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1:20 PM ET, October 1, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Barbarians Are At The Gate, But Microsoft Moves To Protect Office Revenues  —  The barbarians are at the gate, a new horde is on the way, but no one seems to be defending the castle.  Instead, the Microsoft Office warriors are rebranding, repackaging and relaunching old products and calling them new.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finally unveils its answer to Google Docs  —  After months of speculation about what it would do to stave off potential encroachments on its Office turf by Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Microsoft has spelled out its strategy: Office Live Workspace.  —  Office Live Workspace is …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft punts web-based apps to the masses
Business Wire:
Niklas Zennstrom Steps Down as CEO of Skype  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today announced that Niklas Zennstrom has stepped down as CEO of Skype.  Zennstrom, who co-founded Skype in 2003, will become non-executive chairman of the Skype Board of Directors.
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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)
Discussion: HipMojo.com and The Register
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Management Shake Up At Skype  —  A big management change at Skype has occurred with Niklas Zennstrom resigning as CEO and Henry Gomez returning to eBay.  —  This tells me a few things.  First that the eBay leadership is not happy with the direction Skype has been going and is looking …
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ  — The combined entity would create a leading global player in the fast growing location based services market  — NAVTEQ to support existing customers as before  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia and NAVTEQ today announced a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire NAVTEQ.
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James Niccolai / PC World:
Nokia Buys Navtec Mapping Service for $8.1 Billion  —  The acquisition provides navigation technology for Nokia devices and bolsters the services side of its business.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Nokia Corp. has agreed to buy the digital mapping company Navteq for US$8.1 billion …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new top 100?  —  Like almost everyone else, I keep track of who's pointing to me in Technorati, a service that was created in a Thanksgiving programming binge by David Sifry, based on the output of (my own labor of love) weblogs.com.  —  Technorati grew to become a blog search engine …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Leaderboard To Launch, Attacking Technorati's Last Stronghold  —  Blog search engine Technorati's founding CEO is gone, its traffic party has ended and its core search functionality is under long term fire from competitors like Google Blog Search, Ask.com and Sphere (among others).
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Radiohead Fans to Name Their Price for New Album  —  In an unusual test for the music industry's transition to digital sales, the superstar British rock band Radiohead said its much anticipated new album will initially be available only as a digital download on the band's Web site — with fans choosing the price they are willing to pay.
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Google's Friends And Family Plan  —  The drumbeat has started in Silicon Valley: Google phones are coming.  —  It's no secret that Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) is keen to become a pivotal player in the mobile phone world.  And one of the companies often mentioned behind closed doors …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia unlocks anti-Apple campaign  —  The quartet of posters above was photographed in New York city over the weekend by a MacRumors forum jockey.  Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen Nokia pounce on Apple foibles, and it certainly won't be the last.
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions  —  Don't respond to this post if you want to keep your AT&T connection  —  Most people don't read the fine print in their consumer contracts but those who do have noticed something about AT&T's new terms of service.
Discussion: IP Democracy and GigaOM
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T threatens to disconnect subscribers who criticize the company
John Markoff / New York Times:
Service Helps Friends Share Their Online Discoveries  —  Four software designers who were instrumental in the creation of Google's popular e-mail and mapping services have founded a new company with the intent of making it easy for people to find out what Web material their friends are enjoying.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Emblaze Mobile inks deal with Sharp and ACCESS  —  Emblaze Mobile, Israeli-based phone designers / makers, have inked a deal with Japanese powerhouse Sharp, and software developer ACCESS (of Palm OS fame, amongst others) to create a new mobile device which will "revolutionize mobile communication."
Discussion: PalmAddicts
 
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Discussion: The Register
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Open source development goes Mac-tastic
Paul Stamatiou:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Day 76: The Yahoo Revival Meeting (Starring His Digital Holiness Steve Jobs)!
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Think Different: Think Again, Apple