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12:55 PM 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, top Sequoia partners laid out bleak short and long-term scenarios for the world economy …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Capital's 56 Slide Presentation Of Doom  —  We were able to track down the presentation that Sequoia Capital gave to its portfolio company CEO's earlier this week (and so did VentureBeat).  It's a long, 56 slide Powerpoint message of doom and gloom in Silicon Valley that we covered yesterday along …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry super-phone in the works, Storm 2 and 3 coming soon  —  We don't have too much info to go off of at this point in time, but if you are still waiting to get your hands on the Pearl Flip 8220, Curve 8900, Bold, or Storm, we're about to screw you up real quick.
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.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM Frankensteining Storm and Bold to make near-HD monster?
Discussion: Electronista
Chris / Mobile Tech Addicts:
Orange internal statement on Blackberry Bold quality issues
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.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple says some MacBook Pros affected by faulty Nvidia chips  —  Apple said this week some of its more recent MacBook Pro models may contain faulty Nvidia graphics chips that produce distorted video or fail completely.  —  The problem  —  In July, Nvidia informed the Securities …
Discussion: Electronista, and Engadget
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Likely Feature List of New MacBooks
Discussion: TG Daily and iPhone Savior
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.”
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Consumers score a partial win against Walmart
Alex / Blogging On A Shoestring:
Exclusive: HTC's First WiMax Device!  —  So early yesterday evening I got a rather cryptic contact submission here on regarding a new WiMax enabled HTC device.  Needless to say, this had me pretty excited.  This morning, I got the pictures and some here it is!
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network provider Ning opens access to OpenSocial developers  —  Ning, a company that lets anyone create a social network, is integrating with OpenSocial, the standards platform that makes it easier for any developer to write applications for Ning.  —  Other social networks …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ning Launches OpenSocial Support. Will They Support Facebook Next?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Caroline McCarthy /
Ning's OpenSocial support goes live
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Colin Gibbs / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to charge content vendors 3-cent fee for text messages  —  GOOGLE, 4INFO, OTHERS TO FACE CHARGES BEGINNING NOV. 1  —  In a move that sets a new and potentially major precedent in the text messaging services market, content and messaging companies are going to have to cough …
MS may have “standing offer” to buy RIM  —  The recent plunge in Research in Motion's shares may help trigger a takeover by Microsoft, Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek says.  The financial expert believes that Microsoft has a “standing offer” to buy out the BlackBerry maker at a value …
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook is number 2 website, but the growth of social networks is slowing  —  Of the 10,583,351 websites visited by UK Internet users in September, Facebook was the second most popular after Google UK.  The number one social network in Britain received 3.16% of all UK Internet visits last month, equivalent to one in every 32.
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.
Discussion: DSLreports
Microsoft elaborates on Oslo  —  Shedding more light on its Oslo vision for model-based software development, Microsoft this week elaborated on plans to preview Oslo technologies, offering codenames and citing the company's DSL (Domain Specific Languages) concept as a lynchpin of the platform.
Discussion: eWeek and All about Microsoft
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John Cox / PC Advisor:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe Is That Web App?  Researchers Want Online Privacy Policies Regulated
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Discussion: DSLreports
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Discussion: The Open Road
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Discussion: The Register
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