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10:40 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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM announcing BlackBerry Storm-alike for U.S. at WES 2009, more devices  —  Look, we really don't want to do this to you, (well, we kind of do) but we're just got the word from one of our RIM ninjas that there will be a BlackBerry Storm-type device announced at WES 2009.
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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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   News Corp Rethinks Private Equity Investment In MySpace Music …
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.
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.
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.
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
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, Massively and CrunchGear
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile and BlackBerryNews.com
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
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 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 …
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
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.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Report: Russian Hacker Forums Fueled Georgia Cyber Attacks  —  An exhaustive inquiry into August's cyber attacks on the former Soviet bloc nation of Georgia finds no smoking gun in the hands of the Russian government.  But experts say evidence suggests that Russian officials did little …
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 …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
The five best things in Linux 2.6.27  —  Does anyone really know what will be better in Windows 7?  I don't and I follow Windows almost as closely as I do Linux.  With Linux, on the other hand, we know exactly what we're getting well in advance of its arrival.
Discussion: digg.com
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Vimeo Lanches Vimeo Plus Paid Service  —  As promised, the increasingly popular video sharing site Vimeo launched its premium paid service today, introducing a host of new features for those willing to pony up — and placing more restrictions on those who don't.  —  For a $59.95 annual subscription, Vimeo Plus offers:
Discussion: CenterNetworks and ReadWriteWeb
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
Separate metrics for Google and search partners are now available  —  We're happy to let you know that we've changed the way your Campaign Summary and Ad Group Summary pages present statistics in order to give you additional level of detail into your campaign performance.
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Alerting webmasters to webserver vulnerabilities  —  I'm really happy about a new experiment that we're trying that has the potential to help a ton of site owners.  A new blog post on the Google webmaster blog (you are subscribed to the webmaster blog, right?
AppleInsider:
Apple says new MacBook Airs to ship first week of November  —  Apple Store customers who ordered Apple's new 45-nanometer MacBook Airs with the understanding that they would not ship until “Early November” now have a more definitive date to go by.  —  AppleInsider reader Miguel …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Epic Win  —  GOODBYE, SCHADENFREUDE; HELLO, FAIL.  —  When Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson testified before the Senate banking committee last month about Paulson's proposed bailout bill, a demonstrator in the audience held up an 8.5-by-11 piece of paper with one word scrawled on it in block letters: “FAIL.”
Discussion: Guardian and Valleywag
 
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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
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Core Jr / Core77:
FLOTspotting: Icono: A Finger Phone by Zinc Chan
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Yanko Design
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
First Panasonic Tru2way TVs hit stores in Chicago, Denver
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The New Yahoo! Profile and Doing Data Portability the Right Way
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