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7:05 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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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mahalo Fires Staff; Bad Economy or Bad Business Model at Fault?  —  Just back from a business trip to Europe and Asia, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis has decided to make some cuts, firing nearly 10% of the staff and has started to rent out space to other startups.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Jason Calacanis' Mahalo Fires People
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 …
Jonathan Skillings / Crave:
T-Mobile delivers the G1 (aka Android) phone
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.”
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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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 …
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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 …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Launches DOCSIS 3.0 In New England - Though Comcast has yet to officially actually tell anybody...  On Monday we were the first to report that Comcast was getting very close to launching new 22Mbps/5Mbps and 50Mbps/10Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in a handful of new markets.
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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 …
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 …
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: Zatz Not Funny!
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Suzanne Tindal / ZDNet.com.au:
Intel slams ‘slow’ iPhone ARM CPU  —  Any speed shortcomings in Apple's iPhone were the fault of its rival chipset manufacturer ARM, a senior Intel executive said in Taiwan yesterday.  —  “The shortcomings of the iPhone are not because of Apple,” Intel's director of ecosystems …
Discussion: AppleInsider, iLounge, Cult of Mac and GMSV
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Intel blasts iPhone; Apple honeymoon over
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apricot drops ‘too complicated’ Linux from netbook line  —  Apricot has pulled the plug on its Linux-based netbook, choosing instead to offer the pint-sized Picobook Pro only with Windows XP.  —  The Pro, which launched last week, was to be offered with a choice of XP and SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TomsTechBlog.com
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Andrea on Amazon …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ignoring Downturns Is Unhealthy And Dangerous  —  Ok, here we go again.  As soon as people get tired of blaming the venture capitalists for the downturn and layoffs, they start to point the finger at bloggers and journalists who write about them.  In a blog post, SocialMedian founder Jason …
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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why I like netbooks  —  John Markoff quotes Steve Jobs.  “We don't know how to build a sub-$500 computer that is not a piece of junk.”  —  As with all Jobsisms, it's beautifully elegant, true — and misleading.  You have to read it very carefully.  —  He isn't saying no one knows how to build one, just that “we” don't know how to.
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 31% to $4.26 Billion; Sales Growth Fueled by Lower Prices, Expanded Selection and Free Shipping  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.
AT&T:
Strong Wireless Gains, Sound Operational Execution Highlight AT&T's Third Quarter; Results Led by 2.4 Million iPhone 3G Activations, Rapid Wireless Data Growth  — $0.55 reported earnings per diluted share versus $0.50 in the year-earlier quarter  — $0.67 adjusted earnings per diluted share …
 
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street analysts weigh in on Apple's fourth quarter results
Discussion: The Register
Rob Crossley / Edge Online:
No Gears of War 2 for Japan or Germany
Discussion: TechSpot and CrunchGear
Office Sustained Engineering:
Announcing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There A Hidden Broadband Price War?
Discussion: DSLreports
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Financial Times to axe up to 60 jobs
Discussion: sfnblog and MediaFile
Sameer Desai / GamingIndians.com:
Fallout 3 controversy: India release cancelled
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 Earlier Items: 
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Lessons From Burger King For This G1 Marketer
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sun's Largest Holder Boosts Stake; Turns Up The Heat
Discussion: Docu-Drama
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
After long, hard trip, Sling.com's almost ready
Discussion: Industry Standard
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
gContacts brings Google contacts to iPhone
Discussion: CNET News
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Spy shots of the Nokia E63 emerge
Discussion: Unwired View
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
A Look At Google's Newest Data Center
Discussion: CircleID