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1:25 PM ET, October 7, 2008

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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
A.M.D. to Split Into Two Operations  —  Advanced Micro Devices plans to announce Tuesday that it will split into two companies — one focused on designing microprocessors and the other on the costly business of manufacturing them — in a drastic effort to maintain its position as the only real rival to Intel.
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John Morris / The Core Truth:
AMD finally announces “asset-smart” plan; new Foundry Company created
Discussion: Inquirer
AMD:
AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi …
Discussion: Engadget
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret  —  Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send.  Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message.  Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
April Fools Check: Did Google Really Release Mail Goggles?  —  I looked at the blog post and then I looked at the date.  No, it's not April Fools and yes Google did just release a new product, created by Jon Perlow, called Mail Goggles.  The new feature, which is a play on the term Beer Goggles …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Steve Wozniak explains why the iPod will die  —  Apple co-founder (in picture to the right, to the left is Steve Jobs) Steve Wozniak warns that the iPod's days are numbered in an interview with UK newspaper, the Telegraph.  —  “The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one.
Discussion: Distorted-Loop.com
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Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Steve Wozniak interview: iconic co-founder on the iPod, iPhone, and future for Apple  —  In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wonders how long the iPod can stay on top spot, laments the limitations of the iPhone 3G, agrees with the downgrade on Apple shares …
cellular-news:
Lightbulbs Could Replace Wi-Fi Hotpsots  —  ­Boston University's College of Engineering is launching a program, under a National Science Foundation grant, to develop the next generation of wireless communications technology based on visible light instead of radio waves.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
In A Switch, Hulu Will Stream Remaining Presidential Debates Live; Premiere A Film  —  News Corp-NBCU JV Hulu is going live for the first time since its launch last year.  The site will stream the remaining presidential debates, which air respectively on NBC Tuesday night and on Fox News Oct. 15.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:   Hulu to stream presidential debates live
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Verizon Gets Smacked Down For Its VoIP Patent Suing Spree  —  from the so-much-for-whacking-cable-competitors dept  —  Verizon was one of the last players to the VoIP party.  Cable companies had been offering VoIP for years, and then Vonage, AT&T and a variety of other startups really built …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Nikon Debuts Video Headset With Wi-Fi, 8GB of Storage, and a Browser  —  A seriously odd announcement from camera maker Nikon, the Media Port UP300 and UP300x video headset approaches wearable PC territory.  The device, which honestly looks like a pair of headphones with a small display tacked on …
Fred / A VC:
What To Look For Next  —  The Treasury, the Fed, and Warren Buffet have been the only buyers in this meltdown and have been largely focused on financial companies.  Meanwhile the rest of the market has gone down 30% year to date and very few, if any, stocks have been spared.  —  What do we look for next?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Wholesale Internet Bandwidth Prices Keep Falling  —  Sure it's not like back in the early 2000s, when those crooks from Enron were driving the prices of bandwidth down into the ground, but even today prices on Internet bandwidth continue to fall.  If you are a consumer, however …
Discussion: DSLreports and BroadDev
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
New EU directive pushes toward replaceable iPhone batteries  —  The European Union is preparing new directives that could have an impact on Apple's future products, including “the New Batteries Directive,” which proposes to mandate that batteries in electronic appliances be “readily removed” for replacement or disposal.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Online ad revenue strong first half of 2008: What about the second half?  —  Internet ad revenue surged in the first half of 2008, up 15.2 percent to $11.5 billion compared to a year ago, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac  —  Feelin' left in the dust while all your Outlook-loving PC friends get all the cool BlackBerry stuff?  Well, RIM has been hard at work on the Mac side of things, and we've got a first look at BlackBerry Media Sync for Mac.  This isn't a final version …
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Effect of the Depression on Technology  —  Here's the state of play as I see it: it is expensive and difficult to borrow and this shows no sign of change; the US debt is rising instead of falling, propelled by the Iraq War and the reliance on China for material goods unreciprocated by a reliance …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Barry Diller's Breakup: Why IAC Didn't Work  —  Internet Company Was Too Complex, He Says; Smaller Firm Has Sharper Focus  —  Barry Diller's restless, 47-year business career is yet again taking a new turn.  After a dizzying run from mailroom to studio mogul, he quit his high-flying Hollywood …
Agence France Presse:
Taiwan's Asustek adds new member to low-priced mini laptop family  —  TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's Asustek Computer on Tuesday added a new member to its low-price “Eee PC” mini laptop family after achieving what the company said is a great success in the market.  —  Asustek's selling point for the slim …
Discussion: Inquirer
Tim De Chant / Ars Technica:
University of Texas launches e-textbook trial  —  College textbooks come packed with one advantage—knowledge—but are burdened with a slew of less-desirable traits.  The thick books add pounds to overloaded packs, are easily outmoded with the release of a new edition, and can cost a fortune.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Daniel Lim / SlashGear:
Canon's 1Ds Mark IV rumor and two new lenses?  —  With current Mark III barely 18 months in production, it's too early to predict for a replacement?  You've seen the new 50D Canon launched 6 months earlier, broke its usual 18 months product cycle for the prosumer model, why not the 1 series?
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Has open source won—or has it lost?  —  Assessing the open-source scorecard is complicated.  A complete “state of open source” would fill many pages.  But here are a few things that have struck me over the past year or two.  —  Large swaths of open source have become mainstream—to the point of invisibility.
Discussion: The Open Road and Google Watch
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Betting Billions  —  Talk about bad timing.  —  Since 2006, Sprint Nextel (nyse: S - news - people ) has poured more than a billion dollars into helping develop what it hopes will be the next great communications standard, WiMax.  On Tuesday, it is slated to official launch WiMax in Baltimore, its first U.S. market.
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Have You Seen the Flickr Panda's Technicolor Yawn?  —  I'm trying to to come up with a decent way to introduce this - there really isn't a sane way to approach this because the latest feature from Flickr, while fairly mundane in function, is borderline insane.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MindFuse raising money for casual massively multiplayer online game
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
How a Mac Mini can beat a quad-core Vista behemoth (or how Apple …
Discussion: George Ou
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
In the Background
Discussion: The Apple Core
BBC:
DVD copying software gets pulled
Discussion: Slashdot
MacFixIt:
Apple TV 2.2: endless restarts; sleep/standby function change
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Five second boot mod for ASUS Eee PC
 Earlier Items: 
Help Net Security:
NSA shows the way to develop secure systems
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Sony's expands 66-cent-per-song music attack at Apple
Discussion: Sony Insider and digg.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Realism creeping into venture capital calculations
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Moore on Slacker Uprising's Piracy ‘Problem’