Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy — The economic situation is apparently so grim that some experts fear we may be in for a stretch as bad as the mid seventies. — When Microsoft and Apple were founded. — As those examples suggest, a recession may not be such a bad time to start a startup.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Furrier.org, Feld Thoughts, uncov, Startup Chatter and Gabor's Blog
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider: Y Combinator Startup Investor Paul Graham: Go Ahead And Start That Startup
John Furrier / Furrier.org: Entrepreneurs Are Blind To Recessions …
Ted Dziuba / uncov: Paul Graham, Just Shut Your Face Already
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM announcing BlackBerry Storm-alike for U.S. at WES 2009, more devices — Look, we really don't want to do this to you, (well, we kind of do) but we're just got the word from one of our RIM ninjas that there will be a BlackBerry Storm-type device announced at WES 2009.
Discussion: IntoMobile, BlackBerryNews.com, BlackBerry Cool, Electronista, SlashGear, CrackBerry.com blogs, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
James Falconer / IntoMobile: Tom Selleck Excited Over BlackBerry Magnum Rumors
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs: Bold/Storm/8900 Hybrid Device is the BlackBerry Magnum!
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: RIM Announcing BlackBerry With Touchscreen AND Full Keyboard …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Eventually, RIM to launch Bold-like device with touchscreen
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Extended Gmail outage hits Apps admins — E-mail service expected to be down for 24 hours — IDG News Service) A prolonged, ongoing Gmail outage has some Google Apps administrators pulling their hair out as their end users, including high-ranking executives, complain loudly while they wait for service to be restored.
Discussion: InformationWeek, The Register, Data Center Knowledge and Slashdot
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek: Gmail Outage Shakes The Google Faithful
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Google says sorry as Gmail plummets out of the cloud
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Lengthy Outage for Some Gmail Users
Timothy / Slashdot: Extended Gmail Outage Frustrates Admins
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
FRIENDS OF THE BAND — ZUCKERBERG PONDERS FACEBOOK MUSIC BIZ — Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is plotting a possible push into the digital-music business in the wake of MySpace's launch of MySpace Music last month. — The surging social-networking giant is talking to a number …
Discussion: The Register, All Facebook and MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Zuckerberg flirts with record labels, eyes digital music biz
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook: Facebook Music: It's Back!
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org: News Corp Rethinks Private Equity Investment In MySpace Music …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Asking Their Advertisers To Publicly Support Yahoo Search Deal — A reader, Darrin (from ReverseMortgageGuides), who says he spends about $100,000/month on Google adwords received a voicemail from a Cleary Gottlieb lawyer named Donald Burke. Burke says he's representing Google in the Yahoo advertising deal.
Discussion: Epicenter, Technology Live and Beyond Search
Michelle Kessler / Technology Live: Coffee Break: — FBI busts 56 people for buying and selling …
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Google Yahoo: Boo Hoo for GooHoo
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Asus breaks sub-$300 price barrier with Eee PC 900A at Best Buy — Let's get the sub-$300 netbook party started! Pereira just pinged me to share this Best Buy link which shows the white Asus Eee PC 900A available for $299. This is basically the same model as the 900, but the “A” stands for Atom.
Discussion: Portfolio, SlashGear, Engadget, Scripting News, OStatic blogs, LAPTOP Magazine and Gadget Lab
Kevin Maney / Portfolio: Asus and Sub-$300 Laptops: Where the Action Will Be
Chris Davies / SlashGear: ASUS Eee PC 900A now under $300
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Eee PC turns one year old, slides under the $300 barrier to celebrate
Dave Winer / Scripting News: Just bought an MSI
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine: Happy Birthday Eee PC!
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab: Asus Offers sub-$300 Netbook
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
MySpace on target to do $1B in sales this year, defies downturn — We're hearing from sources close to social networking company MySpace that it expects to hit $1 billion in revenue this year, or at worst be within a hair's breadth of that number. Meanwhile, MySpace executives …
Chris Crum / WebProNews: MySpace Could Reach A Billion This Year
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable:
Warhammer Online on a MacBook 2008 running XP — One of the questions that has been on everyone's minds since Apple announced their new laptops on Tuesday has been whether the improved NVIDIA graphics cards that Steve Jobs spent so much time discussing on stage would mean that Apple's newer laptops would make good gaming machines.
