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10:25 AM ET, October 6, 2008


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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay doubles down on payments as it buys Bill Me Later; Lays off 1,000  —  EBay on Monday revamped its corporate portfolio laying off 1,000 workers, or 10 percent of its workforce, and buying online payment company Bill Me Later as well as a Denmark classifieds company.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Meanwhile...eBay Spends $1.34 Billion On Bill Me Later, Danish Sites  —  bill me later.pngeBay isn't just cutting costs.  It is also spending cash — more than $1 billion worth.  —  It is spending $945 million ($820 million cash, $120 M worth of employee options) on PayPal alternative Bill Me Later.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay Spends More Than $1.2 Billion To Buy BillMeLater And …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
Miguel Helft / Bits: Revamps Search Engine  — has a record of coming up with interesting innovations that are often copied by others in the Internet search business.  Yet those innovations have done little to help the company expand its share of the search audience.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Goes Back To 1996 With New Release
Discussion: Screenwerk, Guardian and Beyond Search
Search engine Ask gets a facelift
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Application Center!  —  This weekend was HUGE for leaked info on the BlackBerry Storm (thanks BG!).  But while all the new Storm OS eye candy has been sweet to look at and filled in some gaps on how the device's OS will function (like copy and paste functionality) …
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 efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB to track IMEI iPhone numbers, we have determined that Apple has drastically surpassed …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone 3Gs: 9,190,680 and counting  —  Here's bit of upbeat economic news to brighten a gloomy Monday.  —  On Aug. 1, a London-based investor who calls himself “Tommo_UK” posted a message on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board asking anyone who had bought an iPhone 3G to provide three pieces …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Fred / A VC:
Free Vs Paid  —  My friend Howard was visiting me a few weeks ago and he said to me “free is over, I am only investing in services that customers pay for”.  He said “freemium is dead”.  I reminded him that freemium is a paid model, but he wasn't buying it.
Discussion: broadstuff and Leveraging Ideas
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:   Where and How am I Investing in Early-Stage Today?
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.
PR Newswire:
Netflix Updates Third- and Fourth-Quarter Guidance  —  Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today announced updated guidance for the third and fourth quarters of 2008.  —  Third-Quarter 2008  —  The company said it expects net income and EPS will be comfortably within its previous guidance …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
How To: Copy & Paste on the BlackBerry Storm  —  Thanks to the windfall of Storm documents obtained yesterday, the often asked question about how copy and paste works on the Storm can finally be answered.  All you'll need to do is put one finger at the beginning, and another finger at the end of the area you want to copy.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm User Guide
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Redesign  —  One more step towards a consistent Google Docs interface: Google Spreadsheets has been redesigned and it now includes the same old-fashioned menu like the word processor and the presentation app.  —  “We were hoping to accomplish three things with it …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Mono delivers Foundation-free open .NET alternative  —  Parity on C# 3.0 and LINQ  —  The open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET is due to hit its second release today, with many .NET 3.5 features and a few notable exceptions.  —  Mono 2. will be announced today a year and a half later …
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech
Caroline McCarthy /
eBay-backed community site Tokoni leaves beta  —  Tokoni, a community site for “sharing stories,” has formally launched after nearly a year of public beta.  It has taken investment backing from eBay as well as the auction giant's founder, Pierre Omidyar, and was founded by former eBay executive Mary Lou Song …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Story-sharing site Tokoni makes blogging a little less lonely
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of Wordpress (video)  —  Today in NYC WordCamp was held at the Sun Microsystems HQ.  A big thanks to Jonathan Dingman for organizing everything... having been to many “camps”, this one was better organized than most.
Mark Evans:
Wordpress 2.7 is the Real Deal
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David Leppard / Times of London:
Government will spy on every call and e-mail
Discussion: Techdirt
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Nintendo of America chief on game industry competition
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Hit List: 50+ Projects Gone Or Going (TWX)
Mike Evans / Mobile Mentalism:
World's first 3D mobile phone screen
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and IntoMobile
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Where's the Money in Online Video?
Discussion: broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BlackArrow Raises $20 Million For On-Demand TV Advertising
Associated Press:
Verizon says $28.1B buyout of Alltel on track
Discussion: DSLreports and Unwired View
David Smith / Guardian:
‘Intelligent’ computers put to the test'
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Streamed Its Billionth Song “A Few Days” After Launch