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12:30 PM ET, October 12, 2008


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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Smart Startup Advice: Don't Panic - Profit  —  VCs and angels sent out a series of “look out!” warnings to their charges last week.  Now we're starting to see slightly more positive takes from other investors to their startups: Something along the lines of “Look out!  But take advantage of the openings”.
Discussion: and A VC
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
TechCrunch Turns Into F**kedCompany 2.0  —  Some of my readers who missed the dotcom boom and bust from the early 2000s may not be familiar with F**kedCompany, a Web site that was dedicated to gloating about layoffs and other misfortunes at Web companies as the tech bubble popped.
Apple dumping Intel chipsets for NVIDIA's in new MacBooks  —  Apple will announce as part of its special media event Tuesday a new family of MacBooks that will abandoned Intel's integrated graphics chipsets for those part of NVIDIA's new mobile platform, AppleInsider can confirm.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amid the Gloom, an E-Commerce War  —  WHEN the e-commerce giant eBay emerged from the last recession seven years ago with an aura of invincibility, its chief executive, Meg Whitman, boasted that “eBay is to some extent recession-proof.”  —  As the online auctioneer's revenues and stock price kept climbing …
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
Mark / The Coffee Desk:
Microsoft's new ‘M’ programming language  —  In a software-centric world where we already have many, many languages to program in, from scripting to bytecode compiled languages, to frameworks on top of languages and embedded languages, now Redmond wants to bring ANOTHER language to the table, titled ‘M’ (for Microsoft?).
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 3G may be coming to a Walmart near you  —  Back in June we broke the news that Apple would be mixing things up a bit by moving away from its prior iPhone distribution model and getting a couple of nation-wide retailers in on the action.  A little more than two months later …
Dan Landis / Ripten Video Game Blog:
WoW Whore Has 36 Accounts, Raids by Himself  —  In what is perhaps the most shining example of obsession and geekiness I have ever seen, a fella by the name of Bradster has 36 World of WarCraft accounts that he plays on 11 computers simultaneously.  He mainly seems to be doing …
1938 Media:
Exclusive Google Android Phone Video Review  —  I love Steven P. Jobs.  He along with Joe Namath and Mike Rowe.  Anyway, Steven P. has this iphone thing.  I have two.  I like it a lot.  I was a Mac guy before I got it.  So Google is run by three really smart guys.
Discussion: Big in Japan
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Profit Maximization V. Survival Maximization  —  A lot of criticism has been aimed at venture capitalists the last few days.  The VCs are telling their portfolio companies to get ahead of the curve and conserve cash right now, and companies are starting to take their advice.
Fred / A VC:
Don't Shoot The Messenger  —  I've detected a bit of irritation …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
Exclusive: Nokia confirms N-Series touchscreen device  —  Nokia today revealed its plans for launching more touchscreen devices after the XpressMusic 5800.  The Finnish giant is currently prepping an N-Series touchscreen device and is expected to make an announcement soon.
Twitter Status:
IM: Not coming soon  —  In October 2006, just three months after Twitter launched publicly, we added IM support—i.e., the ability to get and send tweets via XMPP/Jabber/Google Talk.  I was a big fan of this feature, because this interface, which millions of people were already familiar with …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:   Twitter to IM: Drop Dead
Lawrence Lessig / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Piracy  —  Digital technology has made it easy to create new works from existing art, but copyright law has yet to catch up.  —  In early February 2007, Stephanie Lenz's 13-month-old son started dancing.  Pushing a walker across her kitchen floor, Holden Lenz started moving …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
The Bell Now Tolls for Social Networks  —  I blame David Hasselhoff.  —  Everything was going fine for the web — the financial world had been unwinding its overleveraged excesses for nearly a year without nary a ripple into Silicon Valley — until the launch of HoffSpace …
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The startup squeeze
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