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11:00 PM ET, October 16, 2008

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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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google (GOOG) Strong Q3, Amazing Cash Flow  —  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 …
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Goes Wide, Introduces Canvas Pages.
Discussion: louisgray.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
iGoogle attacked by giant widgets
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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) …
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Apple:
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 …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Gift To Hollywood: $280 Million In iTunes TV Sales (AAPL)
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Mobile is an Also-ran  —  The big T-Mobile G1 reviews published today, pretty much everywhere.  The new smartphone, which runs Google's Android operating system, goes on sale next week.  My eWEEK Labs colleague Andrew Garcia has reviews of the device and mobile app store.  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Wap Review
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Asus breaks sub-$300 price barrier with Eee PC 900A at Best Buy  —  Let's get the sub-$300 netbook party started!  Pereira just pinged me to share this Best Buy link which shows the white Asus Eee PC 900A available for $299.  This is basically the same model as the 900, but the “A” stands for Atom.
Discussion: Scripting News and OStatic blogs
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.
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.
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable:
Warhammer Online on a MacBook 2008 running XP  —  One of the questions that has been on everyone's minds since Apple announced their new laptops on Tuesday has been whether the improved NVIDIA graphics cards that Steve Jobs spent so much time discussing on stage would mean that Apple's newer laptops would make good gaming machines.
Discussion: TUAW
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.
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:
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The MacBook and MacBook Pro splayed-out revealing intimate details  —  It's just tradition that when a new, hot gadget launches, someone has to tear the sucker apart thus producing what is affectionately called circuit board pr0n.  Besides the pretty pictures though, sometimes hidden details …
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 …
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Microsoft mulls ‘Instant On’ for Windows  —  If you feel that Windows starts too slowly most days, Microsoft is considering an option that could help.  —  The company is surveying select users on whether an “instant on” feature, which would rush a usable desktop to your screen in just seconds …
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Debate buzz clogs Web site of Joe Francis, plumber from Amarillo  —  choppe@dallasnews.com  —  AUSTIN - Joe Francis of Amarillo - aka the other Joe the Plumber - is king of his domain name.  At least through Thursday.  —  “Joe the Plumber” was relentlessly discussed in Wednesday night's …
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Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Extended Gmail outage hits Apps admins
The Mac Observer:
TMO Reports - Apple vs. Psystar Case Takes a Detour
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Multimap Launches Free API (And It Includes Virtual Earth)
Discussion: LiveSide
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
New Data Privacy Laws Set For Firms
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Build Your Own 3D Movie Clips In A Flash With Xtranormal
Harriet Baskas / MSNBC:
Cover your eyes: Not all airlines will filter Wi-Fi
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wi-Fi Networking News
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD reports smaller loss, better revenues
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fleck Headed To The Deadpool Because Nobody Wants to Annotate The Web
Discussion: The Next Web
Engineering Windows 7:
Engineering 7: A view from the bottom
Discussion: The Register and Between the Lines
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Headup: A True Semantic Web Search Agent
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo to cut 3,500 jobs — party on!
Discussion: WebProNews and Pulse 2.0
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sued For Monopolizing MP3 Music Player Market
Discussion: DailyTech, Gizmodo, TechSpot and MacUser
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Inside the BlackBerry Bold
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Opera study: only 4.13% of the web is standards-compliant
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and jd/adobe