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3:05 PM ET, October 13, 2008

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Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC, Lorne Michaels Plotting ‘SNL’ Video Site  —  On-demand video Website may feature mix of classic Saturday Night Live sketches and never-before-seen rehearsal footage  —  NBC and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels are in talks to develop a new on-demand video Website …
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Tanya Irwin / MediaPost:
Tina Fey As Sarah Palin Gets Huge Post-Show Viewing
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 …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Clears Free Wireless Web  —  A proposal to create a free, national wireless Internet service got a boost as Federal Communications Commission engineers concluded that concerns are overblown about such service interfering with other carriers.  —  The report clears the way for the FCC …
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Bill Ray / The Register:
No pr0n, no interference - puritan broadband is go
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
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: greg hughes, Profy and Know It All
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Google Loses German Copyright Cases Over Image-Search Previews  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet-search engine, lost two copyright lawsuits in Germany over displaying photos and artworks as thumbnails in a preview of search results.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   Google Loses Copyright Cases Over Thumbnail Images In Germany
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: The Next Web and VC Cafe
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wix Picks Up $3.5 Million Series B Funding
Discussion: GigaOM Daily
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.
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 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Importance of Sitemaps  —  So I've been busy with this Stack Overflow thing over the last two weeks.  By way of apology, I'll share a little statistic you might find interesting: the percentage of traffic from search engines at stackoverflow.com.  —  Sept 16th  —  one day after public launch
Discussion: webmonkey
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.
Research in Motion:
T-Mobile USA Launches First BlackBerry Flip Phone  —  New BlackBerry Pearl Flip Features Most Popular Mobile Phone Design in U.S.  —  Bellevue, Wash., and Waterloo, Ontario - T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM: TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
MyThings Raises $5 Million to Help you Organize Your Stuff  —  If you ever wished for a central place to keep track of your online purchases and to store all those email receipts, MyThings might just be what you are looking for.  The London-based company just announced a $5 million Series B round.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse 2.0
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 Big in Japan
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy Unveils Mainstream Social Web Aggregator  —  GoDaddy has just unveiled an amazing new service called SmartSpace which lets anyone register a domain name and then instantly turn it into a social web site which aggregates any of the following components onto one page: a blog …
NBC Universal:
NBC LOCAL MEDIA TARGETS “LOCALS ONLY” WITH NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH  —  New Approach Will Provide Content for the True City Insider  —  Embracing a new business strategy, NBC Local Media will launch websites targeting “Locals Only,” providing news, entertainment and information for the true city insider.
Discussion: Webware.com and paidContent.org
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
FT CEO spots green in the red  —  When the markets go south and most people are losing, it's safe to say that there are some others who are winning, or at least spotting opportunities.  You could say that about the Financial Times and its chief executive, John Ridding, who is finding …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Epicenter
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
The 15 dumbest names for Web 2.0 startups  —  Robin Wauters, Next web enthusiast & Plugg organizer  —  I'm someone who frantically scours the web for interesting new online trends, concepts, startups and projects at any given time of any day.  It's something I simply can't turn off …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
SourceForge Announces Hosted Applications  —  SourceForge.net, a longtime provider of open source code and applications, has announced a new service for developers that provides virtualized access to open source apps.  With the new Hosted Apps service, you're able to install an app within your own web space …
Discussion: Virtualization.com
John Oates / The Register:
Deloitte loses hundreds of thousands of pension details  —  Vodafone, rail union and others  —  Deloitte has admitted losing a laptop containing thousands of people's pension details, but said the data was encrypted and the machine password-protected, and it had no evidence the data had been misused.
Discussion: IT Project Failures
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Joining Mozilla to create new developer tools for the Web; Hoping to create a new chapter in the book of Mozilla  —  I just announced that Ben and I are joining Mozilla.  Alongside Ben, I will be leading a brand spanking new developer tools group.  —  To say that I am excited is a huge understatement.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mozilla Labs
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The WWGD? world  —  In the financial crash, we are seeing two forces at work: first, a corrupt system of unregulated leverage gone mad — virtual value (which is to say, bulls**t) created in derivatives — but second, a world whose fundamental structure is changing in ways we can't yet fully fathom.
 
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BBC:
Music fans back legal downloads
Discussion: Techdirt, Slyck and BBC NEWS
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Improves Content Match Targeting
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple HDTV rumors resurface
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Apple Blog
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Must Save Her Yahoo E-Mails, Judge Rules
Discussion: CNET News and Pulse 2.0
John Leyden / The Register:
Internet security suites fail to block exploits
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Googler Burke Invests In UK Edu Site Teachit For US Expansion
Discussion: Webware.com and paidContent
Agence France Presse:
Error puts data on 30 million German phone users on Internet
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Tech, Telecom, and Web Earnings Look Bleak
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Micron to buy $400 million stake in memory maker
Discussion: DailyTech
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ncomputing scores big Indian deal for thin-client computers
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Microsoft (Quietly) Launches PC Advisor Repair Utility.  Going After Apple Next?
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Launches “My Ads” Self Serve Ad Platform: Is This Their Google Moment?