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4:50 PM ET, October 9, 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!
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple announces October 14 notebook event in Cupertino  —  Apple has just sent out invites to a special media event on Apple's campus for October 14.  The invite reads, “The spotlight turns to notebooks,” and has a ray of light shining over the back of an unidentified Apple notebook.
Apple makes October 14th MacBook event official
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon S3 - Busier Than Ever  —  Amazon S3 usage has grown very nicely in the last quarter and now stands at 29 billion objects, up from 22 billion just a quarter ago.  As one of the S3 engineers told me last week, that's over 4 objects for every person now on Earth!  —  Our customers are keeping S3 pretty busy too.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon S3 Storing 29 Billion Objects
Discussion: InfoWorld and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Cuts Prices on S3
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: latest MacBook Pro photo is the real deal  —  A photo of a mysterious notebook leaked on the Internet Wednesday is indeed one taken of Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro casing, AppleInsider can confirm.  Meanwhile, some additional photos of a similar, but still unauthenticated 13-inch notebook have since surfaced.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Epicenter
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Google AdSense Ads in Google Maps
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Bloggle
Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
40 laid off at software company as execs arrested  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Two former software executives grossly overstated their company's revenue to attract more than $50 million in private investment, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that the fraud was uncovered late last month when a worker found …
Discussion: PC World, InformationWeek and Valleywag
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Entellium Execs Simply Made Up Revenue
Seattle Times:
Software company Entellium's CEO, financial officer charged with wire fraud
Discussion: VentureBeat and Between the Lines
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Digg's Kevin Rose: We've got to be more than a fanboy hub  —  LONDON—Digg founder Kevin Rose had a message for the audience at the Future of Web Apps conference on Thursday: It's time to grow up.  —  “We have to do better,” he said in his talk, called “The Future of News,” …
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...
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Have A Business Plan In Three Years
Discussion: Valleywag
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Speed Trap App, Trapster, Now Available For iPhone  —  Trapster is a new mobile application that lets you see and share the location of speed traps right on your mobile phone or GPS device.  Once installed, the app uses a combination of your device's internal GPS capabilities …
Discussion: Josh Bancroft's …
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Ad industry eyes the iPhone
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets
Slobodan Simic / Fudzilla:
MSI's new Wind U120 pixellized  —  Exclusive: In all its glory  —  We've managed to get our hands on some pictures of MSI's upcoming Wind U120 netbook, or as some like to call it, the Wind 2.  Still featuring a 10-inch screen, the new U120 will also be less “cute” than the previous generation as it is oriented at business users.
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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek planing touch panel Eee PCs  —  Asustek Computer is planning to launch touch panel Eee PCs in the first quarter of 2009, which the company expects will help drive sales further, according to Samson Hu, general manager of Eee PC business at Asustek.  —  The company has not yet decided details …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sling Takes On Apple TV With SlingCatcher Set-Top Box  —  Yet another digital set-top box trying to bridge the gap between your TV and the Internet: Sling Media's new SlingCatcher started selling today for $300, and will compete with similar gadgets from Apple, LG, Roku, and others, and media features on Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PS3.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Will Google's Android Be the Tipping Point for Smart Phones?  —  Table of Contents:  —  ABI Research analyst Kevin Burden says smart phones such as the T-Mobile G1 that are based on Google's Android operating system for mobile and wireless devices could push smart phones into standardization.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Crave at CNET UK:
12-year-old finds iPhone flaw while texting girlfriend  —  A 12-year-old boy who uses his iPhone mostly for texting with his girlfriend has discovered what looks like a new vulnerability with the device.  —  The unnamed boy, son of blogger Karl Kraft, turns on the passcode lock …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Valleywag
LG Launches LG-KC780 Slim 8 Megapixel Portrait Phone  —  LG Electronics, a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, announced today the launch of its LG-KC780, a slim 8 megapixel camera phone with special features that make it ideal for shooting portraits.
Shishka /
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.
Discussion: Channel 10, Joystiq and I4U News
David / TmoNews:
“Behold” the Samsung T919  —  We first got wind of this phone back in mid-August and it certainly has a lot of expectation as the first ALL-touch screen phone for T-mobile.  Dubbed the “Behold” we're still waiting on a detailed list of specs, but we know a 5mp camera, Honestly, where do they come up with these names lately?!
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Eying solid-state drives, Seagate tries to quell fears  —  The largest hard-disk drive maker is going solid-state.  Slowly.  —  Seagate will enter the market for solid-state drives in 2009, as it slowly embraces a technology that will, in some cases, replace its bread and butter: hard disks.
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Netflix May Be an Online Video Leader  —  I've been thinking a lot about how Netflix — that odd combination of Internet ordering, the post office and DVDs — may actually be one of the companies best positioned to take advantage of online video.  —  Follow me on this …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo To $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn …
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Sarah Kershaw / New York Times:
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Two flavors of hot: differences between Sony Ericsson X1i and X1a explained
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 Earlier Items: 
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T adds online account setup for iPhone 3G
Yi-Wyn Yen / Fortune:
Losing faith in Yahoo (again)
John Leyden / The Register:
Cisco ships Mexican drug runner music on VPN CD
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Angel Investor Ron Conway Emails His Portfolio Companies Over Financial Meltdown