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8:05 PM ET, October 15, 2008

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Matt Mullenweg:
PollDaddy Goes Automattic  —  It's another exciting day here at Automattic.  Today we finally get to announce that we've acquired the market-leading poll and survey service PollDaddy.  —  For a year or two now, I've been minorly obsessed with polls and surveys as a method of lightweight interaction …
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Lenny / PollDaddy Blog:
Automattic Acquires PollDaddy!  —  We are really pleased to announce today that PollDaddy has been acquired by Automattic!  Automattic is the super team behind the blogging phenomenon that is WordPress.  As most of you know, PollDaddy has been run by Lenny and Eoin up to now …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy
Discussion: VentureBeat
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.  The ecommerce company posted third quarter revenue of $2.12 billion, up $228 million from the same period last year.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
ebay beats Q3, adjusts guidance for Q4, FY08
Discussion: The Register
Elon Musk / All Tesla Motors Blogs:
Extraordinary times require focus  —  Chairman of the Board, Product Architect and CEO  —  These are extraordinary times.  The global financial system has gone through the worst crisis since the Great Depression, and the effects are only beginning to wind their way through every facet of the economy.
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
The new MacBooks: Beauty more than skin deep  —  I couldn't be at the Tuesday morning Apple launch event for the new MacBook and MacBook Pro systems, but I've had a chance to review the announcements.  —  Normally I focus on the technology in new products, but this time …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Dark times for Web ads: Analysts cut forecasts  —  Given the day-to-day changes in the world's economic fortunes, it's surprising that analysts are willing to make any forecasts at all, but among those who do, the news isn't sunny.  —  In the Internet sector, nobody is backing away …
Discussion: CloudAve, WebGuild and GMSV
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google Earnings Preview: Still A Long Term Play?
Discussion: Portfolio and TechCrunch
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google and Yahoo: A Tale of Two Online Ad Markets
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Another Google content play  —  Internet titan hopes to make a splash with ‘Poptub’  —  Google is mounting another experiment in content distribution that might be even more ambitious than its recent launch of original animation from “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Google dips second toe into content
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Finally, a VC Firm With The Balls To Tell It Like It Is  —  We apologize to the poor pr person who just pitched us yet another memo from either an investor or an entrepreneur about how to survive the meltdown.  We told them we were burnt out on this stuff, but here we are publishing another one.
Discussion: broadstuff
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Adobe Adds Dynamic Streaming and More to Flash Player  —  Adobe on Wednesday will launch Flash Player 10, the latest in its ubiquitous 13-year-old line of multimedia plug-ins.  For online video watchers, one big improvement is dynamic streaming, which will automatically shift bitrates as media …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
YouTube rejects McCain request for DMCA takedown fix  —  YouTube has rejected a request from John McCain's presidential campaign for a legal review of political videos that are the subject of deletion requests.  —  The Google-owned company said Tuesday evening in a response to McCain's organization …
Adam Lovallo / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces 25 New fbFund Recipients  —  Today, Facebook named the 25 new recipients of the latest fbFund funding cycle.  From a pool of over 600 applicants, fbFund awarded 25 $25,000 no-strings attached grants.  Each first round submission was reviewed by an investment commitment comprised …
Richard Jalichandra / The Technorati Weblog:
We've Acquired AdEngage and We're Launching a Self-Service Advertising Network  —  I guess you could say we're on a bit of a roll.  In June, we launched Technorati Media, our ad network.  At the end of August, we acquired BlogCritics, a great site and community of blog authors.
Discussion: paidContent.org and ReadWriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Acquires AdEngage Advertising Network
Discussion: The Social and WebProNews
Roy Mark / eWeek:
FCC Sets Nov. 4 Vote on White Spaces  —  Federal Communications Commission Kevin Martin says plans by Google, Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Intel and other tech companies to use the interference buffer zones between digital television channels to deliver unlicensed broadband will not cause harmful interference …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft survey hints at Instant On OS concept  —  Hmm, what have we here?  A recent Microsoft survey sent out to select users has us wondering what on Earth the mega-corp is planning to do next, and judging by the looks of things, it has everything to do with Instant On.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, internet's “father”, says Obama best for net  —  “My Name is Vint Cerf, I'm a Scientist and I am Voting for Barack Obama”.  Why?  Principally because of net neutrality.  —  Vint Cerf, who can fairly be described as one of the godfathers (but not in a Tony Soprano way) …
Discussion: Coop's Corner and CircleID
Business Technology:
SAP's Big Freeze  —  Business-software giant SAP is freezing costs.  —  SAP announced last week that its revenue for the quarter would fall short of its guidance due to a sudden drop in orders at the end of September.  That sent the company into cost-cutting mode, as outlined …
Casey / FriendFeed Blog:
View your FriendFeed in real-time  —  Recently we asked some users what they liked about FriendFeed, and one said because “procrastination is only a refresh away.”  It sounded nice, but then we started wondering why anyone should have to refresh at all.  Well now you don't:
Discussion: Scobleizer
Popular Mechanics:
Top 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets of the Year (With Videos!)  —  2008 Breakthrough Awards /// The Innovators  —  The early 20th century produced a breathtaking succession of innovations—the Wright Flyer, the Model T, the Panama Canal.  It was a golden age of engineering.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
HTC G1 already shipping, many to be delivered by Friday  —  T-Mobile customers, we hope you're ready for some solid Android love.  Word on the street is that Santa will be showing up a bit early for many people who pre-ordered the HTC G1.  In fact, several people have reported their handsets …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar ... again  —  Competition is a good thing, and the way that Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have re-invigorated browser development will mean good a better web experience all round.  —  Let's be honest, Internet Explorer never really offered Firefox much of a challenge.
Brian Wilson / devOpera:
MAMA  —  MAMA: What is the Web made of?  —  The Web has search engines—many of them.  However, they are typically concerned only with the text content of a Web page.  What about a search engine for a Web page's structure?  Say you want to find a sampling of Web pages that have more than 100 hyperlinks …
Discussion: InfoWorld, GigaOM and eWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Windows Mobile Is In Trouble  —  Recently it was revealed that the newest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7.0, would be delayed until as late as 2010.  The updated version, which the company's partners had reportedly been hoping to have by early 2009 …
 
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blip.fm, The “Twitter for Music”, Gets Its Own API
Discussion: SearchViews
GamePolitics News:
Former Exec Sues Take-Two for $50 Million
Discussion: videogaming247 and Edge Online
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Three Years Later, Buying MySpace Looks Like One Of Murdoch's Smartest Bets
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Help Twitter Find a Revenue Model
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Groups to Close: Windows Live Groups to begin Nov. 17
Discussion: The Social and Neowin.net
BBC:
Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’
Discussion: open
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Searching For Small Businesses, Coming Up Frustrated
Discussion: Valleywag and Kelsey Group Blogs
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Atom chip demand redefining Intel
Discussion: Liliputing
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Mint.com vs. Quicken Online
Discussion: Webware.com