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12:55 PM ET, October 6, 2008

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
eBay buys three companies for $1.35 billion, lays off 1,000
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ebay Spends More Than $1.2 Billion To Buy BillMeLater And DBA.dk …
Discussion: The Next Web and GigaOM
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 …
Discussion: MacNN and The Apple Core
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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 …
AppleInsider:
Data suggests Apple has cruised past 10 million iPhone goal
Discussion: Pocket-lint.co.uk and TUAW
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone IS second biggest-selling US mobile
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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.
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AppleInsider:
Google Street View, auto-correction prefs in iPhone OS 2.2 beta
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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) …
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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.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Leaked Screens Show BlackBerry's Own App Store
Discussion: Negative Approach
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Ask: The Little Search Engine That Couldn't
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release
Discussion: Guardian, Screenwerk and Beyond Search
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Trims Q3, Q4 Subscriber Guidance  —  Isn't the theory supposed to be that in time of economic stress, Americans hunker down at home and watch more videos?  Well, maybe not.  —  Netflix (NFLX) this morning reduced its guidance on subscriber growth for both the third and fourth quarters …
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Not Recession-Proof, Either: Netflix Knocks Down Guidance (NFLX)
Discussion: CNET News
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: latest Fedora and Ubuntu betas really shine
Discussion: digg.com
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Mono delivers Foundation-free open .NET alternative
Discussion: Yahoo! Tech
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have Completed $4.5 Million in New Funding  —  From time to time, I have shared with you the steps we're taking to build Giga Omni Media, the 27-month-old company behind this and the other publications that make up the GigaOM network.  Today, I am thrilled to announce the start of our company's next phase.
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed  —  On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs.  While this doesn't impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come …
Discussion: digg.com
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 …
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Releases Bluehouse for Workplace Collaboration  —  There's an arms race of sorts taking place among some of the world's largest technology companies as they scamper to control the next wave of office software.  —  Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Google, I.B.M. and others are selling applications under …
Discussion: eWeek and The Social Times
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
RBC Downgrades GRMN, ALU, NT, ERIC, SYMM, DSPG
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Dusan / IntoMobile:
Australia's Telstra in final stages of HSPA+ network upgrades
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Telefonica Offers Mobile Facebook Service
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo price target cut to $21 a share
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
The BBC can be an open source for all of UK plc
Discussion: The Open Road
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Linux laptops see 4x returns compared to Windows
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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: Today @ PC World and Portfolio
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Nintendo of America chief on game industry competition
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?
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

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NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

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