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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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:   Gawker Cutbacks an Early Indicator of Ad Slowdown
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Co-Founder Departs To Build “Extensible Enterprise Productivity Suite”  —  Update: An email from Moskovitz about his departure has surfaced.  We've published it, too, below.  —  Rumors started to leak earlier today that Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (right) …
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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 …
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Co-Founder Moskovitz to Leave
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
SEC Examining False Report on Apple Chief Jobs  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the origin of a false report on a CNN citizen journalist Web site that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had a heart attack and was hospitalized.
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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Denies Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report: “It Is Not True”
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Heart attack or not, Apple needs an heir
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech and Valleywag
Apple:
About the security content of Apple TV 2.2  —  This document describes the security content of Apple TV 2.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
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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
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft denies companywide hiring freeze  —  Microsoft on Friday said it is reviewing its hiring plans amid the economic uncertainty, but denied a report that it has instituted a companywide hiring freeze.  —  IDG News Service reported Friday that Microsoft had instituted a hiring freeze, citing a source who had seen a company memo.
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 and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Fring Enables VoIP Calls Over Wi-Fi for iPhone with Skype Support  —  Fring has released the iPhone version of their service today as a free download in the App Store.  —  Fring allows you to chat and interact with others on a variety of networks including Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, and ICQ.
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.
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 …
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile G1 Presale Delivery Update  —  Just a few days ago, the T-Mobile G1 went completely out of stock shortly after announcing its availability for pre-order.  We've just received information that the device is now back on pre-order status: … So, if you were distressed …
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and Gearlog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Image Search Ads In The Wild, Looks Like They Need Work  —  Last May Google announced that it would begin experimenting with display ads on its popular Image Search, which it has largely been unable to monetize - in 2006 the company estimated that it was missing out on $200 million …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
MSI: Wind Coming to Major Retailer, New Models Coming Soon  —  The MSI Wind has been the netbook to reckon with.  Its release back in June put big-name manufacturers on notice that a little known manufacturer could churn out a quality product.  Turns out that was only MSI striking the match.
Discussion: Liliputing and Gizmodo
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 …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Right back at ya, CAPTCHA: bad guys crack Gmail, Hotmail  —  The decline in CAPTCHA efficacy has been an ongoing story in 2008, as hackers and malware authors have steadily found ways to chip away at the protection these security practices were once thought to offer.
Discussion: The Register and Chuqui 3.0
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Figure out how much gas money you need with Cost To Drive  —  Planning a road trip in the near future?  Cost To Drive is a web application that can help you figure out how much cash to take out of the ATM before you hit the road.  Sure, you could certainly get a rough estimate by dividing …
Discussion: Technospot.net and Webware.com
 
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Phil Nickinson / WMExperts:
Touch Cruise updated to Windows Mobile 6.1
Discussion: IntoMobile and Boy Genius Report
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Citigroup Phishing surged after Wachovia Announcement
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers exploit Neosploit to booby trap BBC, US postal service
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Credit card processors finally get clue, will ban WEP
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Tech Tax Credit Rides Bailout to Victory
Discussion: Industry Standard
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Kid Rock comes to Rhapsody
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Wireless at Fiber Speeds
Discussion: CircleID and Xconomy
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex beta available: Don't install it on your laptop yet
Discussion: OSDir.com
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Won't Allow Researchers To Reveal Report On E-Voting Machines
Discussion: Paul McNamara's blog and Valleywag
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: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and PSFK
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What's Your Tweet Worth? Um, . . . Nothing.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As eBay preps layoffs, startup investment crashes …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Hanging Hard Drives
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Obama uses iPhone to win support