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3:55 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 joint efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB and Investor Village's AAPL Sanity Board member howlongtoretire (aka HLTR) …
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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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
30 percent of iPhone 3G buyers dump existing carriers  —  Apple's iPhone 3G apparently created a summertime switch itch: 30 percent of all the smartphone's buyers bailed on their existing carriers in order to purchase the device, according to an NPD Group report released Monday.
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
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?
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo price target cut to $21 a share  —  Yahoo's price target was snipped to $21 a share from $24 on Monday by a Wall Street analyst, following the Internet search pioneer's confirmation that it is delaying its controversial search-advertising deal with Google.
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.
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) …
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.
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.
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 …
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Announcing SEOmoz's Index of the Web and the Launch of our Linkscape Tool  —  After 12 long months of brainstorming, testing, developing, and analyzing, the wait is finally over.  Today, I'm ecstatic to announce some very big developments here at SEOmoz.  They include:
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Ask: The Little Search Engine That Couldn't  —  With a 4.8 percent share of the search market, according to comScore, Ask has long been the inveterate fourth-place contestant in a sector overwhelmingly dominated by Google (GOOG).  And try as it might-with both redesigns and ad campaigns …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ask.com Revamps Search Engine
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.
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech debuts Harmony 510 universal remote  —  Logitech has stealthily released the Harmony 510, a new entry-level $100 universal remote that slightly reworks the design seen on the company's previous 500-series models.  It's almost an exact copy of the Harmony 550, except for a different color scheme slight reworking of the keypad.
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Releases Bluehouse for 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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Controversial ad company Jellycloud shuts down  —  The deteriorating economy, and cloudy horizon for the advertising industry, has claimed one more victim: Jellycloud, the ad company I wrote last month that was the latest incarnation of team that ran the controversial Gator and Claria.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Commerce Dept Cites Bogus Stats, Chamber Of Commerce Uses Them To Ask Bush To Accept Copyright Czar  —  We've seen it time and time again, where totally bogus stats about the “costs” of “piracy” are floated (usually by lobbyists) and then suddenly accepted as fact.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Associated Press:
Top court stays out of DVR patent fight  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb a $74 million judgment against Dish Network Corp. for violating a patent held by TiVo Inc. involving digital video recorders.  —  Without comment, the justices declined to consider Englewood, Colo.-based Dish's appeal.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Semantic Search Engine Hakia Now Says It Can Filter Results By How Credible They Are  —  On the Internet, nobody knows your site is a dog (to paraphrase the famous New Yorker cartoon).  At least not yet.  Semantic search engine Hakia wants to change that.  Ask.com is not the only search engine rolling out a redesign today.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP: “Very Sudden And Unexpected Drop” In Business, Pressuring Enterprise IT Stocks
Discussion: Between the Lines and PR Newswire
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
T-Mobile will introduce Cameo
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers
Discussion: PSFK
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Stocks Take It On The Chin As Market Continues To Freefall
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Equity Kicker
InfoWorld:
IBM bundles up cloud computing initiatives
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RBC Downgrades GRMN, ALU, NT, ERIC, SYMM, DSPG
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Mark Tighe / Times of London:
Hollywood swoops on playschools
Discussion: Ars Technica and TorrentFreak
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
Digital Climbs as Ad Pages Slip
Discussion: Epicenter and paidContent.org
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Microsoft's Ballmer talks about Vista, Xbox and more
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Live Search Cashback may be paying off for Microsoft search
Discussion: Today @ PC World and Portfolio
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Hit List: 50+ Projects Gone Or Going (TWX)