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6:20 PM ET, October 13, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide  —  Microsoft announces new rich Internet applications development and streaming media features; company outlines plans for supporting Windows, Mac and Linux tools for developing Silverlight applications.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Silverlight 2: Google Chrome support, yes; iPhone, no  —  Microsoft announced, as expected, on Monday that the second version of its Silverlight browser plug-in is done and will be available imminently for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
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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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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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: Internetnews Blog
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Cbeard / Mozilla Labs:
Developer Tools and the Open Web
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Ajaxians join Mozilla; Creating a Developer Tools Group
Discussion: eWeek and Ben Galbraith's Blog
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.
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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wix Picks Up $3.5 Million Series B Funding  —  NY-based Wix has announced that they have raised a Series B round of funding in the amount of $3.5 million.  This is in addition to the previously raised $3.5 million Series A round and $1.2 million angel round.
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Andrea Orr / VC Ratings:
CEO of Wix, sporting $3.5M second round, feels ‘lucky’
Discussion: The Next Web and VC Cafe
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What the MacBook means to Apple  —  Steve Jobs likes to talk about Apple's business model as a stool that rests on three legs: the Mac, the iPod and the iPhone.  But the iPhone leg is still pretty short, thanks in part to deferred revenues.  And while the iPod's sales are still growing …
Discussion: CNET News and The Mac Observer
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Bush signs RIAA-backed intellectual-property law  —  Updated at 12:45 p.m. PDT with quotes.  —  President Bush on Monday signed into law an intellectual-property enforcement bill that would consolidate federal efforts to combat copyright infringement under a new White House cabinet position.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
TV Guide Magazine Sold To OpenGate Capital; Online Still With Macrovision  —  Macrovision (NSDQ: MVSN) has finally found a buyer for TV Guide magazine, and it not one of the usual suspects: it has divested the magazine only (NOT online) to LA-based private equity firm OpenGate Capital.
Discussion: Docu-Drama and Tech Trader Daily
Sound & Vision Magazine:
Satellite vs. Blu-ray: DISHing up 1080p  —  After seeing about 1,080 ads for DISH Network's new 1080p video-on-demand service, we just had to know: Does the satellite provider really deliver on its promise of “Blu-ray quality?”  —  TOOLS  —  Audio and video often seem like nothing more than numbers games.
Discussion: Crave and Engadget HD
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Even Search Not Immune to Financial Malaise  —  Google Preps for Worst as Ad Budgets Get Cut but Might Actually Benefit  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — How bad is the economy getting?  Bad enough that even Google is learning to cinch its purse strings.  —  The online-advertising giant …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Click / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Beta: Xbox Live + BlackBerry = XBerry Live!  —  I don't know about you but I am a HUGE Xbox360 FanBoy!  I don't know how many times I wished there was an app that I could put on my BlackBerry to show me who on my friends list was online and playing what.  Enter Xberry Live! …
Discussion: IntoMobile and CrunchGear
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Useless Studies: Given The Choice Of No File Sharing Or No Internet, Guess What People Choose?  —  from the what-do-people-do,-not-what-they-say- they'd-do dept  —  A study by Entertainment Media Research claims that 72% of file sharers would stop file sharing, if sent a letter by their ISP threatening to cut them off the internet.
Discussion: DSLreports, BBC and Slyck
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple HDTV rumors resurface  —  Years-old rumors that Apple will roll out a line of Internet-connected displays have resurfaced in reports that suggest the company will bundle its Apple TV product within a new line of HDTVs.  —  In a report referencing a rumor floated by Mahalo chief Jason Calacanis …
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook and MacBook Pro Port Speculation  —  The recently leaked MacBook and MacBook Pro case images have spawned a 1400+ post discussion thread.  One of the most debated issues is the analysis of the ports on the side of the upcoming Apple laptops.  The two laptop enclosures photographed actually show …
Matthew Postgate / BBC Internet blog:
BBC iPlayer Mobile Downloads & DRM  —  Mobile BBC iPlayer has been around in various forms since March on the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  It's proved very popular, yet we've always been aware that by only offering streaming, it misses out on one of the key use cases of mobile and portable devices …
Discussion: last100, mocoNews.net and open
 
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NBC LOCAL MEDIA TARGETS “LOCALS ONLY” WITH NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH
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