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10:15 PM ET, October 9, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple “notebook” event is on, October 14th!  —  The rumors were true folks.  Apple is staging an invitation-only Town Hall event in Cupertino next Tuesday, October 14th at 10AM PST.  It's absolutely safe to say they'll be showing off new laptops... and you know we'll be there live!
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: latest MacBook Pro photo is the real deal  —  A photo of a mysterious notebook leaked on the Internet Wednesday is indeed one taken of Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro casing, AppleInsider can confirm.  Meanwhile, some additional photos of a similar, but still unauthenticated 13-inch notebook have since surfaced.
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing Gadgets:
MacBook in Oct. 14 event ad is 13.3", aluminum, and not the MacBook Air  —  It's hard to tell from the gloomy marketing shot, but the Apple logo is about 1.5 inches wide on my MacBook Pro.  From that, this machine would appear to be under 13 inches wide, which would suggest a 13.3" diagonal.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and SlashGear
Ryan Block:
Is right now really the moment for Apple to launch new laptops?  —  Next week I'll be with Josh at Apple's new laptop event in Cupertino, and I'll be up front about it: I'm pretty stoked.  I've been holding off on buying until the next major MacBook or Pro revision — which I thought would come …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple announces October 14 notebook event in Cupertino
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Details of Sequoia Capital's Doomsday Meeting With its Companies  —  Last night I reported on a special meeting held by Sequoia Capital for its portfolio companies, warning them about the fiscal hurricane that was going to hit them, and how they'd better figure out ways to survive what could be a big downturn.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Have A Business Plan In Three Years  —  If you've had a nagging suspicion that Mark Zuckerberg really doesn't know how he'll turn Facebook into a business, wonder no more.  You're right.  Here he is talking to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
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Netzökonom:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Our focus is growth, not revenue  —  FAZ: “The web 2.0 architecture is not necessarily a revenue opportunity.  This is not where the money is”, said Eric Schmidt from Google.  Do you agree with him?  —  Mark Zuckerberg: I disagree.  He has a clear incentive for saying what he is saying...
Sarah Kershaw / New York Times:
The Sum of Your Facial Parts  —  IS the woman pictured on the right more attractive than the woman on the left?  Do her wider-set eyes, the longer distance between her hairline and the bridge of the nose, and the rounder shape of her face make her more beautiful?
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon S3 - Busier Than Ever  —  Amazon S3 usage has grown very nicely in the last quarter and now stands at 29 billion objects, up from 22 billion just a quarter ago.  As one of the S3 engineers told me last week, that's over 4 objects for every person now on Earth!  —  Our customers are keeping S3 pretty busy too.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Cuts Prices on S3
Discussion: Storage Station and Webware.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Turns On Text Ads In Google Maps  —  With Google's stock down $100 in the past two weeks, the company all of a sudden isn't so shy about pulling every advertising lever it can reach.  So far this week, we've seen new click-to-buy buttons on YouTube (YouTubevertorials), AdSense for Flash games …
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Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Google AdSense Ads in Google Maps
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: October 9, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: October 14, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on October 14, 2008.
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
40 laid off at software company as execs arrested  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Two former software executives grossly overstated their company's revenue to attract more than $50 million in private investment, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that the fraud was uncovered late last month when a worker found …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Entellium Execs Simply Made Up Revenue
Walaika Haskins / E-Commerce Times:
Microsoft Aims for an Experience, Sony Just Wants a Home  —  Microsoft and Sony both talked up their consoles' proprietary virtual worlds at the Tokyo Game Show Wednesday.  Sony said that its long-delayed Home will arrive before 2009, and Microsoft offered some details on the New Xbox Experience, which will arrive in November.
Discussion: TG Daily
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Slobodan Simic / Fudzilla:
MSI's new Wind U120 pixellized  —  Exclusive: In all its glory  —  We've managed to get our hands on some pictures of MSI's upcoming Wind U120 netbook, or as some like to call it, the Wind 2.  Still featuring a 10-inch screen, the new U120 will also be less “cute” than the previous generation as it is oriented at business users.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Don't stop believing — Silicon Valley lip-synchs while market burns  —  Tech stocks are plunging and venture capitalists are telling their startups to hunker down for an extended downturn, but a group of Silicon Valley techies still found time for a nice little retreat to Cyprus.
Shishka / Bungie.net:
Meet Our Next Game  —  Bungie has several projects underway within the studio, one of which is a brand new campaign experience for Halo 3 that we teased two weeks ago.  Now, at long last, we can lift the shroud of secrecy and shed a little more light on what we've been working on.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Internet Companies Hammered by Economic Concerns  —  It was another awful day in the stock market with the Dow dropping more than 7 percent and the Nasdaq more than 5 percent.  Internet companies were not immune, as a growing chorus of analysts are now saying that the financial crisis …
Discussion: GigaOM and Furrier.org
Chris / Mobile Tech Addicts:
Orange internal statement on Blackberry Bold quality issues  —  We mentioned the other day about Orange removing the Blackberry Bold from sale due to quality issues, well today we received an anonymous tip off with a copy of the Orange internal statement explaining the decision to their staff.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple releases Security Update 2008-007 for Mac OS X  —  Apple on Thursday afternoon released its seventh distinct security fix of the year for Mac OS X to tackle a number flaws, including one introduced with its 10.5.5 update.  —  Available for both Mac OS X Leopard (Client, Server) …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Digg's Kevin Rose: We've got to be more than a fanboy hub  —  LONDON—Digg founder Kevin Rose had a message for the audience at the Future of Web Apps conference on Thursday: It's time to grow up.  —  “We have to do better,” he said in his talk, called “The Future of News,” …
David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch:
Media, entertainment shares dive to new lows  —  CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Every major diversified-entertainment stock fell to its lowest point in at least a year Thursday, with some falling to their weakest levels in five years as ongoing credit fears rocked the U.S. stock market.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and paidContent.org
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Below $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn was orchestrating a Yahoo palace coup.  We haven't been able to confirm and assume it's hogwash, but at this point we imagine Jerry might even go willingly, just to let someone else take the drubbing for a while.
Discussion: Valleywag
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Will Google's Android Be the Tipping Point for Smart Phones?  —  Table of Contents:  —  ABI Research analyst Kevin Burden says smart phones such as the T-Mobile G1 that are based on Google's Android operating system for mobile and wireless devices could push smart phones into standardization.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Ted Dziuba / uncov:
Yes, Uncov is Back  —  Earlier this year, I said that Uncov was dead.  Well, I lied.  It's back.  Today is the greatest day in the history of the internet.  —  I'm not going to focus on startups, because startups are boring.  I've posted up the archives of everything that's been written here so far …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Web Life
 
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