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10:10 PM ET, October 10, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Tough times.  Tough decisions.  —  As you will no doubt know we are all operating in some very challenging and uncertain times right now.  It's never easy to address topics like this but as a company we have felt the need to get Seesmic ready for what most are anticipating to be a bleak economic outlook …
Richard Behar / Fox News:
World Bank Under Cyber Siege in ‘Unprecedented Crisis’  —  The World Bank Group's computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year, FOX News has learned.
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, leading Sequoia partners laid out bleak short and long-term scenarios for the world economy …
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
YouTube Adds Full-Length CBS Content  —  Select Cable and Network Shows Will Contain In-stream Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — YouTube is getting its Hulu on.  The Google-owned video site has partnered with CBS to air full-length TV shows, starting today.
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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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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
11 troubled Web companies: The next Kozmos?  —  “We are going to lose some good companies.”  That's the warning cry from investors in tech these days.  —  Some we won't miss, of course: the lame, me-too, or single-featured “products” masquerading as businesses.  But be prepared.
Discussion: CNET News, Bits and paidContent.org
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Zuckerberg: Be patient, we're opening up  —  LONDON—These are tough times for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  The economy is in the tank, Madison Avenue still doesn't have full faith in the social network's ability to generate ad revenue, and entertainment-industry analysts estimate …
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.
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Memorandum Colors: X-Ray Glasses for Political Bias in Blogs
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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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.
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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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 …
dailymobile.se:
Unboxing Pictures: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1  —  Oh yeah!  Its finally out in Sweden!  Enjoy the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 unboxing pictures!  —  About Sony Ericsson Xperia  —  The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 is an arc slider mobile phone delivering a premium, converged mobile experience …
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.
Discussion: larry borsato
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped  —  Larry Ellison searches sofa for change  —  It seems that tech's billionaires are sharing the privations of ordinary citizens, whose savings are vanishing and pensions becoming worthless as stock markets tumble.
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft expected to release Silverlight 2 next week  —  It sounds like Monday October 13 is the day that Microsoft will announce that Silverlight 2 is done.  —  (Update: I originally said “Silverlight 2.0 in this post.  But I've heard from a couple of Softies they are calling the next version plain old 2.)
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yahoo Activist: “I Sold My YHOO Stake”  —  No surprise here.  Yahoo shareholder dissatisfaction is following a trend line inverse to the company's plummeting share price.  In fact, the price has dipped so low that Ironfire Capital founder Eric Jackson-the dissident Yahoo investor who agitated …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Anonymizing Google's Server Log Data — How's It Going?  —  Back in March 2007, Google promised to begin anonymizing log data to better protect user privacy.  That kicked off a wave of privacy pledges from competing search engines.  In addition, by agreeing to limit itself …
 
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Linus / Linus' blog:
On making releases..  —  So I cut the 2.6.27 release today …
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC Likely to Recommend Unlicensed Spectrum Use
Discussion: Electronista and dailywireless.org
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Guts Broadband Data Bill
Discussion: CNET News
Kevin Young / BBC:
‘Spam attack’ halts Virgin e-mail
Darren Murph / Engadget:
12.1-inch Dell E Slim laptop spotted in the wild?
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Lime Wire seeks legitimacy
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Yahoo OneSearch 2.0 slowly spreads voice search
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Open-source innovation in a recession
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Is LinkedIn having scaling issues?
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