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6:05 AM ET, October 9, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia Rings the Alarm Bell: Silicon Valley Is in Trouble  —  Updated: 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: bub.blicio.us, HipMojo.com, Profy and i-boy
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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Arn / MacRumors:
More ‘Brick’ MacBook Case Images?  —  An Apple.Pro blog has posted three small images of what appear to be a new MacBook case.  The casing resembles the MacBook Pro case image leaked earlier today, but clearly represents a smaller screened laptop.  Absent are the speaker grills of the earlier image.
Brian X. Chen / Wired Science:
Google's Super Satellite Captures First Image  —  This bird's-eye view of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania was the first image ever seen by the GeoEye-1, the world's highest-resolution commercial satellite sponsored by Google, when it opened its camera door earlier this week.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Closes At $13.76.  What A Train Wreck.  —  I guess the upside is that a stock can't fall below zero, so there's an end in sight to the ongoing destruction of jobs and shareholder wealth at Yahoo.  The stock closed at $13.76 today, down another 5.6%.  And this isn't just part …
Discussion: tinyCrunch
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
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
eBay founder factchecks John McCain  —  Pierre Omidyar, the one-and-only founder of eBay, didn't much appreciate John McCain's tip of the hat in last night's debate to Meg Whitman, eBay's former CEO.  “Meg Whitman was CEO of a company which started with 12 people,” McCain said, which rather riled Omidyar.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Contentinople
ReadWriteWeb:
Best Buy's “Enterprise Twitter”  —  IBM's got BlueTwit.  Oracle's testing OraTweets.  SAP's experiments include ESME, SAP Talk (laconi.ca), ShoutIt and apparently others.  Yammer has an ad-hoc base at thousands of companies.  But so far, no large corporation has rolled out microsharing company-wide.
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.
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
“TRIBES”: TEN QUESTIONS FOR SETH GODIN  —  10 Questions For Seth Godin … 1. For the benefit of gapingvoid readers not yet familiar with your work [all 14 of them], let's get the main schpiel over and done with: From your perspective, what is “Tribes” about?
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
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.
Discussion: Maximum PC all, Liliputing and TechSpot
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Will Fight Online, Without Cyber Command  —  The Air Force is going ahead with plans to put together a force that will wage wars online.  But it won't be a full-fledged Cyber Command.  —  In August, the Air Force put its controversial effort to put together a “Cyber Command” …
Discussion: The Register
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 and The Inquisitr
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple awarded patent on the Dock
Discussion: CNET News and The Mac Observer
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 …
Ben Edelman:
CPA Advertising Fraud: Forced Clicks and Invisible Windows  —  At first glance, conversion-contingent advertising (cost-per-action / CPA, affiliate marketing) seems a robust way to prevent online advertising fraud.  By paying partners only when a sale actually occurs, advertisers often expect to substantially eliminate fraud.
Discussion: InformationWeek and WebProNews
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).
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
YouTube adds “Read Comment Aloud” feature from xkcd  —  A couple weeks ago, xkcd ran this funny comic:  —  Randall Monroe, the creator of xkcd, suggested that if YouTube commenters had to listen to their comments read back to them aloud, it might lead to better discussion on YouTube.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Lifehacker
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 …
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.
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”.
Dave Rubert / NaviGadget:
Motorola VC6096 is an in-vehicle/fixed mount mobile computer.  Seems like the device is not for end consumers but rather the work force on the roads.  Designed for transportation and logistics providers Motorola VC6096 promises to maximize driver productivity, improve safety and vehicle utilization.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
BB exclusive: sneak peek at South Park's sweet, yet-unreleased iPhone app  —  The new season of South Park debuts tonight on Comedy Central, with a timely episode about America's fears that China will pwn us.  A BB pal who's seen a few clips says it's sick; perhaps as gamechanging-ly great as Imaginationland.
Discussion: iLounge, Gizmodo and iPhone Savior
 
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Laura Holson / Bits:
Crisis Will Hit Telecom Business, Analyst Says
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Cisco's Future Leads to India
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The NYT Has Endless Space To Sell
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
It is our fault  —  Paul Farhi of the Washington Post issues …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
David Conway / Google Mobile Blog:
Google on Android: Maps
Discussion: InformationWeek and mocoNews.net
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google's UK performance 1H2008 - a bigger share of everything
Discussion: The Precursor Blog
Xavier / notebooks.com:
Intel Buys Netbook.com
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Yahoo's new Calendar beta innovates, impresses
 

 
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