Discussion: Joystiq, TUAW, Massively and CrunchGear
Justin McElroy / Joystiq: Warhammer Online runs fine on new MacBook 2008
Mike Schramm / TUAW: Putting the MacBook through the paces with Warhammer Online
Shawn Schuster / Massively: WAR on a MacBook? — Yes, it's true. Of course you'll need …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: New MacBook might be good 'nough for casual gamers
Benchmarking Flash Player 10 — The web collectively got a bit shinier this week with Adobe's release of Flash Player 10. The new version offers designers a compelling set of new features including support for rich 3D visual effects, a new antialiasing engine, an improved drawing API …
Discussion: Ed Bott's Windows Expertise
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Yahoo! gets local with SearchMonkey — Continuing to deliver on their aim of enriching the core search offering with a little help from SearchMonkey, Yahoo! yesterday announced that the existing SearchMonkey apps for CitySearch and Zagat are now available by default to all users of Yahoo! Search.
Discussion: Yahoo! Search Blog, CNET News and ReadWriteWeb
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Yahoo SearchMonkey gets Zagat, CitySearch
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Shazam comes out of the shadows — The British tech firm can thank Steve Jobs. Its music search is one of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone. — NEW YORK (Fortune) — Have you ever been out with friends at a bar and heard one of those seventies songs like “Play That Funky Music …
Meet Our CEO and Chairman, Again — Three years ago during my time as CEO of Odeo, I was lucky to be working with a software engineer Jack Dorsey who wasn't afraid to bring up an idea he'd been thinking about for a long time. What if a simple status message was the format for a social communication service?
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: A swap atop Twitter for the “new phase”
Caroline McCarthy / The Social: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey steps down
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: CEO Change At Twitter: Ev Williams Back At The Helm
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider: Twitter CEO And Chairman Trade Jobs, Site Still Works
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential: Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey swap roles at Twitter
Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2008 RESULTS — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2008. — “We had a good third quarter with strong traffic and revenue growth across all of our major geographies thanks to the underlying strength of our core search and ads business.
Discussion: MarketingVOX, BloggingStocks, Business Week, Profy, Ars Technica, Digital Inspiration, BBC, GigaOM, Tech Trader Daily, Tech Ticker, CNNMoney.com, Search Engine Land, Creative Capital, Techland, Publishing 2.0, Search Engine Journal, paidContent.org, Between the Lines, L.A. Times Tech Blog, VentureBeat, Data Center Knowledge, Tech Check with Jim Goldman, Valleywag, Silicon Alley Insider, Tech Beat, eWeek, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog, Digital Daily and TechCrunch
Steven Mallas / BloggingStocks: Google beats expectations and brings in the cash, but I'll pass on stock for now
Robert D. Hof / Business Week: Google's Profit and Sales Leap, Firing a Rally
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy: Google's Core Search and Advertising Businesses Healthy in Q3. What's Next?
Om Malik / GigaOM: Why Google's Partners Should Be Worried
Henry Blodget / Tech Ticker: Google Q3 Preview: Another Pie in the Face?
Kenneth Musante / CNNMoney.com: Google's profit rises 26%
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Google Earnings Beat Expectations, Shares Climb
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland: Google gets frugal and profits soar
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal: Google Says: We're Ok and We're Definitely Fine
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org: Earnings: Google Comes In Higher Than Expected After All; Revenue, Income Up
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Google Capex Eases to $452M in 3Q
Owen Thomas / Valleywag: Google bores economy into submission
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Google Q3 (GOOG) Preview: Another Pie In The Face?
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google's Q3 Profit Jumps 26% amid Recession Fears
Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Google Beats Q3 Estimates
Virginia Nussey / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog: What Google's Q3 Earnings Could Mean for the Search Industry
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Google: What Economic Crisis?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Liveblogging Google Third Quarter Conference Call
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Report: Russian Hacker Forums Fueled Georgia Cyber Attacks — An exhaustive inquiry into August's cyber attacks on the former Soviet bloc nation of Georgia finds no smoking gun in the hands of the Russian government. But experts say evidence suggests that Russian officials did little …
Discussion: Arbor Networks Security
Ronen Halevy / BerryReview.com:
AT&T Bold Event Fails To Launch... Michael Phelps & All - Signs Are Pointing To A Release Very Soon — I just spent the better portion of my night at a AT&T launch event for the BlackBerry Bold in New York City. Sadly I had to stand around in line outside for over an hour and a half to even get into the event.
