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4:00 AM ET, October 10, 2008

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple “notebook” event is on, October 14th!  —  The rumors were true folks.  Apple is staging an invitation-only Town Hall event in Cupertino next Tuesday, October 14th at 10AM PST.  It's absolutely safe to say they'll be showing off new laptops... and you know we'll be there live!
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Ryan Block:
Is right now really the moment for Apple to launch new laptops?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple announces October 14 notebook event in Cupertino
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Details of Sequoia Capital's Doomsday Meeting With its Companies  —  Last night I reported on a special meeting held by Sequoia Capital for its portfolio companies, warning them about the fiscal hurricane that was going to hit them, and how they'd better figure out ways to survive what could be a big downturn.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Have A Business Plan In Three Years  —  If you've had a nagging suspicion that Mark Zuckerberg really doesn't know how he'll turn Facebook into a business, wonder no more.  You're right.  Here he is talking to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
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Netzökonom:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Our focus is growth, not revenue  —  FAZ: “The web 2.0 architecture is not necessarily a revenue opportunity.  This is not where the money is”, said Eric Schmidt from Google.  Do you agree with him?  —  Mark Zuckerberg: I disagree.  He has a clear incentive for saying what he is saying...
Reuters:
Investor proposes Microsoft buy Yahoo for $22 per share  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - A small Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) investor proposed a new deal on Thursday to sell the company to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $22 a share …
Discussion: CNET News and TechCrunch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Much Do Top Tier Bloggers and Social Media Consultants Get Paid?  We Asked Them!  —  The media world is changing and its jobs are changing too.  The rise of the blogger is an often-told story, but are the lucky few bloggers who do it for a living well paid?  We did a survey to find out.
Discussion: Performancing.com and Social Media
Sarah Kershaw / New York Times:
The Sum of Your Facial Parts  —  IS the woman pictured on the right more attractive than the woman on the left?  Do her wider-set eyes, the longer distance between her hairline and the bridge of the nose, and the rounder shape of her face make her more beautiful?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Cuts Prices on S3  —  Amazon announced today that it will cut prices for its Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) offering on Nov. 1.  The company is essentially offering people who use more storage significant volume discounts.  For folks using up to 50 terabytes of storage, the price cuts don't make much of a difference.
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Chris / Mobile Tech Addicts:
Orange internal statement on Blackberry Bold quality issues  —  We mentioned the other day about Orange removing the Blackberry Bold from sale due to quality issues, well today we received an anonymous tip off with a copy of the Orange internal statement explaining the decision to their staff.
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Advanced IMAP Controls  —  From the team that brought you Mail Goggles, here comes...Advanced IMAP Controls, a Labs feature that lets you fine-tune your Gmail IMAP experience.  You can choose which labels to sync in IMAP — useful if you find your mail client choking on a big [Gmail]/All Mail folder.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
CAN TINA BROWN SHOW ME EVERYTHING THAT'S GREAT ON THE WEB TODAY?  —  Early every morning, I open my Web browser and load up a half-dozen “aggregator” sites: Techmeme, Memeorandum, Real Clear Politics, Google News, the Drudge Report, and the Huffington Post.  This is my first sortie into the day's news …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Turns On Text Ads In Google Maps  —  With Google's stock down $100 in the past two weeks, the company all of a sudden isn't so shy about pulling every advertising lever it can reach.  So far this week, we've seen new click-to-buy buttons on YouTube (YouTubevertorials), AdSense for Flash games …
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Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Google AdSense Ads in Google Maps
Walaika Haskins / E-Commerce Times:
Microsoft Aims for an Experience, Sony Just Wants a Home  —  Microsoft and Sony both talked up their consoles' proprietary virtual worlds at the Tokyo Game Show Wednesday.  Sony said that its long-delayed Home will arrive before 2009, and Microsoft offered some details on the New Xbox Experience, which will arrive in November.
Discussion: TG Daily
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind the user-driven Wikipedia project, is in the process of migrating its servers to the Ubuntu Linux distribution.  Wikimedia's move to Ubuntu is part of an effort to simplify administration …
Discussion: Computerworld
Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Plunge in RIM's shares could attract takeover bid  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - The recent plunge in the market value of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion could leave the company vulnerable to a takeover from a well-capitalized buyer such as Microsoft Corp.  —  RIM's shares, which were worth …
Discussion: TG Daily and Tech Trader Daily
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Required viewing: Sony CEO Howard Stringer on ‘Charlie Rose’  —  Anyone who knows my television viewing habits knows that the only program I have my DVR automatically record for me is Charlie Rose, the long-running PBS talk show (OK, there was a season of Prison Break in there somewhere, too, but let's not talk about that).
Ted Dziuba / uncov:
Yes, Uncov is Back  —  Earlier this year, I said that Uncov was dead.  Well, I lied.  It's back.  Today is the greatest day in the history of the internet.  —  I'm not going to focus on startups, because startups are boring.  I've posted up the archives of everything that's been written here so far …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Web Life
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Parents want to be “cool,” are using SMS with their kids  —  Hate on the kiddies and their SMS speak all you want, but text messaging is taking off among the masses.  AT&T has released data from two studies it recently commissioned, showing that both families and romantic partners are using SMS more and more to communicate.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Experimental Extensions We'd Like to Go Mainstream  —  Finding new and useful Firefox extensions is a passion of ours, but sometimes we run across extensions adorning the daunting “Experimental” moniker at the Firefox Add-ons web site.  We try to avoid these extensions as much as possible …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Don't stop believing — Silicon Valley lip-synchs while market burns  —  Tech stocks are plunging and venture capitalists are telling their startups to hunker down for an extended downturn, but a group of Silicon Valley techies still found time for a nice little retreat to Cyprus.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: October 9, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: October 14, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on October 14, 2008.
Shishka / Bungie.net:
Meet Our Next Game  —  Bungie has several projects underway within the studio, one of which is a brand new campaign experience for Halo 3 that we teased two weeks ago.  Now, at long last, we can lift the shroud of secrecy and shed a little more light on what we've been working on.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Some Big Sites Are Using Google Trends To Direct Editorial
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
US aggregators stunned at Verizon's $0.03 MT transaction fees increase
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and mocoNews.net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Court Deems Pirate Bay Block to be Illegal
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Inside Obama and McCain's Conflicting Takes on Net Neutrality
David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch:
Media, entertainment shares dive to new lows
Discussion: HipMojo.com and paidContent.org
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Adzilla, a Would-Be I.S.P. Snoop, Quits U.S. Market
Discussion: MediaPost
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Internet Companies Hammered by Economic Concerns
Discussion: GigaOM and Furrier.org
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Santa Cruz University Fights Back at RIAA
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Below $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn …
Discussion: Valleywag
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Will Google's Android Be the Tipping Point for Smart Phones?
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Reuters
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Micron Technology Shutters NAND Flash Memory Production Plant, Cuts Work Force