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4:45 PM ET, October 13, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide  —  Microsoft announces new rich Internet applications development and streaming media features; company outlines plans for supporting Windows, Mac and Linux tools for developing Silverlight applications.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Silverlight 2: Google Chrome support, yes; iPhone, no  —  Microsoft announced, as expected, on Monday that the second version of its Silverlight browser plug-in is done and will be available imminently for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Clears Free Wireless Web  —  A proposal to create a free, national wireless Internet service got a boost as Federal Communications Commission engineers concluded that concerns are overblown about such service interfering with other carriers.  —  The report clears the way for the FCC …
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Bill Ray / The Register:
No pr0n, no interference - puritan broadband is go
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC, Lorne Michaels Plotting ‘SNL’ Video Site  —  On-demand video Website may feature mix of classic Saturday Night Live sketches and never-before-seen rehearsal footage  —  NBC and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels are in talks to develop a new on-demand video Website …
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Tanya Irwin / MediaPost:
Tina Fey As Sarah Palin Gets Huge Post-Show Viewing
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Google Loses German Copyright Cases Over Image-Search Previews  —  Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet-search engine, lost two copyright lawsuits in Germany over displaying photos and artworks as thumbnails in a preview of search results.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses Copyright Cases Over Thumbnail Images In Germany
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Turns out, Sequoia raised more money than any other VC firm  —  A shakeout in the venture capital industry appeared to take hold in the third quarter of the year, even before the latest decline in the stock market began.  And we've also learned one more reason why Sequoia Capital may have reacted …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wix Picks Up $3.5 Million Series B Funding  —  NY-based Wix has announced that they have raised a Series B round of funding in the amount of $3.5 million.  This is in addition to the previously raised $3.5 million Series A round and $1.2 million angel round.
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Andrea Orr / Tech Confidential:
CEO of Wix, sporting $3.5M second round, feels ‘lucky’
Discussion: The Next Web and VC Cafe
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
The 15 dumbest names for Web 2.0 startups  —  Robin Wauters, Next web enthusiast & Plugg organizer  —  I'm someone who frantically scours the web for interesting new online trends, concepts, startups and projects at any given time of any day.  It's something I simply can't turn off …
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
Joining Mozilla to create new developer tools for the Web; Hoping to create a new chapter in the book of Mozilla  —  I just announced that Ben and I are joining Mozilla.  Alongside Ben, I will be leading a brand spanking new developer tools group.  —  To say that I am excited is a huge understatement.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner's worst case for 2009 IT budgets isn't so bad  —  Gartner has revised its 2009 IT budget prognostications, a move that isn't surprising, but the firm's projections could be a lot worse.  —  Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research at Gartner, outlined the research group's …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
MyThings Raises $5 Million to Help you Organize Your Stuff  —  If you ever wished for a central place to keep track of your online purchases and to store all those email receipts, MyThings might just be what you are looking for.  The London-based company just announced a $5 million Series B round.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse 2.0
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
SourceForge Announces Hosted Applications  —  SourceForge.net, a longtime provider of open source code and applications, has announced a new service for developers that provides virtualized access to open source apps.  With the new Hosted Apps service, you're able to install an app within your own web space …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
OpenOffice.org overwhelmed by demand for version 3.0  —  Wibbles, wobbles, falls down  —  Eager beavers keen to get their hands on the long-awaited arrival of version 3.0 of OpenOffice.org are currently unable to download the free, open source-flavoured suite of office apps because demand has broken the website.
LG:
Introducing the second Prada phone by LG - another quantum leap in mobile phone innovation and design by Prada and LG Electronics.  —  LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Importance of Sitemaps  —  So I've been busy with this Stack Overflow thing over the last two weeks.  By way of apology, I'll share a little statistic you might find interesting: the percentage of traffic from search engines at stackoverflow.com.  —  Sept 16th  —  one day after public launch
Discussion: Vanessa Fox. Nude. and webmonkey
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Even Search Not Immune to Financial Malaise  —  Google Preps for Worst as Ad Budgets Get Cut but Might Actually Benefit  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — How bad is the economy getting?  Bad enough that even Google is learning to cinch its purse strings.  —  The online-advertising giant …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Challenges from large scale computing at Google  —  Google Fellow Jeff Dean gave a fun talk last week at University of Washington Computer Science titled “Research Challenges Inspired by Large-Scale Computing at Google”.  —  The talk is a “collection of problems we think are interesting/difficult” …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
GoDaddy Unveils Mainstream Social Web Aggregator  —  GoDaddy has just unveiled an amazing new service called SmartSpace which lets anyone register a domain name and then instantly turn it into a social web site which aggregates any of the following components onto one page: a blog …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile hits the iPhone 3G  —  Remember that rumor about Steve Jobs having a heart attack that went around not too long ago?  Well, it might just be true as soon as Stevo catches wind of this one.  The video above shows a brief interview from MyPhone 2008 with a young Norweigan developer named Erik Kristiansen.
Click / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Beta: Xbox Live + BlackBerry = XBerry Live!  —  I don't know about you but I am a HUGE Xbox360 FanBoy!  I don't know how many times I wished there was an app that I could put on my BlackBerry to show me who on my friends list was online and playing what.  Enter Xberry Live! …
Discussion: IntoMobile and CrunchGear
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook and MacBook Pro Port Speculation  —  The recently leaked MacBook and MacBook Pro case images have spawned a 1400+ post discussion thread.  One of the most debated issues is the analysis of the ports on the side of the upcoming Apple laptops.  The two laptop enclosures photographed actually show …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
YouTube fumbles remote with full-length TV shows  —  As part of YouTube's ongoing effort to make some money, the site has begun testing full-length TV episodes.  For YouTube, a video portal built almost entirely on user-generated content (UGC), this is another important step into a realm …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AT&T's TV service comes to Wal-Mart; battle for new subscribers continues  —  Just when you were ready to give up cable altogether and watch TV on your computer, telecommunication companies start aggressively rolling out fast new ways to get TV, Internet and voice services.  And they really, really want your business.
Discussion: AT&T and Telecompetitor
 
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Will Pavia / Times of London:
Machine takes on man at mass Turing Test
Discussion: Salon, Guardian, GMSV and Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What the MacBook means to Apple
Discussion: CNET News and The Mac Observer
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Obama vs. McCain: The Wired Scorecard
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Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Russian Firm Uses NVIDIA GPUs To Crack WPA, WPA2
BBC:
Music fans back legal downloads
Discussion: Techdirt, Slyck and BBC NEWS
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Improves Content Match Targeting
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple HDTV rumors resurface
John Oates / The Register:
Deloitte loses hundreds of thousands of pension details
Discussion: IT Project Failures
 Earlier Items: 
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
FT CEO spots green in the red
Discussion: paidContent.org and Epicenter
John Leyden / The Register:
Internet security suites fail to block exploits
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The WWGD? world  —  In the financial crash, we are seeing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Android's Login Is Cool, But Is It Secure?
Discussion: Portfolio and Big in Japan
Will Smith / Maximum PC all:
Microsoft (Quietly) Launches PC Advisor Repair Utility.  Going After Apple Next?
Discussion: Slashdot
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Newspapers' Web Revenue Is Stalling