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7:35 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 …
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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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.
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur …
Discussion: Forbes and Tech Beat
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.
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.
Discussion: Epicenter and Google Blogoscoped
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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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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: Reuters and The Mac Observer
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple shares go their own way
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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.
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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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.
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 webmonkey
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
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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Epicenter
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC Likely to Recommend Unlicensed Spectrum Use  —  The Federal Communications Commission will soon release a report on the feasibility of opening up unused spectrum, or white spaces, for use with wireless broadband.  The FCC engineering report will share results of several years of data collection …
Discussion: Electronista and dailywireless.org
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
Chris Kanaracus / LinuxWorld.com:
Kernel developers, Wall Street to come together  —  The Linux Foundation is holding its first End User Summit beginning Monday in New York, in an effort to bring Linux kernel developers in closer contact with users at Wall Street institutions and other major companies.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Guts Broadband Data Bill
Discussion: CNET News
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Fitbit Raises Healthy $2 Million From True Ventures And SoftTech VC
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Beet.TV
Kevin Young / BBC:
‘Spam attack’ halts Virgin e-mail
Darren Murph / Engadget:
12.1-inch Dell E Slim laptop spotted in the wild?
Discussion: Electronista and Mobilewhack.com
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Lime Wire seeks legitimacy
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Yahoo OneSearch 2.0 slowly spreads voice search
Discussion: IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mahalo Sets Out To Liveblog The World
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source innovation in a recession
Discussion: CIO.com
Dan Raywood / SC Magazine UK:
WiFi is no longer a viable secure connection
Royal Pingdom:
Is LinkedIn having scaling issues?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
TextBook Torrents Turns The Final Page and Closes Down
Discussion: Threat Level and TeleRead
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook is number 2 website, but the growth of social networks is slowing
Colin Gibbs / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to charge content vendors 3-cent fee for text messages
Cade Metz / The Register:
US telco: ‘Public broadband is illegal’
Discussion: Techdirt
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

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Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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