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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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and GigaOM Daily
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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
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
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 …
Discussion: greg hughes, Profy and Know It All
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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: webmonkey
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple HDTV rumors resurface  —  Years-old rumors that Apple will roll out a line of Internet-connected displays have resurfaced in reports that suggest the company will bundle its Apple TV product within a new line of HDTVs.  —  In a report referencing a rumor floated by Mahalo chief Jason Calacanis …
Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
Russian Firm Uses NVIDIA GPUs To Crack WPA, WPA2  —  We're not sure what's more frightening about this, the fact that the Russians figured out how to do it or that WiFi networks are effectively now completely insecure.  ElcomSoft claims they can “recover” WPA and WPA2 encypted passwords using …
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
Obama vs. McCain: The Wired Scorecard  —  What do Barack Obama and John McCain say, and what have they done, about policies that matter to Wired?  Here are descriptions and analysis on five issues:  — Broadband  — H1B issues  — Investment in green tech  — Net neutrality
Discussion: ZDNet Government and techPresident
Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Sony rules out PS3 price cut for Christmas  —  Sony, the Japanese consumer electronics group, has ruled out cutting the price of the PlayStation 3 console before Christmas, insisting that the PS3 is better value than rivals half its price.  —  “The answer is yes, if you're asking …
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
FT CEO spots green in the red  —  When the markets go south and most people are losing, it's safe to say that there are some others who are winning, or at least spotting opportunities.  You could say that about the Financial Times and its chief executive, John Ridding, who is finding …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Epicenter
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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Android's Login Is Cool, But Is It Secure?  —  I've been hearing a lot about Google's innovative login feature for the Android phone, but only saw it today for the first time (Loren Feldman, who recently did some video of one, sent a screenshot).  —  Unlike other phones …
Discussion: Portfolio and Big in Japan
 
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Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
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Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Must Save Her Yahoo E-Mails, Judge Rules
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John Oates / The Register:
Deloitte loses hundreds of thousands of pension details
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John Leyden / The Register:
Internet security suites fail to block exploits
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Googler Burke Invests In UK Edu Site Teachit For US Expansion
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Micron to buy $400 million stake in memory maker
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ncomputing scores big Indian deal for thin-client computers
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