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9:00 AM ET, October 10, 2008

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
The Sequoia “RIP: Good Times” presentation: Here it is  —  Silicon Valley has been trying to digest news of a secret meeting held by top venture firm Sequoia Capital earlier this week.  At the meeting, leading Sequoia partners laid out bleak short and long-term scenarios for the world economy …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Simon's Blog
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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.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
VCs to Entrepreneurs: Seed-Stage Startups OK.  Others?  Not So Much  —  Just for fun tonight, and hoping to view a potentially entertaining mass freakout over the market, I decided to attend one of those ubiquitous Silicon Valley panels where entrepreneurs can ask venture capitalists questions.
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats and GigaOM
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.
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Orange drops the Blackberry Bold due to quality issues  —  In an internal memo to employees, Orange announced that it has suspended the sale of Blackberry Bold handsets citing “software issues” as the reason for the suspension.  The suspension is an interim measure while RIM attempts an industry wide fix.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Much Do Top Tier Bloggers and Social Media Consultants Get Paid?  We Asked Them!  —  The media world is changing and its jobs are changing too.  The rise of the blogger is an often-told story, but are the lucky few bloggers who do it for a living well paid?  We did a survey to find out.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho Mail Gets Offline Support via Google Gears - Ahead of Gmail  —  Innovative Web Office startup Zoho has beaten Google to the punch again, announcing offline support for the newly public Zoho Mail tonight.  Ironically Zoho is using Google Gears to enable offline functionality in Zoho Mail …
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New in Labs: Advanced IMAP Controls
Cade Metz / The Register:
US telco: ‘Public broadband is illegal’  —  Judge: ‘Pull the other one’  —  Like dozens of other communities across America, the tiny town of Monticello, Minnesota wants to build a fiber-optic broadband network.  In September of last year, its citizens approved the project via referendum, with 74 per cent of voters giving the nod.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Microsystems: A Lesson in Failed Cosmetic Surgery  —  Sun Microsystems, one of the world's largest server and software makers, finds itself in an awkward position: It might soon have enough cash to buy all of its stock and go private.  —  Sun's shares dropped close to 8 percent Thursday, closing at $5.21.
Discussion: The Register
GamesIndustry.biz:
Bungie: Recon is our last Halo trilogy project  —  US-based developer Bungie has revealed to GamesIndustry.biz that the newly-announced Halo 3 Recon, set for release next Autumn as an extension to the super-selling Halo 3, will be the last project in the first-person shooter trilogy that the company plans to undertake.
Discussion: bit-tech.net
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: CNET News and TechCrunch
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Walmart has a change of heart, decides to maintain DRM servers  —  Back by popular demand, it's the Walmart DRM servers!  You heard right — just days after Wally World announced its plans to turn the screw on its digital rights management servers, we're now being shown a big “just kidding.”
Discussion: Slashdot and Techdirt
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 …
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
US aggregators stunned at Verizon's $0.03 MT transaction fees increase  —  The US text message market is in a bit of flux.  —  I've been getting phone calls and text messages from aggregators across the country who can't quite believe that, from 1st November 2008, Verizon will apply …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind the user-driven Wikipedia project, is in the process of migrating its servers to the Ubuntu Linux distribution.  Wikimedia's move to Ubuntu is part of an effort to simplify administration …
Discussion: Computerworld and digg.com
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 …
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?
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Required viewing: Sony CEO Howard Stringer on ‘Charlie Rose’  —  Anyone who knows my television viewing habits knows that the only program I have my DVR automatically record for me is Charlie Rose, the long-running PBS talk show (OK, there was a season of Prison Break in there somewhere, too, but let's not talk about that).
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Hands-On Video!  —  Here it is CrackBerry Nation.. the long awaited, much anticipated, hands-on video first look at the BlackBerry Curve 8900, formerly known as the Javelin!!  My apologies for taking so long to get this up... blame Apple!
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and BlackBerry Cool
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
First T-Mobile G1 user review  —  Android Community has done it again, this time we bring you an exclusive first time user review of T-Mobile's G1.  Forum member kaziko has given us a sneak peak at T-Mobile's first device to run Google's Android operating system.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: Illustrated Guide to Smartphone OSes  —  You're more likely than ever to buy a smartphone, not just because they do so much more than dumb feature phones, with real email, decent web browsing and downloadable applications, but because they're cheaper than ever.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Experimental Extensions We'd Like to Go Mainstream  —  Finding new and useful Firefox extensions is a passion of ours, but sometimes we run across extensions adorning the daunting “Experimental” moniker at the Firefox Add-ons web site.  We try to avoid these extensions as much as possible …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Puts New AdSense Ads Under Maps
Discussion: Screenwerk
 
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
MapQuest taps Yelp info for local push
Discussion: Screenwerk, Pulse 2.0 and The Inquisitr
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Some Big Sites Are Using Google Trends To Direct Editorial
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court Deems Pirate Bay Block to be Illegal
Discussion: digg.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Parents want to be “cool,” are using SMS with their kids
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Inside Obama and McCain's Conflicting Takes on Net Neutrality
Discussion: digg.com and Slashdot
David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch:
Media, entertainment shares dive to new lows
Discussion: Guardian and HipMojo.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Adzilla, a Would-Be I.S.P. Snoop, Quits U.S. Market
Discussion: MediaPost
 Earlier Items: 
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Internet Companies Hammered by Economic Concerns
Discussion: GigaOM and Furrier.org
Walaika Haskins / E-Commerce Times:
Microsoft Aims for an Experience, Sony Just Wants a Home
Discussion: TG Daily
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Have A Business Plan In Three Years
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Below $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn …
Discussion: Guardian and Valleywag
 

 
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