hotmail hybrid struggles to life
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple executives awarded $122 million in stock grants
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“Last Mile” applications  —  Ray Wang, one of the analysts …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Photo Search
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