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7:20 PM ET, November 7, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Cash Panic Sweeping The VC Industry  —  Why have VC firms and PE firms clamped down on investments so fast?  Why are they shouting from the rooftops that portfolio companies had better start cutting costs immediately?  —  Well, for one thing, because they're not boneheads.
Discussion: Private Equity, PE Hub Blog and Gawker
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cash panic sweeping VC industry: The capital calls problem  —  Reports are growing that the financial crisis is hurting big investors that have traditionally sustained the venture capital industry.  Large institutions, such as pension funds, financial institutions (including some of the banks …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Chinese hack into White House network  —  Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US official told the Financial Times.  —  On each occasion, the cyber attackers accessed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Internet As A Force In Politics: “Obama Would Not Have Won Without The Internet”  —  New York Magazine's John Heilemann is leading a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this morning on “The Web and Politics.”  Joining him is San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Arianna Huffington and Joe Trippi.
Discussion: Webware.com, Epicenter, BBC and HipMojo.com
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Christina Clark / Download Squad:
Barack Obama - President 2.0?
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Gawker
Nick / Rough Type:
Who killed the blogosphere?  —  Blogging seems to have entered its midlife crisis, with much existential gnashing-of-teeth about the state and fate of a literary form that once seemed new and fresh and now seems familiar and tired.  And there's good reason for the teeth-gnashing.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple iPhone Chief Claims He Didn't Violate IBM Contract  —  Mark Papermaster says in court papers that the two tech vendors are not direct competitors.  —  Apple's newly appointed chief of iPod and iPhone engineering said his move to Cupertino does not violate a non-compete contract he signed …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple gambling on Papermaster's leadership skills
Discussion: MacNN
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Steve Ballmer Confirms Existence of Windows Mobile 6.5  —  The possibility of there being a Windows Mobile 6.5 fell in the “rumor” column after Motorola CEO casually mentioned it in a conference call.  Now have official word from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer that this rumor is reality.
Gary Burd / FriendFeed Blog:
Instant FriendFeed - Notifications and Posting over IM  —  The great thing about IM is that it's instant.  You know right away when someone wants to reach you.  To give users the option of having that same immediacy when it comes to FriendFeed, we're now offering FriendFeed over IM:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed goes where Twitter can't: IM
Discussion: MediaMemo and Mashable!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Barclays Cuts FY Q1 iPhone Forecast; Sees Ultra-Portable Macbook, Possible Phone Price Cuts In 2009  —  The latest cautionary comment from the Street on the prospects for Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales for the December quarter comes from Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TUAW
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Subletting Office Space At NYC Googleplex (GOOG)  —  Want to address your rent check to Larry and Sergey — and move into one of NYC's best Internet-connected buildings?  —  Here's your chance: Google (GOOG) will be subleasing about 50,000 square feet of office space at its massive NYC headquarters at 76 Ninth Ave.
Discussion: Valleywag and Startup Meme
Christina Wodtke / The LinkedIn Blog:
Announcing LinkedIn Events  —  LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Answers cater to two of the three most important activities professionals engage in to further their career and starting today, we're launching the third and most important piece of that puzzle - LinkedIn Events.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook CFO in two places at once  —  We've always been impressed by Facebook CFO Gideon Yu's ability to snooker investors around the world.  The list of people he's taken for a ride include MIcrosoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Hong Kong telecom mogul Li Ka-Shing.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Making Money On MySpace: Payments and Virtual Gifts Coming Soon  —  In the platform wars between Facebook on the one side and MySpace, Google, and the whole OpenSocial crew on the other, the side that makes it easier for application developers to make the most money will win.
Erick Schonfeld / MobileCrunch:
Study: iPhones Twice As Reliable As BlackBerries  —  The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds.  SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans.
