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11:35 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, top Sequoia partners laid out bleak short and long-term scenarios for the world economy …
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.
MS may have “standing offer” to buy RIM
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Plunge in RIM's shares could attract takeover bid
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.
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!
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network provider Ning opens access to OpenSocial developers
Caroline McCarthy /   Ning's OpenSocial support goes live
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.”
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Digital Inspiration
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 …
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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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe Is That Web App?  Researchers Want Online Privacy Policies Regulated
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New today: Vodafone Blackberry Storm Commercial
John Leyden / The Register:
Turbo-charged wireless hacks threaten networks
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Mahalo gets live news ticker
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Forrester: Credit crunch may freeze tech services projects
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MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: 11 bulletins, 4 critical
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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