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8:00 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.
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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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Is JotSpot the new foundation for Google Office?
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google has acquired JotSpot
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and VentureBeat
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.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Wired Acquires Reddit (instead of just white labeling it)
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
Microsoft:
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."
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Microsoft:
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft revamps its Office Live line-up
Discussion: LiveSide
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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 …
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
Windows Media Player 11 (final) is now available  —  Windows Media Player has long been a [bain] mainstay of our Windows computing existence, whether by choice or by force.  Finally, the WMP version I consider a serious contender of a media player is out.  WMP 11 can be downloaded and is the best to date.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 fall update in a few pictures
Discussion: Engadget HD and Michael Gartenberg
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot  —  Dove's Viral Hit 'Evolution' Is a Real Beauty  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Think dove's "campaign for Real Beauty" generated a ton of buzz for relatively little expense?  You haven't seen anything yet.  —  Traffic spike
Lifehacker:
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  —  Zillow.com, 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, Inc.com and ProgrammableWeb
Nick / Rough Type:
Evidence of attraction  —  Over the last few months, I've made a number of observations, starting here, about the growing dominance of Wikipedia over search engine results for common terms.  My findings were anecdotal, drawn from the searches I do day-in and day-out as well as a few dozen random ones …
Scott Berinato / Wired News:
Attack of the Bots … AT FIRST, IT LOOKED LIKE typical network congestion.  So the system administrators weren't too concerned when TypePad blogs and LiveJournal social networks flickered like a light bulb in a faulty socket.  But 15 minutes later, at 4 pm on May 2, 2006, the sites went dark …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Ed Cone / Know It All:
PodShow interview  —  The folks at PodShow were not overjoyed at being called "obscure" in a recent column I wrote, nor did they cotton to the suggestion that the $25 million in venture funding they've received might be an indicator of an overheating market for Web 2.0 companies.
Discussion: Eric Rice
 
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Newspaper Circulation Falls Sharply
Robert McMillan / Network World:
New Windows attack can kill firewall
Variety:
'Street Fighter' packs Hyde Park punch
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Japan to get Wii with DVD player
Microsoft:
Microsoft Cracks Down on Counterfeit Software Auctions Worldwide
Market Wire:
Socialtext Releases SocialPoint
Business Wire:
DivX, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2006 Financial Results
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Searching on Zotspot could earn users a 10 spot
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Top 13 Halloween Sites, Searches and Destinations
S.Jhoanna Robledo / New York Magazine:
Google Guy Ends Search on CPW
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World
PR Newswire:
Eidos Celebrates With Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Brian L. Clark / Gizmodo:
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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