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12:30 PM ET, October 4, 2008

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
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 …
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.
Discussion: SlashPhone, mocoNews.net and TmoNews
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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
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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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
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Microsoft institutes hiring freeze  —  Microsoft has instituted a hiring freeze, likely spurred by the worsening economic conditions in the U.S., according to a source close to the company. … On Friday, the software giant started sending a note to employees informing them of the decision …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft denies companywide hiring freeze
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoogle Delayed: Online Ad Partnership Being Scrutinized Further  —  Yahoo and Google have agreed to delay their online search advertising partnership to give the Justice Department more time to evaluate the deal.  —  A Yahoo spokesman confirmed the move in a statement …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Gawker Cutbacks an Early Indicator of Ad Slowdown  —  Nick Denton is nothing if not nimble.  He has built a budding blog empire at Gawker Media, with lean, hungry staffs that are very focused on attracting an audience.  —  So I take it as an important indicator of trouble to come …
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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
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Congressmen finally allowed on YouTube  —  Members of Congress can finally use Web sites like YouTube, after committees in both the House and Senate adopted new rules allowing members to post content outside of the .gov domain, as long as it is for official purposes.
 
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Yahoo! Tech:
Ex-McAfee executive clear of illegal option dating
Discussion: p2pnet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Key senators oppose DRM, ISP filtering in secret ACTA treaty
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 Earlier Items: 
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 and The 463
PBS:
Data Debasement: Cloud computing will change the way we look at databases.