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12:50 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 and Webware.com
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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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Charts Its Software Services Strategy and Road Map for Businesses  —  Company introduces "Online" services and Microsoft Office Live Workspace, solutions that combine client, server and services offerings to deliver connected computing options for people and businesses.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft punts web-based apps to the masses
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Adobe Raises The Stakes For Web Documents With Buzzword and Share
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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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   It's Finally Official: eBay's Skype Has Bombed
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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Pitchfork:
NEW RADIOHEAD ALBUM AAAAAAAHHH!!!
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).
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and BloggingStocks
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Launches: Video Interview With Mike Volpi  —  Joost, the impeccably pedigreed, funded, and hyped Internet TV platform is releasing its software to the general public on Monday.  For those of you beta testers (like us) who've griped about the reliability and usability of the application …
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
IPhone: Unbricked iPhones Now Fully Working, Calls Included (UPDATED: Works with Both Paid Software Unlock and TurboSIM)  —  Last Saturday we reported on how to unbrick an unlocked iPhone.  Today we have discovered that you can send and receive calls, SMS and mails too, as well as surf the web with it.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gadget Lab
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
IPhone: Unbricked iPhones Now Fully Working, Calls Included
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Sued For Cutting iPhone Price
Discussion: Computerworld
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Yule of YouTube Gear?
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Dow Jones MarketWatch Goes Social
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Yahoo, Telefonica Team Up
Discussion: The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:
eBay Desktop On AIR As AdobeMAX Kicks Off
Appliancist:
Whirlpool Espresso refrigerator - with integrated coffee maker
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Phil Manchester / The Register:
Open source development goes Mac-tastic
Paul Stamatiou:
Review: Vudu  —  Ever since I first wrote about Vudu …
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Brantley / O'Reilly Radar:
Making a Brouhaha in the Blogosphere
Discussion: Open Access News and TeleRead
KathrynV / dslreports.com:
AT&T Censors Customers' Negative Opinions
Hugh Hart / Wired News:
TV Networks NBC, CBS and ABC Discover Life Without ITunes
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Sony Drive XEL-1 OLED TV: 1,000,000:1 contrast starting December 1st
Discussion: I4U News and Tech Blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 76: The Yahoo Revival Meeting (Starring His Digital Holiness Steve Jobs)!
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Think Different: Think Again, Apple