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11:15 AM ET, October 17, 2008

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Paul Graham:
Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy  —  The economic situation is apparently so grim that some experts fear we may be in for a stretch as bad as the mid seventies.  —  When Microsoft and Apple were founded.  —  As those examples suggest, a recession may not be such a bad time to start a startup.
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
FRIENDS OF THE BAND  —  ZUCKERBERG PONDERS FACEBOOK MUSIC BIZ  —  Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is plotting a possible push into the digital-music business in the wake of MySpace's launch of MySpace Music last month.  —  The surging social-networking giant is talking to a number …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Zuckerberg flirts with record labels, eyes digital music biz
Discussion: Reuters
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Extended Gmail outage hits Apps admins  —  E-mail service expected to be down for 24 hours  —  IDG News Service) A prolonged, ongoing Gmail outage has some Google Apps administrators pulling their hair out as their end users, including high-ranking executives, complain loudly while they wait for service to be restored.
InfoWorld:
Ballmer: Windows 7 is Vista, just ‘a lot better’  —  Windows 7 will be like Windows Vista , but more so, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday as he defended the first two years of Vista and claimed its successor will be a major release.  —  “[Windows 7], it's Windows Vista, a lot better …
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Heidi N. Moore / Deal Journal:
Steve Ballmer May Want Yahoo. Microsoft Does Not.
Discussion: Industry Standard
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Asking Their Advertisers To Publicly Support Yahoo Search Deal  —  A reader, Darrin (from ReverseMortgageGuides), who says he spends about $100,000/month on Google adwords received a voicemail from a Cleary Gottlieb lawyer named Donald Burke.  Burke says he's representing Google in the Yahoo advertising deal.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Vimeo Launches Vimeo Plus - Annual Paid Plans  —  NY-based video sharing service Vimeo has announced the launch of Vimeo Plus today.  Vimeo Plus is a paid service that offers additional benefits over the free service.  NewTeeVee has a good overview of all of the features of Vimeo Plus which include …
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Vimeo Lanches Vimeo Plus Paid Service
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Shazam comes out of the shadows  —  The British tech firm can thank Steve Jobs.  Its music search is one of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Have you ever been out with friends at a bar and heard one of those seventies songs like “Play That Funky Music …
Ars Technica:
Benchmarking Flash Player 10  —  The web collectively got a bit shinier this week with Adobe's release of Flash Player 10.  The new version offers designers a compelling set of new features including support for rich 3D visual effects, a new antialiasing engine, an improved drawing API …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
MySpace on target to do $1B in sales this year, defies downturn  —  We're hearing from sources close to social networking company MySpace that it expects to hit $1 billion in revenue this year, or at worst be within a hair's breadth of that number.  Meanwhile, MySpace executives …
Discussion: WebProNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adult Startup Zivity Cuts 1/3 Of Staff  —  Zivity, the adult social network and media site that describes itself as a “community-powered showcase of female beauty”, has laid off 1/3 of its staff, cutting back from 22 employees to 14.  (Again, 1/3 seems to be the magic number …
Discussion: Webware.com, CloudAve and VentureBeat
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Yahoo! gets local with SearchMonkey  —  Continuing to deliver on their aim of enriching the core search offering with a little help from SearchMonkey, Yahoo! yesterday announced that the existing SearchMonkey apps for CitySearch and Zagat are now available by default to all users of Yahoo! Search.
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
AT&T Bold Event Fails To Launch... Michael Phelps & All - Signs Are Pointing To A Release Very Soon  —  I just spent the better portion of my night at a AT&T launch event for the BlackBerry Bold in New York City.  Sadly I had to stand around in line outside for over an hour and a half to even get into the event.
Dusanb / IntoMobile:
Qik taps the feature phone market  —  today announced that their live mobile video streaming product is coming to a feature phone near you.  The Java ME-based application is available in alpha, allowing users with select Nokia and Sony Ericsson feature phones to record and stream video from wherever they are.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Coordinates Global Effort to Nab ‘Dark Market’ Cyber Criminals  —  Joint Two-Year Undercover Operation Results in 56 arrests; $70 million  —  The FBI, in conjunction with many partners in international law enforcement, today announced the conclusion of a two-year undercover operation targeting members …
Grantkd / Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog:
IDC Announces Q2 Worldwide Server Virtualization License Shipments  —  Industry analyst firm IDC today announced worldwide virtualization license shipments in the second quarter of 2008 (2Q08) increased 53% year over year, compared to a 72% year-over-year increase the previous quarter.
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: Joystiq, TUAW, CrunchGear and Massively
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Discovery CEO: Web ‘Take-up Rate Is Not That Strong’  —  Cable programmer Discovery (NSDQ: DISAB) is making its first foray in ad-supported, free-to-air TV on the UK's Freeview.  (It's not free for Discovery, which is reported to be paying millions of pounds for the privilege.)
Discussion: Financial Times
Bhaskar / QIK:
Qik now available on mass marke...  Qik now available on mass market J2ME phones  —  We are really excited that Qik is now the first mobile live streaming service on mass market phones - a.k.a feature phones, a.k.a non-smartphones a.k.a non-PDA phones.  As of today, Qik is now live in alpha on the following phones.
Matt Kapko / mocoNews.net:
Nokia's New Touchscreen Gets Prime Placement In Britney Spears' Womanizer Video  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may have snagged the most impressive product placement yet in Britney Spears' just released music video for Womanizer.  Just 23 seconds into the video, Nokia's new 5800 XpressMusic cellphone gets …
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
Welcome to your new Home Page  —  Also available in: , Português, Deutsch, Español  —  We've rolled out the new Flickr Home Page to all of our members.  Why the change?  The layout, design and new features now surfaces much more of the action going on around you.
 
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Edible Apple:
Steve Jobs email response re: lack of Firewire on MacBooks
Discussion: MacRumors and digg.com
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Alerting webmasters to webserver vulnerabilities
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Apple says new MacBook Airs to ship first week of November
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
The five best things in Linux 2.6.27
Discussion: digg.com
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Report: Russian Hacker Forums Fueled Georgia Cyber Attacks
Pete Koomen / Google App Engine Blog:
Announcing HTTPS support for appspot.com!
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Exclusive Hands-On With Averatec 18.4-Inch All-In-One
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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
First Panasonic Tru2way TVs hit stores in Chicago, Denver
Discussion: DSLreports and Ars Technica
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The New Yahoo! Profile and Doing Data Portability the Right Way
Discussion: Valleywag and Webware.com
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Epic Win  —  GOODBYE, SCHADENFREUDE; HELLO, FAIL.
Discussion: Guardian and Valleywag
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2008 RESULTS
 

 
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