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6:05 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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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Steve Jobs Had No Heart Attack...And Citizen Journalism Just Failed  —  What could possibly be bigger news than the supposed heart attack suffered by Apple CEO Steve Jobs?  The fact that it's simply not true.  The rumor which spread like wildfire across the internet this morning was based …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citizen “Journalist” Hits Apple Stock With False (Steve Jobs) Heart Attack Rumor
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
‘Citizen Journalist’ Could Face Prison for Fake Jobs Story
Discussion: Portfolio and Industry Standard
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Heart attack or not, Apple needs an heir
Discussion: CNET News and Gawker
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, star engineer quit  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just informed Facebook's staff that his long-restive cofounder, Dustin Moskovitz, is leaving the company.  Adding to the blow: Moskovitz, left, is taking with him Justin Rosenstein, right …
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Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Co-Founder Moskovitz to Leave  —  Facebook Co-Founder Moskovitz to Leave?  —  It would appear that one of the co-founders of facebook; Dustin Moskovitz is leaving facebook.  It looks like he is leaving to start another company with Justin Rosenstein who is currently a Facebook engineer.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Facebook Co-Founder Departs To Build “Extensible Enterprise Productivity Suite”
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Valleywag cuts 60 percent of staff  —  We would never sugarcoat someone else's layoffs.  Why ours?  Gawker Media, our publisher, has told me to cut Valleywag's costs, in anticipation of an advertising recession.  In response, I have laid off associate editors Nicholas Carlson and Jackson West and reporter Melissa Gira Grant.
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Nick Denton / Gawker:
Friday Is Always Black  —  Yes, it's true: Gawker's sibling sites are laying off 19 people.  This site is one of those that will be expanding.  The internal memo is after the jump.  Gabriel Snyder of W magazine will indeed be replacing me as managing editor and we are hiring two more reporters in short order.
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.
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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: Gadget Lab, MacUser, TUAW and Cult of Mac
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple TV 2.2 adds music video, Genius, On-the-Go Playlists
Discussion: Crave
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Latest iPhone Software supports full-screen Web apps  —  One unpublicized feature introduced by Apple's latest iPhone software updates is the ability save Web apps to the home screen and have them launch in full-screen mode without the Safari wrapper, essentially mimicking the experience of a native app.
www.hardwarezone.com Tech News:
ASUS Launches Fashion-Friendly Eee PC Model, S101  —  Taipei, Taiwan — ASUS launches the Eee PC S101, an exquisitely designed netbook for fashion forward individuals who view style as as much of a factor of success as substance.  The Eee PC S101 builds upon the industry-pioneering form factor …
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: GMSV, p2pnet, Ars Technica and Gizmodo
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Kid Rock comes to Rhapsody  —  Truck stop rocker Kid Rock has been one of the poster boys for the “ignore downloads” crowd.  —  His latest album, Rock and Roll Jesus has not only sold more than 2 million albums, but has continued to sell lots of copies long past its release date—this week …
Discussion: Electronista
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Lacy Kemp / The Real Story:
My Name is KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID ROCK!
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
MSN Cashback successfully attracting visitors  —  This week MSN announced the launch of SearchPerks!, a new promotion that rewards visitors that use Live Search with tickets redeemable for various prizes.  The latest endeavor is separate from the Live Search Cashback rebate program launched a few months ago …
PBS:
Data Debasement: Cloud computing will change the way we look at databases.  —  Last week I was in Boston to moderate a panel at the MIT Technology Review's Emerging Technologies Conference — one of those tech shindigs so expensive I can only attend as hired help.
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 …
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Tech Tax Credit Rides Bailout to Victory  —  The U.S. House approves the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act rewritten the by U.S. Senate that includes a two-year extension of the Research and Development Tax Credit.  The incentives added to lure House members who voted …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Wireless at Fiber Speeds  —  New millimeter-wave technology sends data at 10 gigabits per second.  —  There's no shortage of demand for faster wireless, but today's fastest technologies—Wi-Fi, 3G cellular networks, and even the upcoming WiMax—max out at tens or hundreds of megabits per second.
Discussion: CircleID, Xconomy and Slashdot
Joe Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows update proposed to notify class in Vista case  —  Plaintiffs' lawyers in the “Windows Vista Capable” lawsuit hope to notify the estimated 15 million potential class members in the case, in part, via an automatic Windows update.  —  In a filing today, attorneys at Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell …
 
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Super Angel Ron Conway To Would-Be Startups: Don't Quit Your Day Jobs
Discussion: HipMojo.com, /Message and Valleywag
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex beta available: Don't install it on your laptop yet
Discussion: OSDir.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook appoints Christopher Cox as Director of Product …
Discussion: Valleywag and All Facebook
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Won't Allow Researchers To Reveal Report On E-Voting Machines
Discussion: Valleywag and Paul McNamara's blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo News Beta Tests New Design, Knows If You Get Bored Easily
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Allstate testing video games to identify safe, older drivers
Discussion: PSFK
Staska / Unwired View:
Samsung i7110 specs leaked
Discussion: IntoMobile and MobileCrunch
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