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5:55 AM ET, October 2, 2007

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Techmeme Leaderboard is live  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard, that much-leaked list of Techmeme's top 100 sources, including blogs, non-blogs, and everything in between, is now up.  It ranks sites, every 20 minutes, simply by the amount of headline space they've occupied on Techmeme over the past month.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechMeme list heralds death of blogging?  —  I was just looking at the TechMeme Top 100 List and noticed that it has very few bloggers on it — I can only see about 12 real blogs on that list.  Blogging being defined as "single voice of a person."  Most of the things on the list are now done …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Beyond Blogs: Old & New Media Converge  —  There's been a lot of discussion over the past 24 hours on the new Techmeme Leaderboard, which is a list of the top 100 sources for the popular tech news aggregator - calculated over the past 30 days.  The Leaderboard updates daily and each site is ranked with a …
Discussion: franticindustries
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
TechMeme Leaderboard In Context + New Verticals On The Way
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Techmeme Leaderboard Dominated By Media Companies
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Debut Zune 2 on Tuesday  —  Microsoft will hold a event on Tuesday in Redmond to herald the second generation of Zune music players, BetaNews has learned.  —  According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 2 leaks out in three flavors  —  Well, we'd heard new Zunes were coming tomorrow (or maybe October 16th) and it looks like retailers are starting to receive display units — everyone, say hello to the new Zunes.  Barring some Photoshop trickeration, it looks like we're getting …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Tech Blog
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, Zune 2 coming Wednesday  —  Here it is, direct from a trusted source close to the situation — a Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, which will bring all the Zune 2 software goodies and UI tweaks with it when those bad boys are announced on Wednesday.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search Just Got Smarter  —  Yahoo is adding some major features to its search engine today.  For instance, images from Flickr and playable videos are now embedded in the main results page.  A search for a major rock band like U2 brings up information from the artist's Website …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Search Launches Google Killer : Search Assist, Videos, Flickr Integration  —  Yahoo Search, over the past 5 years or so, has been trying hard to step out of Google's shadow, a shadow that Yahoo cast upon itself when they made Google their search technology provider in 2000.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo Upgrades Search Experience, Launches 'Search Assist …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Finally Official: eBay's Skype Has Bombed  —  eBay has finally acknowledged what has been obvious to the rest of the world for at least three quarters: the Skype acquisition gamble has failed.  Among the news today:  — Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom officially gone (he's been virtually gone for months)
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
EBay's $4 Billion Lesson in the Value of Hype  —  As Microsoft mulls putting up to $500 million into Facebook at a $10-billion-plus valuation, it may want to consider the fate of eBay's adventure with the Internet phone service Skype.  —  When eBay bought Skype in 2005 …
Thomas Crampton / Media and Technology:
SCOOP: Zennstrom defends Skype while stepping down
Live Search:
Microsoft acquires Jellyfish.com  —  We want to welcome some new folks to the Live Search family - we recently purchased a company called Jellyfish.com, based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Jellyfish has done some really innovative work in comparative shopping engines.
How to of the Day:
How to Quit Facebook  —  Maybe your affinity for Facebook began with a simple desire to keep in touch with your friends, or make new ones online.  Or perhaps you were just bored.  But now Facebook is the thorn in your side, and possibly a bona fide addiction.
Discussion: Valleywag
Digital Joystick:
Bungie Leaving Microsoft!!  You heard it here first folks  —  A friend of mine who has someone close to them that works at Bungie has just been dying to tell me a secret about their future.  Since the NDA officially expire today the sent me and email with the details.  I have full faith in this contact.
Ed Gorman / Times of London:
Steve Ballmer stirs the technology pay row  —  The Microsoft chief executive has questioned the mammoth $74m pay-package taken home last year by Oracle's Larry Ellison  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, waded into the debate over executive pay today and questioned …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Nokia Buys Software Maker for $8.1 Billion  —  Nokia, the world's biggest cellphone maker, said today that it had agreed to pay $8.1 billion for Navteq, the maker of digital mapping and navigational software based in Chicago, as it seeks to migrate satellite-based location services onto its range of phones.
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm's Ed Colligan hypes new OS to investors
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iPhone: Context over consistency
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's MSN: Still Sucking Wind After All These Years
Adobe:
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Financial Times Will Allow More Free Access to Web Site