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3:25 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
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
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple TV 2.2 adds music video, Genius, On-the-Go Playlists  —  Apple TV owners also got some love after last night's iTunes 8.0.1 update—in fact, I would say that the Apple TV got more love than iTunes this time around.  Apple TV 2.2 has been unleashed, and it adds a number of new features …
Discussion: Crave
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 …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Sony goes after Kindle with new, touchscreen eBook reader  —  In a press event in New York City, Sony introduced a new model in its Reader line that it hopes will catch the attention of a public and electronics press that might be forgiven for thinking that Amazon's Kindle is the only game in the eBook town.
Discussion: TechSpot and Sony
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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: jkOnTheRun, Gearlog and Sony Insider
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What's Your Tweet Worth?  Um, . . . Nothing.  —  A month ago, I wrote about a company called TwittAd that lets you auction off ads on your Twitter page.  Now, the company is sponsoring WhatsYourTweetWorth?, a vanity site where you enter your Twitter name, and it tells you how much your Tweets …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Zune services on Win Mobile = ‘Pink’  —  CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated this week that Microsoft has decided against building its own Zune phone.  (Chairman Bill Gates said the same thing back in January 2008, for those keeping score at home.)  —  Ballmer also noted this week that Microsoft …
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 …
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung i7110 specs leaked  —  The live pictures of upcoming Samsung i7110 candybar appeared on the net in the beginning of August.  —  However, not much has been known about the device then.  —  Pictures told us that i7110 should have 5 megapixel camera, FM radio and microSD memory card support.
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileCrunch
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Bank robber hires decoys on Craigslist, fools cops  —  In an elaborate robbery scheme that's one part The Thomas Crowne Affair and one part Pineapple Express, a crook robbed an armored truck outside a Bank of America branch in Monroe, Wash., by hiring decoys through Craigslist to deter authorities.
Discussion: p2pnet, Gizmodo and InformationWeek
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
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.”
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Hanging Hard Drives  —  Portable hard drives are not really THAT portable if you have to tote around another peripheral but maybe you should have bought a laptop with a bigger hard drive!  OOO Zing!  No I didn't!  Yes, yes I did just go there.  Kidding aside, the Hang it On hard drive encloser lets …
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 …
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.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Two Online Health Site Operators to Announce a Merger  —  In a deal that threatens WebMD's dominance in the health care space, Revolution Health Network plans to announce on Friday that it has merged with Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several health Web sites.
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.
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
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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Bruce Perens: A Big Change for Open Source
Discussion: Slashdot
Andrew Appel / Freedom to Tinker:
Judge Suppresses Report on Voting Machine Security
Discussion: Paul McNamara's blog
docs.python.org:
What's New in Python 2.6  —  The major theme of Python 2.6 …
Discussion: webmonkey
Rajat Agrawal / Cellpassion:
Nokia shows off new Communicator concept device, adds touch!
 Earlier Items: 
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
What's the big deal about WiMax?
Discussion: DSLreports and MuniWireless
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Flickr's iPhone-friendly (beta) redesign
Discussion: Lifehacker and Gizmodo
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook stock sales scheduled for November 1
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
1 Man Blog Sells for $15 Million Dollars