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12:55 PM ET, October 3, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Denies Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report: “It Is Not True”  —  “Citizen journalism” apparently just failed its first significant test.  A CNN iReport poster reported this morning that Steve Jobs had been rushed to the ER after a severe heart attack (story and screenshot below).
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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple Rebounds, Denies Report of Jobs Heart Attack  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. rebounded in Nasdaq trading after the computer maker said an unconfirmed report this morning that Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had a heart attack and was hospitalized is false.
Discussion: Epicenter and MacRumors
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Holders Have Heart Attack; Jobs Doesn't
Franklin Paul / Yahoo! Finance:
Apple says report of Jobs heart attack “not true”
Discussion: AppleInsider
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Plans to Unveil Smart Phone  —  Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to grow its device business beyond corporate users, is preparing to release a new smart phone that will also be marketed to consumers, according to people briefed on the plan.  The device will debut in Europe, these people say …
Apple:
Apple TV: About Apple TV software updates  —  Products Affected  —  Apple TV  —  Refer the table below for Apple TV Software Update 2.2 features:  —  How To  —  HD TV shows  —  Purchase the leading HD TV shows directly from the iTunes Store.  (US only)  —  Movie browsing by actor and director
Discussion: TUAW and World of Apple
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beu blog:
Google No Longer Suggests Directory Submission  —  While Google has condemned buying and selling links that pass PageRank, they've encouraged listing in paid directories like Yahoo for years.  It seems that era may have come to an end earlier today.  The following bullet points have been removed …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Removes Directory Links From Webmaster Guidelines
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
First Royalty Rates Set for Digital Music  —  In a decision closely watched by the music industry, a panel of federal judges who determine royalty rates for recordings ruled on Thursday to renew the current royalty rate for CDs and other physical recordings, while setting rates …
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BBC:
Music downloads avoid rate hike
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
Lei Zhang / Google Photos Blog:
Picasa 3 (beta) for Linux  —  We're proud to announce the public beta of Picasa 3.0 for Linux (just a few days past the end of summer :-)  —  With version 3, Picasa adds improved Linux desktop integration.  For instance, it now uses your preferred file manager, and you can use …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Sony unveils 3rd generation eBook Reader, the touchscreen PRS-700  —  Sony unveiled on Thursday its third generation Reader Digital Book.  The new Sony Reader, model PRS-700, will join the Reader lineup as the new “premium” model alongside the current Sony PRS-505 Reader.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gearlog
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is the link economy really broken?  —  It happened amid the stream of Twitter messages about the vice-presidential debates between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, so a lot of people probably missed it, but Allen Stern of Centernetworks said something that really caught my eye: “it's clear the link economy is broken.”
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
What's the big deal about WiMax?  —  Sprint Nextel has made headlines all week as it's started lighting up its first 4G wireless network using a technology called WiMax.  But what exactly is WiMax?  And how does it fit into the future of wireless?  Here's a primer to help you sort it out.
Discussion: MuniWireless
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
WiMAX networks: we won't single out P2P for punishment
Discussion: DSLreports
Wall Street Journal:
Google Rethinks Its Aversion to Ads  —  Since its earliest days, Google Inc. has largely promoted its search engine and search-advertising products through word of mouth and partnerships.  —  But in recent months some of the Internet company's executives have been pushing for the company to overcome its aversion to paid advertising.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: Worries emerge  —  Salesforce.com on Friday was downgraded from a buy to a sell by UBS analyst Heather Bellini because software as a service companies are likely to face the same headwinds as larger applications vendors.  Meanwhile, Salesforce.com is targeting larger enterprises …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Obama uses iPhone to win support  —  US Democratic candidate Barack Obama is set to turn the iPhone into a political recruiting tool with an application aimed at getting the vote out.  —  The most notable feature is a “Call Friends” option to help organise contacts in swing states.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps: #1 In Features, Market Share Rising  —  As Google Maps continues to roll out new features that competing map services don't have, web users are rewarding it with big gains in traffic.  A recent analyst report says Google is the number one maps site in terms of features and usability …
Matt Cutler / The Visible Measures Blog:
Microsoft's Viral Video Adventure: Seinfeld/Gates vs. I'm a PC  —  Microsoft recently went on a marketing offensive, launching a $300 million campaign that was unexpectedly divided into two distinct sections.  The first, ostensibly designed as a teaser, featured legendary comedian Jerry …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As eBay preps layoffs, startup investment crashes - it's going to be a cold winter people  —  It looks like Monday will be when we find out if how many staff go from eBay's offices globally and the UK/European offices specifically.  Last month reports started to emerge that eBay was poised to cut 1,500 jobs …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Analyst cuts growth projections for Net, e-commerce companies  —  With the meltdown in the financial markets over the past several weeks and an economy that's in need of resuscitation, one Wall Street analyst cut his growth estimates for Internet advertising and e-commerce companies …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Digital Photography Review:
Photokina Interview Series: Canon  —  Photokina 2008 Interview: Canon  —  Dpreview.com met up with one of Canon Inc's most high ranking executives, Director and Chief Executive of Image Communication Products Operations, Masaya Maeda, at Photokina for a wide-ranging conversation about current …
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook stock sales scheduled for November 1  —  The great Facebook cashout now has a date: November 1.  Former and current employees recently received an email from Facebook's stock administrator updating them on plans to let employees sell some of their shares, even though the company is still private.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big Blogger Pay Cuts At b5Media  —  Toronto based b5Media is changing the way it pays bloggers in its hundreds-strong blog network, according to an email memo sent out to partners by CEO Jeremy Wright and copied below.  —  Gone are guaranteed payments of “$100-$200/month” plus bonuses for traffic.
 
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Nokia shows off new Communicator concept device, adds touch!
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Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Flickr's iPhone-friendly (beta) redesign
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
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1 Man Blog Sells for $15 Million Dollars