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2:15 PM ET, October 4, 2008

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Amazon Kindle 2 e-books its way to BGR  —  Yes, people.  You're looking at the first shots of Amazon's Kindle 2.  The follow-up to their popular e-book reader.  Our ninja sent us a ton of shots, and we have to admit, they look pretty good.  The unit didn't go down too much in size which is unfortunate …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Was the Yahoo/Google deal a ploy to weaken Yahoo?  —  With the DOJ expressing skepticism over Yahoo's agreement to sell search ad space to its biggest competitor, a letter from a key US senator urging action could be preaching to the choir.  What's interesting is that senator's theory.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Slashdot
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
G1 Pre-Sale Madness: T-Mobile Triples Production, Sells Them All  —  According to a T-Mobile spokesperson, pre-sale demand on the Android G1 is so big that they have already sold all their units.  She says that this is specially impressive because it happened after they tripled the amount of available G1 cellphones.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
SEC investigating fake Steve Jobs heart attack story  —  A fake story that appeared on CNN's iReport site which claimed that Apple CEO Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. … I can't say that this investigation is unexpected.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
False Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report on CNN's iReport Is a Failure of Open Systems
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Won't Take Less Than $75 Million For StumbleUpon  —  Deutsche Bank is still out there trying to find a buyer for eBay's StumbleUpon business, we've heard from new sources (we first reported on this on September 18).  But there's one problem: while eBay wants to unload the business …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft taints open source CodePlex well  —  Some projects less open than others  —  Microsoft is posting code to its much-trumpeted CodePlex open-source projects site using licenses and conditions that go against the principles of open source.  —  The company has been posting projects …
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 …
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Steve Poland:
Google Image Search - Sponsored Link spotted in the wild!
Discussion: Shoemoney
Datamation:
Arbitrary Seizure of Travelers' Laptops Ending?  —  In a move widely hailed by rights groups, several members of Congress have introduced bills that will prevent Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents from arbitrarily searching and seizing electronic devices.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Norwegian standards body implodes over OOXML controversy  —  Standards Norway, the organization that manages technical standards for the Scandinavian country, took a serious blow last week when key members resigned in protest over procedural irregularities in the approval process for Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format.
Discussion: Inquirer, Slashdot and digg.com
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
A broken link economy?  Then fix it  —  Just as many of you settled into your seats to watch Thursday evening's debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, Allen Stern of CenterNetworks was attracting his own crowd on Twitter after raising a question that strikes at heart of the blogosphere.
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.
Kelly Yamanouchi / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Delta to filter Wi-Fi sites  —  Delta Air Lines plans to block inappropriate Web sites from its in-flight Wi-Fi service to be launched this year.  —  Delta previously said it planned to rely on flight attendants to handle inappropriate situations, such as pornography surfing.
 
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