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2:35 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
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 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
About TELUS:
TELUS announces evolution to fourth generation wireless  —  Progressing leadership position in high speed wireless  —  Vancouver, B.C. - TELUS today announced that it will build a next generation wireless network using the most advanced mobile broadband network technology.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
TELUS jumping on the 4G bus; 2010 launch
Discussion: DSLreports and 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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
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John Leyden / The Register:   Turbo-charged wireless hacks threaten networks
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, All about Microsoft and WinBeta
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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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 …
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
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 and iPhone Savior
 
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Brad / Liliputing:
MSI Wind price drop: Now $430 after rebate
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Employees Watch In Horror As 60 Percent Of Their Stock Options Drown
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Tim O'Reilly to software developers: Get serious
BBC:
Bank turmoil fuels phishing boom
John Cox / PC Advisor:
Mobile Firefox alpha coming to Nokia 810 tablet
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gadgetell and Gizmodo
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
 Earlier Items: 
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mahalo gets live news ticker
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Forrester: Credit crunch may freeze tech services projects
Discussion: The Open Road
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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