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3:50 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.
biz.yahoo.com:
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Termination of a Material Definitive Agreeme  —  Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement  —  On September 28, 2007, eBay Inc., a Delaware corporation ("eBay"), and its subsidiaries, Skype Luxembourg Holdings S.A.R.L. …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Management Shake Up At Skype  —  A big management change at Skype has occurred with Niklas Zennstrom resigning as CEO and Henry Gomez returning to eBay.  —  This tells me a few things.  First that the eBay leadership is not happy with the direction Skype has been going and is looking …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Zennstrom Out as Skype CEO; Pays $530 Million Earnout …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay: Skype wasn't all that after all  —  eBay confessed its Skype sins on Monday.
Discussion: WSJ.com
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Bought with an arm and a leg, Skype bleeding cash and looking for new CEO
Janus Friis:
(not) just another monday
Discussion: WebProNews, JoostTeam.com and WinBeta
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Static On Skype, Zennstrom Quits
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Leaderboard To Launch, Attacking Technorati's Last Stronghold  —  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 like Google Blog Search, Ask.com and Sphere (among others).
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Radiohead Fans to Name Their Price for New Album  —  In an unusual test for the music industry's transition to digital sales, the superstar British rock band Radiohead said its much anticipated new album will initially be available only as a digital download on the band's Web site — with fans choosing the price they are willing to pay.
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BBC:
Radiohead fans to pick album cost
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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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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James Niccolai / PC World:
Nokia Buys Navtec Mapping Service for $8.1 Billion
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Google's Friends And Family Plan  —  The drumbeat has started in Silicon Valley: Google phones are coming.  —  It's no secret that Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) is keen to become a pivotal player in the mobile phone world.  And one of the companies often mentioned behind closed doors …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, IP Democracy and Epicenter
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T threatens to disconnect subscribers who criticize the company
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Adobe Raises The Stakes For Web Documents With Buzzword and Share  —  The list of companies offering free, Web-based word processors just got longer.  Today, Adobe is entering the Webtop game (watch out, Microsoft Office) with its announcement that it will purchase Boston-based startup Virtual Ubiquity, the company behind Buzzword.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Launches: Video Interview With Mike Volpi  —  Joost, the impeccably pedigreed, funded, and hyped Internet TV platform is releasing its software to the general public on Monday.  For those of you beta testers (like us) who've griped about the reliability and usability of the application …
www.htc.com:
HTC unveils Q4 2007 device line-up  —  Demonstrates breadth of capability and innovation with launch of three new smart devices  —  HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; "HTC"), the world's leading provider of Windows Mobile®-based smart devices and computers, today launched three new devices from its Q4 2007 product portfolio.
 
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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Debut Zune 2 on Tuesday
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Financial Times Will Allow Some Free Access to Web Site
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VC Exit Market Not Impacted by Market Volatility and Sub Prime Concerns in 3Q 2007
The Register:
Would-be politician fails in Yahoo! and Ask.com lawsuit
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Paul Bond / Reuters:
TV Guide cuts clutter with online video service
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebProNews
Dave Clark / Joost™ Blog:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Sued For Cutting iPhone Price
Discussion: Computerworld
Phil Manchester / The Register:
Open source development goes Mac-tastic
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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