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12:45 AM ET, October 10, 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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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.
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.
Ryan Block:
Is right now really the moment for Apple to launch new laptops?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple announces October 14 notebook event in Cupertino
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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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...
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.
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?
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Cuts Prices on S3  —  Amazon announced today that it will cut prices for its Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) offering on Nov. 1.  The company is essentially offering people who use more storage significant volume discounts.  For folks using up to 50 terabytes of storage, the price cuts don't make much of a difference.
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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
Reuters:
Investor proposes Microsoft buy Yahoo for $22 per share  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - A small Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) investor proposed a new deal on Thursday to sell the company to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $22 a share …
Discussion: TechCrunch and tinyCrunch
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Plunge in RIM's shares could attract takeover bid  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - The recent plunge in the market value of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion could leave the company vulnerable to a takeover from a well-capitalized buyer such as Microsoft Corp.  —  RIM's shares, which were worth …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and TG Daily
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
CAN TINA BROWN SHOW ME EVERYTHING THAT'S GREAT ON THE WEB TODAY?  —  Early every morning, I open my Web browser and load up a half-dozen “aggregator” sites: Techmeme, Memeorandum, Real Clear Politics, Google News, the Drudge Report, and the Huffington Post.  This is my first sortie into the day's news …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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
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
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.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court Deems Pirate Bay Block to be Illegal  —  This August The Pirate Bay was “censored” in Italy following a decree from a public prosecutor.  The Pirate Bay appealed the block and eventually won the court case.  Earlier this week the Court of Bergamo detailed its decision …
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.
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Inside Obama and McCain's Conflicting Takes on Net Neutrality  —  It wasn't a contentious topic at last night's presidential debate, but network neutrality is the hot-button issue on the mind of PM's senior tech editor.  He explores the candidates' stands on the issue in a Geek the Vote edition of his biweekly trends column.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Parents want to be “cool,” are using SMS with their kids  —  Hate on the kiddies and their SMS speak all you want, but text messaging is taking off among the masses.  AT&T has released data from two studies it recently commissioned, showing that both families and romantic partners are using SMS more and more to communicate.
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
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
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Microsoft unveils new Xbox Live ‘experience’
Discussion: DailyTech and SlashGear
Ted Dziuba / uncov:
Yes, Uncov is Back  —  Earlier this year, I said that Uncov was dead.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Adzilla, a Would-Be I.S.P. Snoop, Quits U.S. Market
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Santa Cruz University Fights Back at RIAA
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Mobile Speed Trap App, Trapster, Now Available For iPhone
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Below $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn …
Discussion: Valleywag
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Micron Technology Shutters NAND Flash Memory Production Plant, Cuts Work Force
Crave at CNET UK:
12-year-old finds iPhone flaw while texting girlfriend
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