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12:40 AM ET, October 3, 2007


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Ballmer still doesn't understand social networking  —  A few years ago I wrote to Microsoft's leadership and asked them why they weren't involved in the new Web 2.0 space.  I got an answer back that was about 2,000 words long and included the words "business value" 13 times.
Gemma Soames / Times of London:
Ballmer: Facebook risks being 'a fad'  —  The Microsoft chief says that Facebook's appeal could fade - after being linked to an investment that would value the site at $10 billion  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, believes that the craze for individual social networks …
William Rees-Mogg / Times of London:
Microsoft's chief executive has seen the future - and the future is advertising  —  Steve Ballmer's plans for the computer software giant include taking on Yahoo! and Google in their own internet territory  —  Steve Ballmer doesn't do half-measures.  The veteran Microsoft chief executive …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: Yep, New Zunes.  And DRM-Free Music?  —  Our spy in Seattle (actually, 20 minutes or so out of Bellevue) tells us that Microsoft did indeed show off three new Zunes today - a $149, 4 gig version and a $199, 8 gig model, both of which use flash memory, and an $249, 80 gig version that uses a hard drive.
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor  —  Microsoft has revamped its slow-selling Zune digital music players and created a MySpace-style social-networking site in its drive to compete with Apple's market-leading iPod player.  —  In large part, the Microsoft moves announced Tuesday …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Gizmodo
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Highlights: Microsoft overhauls its Zune lineup  —  Microsoft released details of its new Zune devices Tuesday.  They're due for release in November.  Analysts say some of the new features are interesting, such as wireless synching with the PC.  But Microsoft is playing catch-up to Apple's iPod …
Associated Press:
Microsoft expands, redesigns Zune line
Discussion: and Gizmodo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google to $2,000 a Share?  —  A reader complained that we've been nothing but negative of late—recession, Microsoft, Yahoo, newspapers, music, dying TV ads, etc.—so we'll brighten your afternoon with some rip-roaring positivity.  —  Remember a couple years back when some analyst floated …
Discussion: Valleywag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To $2000/Share?  Somebody Muzzle Blodget  —  Henry Blodget made his name by predicting outlandish price increases for Internet stocks in the late nineties.  A lot of people lost a lot of money (or, all their money) by listening to his recommendations.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft's new Zunes: officially in 80, 8, and 4GB sizes  —  We love a good non-mystery around here, and Microsoft's new Zunes are about as un-mysterious as they get.  But we also love a good product refresh, and now that the cat's officially out of the bag we can really dig into the new Zunes …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Digg
Martin LaMonica /
Adobe expands online services, woos designers with Thermo  —  Attendees at Adobe's Max developer conference check out Thermo, the code name for a design tool that enables designers to construct Web applications without writing code.  —  (Credit: Martin LaMonica/CNET
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
First RIAA trial gets under way with jury selection, opening statements  —  Duluth, Minnesota — Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas (the name of the suit changed after the RIAA dropped the sole Virgin recording from the case) got under way this morning in Courtroom One of the Federal Building in Duluth.
New Jersey Subpoenas Facebook Over Sex Offenders  —  New Jersey's AG says her office has subpoenaed Facebook to learn whether convicted sex offenders have profiles on the social networking site.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters)—New Jersey State Attorney General Anne Milgram said on Tuesday her office …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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Discussion: BloggingStocks
Brad Stone / Bits:
Bubblewatch: The Industry Standard is Coming Back  —  As if we needed any more evidence that the bubble is back in Silicon Valley, technology media company IDG plans to revive that hallmark publication of the era, the Industry Standard.  —  I hear that IDG has hired San Francisco …
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Increase Ad Business  —  Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, vowing that the company's $6 billion plunge into the ad business two months ago was not just an experiment, said today that advertising would become 25 percent of the company's business within a few years.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
You Don't Create A Silicon Valley By Government Fiat  —  from the takes-a-bit-more-than-that dept  —  Two separate articles came out in two separate newspapers based 3,000 miles away from each other this past weekend — but together they demonstrate exactly why so many places …
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Brain drain  —  As if the mainstream media didn't have enough …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Take me out to the ballgame, then watermark it
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple, Jobs, AT&T named in ridiculous $1 million iPhone lawsuit
Times of London:
Apple sued for $1m over $200 iPhone discount
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
New Episodes of Fox's House Won't Be on iTunes
Discussion: MacUser, Mashable!, NewTeeVee and Digg
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Fmail Brings Gmail to your Facebook
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo's Revival Meeting
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Microsoft softens tone on Doubleclick/Google deal
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are Editors Needed To Sort Through Digg Chaos?
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom: Wrong On Almost Every Thing
Discussion: VentureBeat
Romney Learns About The Pitfalls Of User-Generated Content
Discussion: AppScout and Slate
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Angelina Jolie Photos; Ballmer Rips Ellison; Other News
Discussion: Sophos
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Interface the way you want with WindowBlinds
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