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3:35 PM ET, October 15, 2008

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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 Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalists' Confidence Plummets
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.
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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
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AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen 17-inch MacBook Pro due in a few months  —  Apple on Tuesday introduced its next-generation 13-inch MacBooks and 15-inch MacBook Pros but was unable to ramp production of its new 17-inch model, which is now expected to make an appearance by early next year.
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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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Adobe fends off rivals with Flash Player 10
Discussion: InsideRIA and Gizmodo
Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces 25 New fbFund Recipients  —  Today, Facebook named the 25 new recipients of the latest fbFund funding cycle.  From a pool of over 600 applicants, fbFund awarded 25 $25,000 no-strings attached grants.  Each first round submission was reviewed by an investment commitment comprised …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
HTC G1 already shipping, many to be delivered by Friday  —  T-Mobile customers, we hope you're ready for some solid Android love.  Word on the street is that Santa will be showing up a bit early for many people who pre-ordered the HTC G1.  In fact, several people have reported their handsets …
Richard Jalichandra / The Technorati Weblog:
We've Acquired AdEngage and We're Launching a Self-Service Advertising Network  —  I guess you could say we're on a bit of a roll.  In June, we launched Technorati Media, our ad network.  At the end of August, we acquired BlogCritics, a great site and community of blog authors.
Discussion: paidContent.org and ReadWriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Technorati Acquires AdEngage Advertising Network
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Top 10 technologies to watch over the next three years  —  On Tuesday, Gartner analysts Carl Claunch and Dave Cearley gave a crowd of IT leaders at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2008 a list of the top 10 technologies that will provide important strategic advantages to IT over the next three years.
Brian Wilson / devOpera:
MAMA  —  MAMA: What is the Web made of?  —  The Web has search engines—many of them.  However, they are typically concerned only with the text content of a Web page.  What about a search engine for a Web page's structure?  Say you want to find a sampling of Web pages that have more than 100 hyperlinks …
Discussion: InfoWorld, GigaOM and eWeek
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 …
Discussion: Bits
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft survey hints at Instant On OS concept  —  Hmm, what have we here?  A recent Microsoft survey sent out to select users has us wondering what on Earth the mega-corp is planning to do next, and judging by the looks of things, it has everything to do with Instant On.
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.
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 …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Another Google content play  —  Internet titan hopes to make a splash with ‘Poptub’  —  Google is mounting another experiment in content distribution that might be even more ambitious than its recent launch of original animation from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Mint.com vs. Quicken Online  —  Online financial organization have just grown more robust as Mint.com and offline incumbent Quicken both introduced new features to their web-based products.  Since Mint.com and Quicken Online have similar purposes and functionality in mind …
Discussion: Webware.com
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) …
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.
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 …
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Atom chip demand redefining Intel  —  Intel is seeing solid results for the Atom processor—possibly giving the first significant evidence of Intel's likely future as a bigger provider of low-cost processors.  —  Intel confirmed on Tuesday that Atom is hot.
Discussion: Liliputing
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google demanding Intel's hottest chips?  —  Inside Project Will Power  —  When purchasing server processors directly from Intel, Google has insisted on a guarantee that the chips can operate at temperatures five degrees centigrade higher than their standard qualification, according to a former Google employee.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama Runs Ads in ‘Madden’  —  Barack Obama's ads are now appearing in several sports video games, including the granddaddy of them all, Madden football.  —  The Obama campaign has purchased space in the popular Xbox 360 game “Madden NFL 09″ and nine other titles by video game maker Electronic Arts …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Finally, a VC Firm With The Balls To Tell It Like It Is  —  We apologize to the poor pr person who just pitched us yet another memo from either an investor or an entrepreneur about how to survive the meltdown.  We told them we were burnt out on this stuff, but here we are publishing another one.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Photos: A look at HP's portable data center  —  One of the more busy areas of the expo floor at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo this week was a walkthrough of HP's “Performance-Optimized Data Center.”  —  These portable data centers, also known as PODs, went on sale a little less than a month ago, according to HP representatives.
Discussion: Royal Pingdom
 
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