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5:40 PM ET, October 16, 2008


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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Still Makes Sense, Ballmer Says  —  Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said a deal with Yahoo! Inc. may still make economic sense for shareholders of both companies, prompting Yahoo shares to jump as much as 12 percent.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wake Up, People: Ballmer Just Said He'd Still Buy Yahoo*  —  *UPDATE: An hour later, Microsoft corporate is frantically backtracking:  —  “Our position hasn't changed.  Microsoft has no interest in acquiring Yahoo; there are no discussions between the companies.”
Discussion: The Register and Microsoft Pri0
InfoWorld:   Microsoft: ‘No interest’ in pursuing Yahoo deal
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
The Android fine print: kill switch and other tidbits  —  An uproar erupted when iPhone users discovered a so-called remote kill switch on their phones — will it spur the same reaction in users of the G1, the first Android phone?  —  In the Android Market terms of service …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google Answers the iPhone
ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC Offer Incredible Lineup of Programming in Stunning HD on the iTunes Store  —  iTunes Tops 200 Million TV Episodes Sold, Including Over One Million HD Episodes  —  Apple® today announced that all four of the major networks are offering primetime programs …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Gift To Hollywood: $280 Million In iTunes TV Sales (AAPL)
Discussion: CNET News
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2008 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.  —  “We had a good third quarter with strong traffic and revenue growth across all of our major geographies thanks to the underlying strength of our core search and ads business.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google beats for Q3, Wall Street looks ahead  —  updated: In after-hours trading, shares of Google shot up more than 11 percent within 20 minutes after the company reported strong quarterly earnings.  In regular trading, shares initially declined early in the day but rallied late in the day to close up more than 4 percent at $353.02.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE ANALYSIS: Google (GOOG) Strong Q3, Better Than Expected  —  Initial Analysis: Revenue was in line with estimates, which is a modest upside surprise (Wall Street was expecting a miss).  EPS was solidly ahead of estimates, so a strong upside surprise.  The upside came from better G&A expenses …
Matt Gundersen / The Official Google Blog:
What's new with iGoogle?  —  I'm an iGoogle addict.  I check my news, email, stocks, feeds and weather there and sometimes even manage to squeeze in a game or two during the day.  Having everything in one place is super convenient, but I often wish I could deal with all my stuff without having to leave my iGoogle page.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Goes Wide, Introduces Canvas Pages.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile...And Make Some Connections!  —  Yahoo begins the rollout of its new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of the Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS.  The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) …
Dan Farber /
Yahoo rolls out social Web foundation
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Build your own display ads in minutes  —  Today we released the AdWords display ad builder, which lets you create professional-looking display ads in AdWords without needing to hire a designer or start from scratch.  If you've wanted to expand beyond your text ad campaigns …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Appoints DoubleClick Boss to Oversee Display Ads
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adbrite Lays Off 40% Of Staff, Including Two Execs  —  It's not a happy day at San Francisco-based Adbrite this morning.  The company is laying off 40 employees, which is 40% of total staff.  Among those that are leaving are VP Marketing Paul Levine and VP Finance Bob Feller.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Lending Alternative Hits Hurdle  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It was one of the most audacious ideas of the Web 2.0 boom — that people could lend money to other people over the Internet and cut out the middlemen, also known as traditional banks.  —  In the last three years, Internet start-ups …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Prosper And Other P2P Lenders Get Squeezed By The Credit Crunch
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Making Touch Screen Laptop  —  PC Giant Aims to Spur Demand With Line of Products Using Touch Technology  —  Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to boost its personal computer sales amid a deteriorating economy and soft holiday season, is increasingly turning to touch-screen technology.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP  —  NEW YORK Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Twitter Blog:
Meet Our CEO and Chairman, Again  —  Three years ago during my time as CEO of Odeo, I was lucky to be working with a software engineer Jack Dorsey who wasn't afraid to bring up an idea he'd been thinking about for a long time.  What if a simple status message was the format for a social communication service?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Opera study: only 4.13% of the web is standards-compliant  —  Browser maker Opera has published the early results of an ongoing study that aims to provide insight into the structure of Internet content.  To conduct this research project, Opera created the Metadata Analysis and Mining Application …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside the BlackBerry Bold  —  Research firm iSuppli says it costs Research In Motion $169.41 to make the smartphone, lower than some Street estimates—and promising for RIM's profit margins  —  The smartphone race between upstart Apple (AAPL) and incumbents like Research In Motion (RIMM) is well under way.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft starts distributing open-source Drupal  —  The single biggest distributor of Drupal just might be Microsoft.  As I discovered from Dries Buytaert's blog on Wednesday, Microsoft's Web Application Installer comes with out-of-the-box support for Drupal, OScommerce, and other popular open-source Web applications.
Discussion: Open Sources and Dries Buytaert
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD reports smaller loss, better revenues  —  Advanced Micro Devices reported a much smaller loss for the third quarter and better-than-expected revenue.  —  The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker reported third-quarter 2008 revenue of $1.776 billion, including process technology license revenue of $191 million.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and AMD
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo to cut 3,500 jobs — party on!  —  A tipster tells us that Yahoo plans to cut 3,500 jobs, chiefly in sales and finance, on December 10 — while keeping plans for a multimillion-dollar holiday party days before the cuts: … Our source also confirms that the company is slashing severance packages …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Pulse 2.0
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
No Hi5's Today.  No. 3 Social Network Lays Off 10 to 15 Percent Of Staff  —  The layoffs keep rolling in.  The latest startup to cut back is Hi5, the third largest social network.  But you wouldn't know it from reading the company's blog, which touts some positive press coverage today:
Discussion: Hi5 Blog and Epicenter
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Playboy Enterprises Does Restructuring; Shutting DVD Division …
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