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11:20 PM ET, October 2, 2007

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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 …
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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.
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.
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Associated Press:
Microsoft expands, redesigns Zune line  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off its second-generation digital music players Tuesday, showing three new Zunes that bring the software maker's offering more in line with Apple's market-leading iPod.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To $2000/Share? Somebody Muzzle Blodget
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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.
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
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 News.com)
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Tom / iphonebuglist.com/blog:
Tom Thinks that he doesn't know what an iPhone Extreme is...  I'm working on making this site more appealing.  I was looking to see if I could automatically submit the bugs/enhancement requests directly to Apple by clicking a button.  While looking through their source on the feedback site, I noticed something really odd.
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Seth Rosenblatt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Interface the way you want with WindowBlinds  —  If you've been dying to give your Windows XP machine a Windows Vista makeover without the pain of upgrading, WindowBlinds' latest offering will probably seem like a gift from the interface fashion gods.  Or, if you're into pain and you'd like to cover …
Discussion: WinBeta and Neowin.net
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Redmond Install Fair later this month
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.
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 dot.com era, the Industry Standard.  —  I hear that IDG has hired San Francisco …
Gina Piccalo / Los Angeles Times:
BoingBoing.net bounces into TV territory  —  The arty blog adds a video component to its eclectic mix.  —  BoingBoing.net, the popular everything blog that now gets 7.5 million page views a month, today will launch a daily online TV show.  —  Five days a week, tv.boingboing.net …
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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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
The stupidest idea ever?  —  VENTURE CAPITALIST WAS DISSATISFIED WORKING ON SMART IDEAS, SO HE WENT THE OTHER WAY  —  As managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki funded all the really smart ideas he could find.  None hit it big.  —  So earlier this year the guru …
 
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Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
New Episodes of Fox's House Won't Be on iTunes
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Fmail Brings Gmail to your Facebook
Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo's Revival Meeting
Matt Manolides / Google LatLong:
Where in the world is...  Today we've published a significant amount …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
V-Moda earphones meld phone, music
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom: Wrong On Almost Every Thing
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple kicks off Leopard month with Boot Camp warning
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Makes Announcements, Including OpenID Support
Nick / Rough Type:
Skype and the madness of management teams
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's 4GB / 8GB flash-based Zunes revealed by FCC
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Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery
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