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11:25 PM ET, October 6, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL-Yahoo Merger Details Emerge; Deal Could Happen This Month  —  Yahoo is continuing its marathon merger discussions with AOL, sources close to the negotiations have whispered to us, and a deal could happen as early as this month.  Is this just a rehash of the reported discussions in February and then again in April?
Nicholas Ciarelli / The Daily Beast:
Not So Secret Apple  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The company's former (13-year-old) nemesis explains how Steve Jobs has suddenly gone soft.  —  I've had the dubious privilege of being on the frontlines of Apple's war against web leaks.
SAP United States:
SAP ANNOUNCES 2008 THIRD QUARTER PRELIMINARY SOFTWARE AND SOFTWARE-RELATED SERVICE REVENUE NUMBERS  —  SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced today that after a preliminary review of its 2008 third quarter revenues, it expects third quarter 2008 U.S. GAAP software and software-related service revenues …
Discussion: PC World, InformationWeek and Reuters
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP: “Very Sudden And Unexpected Drop” In Business, Pressuring Enterprise IT Stocks
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Analyst: Half of ‘social media campaigns’ will flop  —  Adam Sarner, an analyst with market research firm Gartner, has projected that over 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies with Web sites will have undertaken some kind of online social-networking initiative for marketing or customer relations purposes.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono 2.0 released, brings C# 3.0 to Linux and Mac OS X  —  The Mono project, which builds a cross-platform open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework, has announced the availability of version 2.0.  This milestone release delivers compatibility with .NET 2.0 and C# 3.0 on a broad range of platforms and architectures.
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Miguel de Icaza:   Mono 2.0 is out!  —  Today we released Mono 2.0 to the world.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Stocks Take It On The Chin As Market Continues To Freefall  —  It's a blood bath out there this morning.  The S&P 500 is at a four-year low as the credit crisis keeps getting worse, despite the passage of the government's $700 billion bailout plan.  The market is taking tech stocks down with it.
Discussion: BoomTown and Bloomberg
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Stock Falls Under $90 (AAPL)
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Are We Sure About Pending Collapse of Ad-Supported Internet?  —  The current economic crisis is already compared quite often to the Great Depression of 1930s.  And while similarities are already here and probably we will have more of them to witness if the situation continues to worsen …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget The Blackberry “Application Center.”  The BerryStore Will Have Better Apps.  —  As Research in Motion prepares to open its Blackberry Application Center to answer the iPhone's App Store, an unaffiliated startup called the BerryStore has already launched a competing app store for Blackberry Apps.
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Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
iPhone Sales Drastically Surpass Q4 Consensus, Apple Reaches 10 million iPhone Goal  —  By ANDY M. ZAKY & TURLEY MULLER (Dual Authorship)  —  Based on the tremendous joint efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB and Investor Village's AAPL Sanity Board member howlongtoretire (aka HLTR) …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Out of options, DISH finally pays TiVo $104 million judgment  —  DISH Network parent EchoStar has announced that it plans to pay $104 million to TiVo as part of a long-running legal dispute.  DISH and EchoStar have reassured customers, however, that their DVRs will continue to function normally …
Mike Steere / CNN:
Scientist: Holographic television to become reality  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Picture this: you're sat down for the Football World Cup final, or a long-awaited sequel to the “Sex and the City” movie and you're watching all the action unfold in 3-D on your coffee table.
Discussion: Sony Insider
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Theater View  —  YouTube shows a new option for long videos: a theater view that enlarges the player and fades out the rest of the page.  Randall Munroe's talk at Google and Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford are two examples of feature length videos that should display the new option.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Webware.com
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off  —  It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases.  The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Buys Leading Payments and Classifieds Businesses, Streamlines Existing Organization To Improve Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) today announced two acquisitions that significantly extend the company's leadership position in online payments and classifieds.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
eBay buys three companies for $1.35 billion, lays off 1,000
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft planning add-on to SQL Server  —  Microsoft wants SQL Server to scale new heights, and it is hoping an add-on code-named Kilimanjaro will help.  —  Due out in the first half of 2010, Kilimanjaro improves SQL Server 2008 with a series of business intelligence enhancements to the database.
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
iPhone doubles Pandora usage  —  Over half of all the world's Pandora users are iPhone users, revealed company chief Tim Westergreen at Digital Music Forum West last week.  —  Westergreen also noted the imminent shakedown among webcasters, now MySpace Music has launched with major label support.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Mozilla's Geode brings geographic Web to Firefox  —  Mozilla Labs plans to announce a plug-in called Geode on Tuesday that gives the Firefox Web browser a better ability to understand and use geographic information on the Web.  —  Geode details at this stage remain sketchy …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sugar High: Sugar Inc Launches API And IMDB For Fashion  —  Sugar Inc, the company behind a network of popular women-focused blogs that includes PopSugar, is announcing two major releases tonight that take advantage of its fashion-hungry userbase.  The first, dubbed PopSugar's CelebStyle …
Discussion: paidContent.org
The Ask.com Blog:
It's Here!  The New Ask.com! … It's Here!  The New Ask.com!  —  After months of hard work, late nights and truckloads of energy drinks, we launched the new Ask.com today and we're really excited about it.  This launch continues our leadership in search innovation by delivering …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Moore on Slacker Uprising's Piracy ‘Problem’  —  Michael Moore decided to give away his latest film ‘Slacker Uprising’ for free, but only to people in the US and Canada.  However, since he chose to use BitTorrent, and open trackers such as The Pirate Bay, it was fairly easy for the rest of the world to download it as well.
Discussion: Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have Completed $4.5 Million in New Funding  —  From time to time, I have shared with you the steps we're taking to build Giga Omni Media, the 27-month-old company behind this and the other publications that make up the GigaOM network.  Today, I am thrilled to announce the start of our company's next phase.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Study: Huge growth in Wi-Fi devices expected  —  Embedded Wi-Fi chips could end up in almost a billion consumer electronics devices by 2012, according to market researcher In-Stat.  —  In-Stat said that more than 294 million consumer electronics devices with Wi-Fi shipped in 2007.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Fight Spam With A Direct Message To Twitter  —  There doesn't appear to have been an official announcement, but Twitter has begun soliciting spam reports to a “spam” user account via direct messages.  —  Are you a victim of Twitter spam?  Just begin following @spam and send it a direct message with the username of your spammer.
Google Watch:
Google Roils Open-Source Community by Cracking Down on Chrome Comic, Logo Use  —  Much has been made about Google's Android mobile operating system stack as an open-source platform with an asterisk.  —  Sure, it's been open-sourced for programmers to use, but the devices that run it …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Melodis Raises $7M for Midomi iPhone App  —  In the same way that mobile access to Wikipedia has transformed stupid arguments, mobile song recognition apps are truly neat when you need to name that tune.  While they've been around for a while (though they didn't always work so well and sometimes …
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why the Google-Yahoo ad deal is bad for the Web.
Alfred Spector / The Official Google Blog:
New Technology Roundtable series
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Apple Doesn't Need Jobs, Analyst Says
Discussion: Digital Daily
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
IETF working on making IPv6 and IPv4 talk to each other
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Citi Sees “Snowballing Signs Of Softness” …
Discussion: Tech Ticker
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace nabs Yahoo sales exec
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T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
T-Mobile will introduce Cameo
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Engadget
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Controversial ad company Jellycloud shuts down
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Announcing SEOmoz's Index of the Web and the Launch of our Linkscape Tool
Business Wire:
The NPD Group: One in Three iPhone 3G Buyers Switched from Other …
 

 
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