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2:45 PM 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.
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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 News.com and WebProNews
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
AjaxWindows: Most interesting Web OS experiment yet  —  I still don't fully get the whole Web operating system concept.  Why run an OS inside a browser, when your browser is running in an OS to begin with?  But AjaxWindows, a Web OS and application suite that launched today, makes a very good case for the Web OS.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Price Cut Bumped iPhone Sales Three-Fold  —  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.
BBC:
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.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Apple's Joswiak: We Don't Hate iPhone Coders  —  iPhone native application developers, take heart: Apple doesn't hate you.  And now you have a whole new device to play with.  —  Updated 1:15 PM: I just got a call from Joswiak who wanted to make clear: "not hate" doesn't mean "like" or "support."
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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.
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.
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Leak: Sprint Palm Centro Full Roadmap Pic
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Tuesday? Time for a new Technorati strategy
Discussion: WebProNews and Zoli's Blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel 45nm fab to open in 45 days  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In 45 days, Intel will open its first high-volume facility for building chips that use a 45-nanometer manufacturing process.  —  The facility, called Fab 32, is a new one built in Chandler, Ariz., said spokesman Nick Knupffer, in an interview here at the VMworld conference.
Discussion: WinBeta
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: mocoNews.net and CNET News.com
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.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Australian Regulatory Body Begins Scrutinizing Google-DoubleClick Merger  —  Following on the heels of the European Commission's early examination of Google's (NSDQ: GOOG) pending $3.1 billion acquisition of online ad network DoubleClick, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission …
Chris Borowski / Reuters:
NewsCorp won't pull videos from iTunes  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - News Corp. will not pull its television shows from Apple's iTunes as rival media group NBC Universal has done over a pricing dispute, President Peter Chernin said in an interview on Tuesday.  —  Many sector watchers expected News Corp …
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.
Paul / Rogue Amoeba:
Transfer Ringtones With MakeiPhoneRingtone  —  Yesterday I posted about using Fission to create ringtones for the iPhone.  Editing with Fission is straightforward, but getting the resulting files onto the iPhone is a bit tricky.  The processes for both iTunes 7.4 and iTunes 7.4.1 work, but they're not simple.
The Ask.com Blog:
AskCity Tips & Tricks  —  Summer's over and the days are already getting shorter—which means you'll have less time to plan your evenings out.  There's no better time to try a few helpful short cuts, courtesy of AskCity:  —  Embeddable Maps  —  You've been asking for it—and here it is.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
SNEAK PREVIEW: CBS Wallstrip's Blackberry Pageant  —  CBS's digital video network Wallstrip held its second bi-monthly Ms. Blackberry Pageant today, with six local digital luminaries competing for the crown.  Results won't be announced for a while yet, but the heartbroken losers have already resumed training.
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