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7:05 PM ET, October 12, 2006


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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's Talks With Facebook Get Bogged Down  —  Days after Google Inc. announced a $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube Inc., rival Yahoo Inc.'s efforts to extend its Web reach through an acquisition of Facebook Inc. aren't making much progress, say people familiar with the matter.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Facebook worth more than YouTube?  —  The Wall Street Journal says "Yahoos talks with Facebook get bogged down" Yahoo is reportedly offering $1B for FaceBook.  The talks have been on and off most of this year.  —  Robert Scoble asks "Is Facebook worth as much as YouTube?"
Palm Unveils New Slim, Sleek Treo Smartphone  —  MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:  —  For people who are ready to move up to a full-featured mobile phone that includes everything needed to stay organized, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:   Hands-on with the Treo 680  —  It was a total mob scene …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Live from Palm's Treo announcement at DigitalLife
Discussion: Everything TypePad
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
With YouTube, Grad Student Hits Jackpot Again  —  For Jawed Karim, the $100,000 or so he would have to spend on a master's degree at Stanford was never daunting.  He hit an Internet jackpot in 2002 when PayPal, the online payment company he had joined early on, was bought by eBay.
Asack / A Sack of Seattle:
What's been hard at Judy's Book  —  Following up on my post yesterday, below are answers to the question of what's been harder than expected at Judy's Book.  —  Achieving critical mass in local  —  Momentum in any one location doesn't transfer to others - you have to fight the same fight over and over.
Todd Weiss / Yahoo! News:
Could a 30-in. monitor help you do your job faster?  —  Providing employees with 30-in. computer monitors can boost worker productivity at companies where 17-in. or 19-in. monitors are typically used, according to a French consultant hired for a study sponsored by Apple.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple MacBook owners organizing class action lawsuit  —  Owners of Apple Computer's new 13-inch MacBook notebooks, whose systems are plagued by intermittent shutdown issues, have become fed up with extended repair times and inadequate resolutions to the problem, and are now organizing a class action lawsuit against the Mac maker.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Oprah and Bono to unveil Product Red iPod nano tomorrow  —  Exclusive: Activist and rock singer Bono, with help from Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities, is partnering with Apple Computer on a red-colored iPod to promote his new charity aimed at battling AIDS, AppleInsider has learned.
Libyan pupils 'to have laptops'  —  The government of Libya is reported to have agreed to provide its 1.2m school children with a cheap durable laptop computer by June 2008.  —  The laptops offer internet access and are powered by a wind-up crank.  They cost $100 and manufacturing begins next year, says One Laptop per Child.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Analysts Downgrade Ad Outlook — Again — Detect Shift Vis-A-Vis Economic Growth  —  A WELL REGARDED WALL STREET research team has once again downgraded the outlook for U.S. and worldwide ad spending, and may have uncovered a fundamental shift in the way ad industry growth corresponds to the expansion of the general economy.
Discussion: and Screenwerk
Microsoft Partners to Offer New Windows Vista-Ready Products for Holidays  —  Windows Vista logo program designed to help encourage compatibility and performance in partner software and hardware.  —  Today at DigitalLife 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the holiday availability of PCs …
Tom Coates /
Geotagging with Zonetag and Bluetooth GPS...  Disclaimer (added 3:15pm): Obviously I work at Yahoo and obviously I know the people who work on Flickr and Zonetag personally.  Other clients for uploading information from your phone and capturing context do exist and if you're interested …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Mobile Ad Trend Grows  —  Advertisers from telecom provider Verizon to olive oil brand Bertolli are experimenting with new mobile ad offerings from business listings providers Citysearch and, and mobile ad software outfit Third Screen Media.  Coming on the heels …
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