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5:35 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.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Cuts Prices on S3
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon S3 Storing 29 Billion Objects
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Entellium Execs Simply Made Up Revenue
Discussion: Valleywag and PC World
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.
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:
Discussion: Valleywag
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...
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 …
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
Google AdSense Ads in Google Maps  —  I am not sure when this went live but you can now see Google AdSense Ads in the map area of Google Maps.  The Google Ads are almost always displayed when you search for a city on Google Maps like Delhi or Bangalore.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Bloggle
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.
MSRC:   October 2008 Advanced Notification
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
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Micron to cut workforce by 15 percent, slash flash output  —  After cutting executive pay last week, Micron Technology is now paring staff as it scales back flash memory chip production.  —  On the heels of reporting a $344 million fourth-quarter loss last week—when Micron …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Eying solid-state drives, Seagate tries to quell fears
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Micron Technology Shutters NAND Flash Memory Production Plant, Cuts Work Force
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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,” …
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Below $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn was orchestrating a Yahoo palace coup.  We haven't been able to confirm and assume it's hogwash, but at this point we imagine Jerry might even go willingly, just to let someone else take the drubbing for a while.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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, Electronista and Reuters
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.
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 …
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