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11:40 AM ET, October 7, 2008

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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
A.M.D. to Split Into Two Operations  —  Advanced Micro Devices plans to announce Tuesday that it will split into two companies — one focused on designing microprocessors and the other on the costly business of manufacturing them — in a drastic effort to maintain its position as the only real rival to Intel.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD finds oil money to finance its split into two companies  —  Jerry Sanders, the founder of chip maker Advanced Micro Devices, once said, “We're the oil of the eighties” in reference to the red-hot semiconductor industry so many years ago.  So it's only fitting that oil money has come to bail out AMD in its hour of need.
John Morris / The Core Truth:
AMD finally announces “asset-smart” plan; new Foundry Company created
Discussion: Inquirer and Between the Lines
AMD:
AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi …
Discussion: Engadget
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret  —  Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send.  Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message.  Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together.
cellular-news:
Lightbulbs Could Replace Wi-Fi Hotpsots  —  ­Boston University's College of Engineering is launching a program, under a National Science Foundation grant, to develop the next generation of wireless communications technology based on visible light instead of radio waves.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
In A Switch, Hulu Will Stream Remaining Presidential Debates Live; Premiere A Film  —  News Corp-NBCU JV Hulu is going live for the first time since its launch last year.  The site will stream the remaining presidential debates, which air respectively on NBC Tuesday night and on Fox News Oct. 15.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Hulu to stream presidential debates live
Discussion: Lifehacker
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Nikon Debuts Video Headset With Wi-Fi, 8GB of Storage, and a Browser  —  A seriously odd announcement from camera maker Nikon, the Media Port UP300 and UP300x video headset approaches wearable PC territory.  The device, which honestly looks like a pair of headphones with a small display tacked on …
Discussion: Akihabaranews.com and Nikon Rumors
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Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Has open source won—or has it lost?  —  Assessing the open-source scorecard is complicated.  A complete “state of open source” would fill many pages.  But here are a few things that have struck me over the past year or two.  —  Large swaths of open source have become mainstream—to the point of invisibility.
Discussion: The Open Road
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Google Watch:
Google Roils Open-Source Community by Cracking Down on Chrome Comic, Logo Use
Discussion: The Open Road
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Barry Diller's Breakup: Why IAC Didn't Work  —  Internet Company Was Too Complex, He Says; Smaller Firm Has Sharper Focus  —  Barry Diller's restless, 47-year business career is yet again taking a new turn.  After a dizzying run from mailroom to studio mogul, he quit his high-flying Hollywood …
Tim De Chant / Ars Technica:
University of Texas launches e-textbook trial  —  College textbooks come packed with one advantage—knowledge—but are burdened with a slew of less-desirable traits.  The thick books add pounds to overloaded packs, are easily outmoded with the release of a new edition, and can cost a fortune.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Have You Seen the Flickr Panda's Technicolor Yawn?  —  I'm trying to to come up with a decent way to introduce this - there really isn't a sane way to approach this because the latest feature from Flickr, while fairly mundane in function, is borderline insane.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Verizon Gets Smacked Down For Its VoIP Patent Suing Spree  —  from the so-much-for-whacking-cable-competitors dept  —  Verizon was one of the last players to the VoIP party.  Cable companies had been offering VoIP for years, and then Vonage, AT&T and a variety of other startups really built …
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Steve Wozniak interview: iconic co-founder on the iPod, iPhone, and future for Apple  —  In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wonders how long the iPod can stay on top spot, laments the limitations of the iPhone 3G, agrees with the downgrade on Apple shares …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and TUAW
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
New EU directive pushes toward replaceable iPhone batteries  —  The European Union is preparing new directives that could have an impact on Apple's future products, including “the New Batteries Directive,” which proposes to mandate that batteries in electronic appliances be “readily removed” for replacement or disposal.
Daniel Lim / SlashGear:
Canon's 1Ds Mark IV rumor and two new lenses?  —  With current Mark III barely 18 months in production, it's too early to predict for a replacement?  You've seen the new 50D Canon launched 6 months earlier, broke its usual 18 months product cycle for the prosumer model, why not the 1 series?
Adam Richardson / CNET News:
Apple's “Brick” manufacturing rumors - not so revolutionary?  —  Rumors are buzzing that Apple has been working on a revolutionary manufacturing process involving lasers and waterjets and solid blocks of aluminum for the upcoming MacBooks.  The contention is that the rumored “Brick” …
Discussion: Cult of Mac, MacDailyNews and Core77
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Betting Billions  —  Talk about bad timing.  —  Since 2006, Sprint Nextel (nyse: S - news - people ) has poured more than a billion dollars into helping develop what it hopes will be the next great communications standard, WiMax.  On Tuesday, it is slated to official launch WiMax in Baltimore, its first U.S. market.
Mike Steere / CNN:
Scientist: Holographic television to become reality  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Picture this: you're sat down for the Football World Cup final, or a long-awaited sequel to the “Sex and the City” movie and you're watching all the action unfold in 3-D on your coffee table.
Discussion: Sony Insider, Slashdot and digg.com
BBC:
DVD copying software gets pulled  —  Software which claimed to be a legal way of copying DVDs has been withdrawn following legal action.  —  RealNetworks - the firm behind the software - has responded to restraining order issued by a US court stopped selling the RealDVD software.
Discussion: Slashdot
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Five second boot mod for ASUS Eee PC  —  Netbooks would be a whole lot more believable as companion devices if they switched on as fast as, say, a smartphone or PDA.  However the combination of Intel's Atom and generally wheezing specs tend to make starting-up - or resuming from standby …
Discussion: Liliputing, Engadget and GottaBeMobile
MacFixIt:
Apple TV 2.2: endless restarts; sleep/standby function change  —  Endless Restarts A surprisingly high number of users have reported an issue in which the Apple TV is rendered non-functional by the Apple TV 2.2 update.  For these users, the unit goes into an endless restart loop.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Realism creeping into venture capital calculations  —  The opening party of Boston-based Northbridge Venture Partners' West Coast office in San Mateo, CA could not have come at a more awkward time.  With the U.S. stock market sinking fast and rumors of venture capitalists being unable …
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung GT-S3600 for budget conscious
Discussion: PhoneReport v2.0 and IntoMobile
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Surface developer tools coming this month
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Engadget
Help Net Security:
NSA shows the way to develop secure systems
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
iPhone hits another security speedbump
Discussion: Security Watch and The Register
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Sony's expands 66-cent-per-song music attack at Apple
Discussion: Sony Insider and digg.com
Variety.com / The Cut Scene:
Peter Molyneux's request / Should we review Fable II before online co-op?
Discussion: bit-tech.net and videogaming247
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Was The Restraining Order On RealDVD Kept Secret?
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cable Operator Sends Viewers to Web
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TechRadar.com:
Has Microsoft lost it?  —  Rejected by Yahoo!, outgunned …
Discussion: Beyond Search and 9 to 5 Mac
Peter Price / BBC:
Oyster card hack details revealed
Discussion: CrunchGear
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