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11:25 PM ET, September 24, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Is in Talks To Buy Facebook Stake  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. is in talks with Facebook Inc. about making an investment in the social-networking startup that could value Facebook at $10 billion or more, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Will MSFT push Yahoo to buy Facebook?  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, the software behemoth known as the Beast from Redmond is looking at buying between three and five per cent of Facebook for between $300-million and $500-million.  As any math whiz (of which I am not one) …
Discussion: Groundswell and Business Week
Brad Stone / New York Times:   Microsoft Is Said to Consider a Stake in Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Wants A Piece Of Facebook?
Discussion: Logic+Emotion
PR Newswire:
Apple today released the following statement:  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result …
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
How to relock your iPhone before the firmware update  —  Apple has your unlocked iPhone in their crosshairs.  What do you do?  This method in no way guarantees that your iPhone will survive the update after being unlocked.  If you're risk adverse, you may want to wait a day or two for these instructions to get debugged.
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and Digg
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Apple reps: iPhone warranty will be voided by hacks (third-party native apps)  —  It's been a point of contention virtually since the iPhone shipped, and especially since hacking the device (by hacking, in this sense, we mean the addition of third-party native applications via the use …
Discussion: Crave and Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple to nuke unlocked iPhones with next update  —  Apple is playing hardball with the unlocked iPhone movement.  —  In a terse statement, Apple said "many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software …
Discussion: Christopher Null and Digital Daily
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple: firmware update likely to make unlocked iPhones "permanently inoperable"
Discussion: Gizmodo
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Apple says unlocking software can damage iPhone
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Experiencing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta  —  Today Microsoft is releasing the Beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 which was announced by Nick White few weeks ago.  I'd like to take the opportunity to share my very own experiences with Windows Vista SP1 Beta running on several PCs of my own.
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
SP1 Beta release available today  —  Today we release the Beta of windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to a private group of Beta testers via connect.microsoft.com.  Brandon over on the Windows Experience blog has installed and regularly uses SP1 on all of his machines (as do I) and discusses the more notable elements of it.
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
A Warning About the Windows Vista SP1 Beta Standalone Installer
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Ted / Ted's Take:
"PayPal Meets MasterCard" Without The High Fees  —  MEDIA CONTACT:  —  Brad Burns  —  202-776-1400  —  brad.burns@revolution.com  —  REVOLUTION JOINED BY INDUSTRY LEGENDS AND MAJOR BANKS TO LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY PAYMENT SYSTEM  —  Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, Larry Summers, David Pottruck …
beford.org:
Google Vulnerability  —  Yesterday, I found a new Google.com XSS vulnerability that can be abussed to steal information from Gmail accounts, I've done responsible disclosure of at least 3 vulns to Google, but since I havn't got enough 'motivation', I'll go full disclosure now.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Unholy trinity of flaws put Google users at risk
Discussion: WinBeta
Brad Stone / NYT:
New York State Investigates Facebook  —  Another state attorney general is getting tough with Facebook.  —  In the wake of scrutiny of the hot social network by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, his New York state counterpart, Andrew M. Cuomo, has subpoenaed Facebook asking …
Discussion: InfoWorld, The Register and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sketchcasting - Another Weapon In The Blogging Arsenal  —  A new site called Sketchcast launched moments ago - it's a tool for bloggers and others to create a presentation to express an idea using a sketchpad and (optionally) a †sound recording, and then embed it into a website.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ouch...mEgo Gets Kicked Out Of DEMO Conference  —  Well this was inevitable I guess. mEgo has been booted out of the DEMO conference.  The reason?  They showed their stuff at TechCrunch40 last week.  Our coverage of them is here.  —  That's a bit rough on the company …
Discussion: Valleywag and bub.blicio.us
Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
Vivendi calls Apple iTunes contract terms "indecent"  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Vivendi condemned as "indecent" the contract terms between its Universal Music Group (UMG) unit and Apple Inc, the computer maker whose iTunes online store dominates the digital music market.
Official Google Blog:
It's all about today  —  A lot of us love video games, and everyone here has their favorite from the latest generation of consoles.  We have a game room in our building that happens to have all three of the latest systems: Artem loves Microsoft's Xbox 360, Niv can't part with Sony's Playstation 3 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is FeedHub the answer to information overload?  —  I've been playing with mSpoke's FeedHub, releasing today at the Demo Conference.  I'll have a video up later today demonstrating the product.  —  Dan Farber has a review and info up on his ZDNet blog.  —  I've been interested i this topic for some time.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yahoo, WPP join Microsoft in questioning Google-DoubleClick merger
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple iPhone  —  Personal view We've already reviewed Apple's iPhone …
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