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Around the Web 10.6.08: EBay cuts jobs, Netflix cuts guidance, Wall Street cuts Google forecasts

October 6, 2008 |  9:09 am

-- NBC seems to get the Web now: It's finally easy to watch "Saturday Night Live" videos. Silicon Alley Insider

-- EBay is cutting 1,000 jobs, or about 10% of its workforce, but plans to shell out more than $1.2 billion to acquire Bill Me Later and two Danish websites. AP via LAT

-- The Wall Street axes have started chopping away at Google's financial forecasts. Silicon Alley Insider

-- No. 4 search engine Ask.com revamps to try to make Web searches more like a conversation. Mercury News

-- The tough economy might keep people on their couches, but it's not boosting Netflix subscriptions. Tech Trader Daily

-- Cutbacks at Gawker Media, Nick Denton's blog empire, signal trouble in the online ad business. NYT

-- Or is it a good time to double down? Giga Omni Media, Om Malik's blog network, raised another $4.5 million in VC funding. GigaOm

-- Movie studios are packing Blu-ray DVDs with Internet-connected extras, including text chat, to boost sales of the high-definition format that hasn't yet taken off. Washington Post

-- A district court put a temporary halt to sales of RealDVD, the software that prompted dueling lawsuits between the movie studios and Real Networks. NewTeeVee

-- Seven things to avoid doing online in order to avoid identity theft. Consumer Reports

-- Chris Gaither

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