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11:25 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia Rings the Alarm Bell: Silicon Valley Is in Trouble  —  Sequoia Capital, arguably the smartest venture capital investor in business, is sounding the alarm and asking its portfolio companies to buckle down for what could be the worst economic downturn of their relatively short lives.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Angel Investor Ron Conway Emails His Portfolio Companies Over Financial Meltdown  —  Ron Conway, one of Silicon Valley's most prolific angel investors (and he was also an early investor in Google), wrote an email yesterday to the CEOs of his portfolio companies.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
‘Brick’ MacBook Pro leaked in up-close spy shot?  —  Since we heard those “Brick” rumors the other day, the mill has been all but silent... until now.  It's hard to tell exactly what we're looking at here, but damned if this doesn't look like some fancy new MacBook Pro carved out of a single piece of metal …
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AppleInsider:
Window for rumored October 14 Apple event closing  —  With less than six days to go before Tuesday, October 14th and not a peep from Apple, chances of a much-rumored media event on that day to introduce new Mac notebook offerings is growing slim.  —  A lot of emphasis has been placed …
Discussion: MacRumors, I4U News and The Inquisitr
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Microsoft Preps External Blu-Ray Disc Optical Drive for Xbox 360  —  Microsoft Has Blu-Ray Drive for Xbox 360 Ready, Release Date Under Consideration  —  Unlike Toshiba Corp., which is still strictly against Blu-ray disc (BD) format, Microsoft Corp. has always said that it might release …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Earthcomber Sues TechCrunch Out Of Spite, Pisses Me Off Personally  —  We've had serious legal threats five times in the past, from YouTube, Marvel, Rivals, Mediascrape and my personal favorite, Richard Figueroa.  None of those threats went to court because all of them were absurd …
Jitendra Kavathekar / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing Yahoo! Web Analytics  —  Have you ever bailed on an online checkout because something in the user experience bugged you?  Or were pleasantly surprised that the sponsored listings were more relevant than the regular results of your web search?  This week, we are rolling …
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Dennis R. Mortensen / VisualRevenue:
IndexTools is now Yahoo! Web Analytics
Lewis Page / The Register:
DARPA to begin mysterious ‘Project GANDALF’  —  ‘And with you come evils worse than before’  —  The renowned US military ultratech agency, DARPA*, is about to begin work on a mysterious new piece of surveillance and tracking kit known only as “Project Gandalf”.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Engadget
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Darpa Launches Secret ‘Gandalf’ Project
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Yahoo's new Calendar beta innovates, impresses  —  In a social media world dominated by vowel-less companies and free products, Yahoo isn't typically the first name we think of when it comes to web-based productivity.  A brand-new heavy redesign of its Calendar product could improve that image, however.
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Bill Kee / Google Enterprise Blog:
Email Archiving Made Simple  —  More and more we hear from businesses that managing email storage and retention is expensive and complicated.  Regulations and guidelines like the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure put pressure on IT organizations to ensure that email is properly retained …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
“Windows Strata” - name of the Microsoft cloud OS?  —  “Windows Strata” could be either another codename or even dare I say the final name for the “Windows Cloud” operating system Ballmer has been touting much lately as the name has recently condensed on the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference website.
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Apple patents OS X Dock  —  Do you hear war drums?  —  Apple has patented the OS X Dock, nearly a decade after the operating system made its public debut with a new slant on the taskbar.  —  The late arrival isn't due to a lack of initiative, however.  Apple applied for the patent December 20 …
Discussion: Download Squad
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple awarded patent on the Dock
Discussion: CNET News and The Mac Observer
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
With WiMax, Sprint cuts the cord in Baltimore  —  Sprint's chief technology officer, Barry West, uses a pair of hedge clippers at the Xohm launch party in Baltimore to cut a copper cord, symbolizing the end of the wired Internet.  —  BALTIMORE—Executives from Sprint Nextel and its ecosystem …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: 8% of U.S. teens own an iPhone; 22% want one  —  Today's economic crisis doesn't seem to have reached the 769 high school students polled in Piper Jaffray's 16th bi-annual survey of teenage buying patterns and preferences.  —  The survey, conducted at several apparently …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Come And Get It: Naughty America Is Building An iTunes For Porn  —  Naughty America, a porn production company based out of Southern California, is building an Adobe Air-based storefront called Naughty America Direct that is basically an iTunes for porn.  The app includes full-length DRM-free scenes …
Discussion: The Social Times
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms RSS For Web Search Results  —  Google has confirmed for Search Engine Land that they'll soon start offering RSS feeds for web search results.  When it happens, the RSS feeds will be an extension of Google Alerts, which currently only allow notification by email.
Robert Vamosi / CNET News:
How botnets use ‘bullet-proof’ domains  —  Botnets are proving to more resilient and harder to shut down.  —  That's largely due to an increased use of methods people use to obscure the domain by constantly mapping to different bots within the network, according to a recently released study (PDF).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TouchType Makes iPhone Email Better With Landscape Mode  —  For whatever reason, Apple decided not to allow “landscape mode” on iPhone email.  If you want to turn the phone when the web browser is open and get the larger keyboard that makes two thumb typing realistic, no problem.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The NYT Has Endless Space To Sell  —  You have to give credit to the people who have the unenviable job of selling enough online ads to keep the New York Times afloat.  At least they're brainstorming!  Already this year they've experimented with creative strategies like selling the entire top of the homepage to Apple.
Super Talent Technology:
Up to 64GB Mini PCI-Express Cards Give Eee PC Users New Upgrade Options  —  Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.
David Conway / Google Mobile Blog:
Google on Android: Maps  —  On September 23, T-Mobile announced the world's first Android-powered phone, the G1.  The phone comes preloaded with Search, Maps, Gmail with Contacts, Calendar, Google Talk, and YouTube.  The applications are easy to use, fully synchronized with the web …
Discussion: InformationWeek and mocoNews.net
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Google's Schmidt Says Internet ‘Cesspool’ Needs Brands  —  Says the Solution Is Quality Content; Tells Publishers and Editors to ‘Increase Your Relevance’  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AdAge.com) — The internet is fast becoming a “cesspool” where false information thrives, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said yesterday.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Valleywag and Epicenter
Engineering Windows 7:
User Account Control  —  We promised that this blog would provide a view of Engineering Windows 7 and that means that we would cover the full range of topics—from performance to user interface, technical and non-technical topics, and of course easy topics and controversial topics.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Tony Smith / The Register:
Asus admits Eee Box mini PC shipped with virus  —  Asus has admitted that some of the its Eee Box desktop mini PCs have shipped with a virus.  —  But while the company has only admitted the infection was present in machines shipped to Japan, Register Hardware can confirm that other territories may be affected too.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Motorola's Linux strategy evolves with Android
Laura Holson / Bits:
Crisis Will Hit Telecom Business, Analyst Says
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Kristen Nicole / VentureBeat:
Change.org moves from social media to blogging in order to raise cause awareness
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Cisco's Future Leads to India
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Blubster 3.0 Released
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google's UK performance 1H2008 - a bigger share of everything
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