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12:25 PM 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 …
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 …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Turns out, Sequoia raised more money than any other VC firm  —  A shakeout in the venture capital industry appeared to take hold in the third quarter of the year, even before the latest decline in the stock market began.  And we've also learned one more reason why Sequoia Capital may have reacted …
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Andrea Orr / VC Ratings:
CEO of Wix, sporting $3.5M second round, feels ‘lucky’
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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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
$7.5B sales plunge forecast for newspapers
Discussion: Epicenter
Bill Ray / The Register:
No pr0n, no interference - puritan broadband is go  —  Point-free tests confirm what Ofcom already knew  —  The FCC has completed tests confirming that deployment of its porn-and-cost-free network won't interfere with incumbent operators, as already established by Ofcom and Czech deployments.
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DSLreports:   FCC's Smut-Free Broadband Plan Goes Forward …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Micron to buy $400 million stake in memory maker  —  Micron Technology announced Sunday that it is buying Qimonda AG's $400 million stake in Inotera Memories.  —  Inotera was founded as a joint venture by Qimonda (formerly the memory products division of Infineon Technologies) and Nanya Technology.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Qimonda Selling Inotera Stake To Micron; Cutting 3,000 Jobs …
Discussion: Business Wire and 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 and AppleInsider
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?
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
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.
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Microsoft (Quietly) 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
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 …
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
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
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses ‘Thumbnail’ Copyright Cases in Germany  —  Bloomberg reports that Google has lost two related copyright cases in German courts.  Both involved display of thumbnails in image search results.  Google can appeal the rulings.  —  According to Bloomberg, the German court …
Discussion: WebProNews
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile hits the iPhone 3G  —  Remember that rumor about Steve Jobs having a heart attack that went around not too long ago?  Well, it might just be true as soon as Stevo catches wind of this one.  The video above shows a brief interview from MyPhone 2008 with a young Norweigan developer named Erik Kristiansen.
Tanya Irwin / MediaPost:
Tina Fey As Sarah Palin Gets Huge Post-Show Viewing  —  Presidential hopeful John McCain may not be especially well-versed with the Internet—but fans of “Saturday Night Live,” where Tina Fey spoofs his running mate, certainly are.  —  Online and DVR audiences for the three Tina Fey skits on …
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
 
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