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11:45 AM ET, September 25, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
15 Billion More Reasons to Worry About Facebook  —  Oh, my.  —  Oh, my.  —  Dig a hole and hide.  The end is nigh.  And how do you spell Ponzi (as in scheme) again?  —  When I reported in this column two weeks ago that Facebook was looking to raise a new round of funding …
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
M'SOFT LOOKS TO FACEBOOK IF YAHOO! WON'T PLAY  —  Microsoft Corp. needs to do a deal - the question the software giant is currently contemplating is whether it should do one with Facebook or Yahoo!, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources familiar with the discussions …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sling-DISH: Interview: Blake Krikorian, Chairman and CEO, Sling Media  —  I caught up with Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media, soon after the company's announcement Monday evening that it had agreed to be acquired by EchoStar Communications (NSDQ: DISH).
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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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sling-DISH: EchoStar Explores Spin-off Into Two Public Companies
Discussion: biz.yahoo.com and mocoNews.net
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Echostar Buys SlingMedia For $380 Million
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Amazon MP3 Beta Launches  —  Everyone seems to be making comparisons to Apple in regards to just about any product that rolls off the lines in China.  The Zune was supposed to be the iPod killer and this and that.  There are clearly some very good rivals when it comes to hardware …
Discussion: GigaOM, WebProNews and Mashable!
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Amazon launches DRM-free "Amazon MP3" music downloads  —  If you're into DRM-free music, you have a reason to get pretty excited today.  As speculated, Amazon has launched the public beta of its new digital music portal called Amazon MP3, which will feature two million songs from 180,000 artists …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Digg
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Launches Public Beta of Amazon MP3, a Digital Music Store Offering Customers Earth's Biggest Selection of a la Carte DRM-Free MP3 Music Downloads  —  Amazon MP3 Offers Over 2 Million Songs From More Than 180,000 Artists and Over 20,000 Labels, Including EMI Music and Universal Music Group
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Parakey: Did Investors Get Left Out In The Cold?  —  When Facebook acquired Parakey in July, everyone assumed the stockholders of that fledgling startup would be popping the champagne bottles.  No matter what the acquisition price (it wasn't disclosed), if the sellers got Facebook stock …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Texas Startup Blog
oag.state.ny.us:
Facebook Ignores Complaints about Sexual Predators  —  Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that his office is investigating Facebook over representations the company makes about safety measures in place on its website.  In a letter accompanying a subpoena for documents …
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Anne Barnard / New York Times:
New York Investigating Facebook's Safety Rules
Discussion: p2pnet, Compiler, Todd Watson and 901am
Los Angeles Times:
Facebook scrutinized on safety claims
Discussion: New York Times, TechCrunch UK and Bits
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sets pricing on Office 2008 for Mac  —  Although the release of the next version of Office for the Mac has slipped into next year, Microsoft is ready with the pricing and packaging options.  —  The product will come in three flavors.  The standard version, known simply as Office 2008 for Mac …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and MacDailyNews
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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.
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Sony:
SONY DELIVERS FASHION-FORWARD NOTEBOOKS BEGINNING AT A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRICE  —  Sony Electronics today unveiled a line of fashionable, entry- level PCs — the VAIO® NR series starting at about $750 — which is the lowest-priced notebook the company has ever introduced.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Swapping Vonage for Skype: One man's search for VoIP that actually works  —  Yes, you read the headline right.  I have long been a critic of Skype, suggesting that eBay was foolish to buy the VoIP toy and generally ridiculing it as a serious business tool.  —  Today I'm eating crow, and it tastes great.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
WEB SHERIFF DOING IT DIFFERENT THAN MEDIADEFENDER  —  The names of some of the top antipiracy companies: MediaDefender, Web Sheriff and MediaSentry, makes me think of muscle-bound, caped crusaders who swoop in to rescue copyright content from masked Internet bandits.
Discussion: PC World
Karen E. Klein / Business Week:
Why 'Total Geeks' Build Businesses Faster  —  A recent survey of business leaders' attitudes toward IT showed an owner's level of tech savvy is linked to growth in revenue and employee count  —  A recent survey (free, though registration is required to download it) found that employee issues …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Real Time Search Soon At Twitter  —  We just got word from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the company will be launching a real time search feature "very soon."  Type in a keyword or keywords and any time a Twitter is created that includes those keywords, you'll be notified via IM or SMS.
Discussion: The Social Web and ParisLemon
 
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Matt / WordPress › Blog Tool and Weblog Platform:
WordPress 2.3  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Version 2.3 …
The Register:
MySpace launches free mobile service
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:
Sun Launches Its First Quad-Core Xeon Servers
Discussion: The Register and PC World
Lisa Barone / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
Your Private Facebook Info Isn't So Private
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HD Format War To Last Another 18 Months?
Chris Silver Smith / Search Engine Land:
Google Trends: Yellow Pages Will Be Toast In Four Years
Douglas Quenqua / MediaPost Publications:
Survey Finds Women Own More Game Consoles Than Men
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Ubergizmo
USA Today:
Some gamers plan to be 'Halo' sick
eWEEK.com:
Apple Guru Dares Solution Providers to Dream
Discussion: Inquirer
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
NYC Halo 3 Launch
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
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