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10:15 PM ET, October 22, 2008

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Tough times, hard decisions.  —  Given the challenging economic environment, we've decided to cut costs at Mahalo.  —  Although we've got a significant amount of cash on hand, and the business is ahead of schedule in terms of traffic (4m uniques a month, double where we thought we would be at this point) …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Mahalo in English: Suddenly, it's 2001  —  You knew this was coming...  When Mahalo launched, the naysayers came out in droves: we penned a post called Mahalo: English for 1996.  —  Then as the company morphed from one project to another, the cynicism grew.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis' Mahalo Fires People  —  Jason Calacanis' Wikipedia-for-profit Mahalo laid off 11 of its 20-to-25 member editorial staff and two developers yesterday, says a former employee.  The source tells us some of the positions will be rehired in the Philippines.  (Jason says only 6-7 people were let go).
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Mahalo Fires Staff; Bad Economy or Bad Business Model at Fault?
TechFlash:
Bill Gates' mysterious new company  —  Just months after his Microsoft farewell, Bill Gates is quietly creating a new company — complete with high-tech office space, a cryptic name and even its own trademark.  —  Public documents describe the new Gates entity — bgC3 LLC — as a “think tank.”
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market: Now available for users  —  Last month I outlined some details around Android Market.  Today, Android Market launched for users to download applications along with the first Android-powered phone—the T-Mobile G1.  —  With Android Market, users can easily download apps to their Android-powered phone.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Top Ten Android Launch Apps  —  The first Android phone. the G1, goes on sale today at T-Mobile stores.  And, although I have some issues with the software/hardware interface, those are more than overcome by all the great software on the phone.  I've been testing out a phone for about a week …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics Upgrade: AdSense Reporting, Visualization Tools, & More  —  A day after announcing a slight touch up, Google Analytics is rolling out what it calls a “significant upgrade” to its feature set.  The new tools include AdSense integration, Motion Charts, advanced segmentation …
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Avinash Kaushik / Occam's Razor:
Google Analytics Releases Advanced Segmentation: Now Be A Ninja!
Vineesha Malkani / Inside AdSense:
Make a date with data in Google Analytics
edilee:
Touching Firefox  —  I finally upgraded from my iBook G4 to one of those new shiny aluminum MacBooks last Tuesday, so over the weekend, I got to play around with the big buttonless glass trackpad.  I noticed that I often used the 4-finger gestures to show all windows or the desktop but rarely used any 3-finger ones.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Experimental Firefox 3.1 Build Gets Awesome Multitouch Gestures on Macs
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs: We Still Haven't Figured Out The Living Room (AAPL)  —  Not Steve Jobs' most important comment during last night's earnings call, but still interesting: Apple's (AAPL) chief admits no one has succeeded yet at bridging your living room TV with the Internet — including Apple …
Discussion: Technologizer and Zatz Not Funny!
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Much of Apple's Value Is Steve Jobs? 20%+
Discussion: Industry Standard
Andrew Keen / Internet Evolution:
Economy to Give Open-Source a Good Thumping  —  When we think of the Great Depression, we imagine long lines of gaunt men, caps in hand, waiting for soup handouts.  The equivalent photos of today's economic hard times — displayed for free, of course, on Flickr — may be represented by images …
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Comcast:
Comcast Begins Rollout Of Extreme 50 Mbps High-Speed Internet Service  —  Plans to Reach More Than 10 Major Markets and Nearly 10 Million Homes and Businesses in the Next Several Months  —  Two New, Faster Speed Tiers Introduced and Speeds Doubled for Most Existing Customers
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Music Social Network Imeem In Play; Hires Bank; Laying Off 25 Percent  —  Online music-focused social network Imeem is on the block, according to our sources, and has hired investment banker Montgomery and Co. to lead the sale.  Coincidentally, we have also learned that the company is announcing …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New signs point to Windows 7 debuting earlier than expected  —  As I've mentioned a couple of times on this blog, Microsoft privately is telling some of its customers that Windows 7 will be out in the latter half of 2009.  —  It's true, as Microsoft's spokespeople contend, that the …
AT&T:
AT&T Customers to Enter a ‘Bold’ New Wireless World  —  Breakthrough BlackBerry Smartphone Is Coming to Nation's Fastest 3G Network; Arrives in Stores Nov. 4  —  Waterloo, Ontario — AT&T customers will be entering a bold new wireless world with the launch of the BlackBerry® Bold&trade …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
iPhones are a must-have for Congress  —  House members in the next Congress could get Apple's iPhone as their newest communication gadget.  —  The Chief Administrative Office (CAO), which oversees the communications systems for the House, has begun testing a small number of iPhones within …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Intel blasts iPhone; Apple honeymoon over  —  Intel's Shane Wall, at left, explains why he thinks the iPhone suffers from its use of an ARM chip, while Intel's Pankaj Kedia listens.  —  (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)  —  Intel's romance with Apple appears to have gone sour.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Rackspace Buys Two Startups to Beat Amazon's Cloud  —  Rackspace Hosting said today that it has agreed to buy startups Slicehost and Jungle Disk, a move aimed at boosting its Mosso cloud offerings in order to step up competition with Amazon's Web Services.  But whether or not Rackspace …
TechCrunchIT:
Facebook Connect and OpenID Relationship Status: “It's Complicated”  —  Editor's Note: This post was contributed by John McCrea, VP of marketing for Plaxo, which is at the vanguard of the data portability movement.  He also blogs at The Real McCrea and does a weekly video podcast about …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Hires Yale's Business School Dean  —  Apple Inc. is hiring the dean of Yale University's business school to start a new project that it calls Apple University.  —  The Cupertino, Calif., company said Joel Podolny, the dean of the Yale School of Management will join Apple as vice president …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CNET News
Office Sustained Engineering:
Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System  —  We're pleased to announce that Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system is expected to be released in the near future.  Although we aren't yet announcing the exact release date, it will fall between February and April of 2009.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Amazon meets expectations, but offers dim holiday forecast  —  Amazon's third-quarter revenue was in line with analyst expectations, but e-commerce doesn't appear to be immune to the economic slump pounding offline and online retailers alike.  —  For the quarter ended September 30 …
David / TmoNews:
Software update for the G1 tomorrow?  —  Wow, not a day after the launch T-mobile and Google are prepping an OTA update for bug fixes and “working out the kinks.”  I'm not sure if I am impressed by the rapid application of this OTA update or disappointed that one is ready not 24 hours after launch.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Gadgetell and Android Forums
PE Hub Blog:
Omidyar Network Staffs Up  —  Omidyar Network has made several new hires: Mark Halprin as a partner, after serving as VP of global safety and trust for eBay; Sal Giambanco as a partner in charge of human capital, after previously serving as VP of HR for PayPal and eBay; Stephen King as an investment director …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
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Tony Smith / The Register:
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