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11:35 AM ET, October 13, 2008

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LG:
Introducing the second Prada phone by LG - another quantum leap in mobile phone innovation and design by Prada and LG Electronics.  —  LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Newspapers' Web Revenue Is Stalling  —  Newspapers, already facing a grim economic forecast, are digesting another piece of bad news: the growth in online advertising they saw as their salvation has slowed to a crawl.  —  In the last few years, newspaper companies have been rapidly expanding …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner's worst case for 2009 IT budgets isn't so bad  —  Gartner has revised its 2009 IT budget prognostications, a move that isn't surprising, but the firm's projections could be a lot worse.  —  Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research at Gartner, outlined the research group's …
Discussion: Profy and Know It All
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Launches “My Ads” Self Serve Ad Platform: Is This Their Google Moment?  —  MySpace launches their self serve ad platform, called My Ads, tonight, which was first talked about a year ago.  Like Facebook's similar product, it allows anyone to quickly create a targeted ad and serve it on MySpace.
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Can Search's ‘Beautiful System’ Extend to Display?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and GigaOM
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   MySpace's latest bid to wring profit from social networking
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Eyealike VisualAd Hopes to Match Photos With Ads and Increase Social Network Monetization  —  We first reported on Eyealike a year ago when they launched their “dating service based on looks only” application.  The idea was simple: upload a photo of a hottie and Eyealike will find other hotties …
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Eyealike Sets Its Image Recognition Technology On A New Target: Advertising
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Sony rules out PS3 price cut for Christmas  —  Sony, the Japanese consumer electronics group, has ruled out cutting the price of the PlayStation 3 console before Christmas, insisting that the PS3 is better value than rivals half its price.  —  “The answer is yes, if you're asking …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ncomputing scores big Indian deal for thin-client computers  —  Cheap computers for the developing world are a cause celebre.  And the cause is taking a big step forward today as Ncomputing announces that the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will adopt Ncomputing's $70 thin-client machines for its government-run schools.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Campaign Articles From Newsweek Become E-Books for Amazon Kindle  —  It would seem to be a magazine's dream in these straitened times: Take something you have already published and sold, repackage it and distribute it without all that expense of paper, ink and trucks, and then sell it again.
Discussion: Epicenter
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
OpenOffice.org overwhelmed by demand for version 3.0  —  Wibbles, wobbles, falls down  —  Eager beavers keen to get their hands on the long-awaited arrival of version 3.0 of OpenOffice.org are currently unable to download the free, open source-flavoured suite of office apps because demand has broken the website.
Discussion: TG Daily and blogs.chron.com
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Microsoft Launches PC Advisor Repair Utility.  Going After Apple Next?  —  This weekend, Microsoft quietly rolled out a preview release of the Microsoft PC Advisor to select members of the Windows Feedback Program.  (Members of the Windows Feedback Program agree to let Microsoft monitor …
Discussion: Slashdot
TMCnet:
AT&T to Sell U-verse Services at Circuit City and Wal-Mart Retail Stores  —  TV competition is coming to store shelves near you.  AT&T Inc. today announced agreements with Circuit City and Wal-Mart to sell AT&T U-verse(SM) TV and AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet in more than 600 retail locations beginning this month.
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Qimonda Selling Inotera Stake To Micron; Cutting 3,000 Jobs; Infineon Seeking To Sell Its 77.5% QI Stake  —  Qimonda (QI) over the weekend announced a deal to sells its 35.6% stake in its Inotera Memories joint venture with Nanya to Micron (MU) for $400 million in cash.
Discussion: TG Daily
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
The Apple notebook guessing game  —  As with any Apple event, there's plenty of rumor and speculation to go around.  The lead-up to Tuesday's event in which “the spotlight turns to notebooks,” according to the event invitation, has been no different.  —  The Mac maker has invited journalists …
Discussion: Negative Approach
NEWS.com.au:
GasBag's iPhone petrol info supported by ads  —  AN Aussie-led Silicon Valley start-up could be one of the first groups in the world to develop an advertiser-supported business model for an iPhone application.  —  GasBag displays the prices of fuel at nearby petrol stations on a map on the iPhone and shows the way to a station.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and All Points Blog
Andrea Orr / Tech Confidential:
CEO of Wix, sporting $3.5M second round, feels ‘lucky’  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Wix, a two-year-old company that makes tools to help individuals and small businesses build sophisticated Web sites cheaply and quickly, has raised $3.5 million in a Series B funding round led by led …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and The Next Web
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Android's Login Is Cool, But Is It Secure?  —  I've been hearing a lot about Google's innovative login feature for the Android phone, but only saw it today for the first time (Loren Feldman, who recently did some video of one, sent a screenshot).  —  Unlike other phones …
Discussion: Portfolio and Furrier.org
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
T-Mobile launches BlackBerry Pearl 8220, available today for $149.99  —  The BlackBerry Pearl 8220 runs neck-and-neck with the Storm for the title of “most leaked RIM device of 2008,” but for what it's worth, T-Mobile is just now getting around to announcing a date and price for the most fliptastic phone …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Brightcove 3 (Leaked ScreenShots)
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Offering New SPARC-Based Server
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Revived Fervor for Smart Monitors Linked to a Server
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Prickly Prince From Microsoft Strikes Again
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Enterprise 2.0 Apps Will Dramatically Fall in Price
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
New maskless lithography trick may keep Moore's Law on track
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Washington DC latest to drop Microsoft for web apps
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Richard Dooling / New York Times:
The Rise of the Machines  —  “BEWARE of geeks bearing formulas.”