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12:15 PM ET, October 6, 2008

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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 efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB to track IMEI iPhone numbers, we have determined that Apple has drastically surpassed …
Discussion: MacNN and The Apple Core
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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: CNET News and Venture Chronicles
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone IS second biggest-selling US mobile  —  Apple's iPhone 3G is now the second best-selling mobile handset in the US, just behind the Motorola Razr 3, NPD Group announced this morning.  —  Researchers also confirmed that one in three iPhone 3G purchasers switched from other carriers to join AT&T …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
AppleInsider:
Data suggests Apple has cruised past 10 million iPhone goal
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM
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 latest 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) …
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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.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Leaked Screens Show BlackBerry's Own App Store
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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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Ask: The Little Search Engine That Couldn't
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release
Discussion: Guardian, Screenwerk and Beyond Search
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
What's Up at Ask.com? A New Revamp
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 …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Trims Q3, Q4 Subscriber Guidance
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Not Recession-Proof, Either: Netflix Knocks Down Guidance (NFLX)
Discussion: CNET News
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
October promises to be hot month for Drupal, Mono, OpenOffice, Ubuntu  —  October is promising to be a big month for open source releases.  —  As the page on the calendar turned, Acquia launched of its commercially supported version of the popular Drupal open source social publishing system.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: latest Fedora and Ubuntu betas really shine
Discussion: digg.com
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.
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.
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 …
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed  —  On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs.  While this doesn't impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come …
Discussion: digg.com
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Releases Bluehouse for Workplace Collaboration  —  There's an arms race of sorts taking place among some of the world's largest technology companies as they scamper to control the next wave of office software.  —  Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Google, I.B.M. and others are selling applications under …
Discussion: eWeek and The Social Times
 
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Senate wants FCC to conduct “advanced blocking” study
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo price target cut to $21 a share
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The BBC can be an open source for all of UK plc
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Microsoft's Ballmer talks about Vista, Xbox and more
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Nintendo of America chief on game industry competition
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