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12:40 PM ET, October 15, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Layoffs Letter From CEO Randy Falco  —  More to come on this story, but AOL will lay off 2,000 employees.  Here is the letter to AOL employees that went out at 11 a.m. EDT today from CEO Randy Falco:  —  Dear AOL colleague,  —  Just over a year ago, AOL embarked on an incredibly complex …
Discussion: Bits, GigaOM, paidContent.org and Valleywag
Reuters:
Led Zeppelin to sell music online  —  LONDON (Reuters) - British rockers Led Zeppelin will offer their music online for the first time next month, they said on Monday.  —  The band, whose reunion gig in London in November prompted more than a million fans to apply for 10,000 available tickets …
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Mark Sweney / PDA:
Led Zeppelin to go digital
Discussion: The Register
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Discovery Plans to Buy Web Site  —  Discovery Communications Inc., looking to jump-start a stalled Internet strategy, plans to acquire the HowStuffWorks.com Web site for $250 million.  —  Discovery, owner of cable channels such as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, said it will use the site …
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Oliver Starr / blognation:
Jiglu is a Smarter Way to Tag Your Content  —  Tagging is one of those crucial areas that can make or break a site.  Not only can it profoundly influence SEO but it can have even greater effects upon HOW people find your site as well as how deeply into your site they delve once they find it.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zoli's Blog
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Conversation with Jiglu CEO Nigel Cannings
John Markoff / Bits:
Bill Gates Presents the One (Really Big) Ringy Dingy  —  For Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and the other companies that make telecommunications equipment, this Tuesday is a sort of D-Day.  —  That day, Bill Gates plans to introduce Microsoft's invasion into their business, with a new line of software …
Greenpeace News:
iPhone's hazardous chemicals  —  When will promises of a greener Apple bear fruit?  —  International — Scientific tests, arranged by Greenpeace, reveal that Apple's iPhone contains hazardous chemicals.  The tests uncovered two types of hazardous substances, some of which have already been eliminated by other mobile phone makers.
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Greenpeace hangs up on the iPhone
Discussion: Computerworld
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Pirates take over anti-piracy website  —  The Pirate Bay scores another victory over the music biz  —  Software pirates have launched an astonishing smash 'n' grab raid on the music biz, stealing the domain name of one of its foremost anti-piracy bodies.  —  The Pirate Bay has now taken …
Discussion: DailyTech, AppScout, p2pnet and Slashdot
Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
$100 Zune30s on Woot! today  —  If you don't know what Woot! is, now is a great time to find out.  Woot! sells one product each day starting at midnight CST.  But whatever that product is will usually go for a lot less than you would find it anywhere else.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Supreme Court dumps Microsoft, Best Buy appeal  —  The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take on a case that accuses Microsoft and Best Buy of deliberately tricking customers into signing up for MSN Internet service and improperly charging them when a trial period expires.
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Court rejects Microsoft, Best Buy appeal
Discussion: WinBeta
USA Today:
Google's GPhone strategy could keep user costs low  —  SEATTLE - Google's (GOOG)widely anticipated - and top secret - GPhone mobile phone project could trump Apple's (APPL) glitzy iPhone - by going low cost and low tech, tech analysts say.  —  That scenario gained credence last week …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nokia:
"Ship Me!" says the Nokia N95 8GB  —  Power-packed multimedia computer starts shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - The stunning Nokia N95 8GB made its debut global shipments today, and will be hitting a store near you soon.  The Nokia N95 8GB is the memory-packed big brother of the Nokia N95 multimedia computer.
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Nokia:
Experience the Next Episode in Entertainment with Spider-Man(TM) …
Discussion: Digital Trends
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
How many Google Reader users subscribe to our feed (or yours)?  —  There's a neat little trick that lets you see how many people are subscribing to a site's RSS feed in Google Reader.  —  All you have to do is fire up Google Reader, click the "Add Subscription" button and type a web site name or keyword.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Blogs On Google Reader
UIQ Technology News:
Motorola to join Sony Ericsson in ownership of UIQ  —  ~ UIQ to be established as vendor independent open OS interface ~  —  Sony Ericsson and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced a definitive agreement under which Motorola will acquire a 50% interest in UI Holdings BV …
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Two GUIs for jailbreaking your iPod touch available  —  Wanna set your iPod touch free and install tons of wacky apps on it but don't want to muck around with the Terminal?  Now you don't have to with the debut of two new apps that will jailbreak your iPod Touch from the comfort of your Intel Mac …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Teenager claims to have easy iPod Touch jailbreak
Discussion: Macsimum News
AMD:
AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs  —  Expands industry's premier placeshifting TV-on-the-PC portfolio with addition of TV Wonder™ 650 Combo USB and TV Wonder™ 600 PCI/PCI Express  —  AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder™ product lineup that enables HDTV on the PC.
 
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
False starts in race to future of DVDs
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
1,200 Marketers Can't Be Wrong: The Future Is in Consumer Behavior
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Reuters:
InfoSpace to sell mobile services business for $135 mln
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Canon's EOS-1D Mark III DSLR gets reviewed
David Gow / Guardian:
EU review of Google bid won't cover privacy issue
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
P.&G., the Pioneer of Mixing Soap and Drama, Adds a Web Installment
Discussion: Profy.Com and Glass House
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Celebrities Off Guard? 'TMZ' Is a Hit
Discussion: Ted's Take
Inquirer:
Broadcom bungs 3G on a chip
Discussion: Tech.co.uk
 Earlier Items: 
Telegraph:
Microsoft's Ballmer and his 'brother' Bill Gates
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Verizon FiOS TV Getting Media Extender Capabilities (and more!)
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Hindustan Times:
Coming soon: YouTube's India site
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The 16GB iPhone? Nope, don't be a fool
Discussion: Tech.co.uk
BBC:
Drive advance fuels terabyte era
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Competing for Clients, and Paying by the Click
Discussion: WebProNews and Insider Chatter
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Ex-colleagues, chilly competition
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Declining US Dollar: Winners And Losers
Discussion: Tinfinger