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6:30 AM ET, October 16, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Google Answers the iPhone  —  In the exciting new category of modern hand-held computers — devices that fit in your pocket but are used more like a laptop than a traditional phone — there has so far been only one serious option.  But that will all change on Oct. 22, when T-Mobile …
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Michelle Maltais / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How iView the G1: An iPhone owner's take on the Google phone  —  I've very intentionally kept myself in the dark about Google's entry into the smartphone market — until today.  —  It was mostly out of fear that I might find my iPhone in some way deficient by comparison and, as a result, develop a raging case of tech envy.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone Review: What I Love & Hate About T-Mobile G-1  —  It's here: the Google Phone.  After years of speculation and months of waiting, the first Google Android OS-based smart phone has finally been released by T-Mobile USA.  The device formally called as G-1 is made by HTC …
Discussion: The Apple Blog and Big in Japan
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone Review  —  There is a lot riding on the shoulders of T-Mobile's G1 Android phone.  In some ways, it carries the collective hopes of Linux, open source and Google fans everywhere.  It's open, collaborative and community-based, in other words, everything the iPhone and Windows Mobile aren't.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
First Look at YouTube on the Google Phone  —  Craig Rubens and I had a chance to play with YouTube on the new Google Android-powered T-Mobile G1 today.  Here's a little video we made of our walkthrough, for which we also brought along an iPhone 3G.  —  Our takeaways: - The Android YouTube navigation …
Discussion: VentureBeat
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Look at Google's First Phone
Discussion: CrunchGear and Washington Post
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As eBay's Core Business Hits Hard Times, Skype Begins To Shine  —  Although eBay beat its downwardly-revised earnings numbers today, its earnings call was filled with glum news for investors.  (Full earnings slides embedded below).  After three flat quarters, revenues declined 3.6 percent from the second quarter to $2.2 billion.
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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.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
ebay beats Q3, adjusts guidance for Q4, FY08
Discussion: IP Democracy, Techland and The Register
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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
WordPress Acquires Irish Startup Polldaddy
Discussion: VentureBeat
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:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Work be damned. FriendFeed now has an area that updates in real-time
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Cracks $12, Valuation Now Officially Ridiculous  —  We've been peeing on Yahoo all the way down, so we hope you won't take this as us talking our book (unfortunately, we've owned the stock forever) or blowing smoke up our employer's rear (we co-anchor TechTicker).  But...  YAHOO'S VALUATION IS NOW RIDICULOUS
Discussion: Beyond Search
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 …
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 …
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Listen to Tim Cook  —  One thing Apple knows is what it does.  Apple designs and produces very nice things.  All this hubbub over low-cost laptops is outside the realm of what makes Apple Apple.  —  There has long been, especially in the business press, a strong bias towards encouraging Apple to act like a “normal” computer company.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
FCC Chair Wants to Go Forward With Use of White Spaces  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said he wants to allow portable devices to use the airwaves between TV channels for wireless broadband service.  —  After months of testing and over a year of lobbying by tech firms Google …
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) …
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Why I Blog  —  THE WORD blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log.  It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web.  In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, Web log soon became the word blog.
Discussion: bytes|genes and Voices
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Newzbin Prepares for Litigation  —  The newsgroups have remained largely outside the focus of the entertainment industry's campaign to thwart illegal file-sharing, thanks to dual-use role as discussion/bulletin board system.  This role has diminished significantly in recent months …
Joab Jackson / Linux.com:
Python 3.0 makes a big break  —  Typically, each new version of the Python programming language has been gentle on users, more or less maintaining backward compatibility with previous versions.  But in 2000, when Python creator Guido van Rossum announced that he was embarking on a new version of Python …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google Doubles Number Of Book Scan Publisher Partners  —  The company caused an uproar when it launched the project four years ago, with many fearing Google planned to gain control of all the world's books and give them away for free online.  —  Google has doubled the number of publishers signed …
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 …
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.
 
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Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech sector predicted to slow but not collapse
Google Watch:
Will Google's Q3 Earnings Offer a Window View to the Recession?
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch and Portfolio
Joey Seiler / Virtual Worlds News:
$148.5M Invested in 12 Virtual Worlds-Related Companies in Q3 2008
Discussion: paidContent.org and GigaOM
Scott Bradner / PC World:
How Bad Is US Broadband Deployment?
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
Probe Sees Unused Internet
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Music Ally:
Exclusive: Warner Chappell reveals Radiohead's ‘In Rainbows’ pot of gold
Austin Modine / The Register:
iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blip.fm, The “Twitter for Music”, Gets Its Own API
Discussion: SearchViews
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
Discussion: broadstuff
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Groups to Close: Windows Live Groups to begin Nov. 17
BBC:
Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’
Discussion: open