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11:10 AM ET, October 6, 2008

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Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Buys Leading Payments and Classifieds Businesses, Streamlines Existing Organization To Improve Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) today announced two acquisitions that significantly extend the company's leadership position in online payments and classifieds.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
eBay doubles down on payments as it buys Bill Me Later; Lays off 1,000  —  EBay on Monday revamped its corporate portfolio laying off 1,000 workers, or 10 percent of its workforce, and buying online payment company Bill Me Later as well as a Denmark classifieds company.
Discussion: Rev2.org, Epicenter and Mashable!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
eBay Acquires Bill Me Later for $820 Million in Cash (Updated …
Discussion: Profy and paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay Spends More Than $1.2 Billion To Buy BillMeLater And DBA.dk …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ask.com Revamps Search Engine  —  Ask.com has a record of coming up with interesting innovations that are often copied by others in the Internet search business.  Yet those innovations have done little to help the company expand its share of the search audience.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Ask.com, now with more answers  —  Ask.com is cleaning up its act a bit with the latest (the 11th, I'm told) major update of the search engine, which launches on Monday.  —  The biggest change is that Ask is parsing more data from various sources and displaying that in its search results.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release
Discussion: Guardian, Screenwerk and Beyond Search
Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
iPhone Sales Drastically Surpass Q4 Consensus, Apple Reaches 10 million iPhone Goal  —  By ANDY M. ZAKY & TURLEY MULLER (Dual Authorship)  —  Based on the tremendous efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB to track IMEI iPhone numbers, we have determined that Apple has drastically surpassed …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone 3Gs: 9,190,680 and counting  —  Here's bit of upbeat economic news to brighten a gloomy Monday.  —  On Aug. 1, a London-based investor who calls himself “Tommo_UK” posted a message on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board asking anyone who had bought an iPhone 3G to provide three pieces …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone IS second biggest-selling US mobile
Discussion: Electronista
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Application Center!  —  This weekend was HUGE for leaked info on the BlackBerry Storm (thanks BG!).  But while all the latest Storm OS eye candy has been sweet to look at and filled in some gaps on how the device's OS will function (like copy and paste functionality) …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off  —  It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases.  The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.
Fred / A VC:
Free Vs Paid  —  My friend Howard was visiting me a few weeks ago and he said to me “free is over, I am only investing in services that customers pay for”.  He said “freemium is dead”.  I reminded him that freemium is a paid model, but he wasn't buying it.
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Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:   Where and How am I Investing in Early-Stage Today?
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
October promises to be hot month for Drupal, Mono, OpenOffice, Ubuntu  —  October is promising to be a big month for open source releases.  —  As the page on the calendar turned, Acquia launched of its commercially supported version of the popular Drupal open source social publishing system.
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Mono delivers Foundation-free open .NET alternative
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
How To: Copy & Paste on the BlackBerry Storm  —  Thanks to the windfall of Storm documents obtained yesterday, the often asked question about how copy and paste works on the Storm can finally be answered.  All you'll need to do is put one finger at the beginning, and another finger at the end of the area you want to copy.
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BlackBerry Storm User Guide
PR Newswire:
Netflix Updates Third- and Fourth-Quarter Guidance  —  Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today announced updated guidance for the third and fourth quarters of 2008.  —  Third-Quarter 2008  —  The company said it expects net income and EPS will be comfortably within its previous guidance …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Redesign  —  One more step towards a consistent Google Docs interface: Google Spreadsheets has been redesigned and it now includes the same old-fashioned menu like the word processor and the presentation app.  —  “We were hoping to accomplish three things with it …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Linux laptops see 4x returns compared to Windows  —  Do people who pay $299 to $399 for a Linux notebook suffer greater levels of buyer's remorse compared to those buying Windows machines?  —  According to MSI's U.S. sales director Andy Tung this seems to be the case:
 
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Releases Bluehouse for Workplace Collaboration
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Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
The BBC can be an open source for all of UK plc
Discussion: The Open Road
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Maureen Morrison / AdAge:
Digital Climbs as Ad Pages Slip
Discussion: Epicenter and paidContent.org
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Microsoft's Ballmer talks about Vista, Xbox and more
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Live Search Cashback may be paying off for Microsoft search
Discussion: Portfolio
 Earlier Items: 
David Leppard / Times of London:
Government will spy on every call and e-mail
Discussion: Techdirt
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Nintendo of America chief on game industry competition
Discussion: videogaming247
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Hit List: 50+ Projects Gone Or Going (TWX)
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where's the Money in Online Video?
Discussion: broadstuff
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BlackArrow Raises $20 Million For On-Demand TV Advertising
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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