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6:05 PM ET, October 4, 2008


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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why We Published That Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report  —  Around 9:15AM yesterday, we learned that the lead story on CNN's citizen-journalism site iReport said that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the hospital after a heart attack.  By the time we found it, the story had more than 100 Diggs and 50 comments and was all over Twitter.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
SEC investigating fake Steve Jobs heart attack story  —  A fake story that appeared on CNN's iReport site which claimed that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. … I can't say that this investigation is unexpected.
Discussion: MacNN and Apple 2.0
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Court Temporarily Shuts Down RealDVD  —  A court has ordered RealNetworks to temporarily suspend distribution of its controversial RealDVD product until Tuesday so that the judge can review all of the papers filed in the case, according to an email from a RealNetworks representative.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Download Squad
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 …
Dragos Pirvu / Device Daily:
CERN Launches The Biggest Computing Grid In The World  —  Today, CERN launched the largest computing grid in the world which is destined to analyze the data coming from world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  The computing grid consists of more than 140 computers centers …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Was the Yahoo/Google deal a ploy to weaken Yahoo?  —  With the DOJ expressing skepticism over Yahoo's agreement to sell search ad space to its biggest competitor, a letter from a key US senator urging action could be preaching to the choir.  What's interesting is that senator's theory.
Discussion: and Slashdot
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 …
Arbitrary Seizure of Travelers' Laptops Ending?  —  In a move widely hailed by rights groups, several members of Congress have introduced bills that will prevent Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents from arbitrarily searching and seizing electronic devices.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Even The Simpsons Make Fun Of E-Voting Machines...  from the and-yet-we-still-rely-on-them dept  —  Remember back when people first started questioning the reliability of e-voting machines?  It was initially focused on Diebold, though later reports have all shown that Sequoia and ES&S are equally as bad.
Tara Parker-Pope / Well:
Parents Often Unaware of Cyber-Bullying  —  Bullying doesn't just happen on school grounds anymore.  (Ruby Washington/The New York Times)  —  Research indicates that as many as 75 percent of teens have been bullied online, but only one in 10 have reported the problem to parents or other adults, a new study shows.
Discussion: CNET News, UCLA Newsroom and Salon
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, Slashdot and
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 …
Steve Poland:
Google Image Search - Sponsored Link spotted in the wild!
Discussion: Shoemoney
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