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1:35 PM 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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Start a company in a recession? Absolutely!
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've 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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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Zuckerberg flirts with record labels, eyes digital music biz
Discussion: Reuters
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.
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Edible Apple:
Steve Jobs email response re: lack of Firewire on MacBooks  —  Pictured below is a supposed email from Steve Jobs himself regarding the lack of Firewire on the newly introduced MacBooks.  Jobs kind of dances around the issue and just mentions that USB 2 is a viable option instead.
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Jobs responds to outrage over MacBook's missing FireWire [u]
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Mac Observer
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.
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Dusanb / IntoMobile:
Qik taps the feature phone market
Discussion: Electronista and mobilesyrup.com
PR Newswire:
Qik Launches First Live Mobile Video Streaming on Mass Market Phones
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
GamesIndustry.biz:
LittleBigPlanet release delayed worldwide  —  The release of Sony's highly anticipated PlayStation 3 title LittleBigPlanet has been delayed worldwide.  —  The title has been delayed due to references to the Qu'ran on the in-game soundtrack.  —  “During the review process prior to the release …
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 and AppScout
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Ars Technica:
Benchmarking Flash Player 10 (Updated)  —  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 …
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
New MacBook Pro's got game: compelling new gaming benchmarks  —  It has been a long-running joke amongst gamers that Mac users tend to wallow in a dearth of gaming options.  While that perception may have been true in the past, the tides are definitely turning for the gaming Mac user.
Discussion: MacRumors, MacUser and The Apple Core
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Buy American.  I Am.  —  THE financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad.  Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher.  In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.
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 …
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google UK Allows Gambling Ads Now  —  The Guardian reported that starting today, gambling ads will be introduced for Google UK (excluding Northern Ireland).  “Web users in Great Britain will be the first in the world to see gambling ads on Google since 2004, when the US search engine giant introduced …
Discussion: Techdirt, Guardian and WebProNews
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's Snow Leopard to sport Cocoa Finder and ImageBoot  —  Apple next-generation Snow Leopard operating system will introduce a massive re-write of the Mac OS X Finder and debut a new feature called ImageBoot, AppleInsider has learned.  —  Cocoa-based Finder
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
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.
 
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Tim Westergren / Pandora:
A Sad Day  —  This is a very sad day for Pandora, and for me personally.
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sprint HTC Touch Pro delayed
InfoWorld:
Microsoft makes gains in server virtualization
Greg Phillips / PlayStation.Blog:
Resistance 2 beta begins... today!
Discussion: Kotaku, Destructoid and videogaming247
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
NVIDIA launches the Quadro CX GPU for graphic professionals
Discussion: TG Daily, Gizmodo and InformationWeek
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Heidi N. Moore / Deal Journal:
Steve Ballmer May Want Yahoo. Microsoft Does Not.
Discussion: Industry Standard
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adult Startup Zivity Cuts 1/3 Of Staff
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Discovery CEO: Web ‘Take-up Rate Is Not That Strong’
Discussion: Financial Times
AppleInsider:
Apple says new MacBook Airs to ship first week of November
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