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Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Skype in Deal Valuing Communications Business at $2.75 Billion  —  eBay to Receive Approximately $1.9 Billion in Cash; Retain Approximately 35 Percent Stake  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) …
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Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
A new chapter  —  Today, Skype begins a new chapter.  We're spinning off from eBay to become an independent company once again.  This is very exciting news for all of us here at Skype, and I want to give all of you a brief overview of what's happening.  —  A small group of venture capital funds …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Sale Nears: Why eBay Shareholders Should Be Mad  —  If you're an eBay shareholder, it's time for you to get mad about the sheer incompetency of the management.  First they paid top dollar for Skype back in 2005, making billionaires out of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Makes sense now: eBay unloads Skype; Gets $1.9 billion in cash and keeps 35% stake
Discussion: PC World and TheStreet.com
Stephanie Ferguson / The Windows Blog:
Windows phones are Coming on October 6th!  —  In just five weeks, you'll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from.  But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we're trying to make phones even better with Windows.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft to Deliver New Generation of Windows Phones on Oct. 6  —  Leading mobile operators and phone manufacturers worldwide prepare to introduce an array of sleek new Windows phones.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows® phones will be widely available at retail stores worldwide on Oct. 6, 2009.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Steve Jobs will host next week's Apple special event  —  Steve Jobs, Oct. 2008.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  Apple hasn't confirmed it — and not every analyst agrees — but Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster seems pretty certain that Steve Jobs himself will introduce a new line of iPods next week.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Another take: Steve Jobs appearance not expected Sept. 9  —  Wall Street analysts are divided on whether Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will appear at next week's iPod-centric event, as another firm has said his presence would be a “welcome surprise,” but is not anticipated.
Discussion: Fast Company, I4U News, ChannelWeb and TUAW
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Another Popular Developer Lays The Smack Down On Apple's App Store  —  Another day, another story of Apple's ridiculous App Store approval policies gone awry.  Joe Stump, the former lead architect for Digg who is well known in the developer community, has posted an entirely NSFW rant to his blog …
Discussion: The Register
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Joe / joestump.net:
Pass the lubricant as we're getting f**ked by Apple too
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Did Google Street View spot rapist/kidnapper Garrido?  —  A followup on this earlier BB post about the wacko blog and gadget hallucinations of kidnapper/rapist (now also a murder suspect) Phillip Garrido.  —  Weighing in on that post, an astute BB commenter noticed that if you do a Google Maps search …
Discussion: Mashable! and Telegraph
Chris Mellor / The Register:
EMC co-founder kills himself  —  Street kid, entrepreneur and ambassador  —  Obituary Richard Egan, the colourful and vigorous co-founder of EMC, went into a linen cupboard of his home at the Four Seasons condominiums on Boylston Street, Boston, and shot himself in the head with a shotgun on Friday …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jim Breyer's Midas Touch.  Two Acquisitions in 24 Hours (Marvel And BBN)  —  Investor Jim Breyer of Accel Partners is having a very good day.  In the past 24 hours, two companies where he is an investor and board member have been acquired for big bucks: Marvel Entertainment …
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Chris Reidy / Boston Globe:
Raytheon agrees to buy the legendary BBN
Discussion: VentureBeat and Network World
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Nokia Delays U.S. Music Launch  —  The unlimited-download service won't be released this year in the U.S. as planned.  —  LONDON — After promising earlier this year that a 2009 U.S. launch for the service was in the works, Nokia told Forbes on Monday that it has now been pushed back to 2010.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE tumbles, Firefox regains market share mojo  —  IE6 numbers take a nose dive; Firefox reaps nearly all the benefit  —  Computerworld - Last month, Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer posted its largest market share loss since November 2008, while Firefox reaped nearly all the benefit, Web metrics company Net Applications said today.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome Is Gaining Desktop Notifications  —  Things are really starting to get busy in the world of Chromium.  Yesterday, we noted how the latest developer builds of Chrome were now Snow Leopard-ready.  Today brings some other interesting news.  —  It looks like Chrome is about to gain …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
iriver Story ebook reader revealed  —  Images of iriver's new ebook reader, the Story, have emerged, together with partial specifications for the 6-inch E Ink device.  As well as having a full QWERTY keyboard and a memory card slot content with up to 32GBs, the Story is compatible with PDF …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WD ships 7200RPM 2TB desktop hard drives: Caviar Black and RE4  —  Surely you recall Western Digital's earlier 2TB effort, the Caviar Green — right?  While said drive was just perfect for the casual storage junkie, performance gurus know that it left something to be desired on the speed front.
Harry McCracken / PC World:
Opera 10: It's Final.  And Worth Trying  —  Opera 10 Web browser packs new features including Turbo mode that spees up browsing on sluggish Net connections.  —  Recommends  —  Opera 10, the newest version of the browser that's arguably the most venerable one going, is now available in its final version.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Serial Entrepreneur Al Warms Debuts Appolicious, Hoping iPhone Apps Fans Will Find It Delicious  —  Longtime Internet entrepreneur Al Warms paid a visit to BoomTown HQ today to show off a new company he has founded called Appolicious.  —  That is the unusual name Warms-who sold his Participate Media …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon Multi-Factor Authentication for AWS Accounts  —  An additional layer of protection, once reserved for banks and large enterprises, is now available to protect your AWS account from unauthorized use.  This should be especially attractive to our enterprise-level customers …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Sony to distribute Google browser  —  Google has forged a distribution alliance with Sony's PC division and is in talks with other computer makers as it looks to promote its well-regarded but little-used Chrome browser.  —  The renewed efforts to expand the reach of Chrome come a year …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
More Alleged Screenshots Of Google Chrome OS.  My, What Big Icons You Have.  —  We've just received a pair of screenshots that may be of Google's upcoming Chrome OS operating system.  Google announced the entirely browser-based OS in July, and since then a number of alleged screenshots …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome OS to Feature Single Sign-On for Chrome Browser  —  ...but What About the Other Web Browsers?  —  We don't know much about the upcoming OS from Google, Chrome OS, so most of the news we read about it involves speculation or, sometimes, rather terrible attempts at faking some supposedly official screenshots.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle 11g Release 2 available  —  Oracle said Tuesday that the second release of its 11g database is generally available.  The update comes two years after the launch of 11g.  —  Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is heavily focused on consolidating hardware and virtualization …
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing New Direct Response Home Page Ad Unit  —  While Facebook has created a variety of home page “engagement ad” units for big brands, Facebook is now testing a new kind of home page ad unit that doesn't drive users to a brand's Facebook Page, but rather prompts users to complete a direct response form.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
An author's guide to the Google Books flap  —  The issues surrounding Google's Book Search settlement are among the most complex surrounding the company this year: what do authors need to know about their rights and responsibilities?  —  Google has scanned over 10 million books since 2004 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon “Enhanced Multimedia Phones” to require data plans, death of the Vpak, and more  —  In this day and age, carriers are all about data and rightfully so.  Subscribers are becoming more reliant on data-dependent mobile apps and services each day, and carriers are hardly about to miss …
Matt Hall / Larva Labs:
Android Market Sales, Are Those Tears or is it Raining in Here?  —  There's been a lot of speculation lately about the size of the Apple App Store, most recently based on some numbers from AdMob which are summarized over at GigaOM.  They came to the conclusion that the app store is worth $200M monthly …
 
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