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1:40 PM ET, October 12, 2009

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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Genentech's (And Apple Board Member) Arthur Levinson Leaves Google Board  —  Genentech chairman Arthur D. Levinson is resigning from Google's Board of Directors, the Mountain View company announced earlier this morning.  His departure comes shortly after Google Chairman and CEOEricSchmidt resigned …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Levinson Leaves Google Board Amid Regulatory Inquiry
Discussion: The Hill, Engadget and DailyFinance
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Ellison rips IBM, shows off Sun-Oracle benchmarks, offers $10M prize  —  On Sunday night Larry Ellison took the stage at his annual event, Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, and came out swinging like a samurai warrior with a newly-sharpened sword.  His main target: IBM.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Windows Vista: A Review Recap  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't so sure about how folks are going to respond to Windows 7.  As Mary-Jo Foley says in a ZDNet blog post, Ballmer told Bloomberg that “The test feedback (on Windows 7) has been good, but the test feedback on Vista was good.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Slashdot
Ina Fried / CNET News:
T-Mobile halts sales of Sidekick  —  Wireless carrier T-Mobile USA has, at least temporarily, stopped selling all models of the Sidekick in the wake of a massive hardware failure that resulted in many customers losing their e-mail, contacts, and other data.  —  As of Sunday, all models …
Discussion: Maximum PC and dailywireless.org
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Why Email No Longer Rules...  And what that means for the way we communicate  —  Services like Twitter, Facebook and Google Wave create a constant stream of interaction among users—for better or worse.  —  Email has had a good run as king of communications.  But its reign is over.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Spotify competitor Deezer raises €6.5 million Series B round  —  [France] - Music search and discovery engine Deezer has raised €6.5 million in a second round of financing, bringing the total amount invested in the French upstart to approx. €12.2 million.
The Steve Rubel Lifestream:
Posterous Catches Friendfeed  —  Since it was acquired, I have basically abandoned Friendfeed.  I love the service, but I am waiting to see how the team integrates it into Facebook.  —  Unsurprisingly, traffic to the Friendfeed site has plummeted since the acquisition in August.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Only 17 venture capital firms raise money in Q3 — fewest in 15 years  —  Venture capitalists are a breed in decline.  —  Just 17 venture capital firms raised new funds in the third quarter of 2009, the smallest number of number of firms in any quarter since the third quarter of 1994 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Glam steals Yahoo's head of display advertising, Josh Jacobs  —  Glam, the fast growing content and ad network for women, has hired away Josh Jacobs, a top advertising executive from Yahoo.  —  The move is significant because Jacobs was Yahoo's top executive for online display advertising.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
Joe Fay / The Register:
‘Amateur’ IBM brings down Air New Zealand  —  Mainframe power failure strands thousands  —  The boss of Air New Zealand has launched an astonishing attack on IBM after a catastrophic system crash crippled the airline and left passengers stranded.  —  The massive IBM letdown …
Amanda Andrews / Telegraph:
Sky Songs service ‘will rival iTunes’  —  BSKYB will next week launch its digital music service, Sky Songs, in a move designed to challenge the domination of iTunes and Spotify in the music downloads business.  —  After lengthy delays, the satellite broadcaster has signed deals with music suppliers EMI …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
The $1.5 billion scramble for Vente Privee by Gilt, eBay and Amazon  —  [France] On stage at last year's Le Web an argument broke out between co-founder Loic Le Meur and TechCrunch's Michael Arrington over whether Europe was capable of producing a ‘big win’ Web company or whether Skype was, perhaps, just a one-hit wonder.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough.  But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology companies and the federal government.
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and open, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mike Chino / INHABITAT:
LG Unveils Solar Powered E-Book Reader  —  If we were stuck on a desert island with only one book, this recently unveiled solar e-book would be at the top of our list!  Designed by LG Display, the sleek reader features a wafer-fin photovoltaic cell that provides it with a steady stream of solar energy.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Guardian Hiring Bloggers For Local News Network  —  There's now no doubt that Guardian News & Media is planning a local online news project.  Despite parent company Guardian Media Group laying off almost 250 staff in its regional division this year, GNM is hiring for metropolitan “beatbloggers” …
Jason Notte / TheStreet.com:
Microsoft's Ad Blitz Targets Wrong Enemy  —  REDMOND, Wash. (TheStreet) — Within the last year, Microsoft(MSFT Quote) has been Jerry Seinfeld's pal, a PC, a party planner and a four-year-old girl.  It has been a costly identity crisis.  —  It has also been a long 18 months of ad wars that's …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words  —  It's almost a truism in the tech world that copyright owners reflexively oppose new inventions that do (or might) disrupt existing business models.  But how many techies actually know what rightsholders have said and written for the last hundred years on the subject?
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg.com
Stuart Corner / iTWire:
Industry heavyweights demand fewer standards bodies  —  The CTOs of some of the word's leading IT&T vendors - including Cisco and Microsoft - and some of the largest telcos - including BT, NTT and Telstra - have joined forces in a bid to rationalise what they see as an excess of different …
 
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
M-Commerce's Big Moment
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
International Kindle Crippled at Launch: No Web Access Outside US
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
New Ad-Aware offers behavioral detection
Discussion: Lifehacker
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft wants multicore boost from Windows 7
Ed Sperling / Forbes:
What IBM Knows About CIOs
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
In defense of fanboys  —  I'm on the take.  Microsoft pays my salary.
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 Earlier Items: 
Jen Gordon / Smashing Magazine:
iPhone App Design Trends
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Facebook ensnared in two social networking patent disputes
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Underutilized Power Of The Video Demo To Explain What The Hell You Actually Do
Sharon Gaudin / Epicenter:
Study: 54 Percent of Companies Ban Facebook, Twitter at Work
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and AppScout
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Tough choices for feds giving out broadband money
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Innovation: The psychology of Google Wave
 

 
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