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10:25 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: TechCrunch and Business Week
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside Details of Sequoia Capital's Doomsday Meeting With its Companies
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.
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
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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.
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: p2pnet, Techdirt and Slashdot
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Consumers score a partial win against Walmart
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network provider Ning opens access to OpenSocial developers  —  Ning, a white-label social network provider, is integrating with the OpenSocial standard in order to give more third-party applications access to its users.  MySpace, hi5, Bebo and Friendster and other social networks already use OpenSocial.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Ning's OpenSocial support goes live  —  Social-network builder Ning has deployed its support for developer applications for OpenSocial, something that it has been planning to do since Google kick-started the open-source project nearly a year ago.  (It is now an independent organization.)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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 …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft elaborates on Oslo  —  Shedding more light on its Oslo vision for model-based software development, Microsoft this week elaborated on plans to preview Oslo technologies, offering codenames and citing the company's DSL (Domain Specific Languages) concept as a lynchpin of the platform.
Discussion: eWeek and All about Microsoft
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.
Discussion: DSLreports
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How Safe Is That Web App?  Researchers Want Online Privacy Policies Regulated  —  Admit it.  You don't always read the EULAs when you install software on your computer.  You just click “I Agree.”  The same goes for the web.  Most of us don't read the privacy policies that accompany …
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
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Mahalo gets live news ticker  —  Friday at the Future of Web Apps conference in London, Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis is set to announce an interesting update to the curated Web directory.  The front page will get a ticker, or in modern terms, “live blog,” of news items, updated in real time by a dedicated team.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
John Leyden / The Register:
Turbo-charged wireless hacking threatens networks  —  Graphics cards encryption skulduggery  —  The latest graphics cards have been used to break Wi-Fi encryption far quicker than was previously possible.  Some security consultants are already suggesting the development blows Wi-Fi security …
Discussion: DSLreports
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 …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Wojtek Dabrowski / Reuters:
Plunge in RIM's shares could attract takeover bid
Walaika Haskins / E-Commerce Times:
Microsoft Aims for an Experience, Sony Just Wants a Home
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