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12:10 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 …
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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 …
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.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
VCs to Entrepreneurs: Seed-Stage Startups OK. Others? Not So Much
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.
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Electronista:
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 …
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Plunge in RIM's shares could attract takeover bid
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.”
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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 nedge2k.com regarding a new WiMax enabled HTC device.  Needless to say, this had me pretty excited.  This morning, I got the pictures and some info...so 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 …
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ning Launches OpenSocial Support. Will They Support Facebook Next?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   Ning's OpenSocial support goes live
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 …
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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 …
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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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 and InformationWeek
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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
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 …
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
TextBook Torrents Turns The Final Page and Closes Down
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
BT Crash Takes Adzilla Down With It
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Bits
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe Is That Web App?  Researchers Want Online Privacy Policies Regulated
Discussion: MediaPost
John Leyden / The Register:
Turbo-charged wireless hacks threaten networks
Discussion: DSLreports
InfoWorld:
Microsoft elaborates on Oslo
Discussion: eWeek and All about Microsoft
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mahalo gets live news ticker
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Forrester: Credit crunch may freeze tech services projects
Discussion: The Open Road
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: 11 bulletins, 4 critical
Discussion: The Register
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
First T-Mobile G1 user review
GamesIndustry.biz:
Bungie: Recon is our last Halo trilogy project
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Microsystems: A Lesson in Failed Cosmetic Surgery
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Some Big Sites Are Using Google Trends To Direct Editorial
Discussion: Technology Live
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure
Discussion: Computerworld and digg.com
 

 
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