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12:45 PM ET, October 15, 2008

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is Steve Jobs Preparing His Farewell?  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple.  Not tomorrow, but probably very soon.  That's why he started to say good bye today, doing something more important than just presenting new MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and an updated MacBook Air.
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Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
The new MacBooks: beauty more than skin deep  —  I couldn't be at the Tuesday-morning Apple launch event for the new MacBook and MacBook Pro systems, but I've had a chance to review the announcements.  —  Normally I focus on the technology in new products, but this time …
Discussion: Electronista
AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen 17-inch MacBook Pro due in a few months
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Gadget Lab
Business Technology:
More Gloom in Venture-Capital Land  —  Silicon Valley venture capitalists last week declared that the financial downturn had reached tech's shores.  Now their gloomy outlook is even more official.  —  In a study released Wednesday by the University of San Francisco, Mark Cannice …
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Claire Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalists' Confidence Plummets to an All-Time Low  —  Venture capitalists' confidence has sunk to a new low, according to a report released Wednesday by Mark V. Cannice, founder and director of the University of San Francisco Entrepreneurship Program, who surveys Silicon Valley venture capitalists every quarter.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Despite Gloom and Doom: Investors Still Investing - I've Got Proof
Discussion: VC Ratings
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar ... again  —  Competition is a good thing, and the way that Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have re-invigorated browser development will mean good a better web experience all round.  —  Let's be honest, Internet Explorer never really offered Firefox much of a challenge.
Discussion: TG Daily and Computerworld Blogs
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Christopher Blizzard / Web Tech Blog:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 - an overview of features for web developers
Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 now available for download
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Dark times for Web ads: Analysts cut forecasts  —  Given the day-to-day changes in the world's economic fortunes, it's surprising that analysts are willing to make any forecasts at all, but among those who do, the news isn't sunny.  —  In the Internet sector, nobody is backing away …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   All Eyes On Google This Week
Miguel Helft / Bits:   Google and Yahoo: A Tale of Two Online Ad Markets
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Market Grew 15 Percent in Third Quarter of 2008 on Strength of Mini-Notebook Shipments; Industry Feeling the Impact of the Economic Crunch  —  Acer Moves Past HP for Top Position in EMEA Market  —  Worldwide PC shipments reached 80.6 million units in the third quarter of 2008 …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Netbooks a temporary Band-aid on PC industry
Discussion: DailyTech and TG Daily
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe Adds Dynamic Streaming and More to Flash Player  —  Adobe on Wednesday will launch Flash Player 10, the latest in its ubiquitous 13-year-old line of multimedia plug-ins.  For online video watchers, one big improvement is dynamic streaming, which will automatically shift bitrates as media …
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Sandisk:
SANDISK INTRODUCES THE SANSA SLOTMUSIC PLAYER—THE EASIEST WAY TO LISTEN TO MUSIC ON THE GO  —  New Plug & Play, Portable Music Player is Designed Especially for slotMusic™ Cards; Popular Artists Have Their Own Personalized MP3 Players  —  MILPITAS, Calif., (October 15, 2008) …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook hosts 10 billion photos  —  Facebook might not be a photo-sharing site, per se, but there are a heck of a lot of pictures uploaded to it.  —  On Tuesday night, engineer Doug Beaver wrote a blog post announcing that the total count of photos on the site now stands at about 10 billion.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Today's Claim Chowder  —  Let's flag the most egregiously wrong rumor reports from the last few weeks.  —  DUNCAN RILEY: $800 MACBOOKS  —  Jackass of the week honors go to Duncan Riley at Inquisitr, who a week ago launched the “$800 laptop from Apple” rumor.
Business Technology:
SAP's Big Freeze  —  Business-software giant SAP is freezing costs.  —  SAP announced last week that its revenue for the quarter would fall short of its guidance due to a sudden drop in orders at the end of September.  That sent the company into cost-cutting mode, as outlined …
Agence France Presse:
Computer error behind Qantas midair drama  —  Authorities have blamed a faulty onboard computer system for last week's mid-flight incident on a Qantas flight to Perth.  —  The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said incorrect information from the faulty computer triggered a series …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft aiming to deliver Vista SP2 before Windows 7  —  The Windows team is readying second service packs (SP2) for Vista — and for its server complement, Windows Server 2008 — and is aiming to deliver these SP2s before it releases Windows 7, according to my sources.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
NBC Local's new portals a good start, but...  Media companies are famous for copying, and I fully expect that the announcement by NBC this week that they are shifting from “adjunct” station websites to community information portals will soon become the la mode du jour of the whole industry.
Discussion: AdAge
PRWeb:
Homethinking Allows Users to Learn a New City by Comparing Neighborhoods  —  Homethinking.com, a site that helps home owners make better real estate decisions, today unveiled neighborhoods.homethinking.com.  If a person is moving, neighborhoods.homethinking.com allows the user to browse …
Harrison Hoffman / The Web Services Report:
Twitter accidentally reveals search integration?  —  Twitter Search integration?  —  (Credit: Twitter on Get Satisfaction)  —  We've assumed that Twitter would be integrating Twitter Search (formerly Summize) into the main site for awhile now.  It seems that Twitter has accidentally confirmed this integration.
Discussion: Mashable! and Seth's Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jive Software Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff  —  When it comes to layoffs, 1/3 of total staff seems to be a magic number.  Portland based Jive Software, which is backed by Sequoia, laid off around 40 people today, a third of their total staff.  This follows massive employee growth over the last year.
Google LatLong:
Promenez-vous sur les Champs Elysees...  Having worked on Street View since the early days of the project, it gives me great pleasure to return to Paris this week for the launch of more Street View coverage in my home country.  —  Earlier this year we launched our first Street View coverage …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Evenful Grabs $10 Million Series C Funding  —  Local events service Eventful has announced that they have raised $10 million in a series C round of funding today.  The funding came from lead investor Telefónica and existing investors, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Bay Partners.
Discussion: VentureBeat and VC Ratings
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cablevision Boosts Wi-Fi for Commuters
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers Cut Back on Digital Media
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
MySpace brings video recording to karaoke channel
Discussion: Mashable!
Margaret Kane / CNET News:
Court lifts import ban on phones with Qualcomm chips
Discussion: Electronista
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google demanding Intel's hottest chips?
Discussion: WinBeta and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Photos: A look at HP's portable data center
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
What If You Ran an Ad, and Nobody Saw It?
 Earlier Items: 
AmyT / Diabetes Mine:
Microsoft HealthVault: Coke, Pepsi, or Intel Inside?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
JP Morgan ups Apple estimates, down on Dell
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ross Levinsohn And Ted Meisel Put $3.5 Million Into FatTail
Discussion: paidContent.org
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Amazon, EA, Microsoft, others win ‘Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards
Discussion: Popular Mechanics
InfoWorld:
Eclipse offers mobile dev tools
Discussion: The Register and Open Source
 

 
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