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9:40 AM ET, October 6, 2008

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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ask.com Revamps Search Engine  —  Ask.com 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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release
Discussion: Screenwerk and Guardian
BBC:
Search engine Ask gets a facelift
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
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.
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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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com 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) …
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.
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
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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.
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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 …
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
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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: Mashable! and Google Blogoscoped
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where's the Money in Online Video?  —  This post was originally written for GigaOM's syndicated column relationship with BusinessWeek.  It's relevant to NewTeeVee so we're publishing it here as well.  —  The sharp growth in online video viewing, increasing availability of TV online …
Discussion: broadstuff
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
So, you need a job?  Man, do resumes suck  —  Since the economy is slowing down, I'm hearing of lots of you who are getting laid off and looking for jobs.  Here's my experience on the other side of that — being someone who is trying to hire someone.  —  Fast Company TV is hiring an administrative assistant.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
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 …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Story-sharing site Tokoni makes blogging a little less lonely
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Mark Evans:
Wordpress 2.7 is the Real Deal  —  For all the excitement about Wordpress 2.5 with its pretty new design, Wordpress didn't change all that much for me.  —  The layout was different, the design (provided by hot-shot consulting firm, Happy Cog) was a lot more user-friendly but Wordpress continued to be Wordpress.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
WordCamp NYC: Matt Mullenweg on the State of Wordpress (video)
Discussion: Mark Evans
 
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