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10:15 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.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay Spends More Than $1.2 Billion To Buy BillMeLater And DBA.dk, And Lays Off 10% Of Employees  —  It's a big day for eBay and CEO Jon Donahoe.  The company is laying off 10% of its workforce, or about 1,000 employees plus several hundred temporary positions.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
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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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
What's Up at Ask.com?  A New Revamp  —  Latest Redesign Aims for More-Efficient Web Searches in Bid to Raise User Numbers  —  Internet search engine Ask.com, the flagship of Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, plans to launch its third redesign in as many years Monday as the company continues …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release
Discussion: Screenwerk, Guardian and Technologizer
BBC:
Search engine Ask gets a facelift
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
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) …
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone 3Gs: 9,190,680 and counting
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
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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.
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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
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
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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David Leppard / Times of London:
Government will spy on every call and e-mail
Discussion: Techdirt
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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