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9:20 PM ET, October 31, 2006


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Ken Norton / JotBlog:
We're Googlers now  —  We've always had a hard time keeping secrets, and it's been really tough to keep this one - Google has acquired JotSpot.  Yep, that's right - we're all Googlers now, and we couldn't be more excited.  —  But let's talk about you, our users and customers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Wiki Collaboration Company Jotspot  —  Google's office strategy just got a whole lot richer with the announced acquisition of the wiki based company Jotspot.  A business oriented service that plugs a long list of different applications like calendars and photo sharing into a wiki framework …
Ross / Socialtext Enterprise Wiki blogs:
Google Acquires JotSpot, Socialtext Provides Free Migration  —  Socialtext, the first wiki company, announced today a free hosted wiki program for JotSpot customers following that company's acquisition by Google.  Socialtext will migrate JotSpot wiki content and provide one year …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Whether it meant to or not, Google just responded to the Microsoft/Socialtext SocialPoint deal  —  Yesterday, as my colleague Dan Farber pointed out, when you merge Microsoft's Sharepoint with Socialtext namesake wiki, you get SocialPoint.  Wrote Dan at the end of the post …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Is JotSpot the new foundation for Google Office?  —  David already weighed in on Google acquiring JotSpot.  It seems that Google is buying rather than building a collaborative applications platform, first with Blogger, Writely and now with JotSpot and more to come.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
JotSpot, Google's New Extensible Wiki
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking News: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Reddit  —  We just received confirmation that Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, acquired Boston-based Reddit earlier this morning, and will make the announcement later today.  The price is not being disclosed.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wired Acquires Reddit (instead of just white labeling it)  —  In other acquisition news today, Techcrunch reported that Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, has acquired Boston-based Reddit.  I pinged Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian about this and he confirmed …
Discussion: ben barren, TechCrunch and Valleywag
Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform  —  Companies seek to improve performance, reliability and stability of PHP on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server "Longhorn."
Microsoft Office Live Will Launch Web Service to Help Small Businesses Attract Customers, Generate Repeat Business  —  Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta and Office Live Business Contact Manager will be available to help small businesses stay in touch with their customers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Microsoft 2.0: Embracing Lighweight, Open Source Apps Online  —  Microsoft has made a number of announcements in the last 24 hours that show it is not going to let the oncoming Google Office steal its thunder without a fight.  It looks to me like the transformation of Microsoft …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
China: We don't censor the Internet.  Really  —  ATHENS, Greece—While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.  —  Which is why it came as a surprise on Tuesday …
Mike / Techdirt:   China Plays Innocent: It's Never Censored The Internet And Arrested …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Google shares ad wealth with videographers  —  Google has begun sharing advertising revenue with the makers of a popular video clip in a groundbreaking deal that could drive up the costs of competing in the fledgling video-sharing sector.  —  The search company has agreed to turn …
Add attachment icons to Gmail  —  The Gmail attachment icons userscript takes advantage of the previously-mentioned Stylish Firefox extension to add attachment icons to your Gmail account.  —  In case you're not keen on what Stylish does, it allows you to add your own CSS style elements …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
A Home Valuation Web Site Is Accused of Discrimination  —, the Web site that provides free home valuations, has been accused by a coalition of community activist groups of undervaluing the homes in black and Latino neighborhoods.  —  In a letter sent by the National Community …
Discussion: Valleywag, and ProgrammableWeb
Limited Edition Zunes Coming To Fancy West Coast Clothing Stores  —  Pictures of special, limited edition Microsoft Zunes have surfaced and the good news is that if you like overpriced West Coast fashion, you're in for a treat.  Apparently, Microsoft struck a deal with West Coast-based …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot  —  Dove's Viral Hit 'Evolution' Is a Real Beauty  —  CINCINNATI ( — Think dove's "campaign for Real Beauty" generated a ton of buzz for relatively little expense?  You haven't seen anything yet.  —  Traffic spike
Sal Cangeloso /
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard  —  Razer has been up to some very interesting things lately.  The company successfully made the move into both optical and laser mice and has been expanding their range of products into accessories and audio equipment.  All the while they have done their best …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
SlingPlayer for Mac OS X finally released (in public beta)
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Japan to get Wii with DVD player
Scott Berinato / Wired News:
Attack of the Bots … AT FIRST, IT LOOKED LIKE typical network congestion.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Market Wire:
Socialtext Releases SocialPoint
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Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World
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