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9:45 AM ET, October 10, 2008

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
The Sequoia “RIP: Good Times” presentation: Here it is  —  Silicon Valley has been trying to digest news of a secret meeting held by top venture firm Sequoia Capital earlier this week.  At the meeting, leading Sequoia partners laid out bleak short and long-term scenarios for the world economy …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
VCs to Entrepreneurs: Seed-Stage Startups OK. Others? Not So Much
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats and GigaOM
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Details of Sequoia Capital's Doomsday Meeting With its Companies
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.
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Orange drops the Blackberry Bold due to quality issues  —  In an internal memo to employees, Orange announced that it has suspended the sale of Blackberry Bold handsets citing “software issues” as the reason for the suspension.  The suspension is an interim measure while RIM attempts an industry wide fix.
Discussion: InformationWeek and IntoMobile
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Walmart has a change of heart, decides to maintain DRM servers  —  Back by popular demand, it's the Walmart DRM servers!  You heard right — just days after Wally World announced its plans to turn the screw on its digital rights management servers, we're now being shown a big “just kidding.”
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Consumers score a partial win against Walmart  —  Walmart has done a 180 on its earlier decision to pull the plug on its DRM servers (thereby locking customers' music collection to whatever PC it happened to be on at the time) and decided to keep the DRM servers running - for now.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho Mail Gets Offline Support via Google Gears - Ahead of Gmail  —  Innovative Web Office startup Zoho has beaten Google to the punch again, announcing offline support for the newly public Zoho Mail tonight.  Ironically Zoho is using Google Gears to enable offline functionality in Zoho Mail …
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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Advanced IMAP Controls
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 …
Alex / Blogging On A Shoestring:
Exclusive: HTC's First WiMax Device!  —  So early yesterday evening I got a rather cryptic contact submission here on nedge2k.com regarding a new WiMax enabled HTC device.  Needless to say, this had me pretty excited.  This morning, I got the pictures and some info...so here it is!
Cade Metz / The Register:
US telco: ‘Public broadband is illegal’  —  Judge: ‘Pull the other one’  —  Like dozens of other communities across America, the tiny town of Monticello, Minnesota wants to build a fiber-optic broadband network.  In September of last year, its citizens approved the project via referendum, with 74 per cent of voters giving the nod.
Shawn Brown / Android Community:
First T-Mobile G1 user review  —  Android Community has done it again, this time we bring you an exclusive first time user review of T-Mobile's G1.  Forum member kaziko has given us a sneak peak at T-Mobile's first device to run Google's Android operating system.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Sun Microsystems: A Lesson in Failed Cosmetic Surgery  —  Sun Microsystems, one of the world's largest server and software makers, finds itself in an awkward position: It might soon have enough cash to buy all of its stock and go private.  —  Sun's shares dropped close to 8 percent Thursday, closing at $5.21.
Discussion: The Register
GamesIndustry.biz:
Bungie: Recon is our last Halo trilogy project  —  US-based developer Bungie has revealed to GamesIndustry.biz that the newly-announced Halo 3 Recon, set for release next Autumn as an extension to the super-selling Halo 3, will be the last project in the first-person shooter trilogy that the company plans to undertake.
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Ewan / Mobile Industry Review:
US aggregators stunned at Verizon's $0.03 MT transaction fees increase  —  The US text message market is in a bit of flux.  —  I've been getting phone calls and text messages from aggregators across the country who can't quite believe that, from 1st November 2008, Verizon will apply …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Forrester: Credit crunch may freeze tech services projects  —  Forrester Research in a report is confirming that the credit crunch is beginning to hit technology services firms.  —  The extent of the damage is unclear, but IBM's lower-than-expected third quarter revenue …
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 …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Hands-On Video!  —  Here it is CrackBerry Nation.. the long awaited, much anticipated, hands-on video first look at the BlackBerry Curve 8900, formerly known as the Javelin!!  My apologies for taking so long to get this up... blame Apple!
Discussion: IntoMobile, BlackBerry Cool and Gizmodo
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: 11 bulletins, 4 critical  —  It will be a very busy Patch Tuesday for administrators managing Microsoft Windows computer systems.  —  According to Microsoft's advance notice mechanism, 11 security bulletins will drop next Tuesday (October 14, 2008), covering a wide range of serious vulnerabilities.
Discussion: The Register
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 and digg.com
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 …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Puts New AdSense Ads Under Maps  —  The continued success of Google Maps gives Google another growing revenue stream to tap into, and that's what they're doing with the placement of new AdSense ads immediately under maps on Google Maps.  —  The ads don't show up on all searches …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Inside Obama and McCain's Conflicting Takes on Net Neutrality
Discussion: digg.com and Slashdot
David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch:
Media, entertainment shares dive to new lows
Discussion: Guardian and HipMojo.com
Walaika Haskins / E-Commerce Times:
Microsoft Aims for an Experience, Sony Just Wants a Home
Discussion: TG Daily
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Don't stop believing — Silicon Valley lip-synchs while market burns
Discussion: TechCrunch, BoomTown and Valleywag
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple releases Security Update 2008-007 for Mac OS X
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Below $13  —  We got a tip yesterday that bludgeoned Carl Icahn …
Discussion: Guardian and Valleywag