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6:45 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.
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.
Discussion: Inquirer and Between the Lines
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.
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Are We Sure About Pending Collapse of Ad-Supported Internet?  —  The current economic crisis is already compared quite often to the Great Depression of 1930s.  And while similarities are already here and probably we will have more of them to witness if the situation continues to worsen …
Discussion: broadstuff
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
Miguel de Icaza:
Mono 2.0 is out!  —  Today we released Mono 2.0 to the world.  You can download sources and binaries from our download page.  And our official release notes are up as well.  This of course would not be possible without the open source contributors that worked tirelessly on Mono sending patches …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono 2.0 released, brings C# 3.0 to Linux and Mac OS X
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Was The Restraining Order On RealDVD Kept Secret?  —  from the questions,-questions,-questions dept  —  Monday morning, we wrote about how a judge had issued a temporary restraining order against RealDVD until he had time to review the details and rule one way or the other on a pre-trial injunction.
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 …
Staci D. Kramer /
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and The Inquisitr
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Moore on Slacker Uprising's Piracy ‘Problem’  —  Michael Moore decided to give away his latest film ‘Slacker Uprising’ for free, but only to people in the US and Canada.  However, since he chose to use BitTorrent, and open trackers such as The Pirate Bay, it was fairly easy for the rest of the world to download it as well.
Discussion: Mashable!
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?
Stephen Shankland /
Mozilla's Geode brings geographic Web to Firefox  —  Mozilla Labs plans to announce a plug-in called Geode on Tuesday that gives the Firefox Web browser a better ability to understand and use geographic information on the Web.  —  Geode details at this stage remain sketchy …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Visa finds a home inside a Nokia  —  Handset vendor or bank?  —  Visa and Nokia have signed a deal to embed Visa functionality in the NFC-touting Nokia 6212 Classic, enabling US owners to upload their Visa accounts onto the handset as well as transferring money between handsets over the wireless network.
Discussion: The RFID Weblog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget The Blackberry “Application Center.”  The BerryStore Will Have Better Apps.  —  As Research in Motion prepares to open its Blackberry Application Center to answer the iPhone's App Store, an unaffiliated startup called the BerryStore has already launched a competing app store for Blackberry Apps.
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Stock Falls Under $90 (AAPL)  —  As of 12:55PM ET, Apple (AAPL) is down 8% and trading around $89, more than 50% off its high.  —  The stock's trailing P/E ratio is now 17X—still above the market's, but low for a stock with this wide and passionate a following and a still-solid growth story.
Discussion: Tech Ticker and Macsimum News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Stocks Take It On The Chin As Market Continues To Freefall
Has Microsoft lost it?  —  Rejected by Yahoo!, outgunned by Google and humiliated by Apple, it's fighting for its survival  —  On the face of it, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Gordon Brown don't have much in common.  —  One is a plain speaking, unpretentious, horny-handed son of toil who …
Discussion: Beyond Search and 9 to 5 Mac
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Theater View  —  YouTube shows a new option for long videos: a theater view that enlarges the player and fades out the rest of the page.  Randall Munroe's talk at Google and Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford are two examples of feature length videos that should display the new option.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and / The Cut Scene:
Peter Molyneux's request / Should we review Fable II before online co-op?  —  Late October is turning out to be an incredibly rich few weeks in the videogame world.  I now have in my possession review copies of (what look to be) three of the most exciting games of the year: “LittleBigPlanet,” “Dead Space” and “Fable II.”
Discussion: and videogaming247
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Fight Spam With A Direct Message To Twitter  —  There doesn't appear to have been an official announcement, but Twitter has begun soliciting spam reports to a “spam” user account via direct messages.  —  Are you a victim of Twitter spam?  Just begin following @spam and send it a direct message with the username of your spammer.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Apple Doesn't Need Jobs, Analyst Says  —  Apple doesn't need Steve Jobs, an analyst argued Monday.  —  Early on Friday, Apple shares slid below $100 for the first time since May 2007 after a false report circulated that Apple's 53-year-old CEO had suffered a major heart attack.
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Digital Daily and TG Daily
Jonny /
UPDATED: iPhone boosts Pandora growth  —  UPDATED STORY - (Error): The iPhone has helped Pandora double its growth rate, revealed company chief Tim Westergreen at Digital Music Forum West last week.  —  Westergreen also noted the imminent shakedown among webcasters, now MySpace Music has launched with major label support.
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