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3:30 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 …
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Ignoble But Much Needed End To Web 2.0, Marked By A Party In Cyprus  —  In May 2007 I wrote “Times are good, money is flowing, and Silicon Valley sucks” in a post about how, in my opinion, Silicon Valley was ripe for a downturn.  —  This week, without any doubt, we got that downturn.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey
Discussion: webmonkey and O'Reilly Radar
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 …
YouTube Blog:
Hungry for more?  YouTube now serving full-length TV dinners  —  We are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with some fan favorites requested by you.  Let's see if you know your full-length TV ...  You asked to be beamed up with Scotty, to devise a world-saving weapon using …
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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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Employees Watch In Horror As 60 Percent Of Their Stock Options Drown  —  The entire stock market is taking another drubbing today, and Google is no exception.  Its shares tried to rally in the morning, but are now trading below the $329 they closed at yesterday.
Apple:
MacBook Pro: Distorted video or no video issues  —  Symptoms  —  In July 2008, NVIDIA publicly acknowledged a higher than normal failure rate for some of their graphics processors due to a packaging defect.  At that same time, NVIDIA assured Apple that Mac computers with these graphics processors were not affected.
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
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
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
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
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Google Readies iPhone Ad Options  —  NEW YORK As Apple continues to flood the market with more iPhones, Google is readying new options for advertisers to target iPhone owners directly.  —  In meetings with agencies, Google has presented a new option to show different ads in response to searches made from iPhones.
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 …
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Dan Raywood / SC Magazine UK:
WiFi is no longer a viable secure connection  —  WiFi is no longer secure enough to protect wireless data.  —  Global Secure Systems has said that a Russian's firm's use of the latest NVidia graphics cards to accelerate WiFi ‘password recovery’ times by up to an astonishing 10,000 per cent proves …
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 …
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Tim O'Reilly to software developers: Get serious  —  Computer-book publishing magnate Tim O'Reilly is urging young geeks to stop making software that lets you throw sheep at your friends on Facebook or drink beer on your iPhone and to instead start making a difference in the world.
Discussion: larry borsato
dailymobile.se:
Unboxing Pictures: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1  —  Oh yeah!  Its finally out in Sweden!  Enjoy the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 unboxing pictures!  —  About Sony Ericsson Xperia  —  The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is an arc slider mobile phone delivering a premium, converged mobile experience …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yahoo Activist: “I Sold My YHOO Stake”  —  No surprise here.  Yahoo shareholder dissatisfaction is following a trend line inverse to the company's plummeting share price.  In fact, the price has dipped so low that Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson-the dissident Yahoo investor who agitated …
Discussion: Valleywag
 
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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
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
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and WebProNews
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Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Yahoo OneSearch 2.0 slowly spreads voice search
Discussion: IntoMobile and Yodel Anecdotal
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source innovation in a recession
Discussion: CIO.com
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Likely Feature List of New MacBooks
Discussion: TG Daily and iPhone Savior
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