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4:45 AM ET, September 25, 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.
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 …
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple: firmware update likely to make unlocked iPhones "permanently inoperable"  —  Apple said today that a firmware update to the iPhone due to be released later this week "will likely result" in SIM-unlocked iPhones turning into very expensive bricks.  "Apple has discovered …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Gizmodo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple to nuke unlocked iPhones with next update
Discussion: Christopher Null
Staci D. Kramer /
Sling Media To Be Acquired By EchoStar; Deal Valued At Approximately $380 Million; Spinoff Possible?  —  This just in ... EchoStar (NSDQ: DISH) is acquiring Sling Media in a cash-and-options transaction valued at approximately $380 million.  The deal announced late Monday evening …
Business Wire:
EchoStar Announces Agreement to Acquire Sling Media, Inc.  —  Combination Will Create Industry-Leading Digital Media Solutions Provider  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH - News) announced today that it has agreed …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Echostar Buys SlingMedia For $380 Million  —  If 5% of Facebook is worth $500 million, then one can't be surprised that place shifting pioneer SlingMedia is worth something.  The Foster City, Calif.-based Sling has been acquired by EchoStar (DISH), a satellite broadcasting service company for $380 million in cash and stock.
Discussion: alarm:clock, I4U News and WinBeta
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Mobile Improves the Interface  —  Gmail updated the mobile version available at by adding more features from the desktop version.  Now you can configure the links to some of your labels and add other views like Spam or Drafts.  Next to the messages you'll see a checkboxes …
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!
Brad Stone / Bits:
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: Los Angeles Times and All Facebook
Apple Guru Dares Solution Providers to Dream  —  Among them:  —  Homecooking is better.  Wozniak said he almost never saw a tech product that he wouldn't rather build than buy.  Early VCRs, Pong video games, even ham radio constantly inspired him to tinker, dismantle and create.
Discussion: Inquirer
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
Ted / Ted's Take:
"PayPal Meets MasterCard" Without The High Fees  —  MEDIA CONTACT:  —  Brad Burns  —  202-776-1400  —  —  REVOLUTION JOINED BY INDUSTRY LEGENDS AND MAJOR BANKS TO LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY PAYMENT SYSTEM  —  Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, Larry Summers, David Pottruck …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Google is making it harder for vertical search engines  —  DavidZHawk asks, "What if Google Declared War on Comparison Shopping Engines and No One Noticed?" and points to an Inside Adwords blog post (my bolding): … Comparison shopping sites and travel aggregators are just two classes …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Real Time Search Soon At Twitter
Discussion: ParisLemon
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
NYC Halo 3 Launch
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
First U.S. GPL lawsuit heads for quick settlement
Discussion: Slashdot, CNET and Digg
Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks giving away free iTunes downloads
Discussion: TechWeb, TechSpot News and p2pnet
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Mac Office 2008 prices, packages announced
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
40 Million France Telcom Customers Get OpenID
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Notification Feeds: Not So Private From Blog Search, After All
 Earlier Items: 
Austin Modine / The Register:
Unisys blamed for DHS data breaches
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics in AIR; That's What I'm Talking About
Tris Hussey / A View from the Isle:
Do you know - Have you seen this guy?
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Strategically crippling technology
Discussion: PDA
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Mybloglog's Been Yahoothanized
Discussion: WebProNews and Zoli's Blog
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Updates from Google Docs and Google Calendar
Official Google Blog:
It's all about today  —  A lot of us love video games …