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7:30 PM ET, October 1, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Finally Official: eBay's Skype Has Bombed  —  eBay has finally acknowledged what has been obvious to the rest of the world for at least three quarters: the Skype acquisition gamble has failed.  Among the news today:  — Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom officially gone (he's been virtually gone for months)
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Business Wire:
Niklas Zennstrom Steps Down as CEO of Skype  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today announced that Niklas Zennstrom has stepped down as CEO of Skype.  Zennstrom, who co-founded Skype in 2003, will become non-executive chairman of the Skype Board of Directors.
Thomas Crampton / Media and Technology:
SCOOP: Zennstrom defends Skype while stepping down  —  October 1, 2007 - Niklas Zennstrom, CEO and co-founder of Skype, today stepped down from the company ahead of the scheduled work-through period for its acquisition by eBay.  —  Shortly before the public announcement of his departure …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Static On Skype, Zennstrom Quits
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Bought with an arm and a leg, Skype bleeding cash and looking for new CEO
Ed Sim / BeyondVC:
On performance based earnouts
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Techmeme Leaderboard is live  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard, that much-leaked list of Techmeme's top 100 sources, including blogs, non-blogs, and everything in between, is now up.  It ranks sites, every 20 minutes, simply by the amount of headline space they've occupied on Techmeme over the past month.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechMeme list heralds death of blogging?  —  I was just looking at the TechMeme Top 100 List and noticed that it has very few bloggers on it — I can only see about 12 real blogs on that list.  Blogging being defined as "single voice of a person."  Most of the things on the list are now done …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new top 100?  —  Like almost everyone else, I keep track of who's pointing to me in Technorati, a service that was created in a Thanksgiving programming binge by David Sifry, based on the output of (my own labor of love) weblogs.com.  —  Technorati grew to become a blog search engine …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Leaderboard To Launch, Attacking Technorati's Last Stronghold  —  Update: The leaderboard has launched.  See it here.  —  Blog search engine Technorati's founding CEO is gone, its traffic party has ended and its core search functionality is under long term fire from competitors …
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Debut Zune 2 on Tuesday  —  Microsoft will hold a event on Tuesday in Redmond to herald the second generation of Zune music players, BetaNews has learned.  —  According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event.
Dave Clark / Joost™ Blog:
Hello Public  —  Big day for us at Joost — today Joost is drawing back the curtain and steppin' out.  —  Haven't been able to score an invite?  Now it doesn't matter!  Everyone can enjoy a ballooning selection of comedy, music videos, documentaries, movies and the latest hits …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Service Helps Friends Share Their Online Discoveries  —  Four software designers who were instrumental in the creation of Google's popular e-mail and mapping services have founded a new company with the intent of making it easy for people to find out what Web material their friends are enjoying.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed To Aggregate Social Network Data Into A Single Feed  —  There has been an absolute flood of tech news this morning.  Lost somewhere in the shuffle is the private beta launch of a new startup, founded by four ex-Googlers, called FriendFeed.  And while it may not get a lot of attention today, keep an eye on them.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ  — The combined entity would create a leading global player in the fast growing location based services market  — NAVTEQ to support existing customers as before  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia and NAVTEQ today announced a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
They're asking $8 billion, but remember — location, location, location
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Barbarians Are At The Gate, But Microsoft Moves To Protect Office Revenues  —  The barbarians are at the gate, a new horde is on the way, but no one seems to be defending the castle.  Instead, the Microsoft Office warriors are rebranding, repackaging and relaunching old products and calling them new.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia unlocks anti-Apple campaign  —  The quartet of posters above was photographed in New York city over the weekend by a MacRumors forum jockey.  Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen Nokia pounce on Apple foibles, and it certainly won't be the last.
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Nokia Ads Take Aim at Apple's Closed iPhone
Discussion: Crave and CNET News.com
Josh Tyrangiel / Time:
Radiohead Says: Pay What You Want  —  Roughly 12,000 albums are released in an average year, so the announcement late Sunday night that the new Radiohead record, In Rainbows, will be out Oct. 10 is not itself big news.  Sure, Radiohead is on a sustained run as the most interesting …
Adobe:
Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3  —  For immediate release  —  Flash Player for Mobile Devices Delivers High-Impact Video and Dynamic Web Content  —  ADOBE MAX 2007, CHICAGO - October 1, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® …
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions  —  Don't respond to this post if you want to keep your AT&T connection  —  Most people don't read the fine print in their consumer contracts but those who do have noticed something about AT&T's new terms of service.
 
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Random Thoughts over some White Tea with Honey
Digital Joystick:
Bungie Leaving Microsoft!! You heard it here first folks
Discussion: CrunchGear, Kotaku, MTV and WinBeta
Ed Gorman / Times of London:
Steve Ballmer stirs the technology pay row
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
eBay's Desktop App, San Dimas, Enters Public Beta
Discussion: Computerworld
Tad / The Virtual Ubiquity Blog:
Adobe to Acquire Virtual Ubiquity
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's MSN: Still Sucking Wind After All These Years
Chris Williams / The Register:
Facebook wins Manx battle for face-book.com
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone users now fear security patches, say analysts
 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Google proposes 'crumbled cookies' in privacy pledge
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Deceptive EULA, spyware bring down the wrath of the FTC
Discussion: The Register
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Yahoo in 15-Nation Deal for Search on Cellphones
Discussion: StartupSquad.com and Mashable!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
PS3 price-cut coming October 12th?
Discussion: CrunchGear
BlackBerry:
RIM Introduces First CDMA-enabled BlackBerry Pearl
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Verizon's Big TV Bet Pays Off
Discussion: dslreports.com
www.htc.com:
HTC unveils Q4 2007 device line-up
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Google's Friends And Family Plan