Discussion: IntoMobile and BlackBerryNews.com
Troy D. Brown / BlackBerryNews.com: AT&T Fails To Launch BlackBerry Bold At Launch Event
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Discovery CEO: Web ‘Take-up Rate Is Not That Strong’ — Cable programmer Discovery (NSDQ: DISAB) is making its first foray in ad-supported, free-to-air TV on the UK's Freeview. (It's not free for Discovery, which is reported to be paying millions of pounds for the privilege.)
Discussion: Financial Times
Ben Fenton / Financial Times: Discovery rejects net broadcasting
Matt Kapko / mocoNews.net:
Nokia's New Touchscreen Gets Prime Placement In Britney Spears' Womanizer Video — Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may have snagged the most impressive product placement yet in Britney Spears' just released music video for Womanizer. Just 23 seconds into the video, Nokia's new 5800 XpressMusic cellphone gets …
Discussion: Music Ally, InformationWeek and SlashPhone
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adult Startup Zivity Cuts 1/3 Of Staff — Zivity, the adult social network and media site that describes itself as a “community-powered showcase of female beauty”, has laid off 1/3 of its staff, cutting back from 22 employees to 14. (Again, 1/3 seems to be the magic number …
Discussion: Webware.com, CloudAve and VentureBeat
Don Reisinger / Webware.com: Zivity lays off one-third of staff
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat: More job cuts hit Silicon Valley: Zivity and hi5
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Coordinates Global Effort to Nab ‘Dark Market’ Cyber Criminals — Joint Two-Year Undercover Operation Results in 56 arrests; $70 million — The FBI, in conjunction with many partners in international law enforcement, today announced the conclusion of a two-year undercover operation targeting members …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose, PC World and SC Magazine US
Andrew Noyes / Tech Daily Dose: FBI, Global Partners Sink Online ‘Carding’ Forum
Robert McMillan / PC World: FBI Says Dark Market Sting Netted 56 Arrests
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld Blogs:
The five best things in Linux 2.6.27 — Does anyone really know what will be better in Windows 7? I don't and I follow Windows almost as closely as I do Linux. With Linux, on the other hand, we know exactly what we're getting well in advance of its arrival.
Dusanb / IntoMobile:
Qik taps the feature phone market — today announced that their live mobile video streaming product is coming to a feature phone near you. The Java ME-based application is available in alpha, allowing users with select Nokia and Sony Ericsson feature phones to record and stream video from wherever they are.
Discussion: PR Newswire and mobilesyrup.com
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Vimeo Lanches Vimeo Plus Paid Service — As promised, the increasingly popular video sharing site Vimeo launched its premium paid service today, introducing a host of new features for those willing to pony up — and placing more restrictions on those who don't. — For a $59.95 annual subscription, Vimeo Plus offers:
Discussion: CenterNetworks and ReadWriteWeb
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Vimeo Launches Vimeo Plus - Annual Paid Plans
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb: Vimeo's Newest Feature: More Predictable Revenue Stream
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
Separate metrics for Google and search partners are now available — We're happy to let you know that we've changed the way your Campaign Summary and Ad Group Summary pages present statistics in order to give you additional level of detail into your campaign performance.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Roundtable and Search Engine Land
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch: A Bunch of Cute Little Updates to Google Properties (and the Algorithm)
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable: Google AdWords Showing The Search Partner Network, Finally
Apple says new MacBook Airs to ship first week of November — Apple Store customers who ordered Apple's new 45-nanometer MacBook Airs with the understanding that they would not ship until “Early November” now have a more definitive date to go by. — AppleInsider reader Miguel …
Discussion: Gizmodo, O'Grady's PowerPage and The Apple Core
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo: New MacBook Air Ships Nov. 5
Chris Barylick / O'Grady's PowerPage: Late 2008 MacBook Air Units to Ship in “Early November”
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: Interesting facts about the new MacBooks
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Epic Win — GOODBYE, SCHADENFREUDE; HELLO, FAIL. — When Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson testified before the Senate banking committee last month about Paulson's proposed bailout bill, a demonstrator in the audience held up an 8.5-by-11 piece of paper with one word scrawled on it in block letters: “FAIL.”
Jack Schofield / Guardian: All your FAIL are belong to us
Alaska Miller / Valleywag: Slate's shipment of fail has been ... oh, never mind