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10:10 AM 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.
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 …
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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Hungry for more?  YouTube now serving full-length TV dinners  —  We are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with some fan favorites requested by you.  Let's see if you know your full-length TV ...  You asked to be beamed up with Scotty, to devise a world-saving weapon using …
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
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.
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: 1938 Media and broadstuff
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: 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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Memorandum Colors: X-Ray Glasses for Political Bias in Blogs  —  Upcoming.org founder Andy Baio and Del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter have released a project called Memeorandum Colors.  It's an easy-to-install Greasemonkey plug-in that shows the political bias of past linking behavior …
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.
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.
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
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
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Chip and pin scam ‘has netted millions from British shoppers’  —  A sophisticated “chip and pin” scam run by criminal gangs in China and Pakistan is netting millions of pounds from the bank accounts of British shoppers, America's top cyber security official has revealed.
Discussion: The Register
Google Watch:
Analysts Shave Google Estimates Ahead of Earnings Call  —  Financial analysts are taking a dim view of Google's third-quarter earnings announcement for Oct. 16, a day that could set the tone for Internet stocks that are already taking a beating.  —  Shares of Google spiraled to $345 and change Tuesday …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Voices
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 …
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
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Ellison Says Oracle Is Eyeing Acquisitions  —  Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison said his company may take advantage of the slumping economy to acquire other software companies at a buyer's price.  —  “Acquisitions that we have been looking at for some time may now be more attractive …
Discussion: PC World, Valleywag and Coop's Corner
 
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Fast Company publisher to lay off 20
Discussion: paidContent.org and Scobleizer
Linus / Linus' blog:
On making releases..  —  So I cut the 2.6.27 release today …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates dethroned as tech's richest get thumped
Discussion: Reuters
Kim Dixon / Reuters:
FCC Likely to Recommend Unlicensed Spectrum Use
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senate Guts Broadband Data Bill
Discussion: CNET News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
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Fitbit Raises Healthy $2 Million From True Ventures And SoftTech VC
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Yahoo Activist: “I Sold My YHOO Stake”
Discussion: Valleywag
Kevin Young / BBC:
‘Spam attack’ halts Virgin e-mail
Darren Murph / Engadget:
12.1-inch Dell E Slim laptop spotted in the wild?
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Yahoo OneSearch 2.0 slowly spreads voice search
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