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5:40 AM ET, October 13, 2008

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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?  —  NEW YORK If there's been a “killer app” of Web advertising to date, it's search.  Targeting is near perfect, thanks to consumers directly expressing their intent.  The auction system has proven an incredibly efficient way to match supply and demand.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and GigaOM
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   MySpace's latest bid to wring profit from social networking
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Google's Devil Phone Reaches for Heaven  —  Or so it would seem following reports that T-Mobile has sold out preorders of 1.5 million units.  Whoa.  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?  —  In September, Clint predicted: “I think the Dream will ship nearly 1 million units by 2009 …
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David Cowan / Who Has Time For This?:
Take Back the Web!  —  When Tim Berners-Lee conceived the web, he dreamed of inter-connected documents, of surfing along from one person's page to the next, following a fluid path rich with information and discovery.  —  Instead what we we got is a big honkin' billboard, as commercial interests hijacked Tim's vision.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Prickly Prince From Microsoft Strikes Again  —  Dare Obasanjo, a Microsoft employee and the son of a former President of Nigeria, doesn't like it when people disagree with him.  I found that out in 2007 when Obasanjo vandalized the TechCrunch Wikipedia page in response to a post we wrote …
Discussion: WinExtra
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
What is the mystery port on the MacBook Pro?  —  So, today's case spy shots would reveal a couple of interesting nuggets if they turn out to be the final designs of Tuesday's MacBooks.  Firstly, the 13 inch-ish case is sans Firewire.  Systems Admins will have to move those Boot images over the network now for all but the Pro models.
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
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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 …
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz and Edge Online
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Mainstream News Outlets Start Linking to Other Sites  —  “Thou shalt not link to outside sites” — a long-held commandment of many newsrooms — is eroding.  —  Embracing the hyperlink ethos of the Web to a degree not seen before, news organizations are becoming more comfortable linking to competitors …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intuition + Money: An Aha Moment  —  IT started with a Harvard physicist acting on a hunch.  It ended up producing a new material, called black silicon, that could have a broad impact on technologies ranging from ultrasensitive sensors to photovoltaic cells.
Stephen Castle / International Herald Tribune:
Did you hear?  MP3 players threaten hearing loss  —  BRUSSELS: Noise from personal music players is a routine annoyance for travelers on buses, trains and planes.  —  But it also threatens permanent hearing loss for as many as 10 million Europeans who use them, according to a scientific study …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:   Report: MP3 players threaten users' hearing
TechRadar.com:
Complete guide to Google Analytics  —  Google's Brett Crosby reveals the secrets of driving targeted traffic to your website  —  Things change so quickly on the web.  When I started working at software firm Urchin in 1996, web analytics was a niche product, important to (and understood by) …
Discussion: Beyond Search and digg.com
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 …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Revived Fervor for Smart Monitors Linked to a Server  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Instead of having a big, loud and complex computer on your desk, what if you could have a quiet, thin machine that rarely needed an upgrade or a fix?  —  That has been the goal of many technology companies over the last 15 or so years.
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard Dooling / New York Times:
The Rise of the Machines  —  “BEWARE of geeks bearing formulas.”  So saith Warren Buffett, the Wizard of Omaha.  Words to bear in mind as we bail out banks and buy up mortgages and tweak interest rates and nothing, nothing seems to make any difference on Wall Street or Main Street.
 
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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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
AC/DC Electrify BitTorrent Album Downloads
Discussion: The Inquisitr and digg.com
 Earlier Items: 
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Employees, not hackers, cause most corporate data loss
Discussion: digg.com
Phone Arena:
First look at the Moto Krave ZN4
Discussion: Engadget and IntoMobile
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Spotlight on Apple notebooks: 1989 to 2008
Discussion: I4U News
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amid the Gloom, an E-Commerce War
Discussion: GigaOM and AuctionBytes Blog