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10:45 AM ET, October 13, 2008


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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 …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
$7.5B sales plunge forecast for newspapers  —  Unless the global economy miraculously turns around on a dime, newspaper advertising revenue may plunge some $7.5 billion in 2008, according to a new projection attempting to assess the impact of the meltdown on the industry.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Offering New SPARC-Based Server  —  Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu are rolling out a new midrange server system dubbed the SPARC Enterprise T5440, which will be based on the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor.  While Sun and Fujitsu have been offering low-end systems that use …
Discussion: Inquirer
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, CrunchGear and AppleInsider
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to add motherboards to Eee family; responds to Eee Box virus reports
Discussion: I4U News
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Revived Fervor for Smart Monitors Linked to a Server
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Prickly Prince From Microsoft Strikes Again
Discussion: WinExtra
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 Earlier Items: 
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.”
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
AC/DC Electrify BitTorrent Album Downloads
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Employees, not hackers, cause most corporate data loss