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8:45 AM ET, October 11, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Tough times.  Tough decisions.  —  As you will no doubt know we are all operating in some very challenging and uncertain times right now.  It's never easy to address topics like this but as a company we have felt the need to get Seesmic ready for what most are anticipating to be a bleak economic outlook …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube to Offer TV Shows With Ads Strewn Through  —  After months of experimenting with long-form video, YouTube said on Friday it would start offering full-length episodes of some television shows on its sprawling Web site.  —  The staggering growth of YouTube — five billion videos …
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
YouTube Adds Full-Length CBS Content  —  Select Cable and Network Shows Will Contain In-stream Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — YouTube is getting its Hulu on.  The Google-owned video site has partnered with CBS to air full-length TV shows, starting today.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Team Cyprus Move To Undo “The Video”  —  A group of twenty or so tech elite were partying 1999-style in Cyprusthis last week, and posted a lip sync video of the Journey song “Don't Stop Believing” a couple of days ago.  Among the group were Brittany Bohnet of Google, Mike Hudack of Blip.tv …
Discussion: 1938 Media and broadstuff
CNET News:
Calacanis: Apple to release networked HDTVs  —  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours here at the office with Valleywag's most cherished and adored tech celebrity, Jason Calacanis.  Love him or hate him, the bloke's got contacts, and he confirmed to me that he knew first-hand that Apple was working on a networked television.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
11 troubled Web companies: The next Kozmos?  —  “We are going to lose some good companies.”  That's the warning cry from investors in tech these days.  —  Some we won't miss, of course: the lame, me-too, or single-featured “products” masquerading as businesses.  But be prepared.
Richard Behar / Fox News:
World Bank Under Cyber Siege in ‘Unprecedented Crisis’  —  The World Bank Group's computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year, FOX News has learned.
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google Rewires Washington in Challenge to Microsoft  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Vivek Kundra, recruited to Washington to overhaul city computer networks plagued by cost overruns and viruses, treats his projects like stocks.  The biggest “buy” on his trading floor is Google Inc.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Over 300 iPhone Apps Use Location Look-Ups  —  According to Skyhook Wireless over 300 iPhone apps are location-aware as of October 3rd.  According to Mobclix there are over 4,000 apps in circulation.  If these numbers are correct this puts the location-aware percentage at under 10% — far …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Google Watch:
Analysts Shave Google Estimates Ahead of Earnings Call  —  Financial analysts are taking a dim view of Google's third-quarter earnings announcement for Oct. 16, a day that could set the tone for Internet stocks that are already taking a beating.  —  Shares of Google spiraled to $345 and change Tuesday …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Voices
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft expected to release Silverlight 2 next week  —  It sounds like Monday October 13 is the day that Microsoft will announce that Silverlight 2 is done.  —  (Update: I originally said “Silverlight 2.0 in this post.  But I've heard from a couple of Softies they are calling the next version plain old 2.)
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Memorandum Colors: X-Ray Glasses for Political Bias in Blogs  —  Upcoming.org founder Andy Baio and Del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter have released a project called Memeorandum Colors.  It's an easy-to-install Greasemonkey plug-in that shows the political bias of past linking behavior …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
OpenOffice.org 3.0 coming Monday, download it today!  —  The developers behind open source office suite OpenOffice.org plan to officially push the next major release on Monday.  But if you just can't wait to get your hands on the first stable, post-beta, post-release candidate copy of OpenOffice.org 3.0 you can download it today.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Verizon Wireless Plans to Charge Companies Sending Text Messages  —  Verizon Wireless this week told companies that send out text messages that starting Nov. 1 it will impose a fee of 3 cents for each message it delivers to the phones of its subscribers.  The plan prompted waves of protest among …
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Chip and pin scam ‘has netted millions from British shoppers’  —  A sophisticated “chip and pin” scam run by criminal gangs in China and Pakistan is netting millions of pounds from the bank accounts of British shoppers, America's top cyber security official has revealed.
Discussion: The Register
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped  —  Larry Ellison searches sofa for change  —  It seems that tech's billionaires are sharing the privations of ordinary citizens, whose savings are vanishing and pensions becoming worthless as stock markets tumble.
Discussion: Reuters
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Zuckerberg: Be patient, we're opening up  —  LONDON—These are tough times for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  The economy is in the tank, Madison Avenue still doesn't have full faith in the social network's ability to generate ad revenue, and entertainment-industry analysts estimate …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Expect to see start-ups and VCs hit standoff over valuations  —  When the stock market goes into the dumps, it takes a while for the effects to trickle down to start-ups.  That's because start-ups are often are working away on a project that's isolated from the larger market — and if they're lucky …
Discussion: pedatacenter.com
Associated Press:
New machine prints sheets of light  —  NISKAYUNA, New York (AP) — On a bank of the Mohawk River, a windowless industrial building of corrugated steel hides something that could make floor lamps, bedside lamps, wall sconces and nearly every other household lamp obsolete.  —  It's a machine that prints lights.
Discussion: Engadget and Imaging Insider
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Ellison Says Oracle Is Eyeing Acquisitions  —  Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison said his company may take advantage of the slumping economy to acquire other software companies at a buyer's price.  —  “Acquisitions that we have been looking at for some time may now be more attractive …
Discussion: PC World, Valleywag and Coop's Corner
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Fast Company publisher to lay off 20  —  Times are tough all over.  That's the excuse bosses are now using for cleaning house, making hard decisions they were too timid to execute in bubblier times.  We've just heard that Mansueto Ventures, the publisher of Fast Company and Inc. magazines, is laying off 20 people.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Scobleizer
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Anonymizing Google's Server Log Data — How's It Going?  —  Back in March 2007, Google promised to begin anonymizing log data to better protect user privacy.  That kicked off a wave of privacy pledges from competing search engines.  In addition, by agreeing to limit itself …
 
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Linus / Linus' blog:
On making releases..  —  So I cut the 2.6.27 release today …
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC Likely to Recommend Unlicensed Spectrum Use
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Guts Broadband Data Bill
Discussion: CNET News
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Fitbit Raises Healthy $2 Million From True Ventures And SoftTech VC
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yahoo Activist: “I Sold My YHOO Stake”
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Kevin Young / BBC:
‘Spam attack’ halts Virgin e-mail
Darren Murph / Engadget:
12.1-inch Dell E Slim laptop spotted in the wild?
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Lime Wire seeks legitimacy
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Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Yahoo OneSearch 2.0 slowly spreads voice search
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Google Readies iPhone Ad Options
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