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9:00 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.
AMD:
AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company  —  Mubadala increases investment in financially-stronger AMD, which is simultaneously unlocking the value of its manufacturing assets  — “The Foundry Company” …
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.
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
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
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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 …
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.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Engadget
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.
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.
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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 …
Discussion: mono-project.com
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono 2.0 released, brings C# 3.0 to Linux and Mac OS X
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 …
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
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
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
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 …
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?
Discussion: Canon Rumors and Photography Bay
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.
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!
Variety.com / 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: bit-tech.net and videogaming247
TechRadar.com:
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
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cable Operator Sends Viewers to Web  —  In the midst of a contract dispute with a local broadcaster last week, Time Warner Cable did something that was until recently unthinkable: it told its customers to hook up a computer to their television and watch their favorite shows using the Internet.
Discussion: CrunchGear, NewTeeVee and Lost Remote
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why the Google-Yahoo ad deal is bad for the Web.
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New Technology Roundtable series
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Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Apple Doesn't Need Jobs, Analyst Says
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MySpace nabs Yahoo sales exec
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Apple Stock Falls Under $90 (AAPL)
 

 
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