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11:15 AM ET, October 23, 2008

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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Sun Loses Co-Founder to Start-Up  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Andreas von Bechtolsheim, a brilliant billionaire who has created some of the best-selling computer systems in the industry, is resigning as chief architect of Sun Microsystems to focus on a start-up that is challenging another industry giant, Cisco Systems.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ex-Cisco SVP to Lead Andy Bechtolsheim's Latest Switch Startup  —  Andy Bechtolsheim may be well known for co-founding Sun Microsystems, but the reality is that his list of accomplishments is much longer.  Whenever there is a major infrastructure technology shift, you can bet …
Discussion: The Register and Business Week
msevents.microsoft.com:
TechNet Webcast: Information Regarding an Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Release (Level 200)  —  Event ID: 1032393978 … English.  —  Product(s):  —  Security.  —  Audience(s):  —  IT Professional.  —  Duration:  —  60 Minutes  —  Start Date: Event Overview
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Tough times, unoriginal blog posts  —  Mahalo founder: “Tough times, hard decisions.”  Zillow founder: “Difficult times, difficult decisions.”  Seesmic founder: “Tough times.  Tough decisions.”  The only thing easy in these times is what to headline your post about the employees you just laid off.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Email From Jason Calacanis: How To Handle Layoffs
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Tough times, hard decisions.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Apple Can Enable Dual GPU and On-the-Fly Switching in MacBook Pro  —  Nvidia dropped by today to demo some of the awesome things that the GeForce 9400M in the new MacBooks can do that Intel's integrated graphics just can't touch, and to discuss a few technical points.
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Big Day for Amazon EC2: Production, SLA, Windows, and 4 New Capabilities  —  My colleagues and I have spent the week building up anticipation for this post on Twitter.  After you read this post I am sure that you will agree that the wait was worthwhile.  —  The hallways at Amazon have been buzzing with excitement of late.
Discussion: Webware.com and GigaOM
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Using the Cloud to build highly-efficient systems
Discussion: Moonwatcher
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple Polishes Popular MacBook for a Higher Price  —  Apple's MacBook laptop, the company's low-end portable computer aimed at average consumers, isn't just any old product.  It's the best-selling Macintosh in history, at a time when Mac sales are growing much faster than sales of PCs in the U.S. overall.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Announces $22.7 Million Infusion From SAP, Goldman Sachs, and McGraw Hill  —  Business networking startup LinkedIn is announcing today that it has raised another $22.7 million, on top of the $53 million D round it closed last June at a $1 billion valuation.
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
How to avoid being an IT layoff casualty  —  During this period of downturn, the unadulterated waste caused by failed IT will drive layoffs, as organizations cancel poorly performing projects.  Although these marginal projects might have escaped the axe during better times, today they're perfect budget-cut targets.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
EU thinks of the children, launches safe Internet initiative  —  The European Parliament voted today to launch a new version of its Safer Internet Programme that will run from 2009-2013.  The updated Safer Internet program “will... promote safer use of the Internet and other communication technologies …
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Weblogs, Inc. Three Years Later: Impressive Page View And Revenue Growth  —  Earlier this month News Corp. celebrated the three year anniversary of the acquisition of MySpace.  Today, AOL does the same for the Weblogs, Inc. blog network they acquired in October 2005.
Discussion: Valleywag and The Blog Herald
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Russian Antimonopoly Service Bans Google Acquisition of Begun  —  Back in July we reported on acquisition of a Russian contextual advertising company Begun (one of the largest companies working in the field in Russia) by Google.  At the time we suggested that a combination of contextual advertising sold …
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.”
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Severance Costs Push NYT To Q3 Loss; Exploring Writedown For New England Media Group  —  The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) is considering a $100-150 million impairment charge for its troubled New England Media Group because times continue to be tough and are getting tougher.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Q&A with Jeff Lanctot, Chief Strategy Officer for Interactive Ad Agency Razorfish  —  Earlier today, I spoke with Jeff Lanctot, chief strategy officer for Razorfish, one of the world's biggest interactive agencies, about advertisers' mentality in the face of a prolonged downturn.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Razorfish's Lanctot: Flexibility's A Double-Edged Sword For Online …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook Music is getting its act together  —  Facebook is indeed working on a plan to deeply integrate streaming music into its site, I've learned.  The details of a rumor published last week in the New York Post are, from my understanding, basically accurate.
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Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace Music picks up more indie artists
PR Newswire:
GSI Commerce Reports Fiscal 2008 Third Quarter Operating Results  —  GSI Commerce Inc. (Nasdaq: GSIC - News) today announced its financial results for its fiscal 2008 third quarter ended Sept. 27, 2008.  —  Fiscal 2008 Third Quarter Compared to Fiscal 2007 Third Quarter
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Expands to Firefox and IE  —  Earlier this year, we launched Inquisitor 3 for Safari.  Since then, users have been asking (demanding) that we make Inquisitor available on other browser platforms.  This evening, we're doing just that with the launch of Inquisitor Firefox 2 and 3 and Internet Explorer 7 and 8.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 before 2010?  Magic 8 Ball says “don't count on it”  —  Last week Microsoft announced that product codenamed Windows 7 would retail with that same name.  At the time, the company refrained from announcing a ship date, with current predictions ranging from late 2009 to early 2010.
 
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