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3:30 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:
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
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.
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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 …
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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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
RIM Frankensteining Storm and Bold to make near-HD monster?
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Plunge in RIM's shares could attract takeover bid
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.
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.”
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Enough Is Enough  —  Has Apple (AAPL) hit rock bottom?  —  Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner thinks maybe it has.  This morning, Reiner repeated his Outperform rating on the stock, though he cut his price target to $145 from a no longer realistic $213.  He's also trimmed estimates …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mahalo gets live news ticker  —  Friday at the Future of Web Apps conference in London, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis is set to announce an interesting update to the curated Web directory.  The front page will get a ticker, or in modern terms, “live blog,” of news items, updated in real time by a dedicated team.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mahalo Sets Out To Liveblog The World
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ning Launches OpenSocial Support.  Will They Support Facebook Next?  —  Ning, the roll-your-own social network, is finally integrating with the Google-led OpenSocial coalition, meaning that developers who have written for one of the other OpenSocial networks (MySpace, hi5, Friendster, etc.) …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network provider Ning opens access to OpenSocial developers
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 …
Waxy.org:
Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey  —  Like the rest of the world, I've been completely obsessed with the presidential election and nonstop news coverage.  My drug of choice?  Gabe Rivera's Memeorandum, the political sister site of Techmeme …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and O'Reilly Radar
Royal Pingdom:
Is LinkedIn having scaling issues?  —  LinkedIn, the popular social network for professionals, has had several periods of downtime lately.  The last one came last evening (US time), and lasted just over an hour.  —  The website's recurring availability issues are making us wonder if LinkedIn …
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.
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.
InfoWorld:
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 code names and citing the company's DSL (Domain Specific Languages) concept as a lynchpin of the platform.
Discussion: eWeek and All about Microsoft
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.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Likely Feature List of New MacBooks  —  Pictures: Fantasic mockups by Miguel Suárez  —  This is guesswork, but here's the likely feature list of the new MacBooks due October 14:  —  * Penryn Core 2 Duo chips: 2.4GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, and 3.06GHz.  —  * 2GB of RAM (MacBook); 4GB of RAM (MacBook Pro).
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and mocoNews.net
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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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source innovation in a recession
Discussion: CIO.com
Thomas / Berry Reporter:
BLACKBERRY PEARL FLIP 8220 REVIEW WITH HANDS ON VIDEO!
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and IntoMobile
Dan Raywood / SC Magazine UK:
WiFi is no longer a viable secure connection
Discussion: The Register and DSLreports
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Kaspersky Lab To Do Equity Placement
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
BBC:
Bank turmoil fuels phishing boom
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
TextBook Torrents Turns The Final Page and Closes Down
Discussion: TeleRead
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe Is That Web App?  Researchers Want Online Privacy Policies Regulated
Discussion: MediaPost
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
First T-Mobile G1 user review
Cade Metz / The Register:
US telco: ‘Public broadband is illegal’
Discussion: DSLreports
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Microsystems: A Lesson in Failed Cosmetic Surgery
Discussion: The Register
Reuters:
Investor proposes Microsoft buy Yahoo for $22 per share
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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