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1:30 PM ET, October 11, 2008

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CNET News:
Calacanis: Apple to release networked HDTVs  —  Yesterday I spent a couple of hours here at the office with Valleywag's most cherished and adored tech celebrity, Jason Calacanis.  Love him or hate him, the bloke's got contacts, and he confirmed to me that he knew first-hand that Apple was working on a networked television.
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Google Rewires Washington in Challenge to Microsoft  —  Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Vivek Kundra, recruited to Washington to overhaul city computer networks plagued by cost overruns and viruses, treats his projects like stocks.  The biggest “buy” on his trading floor is Google Inc.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube to Offer TV Shows With Ads Strewn Through  —  After months of experimenting with long-form video, YouTube said on Friday it would start offering full-length episodes of some television shows on its sprawling Web site.  —  The staggering growth of YouTube — five billion videos …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Stupid rock band totally pwns Google  —  Google's Hot Trends page has been gamed before, but today's #1 spot is the best ever — a dorky-white-guys rock band named Captain Caucasian and the Raging Idiots.  No KKK references, just a bunch of guys with guitars and a singer whose baseball cap is two sizes too big.
Discussion: The Globe and Mail
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Team Cyprus Move To Undo “The Video”  —  A group of twenty or so tech elite were partying 1999-style in Cyprusthis last week, and posted a lip sync video of the Journey song “Don't Stop Believing” a couple of days ago.  Among the group were Brittany Bohnet of Google, Mike Hudack of Blip.tv …
Discussion: broadstuff and 1938 Media
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.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Over 300 iPhone Apps Use Location Look-Ups  —  According to Skyhook Wireless over 300 iPhone apps are location-aware as of October 3rd.  According to Mobclix there are over 4,000 apps in circulation.  If these numbers are correct this puts the location-aware percentage at under 10% — far …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Associated Press:
New machine prints sheets of light  —  NISKAYUNA, New York (AP) — On a bank of the Mohawk River, a windowless industrial building of corrugated steel hides something that could make floor lamps, bedside lamps, wall sconces and nearly every other household lamp obsolete.  —  It's a machine that prints lights.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Imaging Insider
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Verizon Wireless Plans to Charge Companies Sending Text Messages  —  Verizon Wireless this week told companies that send out text messages that starting Nov. 1 it will impose a fee of 3 cents for each message it delivers to the phones of its subscribers.  The plan prompted waves of protest among …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Embed a Part of a YouTube Video  —  If you want to embed a YouTube video that starts to become interesting somewhere in the middle, there's a simple way to skip the boring part.  YouTube's embedded player has a parameter that lets you specify the number of seconds that should be skipped before starting to play the video.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and AppScout
Dusan / IntoMobile:
Chinese Nokia 5800 XpressMusic to come sans 3G, WiFi  —  It's a sad day for every Nokia fan in China.  Apparently Nokia's iPhone killer, 5800 XpressMusic, will come without 3G and WiFi support.  And while I can understand the lack of 3G radio because of Chinese TD-SCDMA standard, lack of WiFi is not that easy to explain.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Expect to see start-ups and VCs hit standoff over valuations  —  When the stock market goes into the dumps, it takes a while for the effects to trickle down to start-ups.  That's because start-ups are often are working away on a project that's isolated from the larger market — and if they're lucky …
Discussion: pedatacenter.com
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Mafiaboy Grows Up; a Hacker Seeks Redemption  —  The Internet attack took Yahoo engineers by surprise.  It came so fast and with such intensity that Yahoo, then the Web's second most-popular destination, was knocked offline for about three hours.  —  That was on the morning of Feb. 7, 2000.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Searching for Cheap Gas?  —  Driving across town to find gas that's a few percent less expensive may have seemed silly a few years ago, but nowadays it's becoming a lot more rational.  With gas prices up 71% compared to last year and no relief in sight, we thought a Yahoo! …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 
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Google Watch:
Analysts Shave Google Estimates Ahead of Earnings Call
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Voices
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Fast Company publisher to lay off 20
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Chip and pin scam ‘has netted millions from British shoppers’
Discussion: The Register
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Ellison Says Oracle Is Eyeing Acquisitions
Discussion: PC World and Valleywag
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft expected to release Silverlight 2 next week
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Linus / Linus' blog:
On making releases..  —  So I cut the 2.6.27 release today …
 Earlier Items: 
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped
Discussion: Reuters
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC Likely to Recommend Unlicensed Spectrum Use
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Guts Broadband Data Bill
Discussion: CNET News
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