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11:45 AM ET, September 11, 2007


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
How High Can You Count: New Facebook Fundraising?  —  Here's an interesting idea if you don't want to get bought and you can't quite IPO yet and you need to have a tidy war chest for expansion or perhaps a choice acquisition or two: Bring in more investors and raise more money at a huge valuation.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Gears Up For Huge Investment Round  —  Kara Swisher's sources say Facebook is mulling another investment round at a massive valuation.  It would be "quite large, well beyond" the $25 million round in 2006 that valued the company at $525 million, she says.  Pick a valuation for this round: $6 billion?
Discussion: CNET and WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint's Q4 lineup: Rumor, Centro, Touch, and Pearl 8130  —  What started as a trickle of unofficially official shots from Sprint's Q4 pipeline has suddenly become a deluge.  Check the LG Rumor, Touch (aka, Vogue), and Blackberry Pearl 8130 all dressed up with Sprint logos and sales-goon positioning points for a Q4 launch.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Morning Paper:
Leak: Sprint Palm Centro Full Roadmap Pic  —  Here is the full photo shot of the Palm Centro Roadmap.  As you can see it is definitely called the Centro so I will put the name Gandolf asleep now.  Click the pic to read the deets.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint on parade: Centro, Vogue, Rumor, and OQO Model 02
Discussion: InfoWorld, PalmAddicts and oqo
Dorion Carroll / The Technorati Weblog:
Introducing Technorati Topics  —  Technorati collects millions of blog posts every day — too many for the average human being to even try to track.  As a Technorati power user, I've been fascinated by just how much I can find out using Technorati Search.  If you're like me and you know how to construct …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Technorati Launches New Topics Feature - Taking on Techmeme?
Discussion: WebProNews and
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Discussion: Download Squad
Matt Vella / Business Week:
AT&T Rebrands.  Again  —  The wireless giant's revenues are surging, but it's still struggling to make the most of its new corporate identity  —  The country's largest wireless company, San Antonio-based AT&T (T), announced on Sept. 11 that it would reshuffle some key elements of its corporate identity …
Discussion: CNET and
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NAB takes on Microsoft, Google with anti-white space internet ads  —  It's not often Microsoft and Google are on the same seemingly-losing side of a debate, but things just aren't looking good for the White Space Coalition, the open-airwaves internet access project backed by the two giants, as well as Dell, HP, Intel, and Philips.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
One more reason to buy an iPhone  —  Community Blog  —  One more reason to buy an iPhone  —  For a long time now I have been one of those iPhone hold outs that insists on waiting for the next generation before taking the iPhone plunge.  But today could be the tipping point for me and many other Movable Type users like me.
Facebook 'costs businesses dear'  —  Workers who spend time on sites such as Facebook could be costing firms over £130m a day, a study has calculated.  —  According to employment law firm Peninsula, 233 million hours are lost every month as a result of employees "wasting time" on social networking.
Discussion: p2pnet and
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple confirms: iPod touch cannot add calendar appointments  —  Late last night some eagle-eyed Engadget readers spotted some disparities in Apple's international sites, with some claiming the iPod touch would be able add calendar appointments with its calendar app, and others omitting that language.
Mobile system promises free calls  —  A new way of making calls directly between phones, for free, is being trialled by a Swedish company.  —  It is hoping to dramatically improve communications in the developing world.  —  Swedish company TerraNet has developed the idea using peer …
Discussion: Inquirer and Alec Saunders .LOG
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
Palm Treo 500 Emerges  —  Well look what we have here, a shiny new image of the Palm Treo 500, nee the Palm Gandolf, which will be announced officially on Sept. 12th.  Things that we have confirmed now:  — It's not as ugly as the PalmOS Centro and it thankfully a bit wider, making typing easier
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Price Cut Bumped iPhone Sales 300%  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, whose 50-hour survey of Apple (AAPL) stores produced the most definitive estimate of iPhone sales to date, has combined his data with yesterday's report that Apple sold its 1 millionth iPhone on Sunday to calculate the effect of last week's 33% price cut.
Discussion: Gizmodo and 24/7 Wall St.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
A peek inside Apple's new nano and classic iPods (photos)  —  The first tear-down photos taken of Apple's new third-generation iPod nano and sixth-generation iPod classic are in, revealing extensive use of adhesive inside the nano and a new support plate behind the classic's noticeably thinner display.
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Lindsay Blakely / Business 2.0:
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Facebook to take over Stanford classroom
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With trial date looming, RIAA tries to avoid facing a jury
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