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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
House Web site overwhelmed as bailout bill fails  —  WASHINGTON - The House Web site was overwhelmed Monday as millions of computer users sought information about the financial bailout bill rejected by the House.  —  “We haven't seen this much demand since the 9-11 commission report” …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Tech stocks hammered as bailout fails in House
Discussion: Tech Beat and Tech Trader Daily
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Rolls Out Version 2.0 of their iPhone Application  —  After Facebook released v1.1 of their iPhone application, they promised that a bigger, badder v2.0 was in the works for September.  They cut it pretty close, but they've kept their word.  Just a few hours ago …
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Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Facebook v2 for iPhone goes live
Discussion: iPhone Savior and PalmAddicts
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.
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.
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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Larry Borsato / Industry Standard:
Cloud computing: Trap or treasure?
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Microsoft, Washington State Sue Scareware Purveyors  —  Microsoft Corp. and the state of Washington this week filed lawsuits against a slew of “scareware” purveyors, scam artists who use fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for worthless computer security software.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Puts iPhone in the Lotus Position  —  Apple's push to make the iPhone a desired device among the world's largest companies should receive a boost this week thanks to I.B.M.  —  At long last, I.B.M. has issued software which will bring the e-mail, calendar and contacts functions handled …
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Nasty web bug descends on world's most popular sites  —  ING, New York Times bitten hard  —  Underscoring the severity of of an exotic form of website bug, security researchers from Princeton University have cataloged four cross-site request forgeries in some of the world's most popular sites.
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Why Android Will Soon Kick Ass  —  When the T-Mobile G1 was shown off in NYC last week, it didn't have the gusto of a Stevenote.  There was no “boom!”—no “one more thing!”  And as a result, many (including us) felt a bit underwhelmed, and were quick to interpret the device's inconsistent GUI …
Discussion: Digg
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
China wins, Symbian loses in Sony Ericsson reorg  —  The UI moves East  —  Sony Ericsson announced a company reorganisation yesterday, intended to rationalise its R&D investment.  The 2,000 job losses had been announced after another brutal quarter back in July, so yesterday's announcement tells us where these will fall.
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.
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 10:30 a.m ET the stock had dropped 16%, wiping out more than $18 billion …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NIN Edition of Tap Tap Revenge Brings Licensed Content To Apple's App Store  —  In what may well stand as a defining moment in the maturation of Apple's App Store, Tapulous has announced that it has partnered with the band Nine Inch Nails to release a premium version of its popular game Tap Tap Revenge some time in October.
Discussion: Touch Arcade and Gizmodo
GSMArena.com:
LG KC780 makes a go at the thinnest 8-megapixel cameraphone title  —  The LG KC780 8 megapixel cameraphone is now officially confirmed, as we managed to snatch a press photo of the upcoming slider.  We don't have the specs of the KC780, but we know that it's being touted by LG as the slimmest 8 megapixel phone to-date.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Sprint Xohm Plans to Limit Bandwidth for Heavy Internet Usage  —  In Sprint Nextel's unveiling of its new Xohm WiMax service in Baltimore, it also revealed rules for using its service that one public interest group warns may prevent users from full and unfettered access to the Web.
Discussion: Technologizer and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Paul McNamara / PC World:
Google Has Gone and Redefined ‘Beta’  —  The question of why so many Google products are classified “beta” — and classified thusly for so long — has knocked around the tech press for some time.  However, no one really seemed to know the answer, at least no one outside of Google.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
Total Video Games:
Gears of War 2 … TVG and the broadsheets question the figurehead of Epic Games, the man formally known as CliffyB...  Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios return gamers to the besieged planet of Sera on November 7th, when Gears of War 2 explodes onto Xbox 360.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
An Investigation Into Communication Between NSA and Google  —  A PDF file published at GovernmentAttic.org contains, according to its description, the “NSA [US National Security Agency] administrative processing file for FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] request for records on Google and contracts With Google”.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
T-Mobile stops taking Android phone orders  —  It looks like T-Mobile customers trying to get one of the initial models of the first phones powered by Google's Android operating system will have to wait a bit longer.  —  “Sorry!  Due to the overwhelming popularity of the new T-Mobile G1, upgrades are temporarily unavailable.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and InformationWeek
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Nero's LiquidTV, TiVo for your PC  —  Nero today announced LiquidTV, a combination software and hardware product that brings the entire TiVo experience out of the living room and onto Windows PCs.  Offered as a mix of TiVo software and a handful of unique features …
 
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Motorola ZN5 Armani phone in the works. (Update) Probably fake
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Council sells security hole on Ebay
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Whole Travel launches good site at bad time
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Reuters:
Nokia CTO Bob Iannucci to step down
Discussion: Engadget and mocoNews.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ukrainian Startup MP3Count Springs Up To Sell Music For Pennies
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Always On Laptops  —  Road warriors, rejoice!
Discussion: Sidecut Reports and USA Today
Peter Suciu / VentureBeat:
Q&A with PlayFirst's John Welch on making game consoles obsolete …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Clashes with Book Publishers
Discussion: Epicenter and Digg
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft, Xerox Invest in Innovation
Discussion: Paul Mooney
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Mattel says it will appeal Scrabulous ruling
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