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7:15 AM ET, October 4, 2008

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Amazon Kindle 2 e-books its way to BGR  —  Yes, people.  You're looking at the first shots of Amazon's Kindle 2.  The follow-up to their popular e-book reader.  Our ninja sent us a ton of shots, and we have to admit, they look pretty good.  The unit didn't go down too much in size which is unfortunate …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Valleywag cuts 60 percent of staff  —  We would never sugarcoat someone else's layoffs.  Why ours?  Gawker Media, our publisher, has told me to cut Valleywag's costs, in anticipation of an advertising recession.  In response, I have laid off associate editors Nicholas Carlson and Jackson West and reporter Melissa Gira Grant.
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Nick Denton / Gawker:
Friday Is Always Black  —  Yes, it's true: Gawker's sibling sites are laying off 19 people.  This site is one of those that will be expanding.  The internal memo is after the jump.  Gabriel Snyder of W magazine will indeed be replacing me as managing editor and we are hiring two more reporters in short order.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Gawker Cutbacks an Early Indicator of Ad Slowdown  —  Nick Denton is nothing if not nimble.  He has built a budding blog empire at Gawker Media, with lean, hungry staffs that are very focused on attracting an audience.  —  So I take it as an important indicator of trouble to come …
Discussion: Editor and Publisher
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Co-Founder Departs To Build “Extensible Enterprise Productivity Suite”  —  Rumors started to leak earlier today that Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (right) and colleague Justin Rosenstein were leaving to start their own company.  —  Facebook has since confirmed the rumor to us …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, star engineer quit
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
SEC Examining False Report on Apple Chief Jobs  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the origin of a false report on a CNN citizen journalist Web site that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had a heart attack and was hospitalized.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
False Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report on CNN's iReport Is a Failure of Open Systems
Discussion: Epicenter and CNET News
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Steve Jobs Had No Heart Attack...And Citizen Journalism Just Failed
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:   Citizen Journalism Not a Failure, Blogs a Failure?
Apple:
About the security content of Apple TV 2.2  —  This document describes the security content of Apple TV 2.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoogle Delayed: Online Ad Partnership Being Scrutinized Further  —  Yahoo and Google have agreed to delay their online search advertising partnership to give the Justice Department more time to evaluate the deal.  —  A Yahoo spokesman confirmed the move in a statement …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
G1 Pre-Sale Madness: T-Mobile Triples Production, Sells Them All  —  According to a T-Mobile spokesperson, pre-sale demand on the Android G1 is so big that they have already sold all their units.  She says that this is specially impressive because it happened after they tripled the amount of available G1 cellphones.
Discussion: mocoNews.net, SlashPhone and TmoNews
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Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile G1 Presale Delivery Update  —  Just a few days ago, the T-Mobile G1 went completely out of stock shortly after announcing its availability for pre-order.  We've just received information that the device is now back on pre-order status: … So, if you were distressed …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile, Gearlog and Crave
www.hardwarezone.com Tech News:
ASUS Launches Fashion-Friendly Eee PC Model, S101  —  Taipei, Taiwan — ASUS launches the Eee PC S101, an exquisitely designed netbook for fashion forward individuals who view style as as much of a factor of success as substance.  The Eee PC S101 builds upon the industry-pioneering form factor …
Arn / MacRumors:
Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over Wi-Fi for iPhone with Skype Support  —  Fring has released the iPhone version of their service today as a free download in the App Store.  —  Fring allows you to chat and interact with others on a variety of networks including Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, and ICQ.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Image Search Ads In The Wild, Looks Like They Need Work  —  Last May Google announced that it would begin experimenting with display ads on its popular Image Search, which it has largely been unable to monetize - in 2006 the company estimated that it was missing out on $200 million …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft denies companywide hiring freeze  —  Microsoft on Friday said it is reviewing its hiring plans amid the economic uncertainty, but denied a report that it has instituted a companywide hiring freeze.  —  IDG News Service reported Friday that Microsoft had instituted a hiring freeze, citing a source who had seen a company memo.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Won't Take Less Than $75 Million For StumbleUpon  —  Deutsche Bank is still out there trying to find a buyer for eBay's StumbleUpon business, we've heard from new sources (we first reported on this on September 18).  But there's one problem: while eBay wants to unload the business …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Latest iPhone Software supports full-screen Web apps  —  One unpublicized feature introduced by Apple's latest iPhone software updates is the ability save Web apps to the home screen and have them launch in full-screen mode without the Safari wrapper, essentially mimicking the experience of a native app.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Credit card processors finally get clue, will ban WEP  —  Companies that accept major credit cards will be barred from using WEP for their WiFi security, but not until mid-2010.  The rule is part of new security standards defined and released this week by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council …
Yahoo! Tech:
Ex-McAfee executive clear of illegal option dating  —  SAN FRANCISCO - A jury on Friday acquitted the former top lawyer at computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. of illegally tampering with his stock option grants to boost his pay package.  —  Kent Roberts, who served …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Norwegian standards body implodes over OOXML controversy  —  Standards Norway, the organization that manages technical standards for the Scandinavian country, took a serious blow last week when key members resigned in protest over procedural irregularities in the approval process for Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format.
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
 
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