Discussion: Technologizer and MacDailyNews
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitter Planning to Open Up the Firehose “by Thanksgiving”  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Twitter/FriendFeed)  —  In an assuring statement in the Twitter API Developers Group, Alex Payne, the API lead at Twitter, shared that they have plans to have their Fire-hose of Data available …
Discussion: Webware.com
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Windows 7 to arrive by 2009 holiday season  —  Expect to see Windows 7 right around this time next year.  —  CNET reports that during a technical session at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft director Jim Howe gave a presentation that seemed to confirm …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Focus Switches To Search Deal With Microsoft  —  Jerry Yang's list of options for stopping the bleeding at Yahoo (YHOO) has continued to dwindle.  Pressured by the Feds, Google (GOOG) pulled out of the search outsourcing deal.  Despite speculation, Microsoft (MSFT) …
Discussion: Associated Press
Brad Stone / Bits:
BitTorrent Sacks Half Its Staff  —  As an open-source technology protocol, the file-sharing system BitTorrent is going strong, representing about half the world's Internet traffic by some measures.  But the San Francisco company, BitTorrent, is showing signs of serious trouble while it tries to commercialize the technology.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Former Time Inc. Exec Domeniconi to Lead Microsoft U.S. Ad Sales  —  Will Be Responsible for Digital Media Assets From Xbox Live to Facebook Display Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — To try to pull together all of its myriad digital media assets for clients, Microsoft has lured an executive from the magazine world.
Dan Farber / CNET News:
The future of the cloud  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The cloud was omnipresent at the Web 2.0 Summit as industry executives discussed the migration from the client to millions of virtualized servers as the information pipe.  —  “There is a lot of hype.  We think about the cloud as the next evolution in computing …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Google Seals Up Android ‘Jailbreak’ in Automatic Update  —  It only took Google about three days to recognize, examine and fix the vulnerability that allowed Android phones to be ‘jailbroken’, and users should see the fix (update RC30) pushed to their phones over the air during the next few days.
Hitwise Intelligence:
Guest Post - Sizing Up the Long Tail of Search  —  At Hitwise our clients are always discovering new trends from the vast amount of data we offer.  From those findings we frequently get asked by clients to let them post their findings to our research blog.  So I am happy to present …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Game Studio Brash Entertainment's Millions Vanish  —  Brash Entertainment, a video game studio that concentrates on game adaptations of movies, is firing 20 workers and temporarily suspending pay for some of its developers, Variety reports.  By now this sounds like a familiar story.
Discussion: The Cut Scene, Kotaku and Startup Meme
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Erik Huggers sets out plans for BBC iPlayer's future  —  The success of the BBC iPlayer is proof that the corporation is right to bet its future on the internet, its director of future media and technology, Erik Huggers, said yesterday.  —  Huggers also announced that the online TV catch …
Discussion: paidContent and TheAppleBlog
Gamasutra:
Exclusive: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii First/Third Party Game Attach Rate Exposed  —  As part of today's in-depth analysis of new Nintendo-published graphs on the state of the market, Gamasutra has calculated the attach rate (also known as ‘tie ratios’ — the number of games sold per console) …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Arrives: Sleek but Slow  —  This morning the stork dropped off one of the most highly-anticipated netbooks of the year.  Everyone wanted to see and touch the Inspiron Mini 12 because it's the first netbook with a 12-inch display.  How good was the keyboard?  How bright was the display?
 
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Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Google and Microsoft executives trade jabs
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
GBM InkShow: Windows 7 and N-Trig Pre-Beta Multi-Touch Demo
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Researchers Hijack Storm Worm to Track Profits
Discussion: The Spam Diaries
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon's Touch Pro caught on video
Discussion: pocketnow.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft touts 25 percent eBay Cashback rebate
Discussion: Neowin.net and Live Search
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Introducing The First Extension For Fennec (aka Firefox Mobile)
Electronista:
MS deems hybrid graphics unstable for Windows 7
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Yahoo adds social features to Yahoo Buzz
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Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks
Discussion: Lifehacker and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Worldwide broadband prices drop 20% in less than a year
Discussion: DSLreports and broadstuff
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Money Transfer Service iKobo Calls It Quits
Discussion: YugaTech and Startup Meme
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Building Large Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: TechFlash and Oregonian
Rodney Gedda / Techworld:
Microsoft ‘interested’ in open source browser: Ballmer
 

 
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