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6:40 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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pop Quiz: If Skype=Hype, Then Facebook=?
Discussion: Valleywag, Mark Evans, Bloomberg and Bits
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Ballmer still doesn't understand social networking
Discussion: Bokardo and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Tom /
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.
'iPhone Extreme' reference spotted in HTML code [Solved]  —  This one's a stretch, but a one-off mention of a product dubbed "iPhone Extreme" in the HTML code of one of Apple Inc.'s iPhone web pages has raised some eyebrows.  —  Credit for this find goes out to Tom over at the iPhoneBugList …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple's HTML references "iPhone Extreme"
Discussion: InfoWorld
Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery  —  Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.  The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:   30-year battery may be too good to be true
Yahoo! Search Blog:
From "To Do" to "Done" in One Search  —  That sums up Yahoo! Search in a nutshell; the whole point is we want to get you from "to do" to "done."  Whatever it is you want to do: research a topic, find a website, plan a vacation, research a medical condition, view a funny video …
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom: Wrong On Almost Every Thing  —  It's no secret that we think Viacom has made some really bad strategic moves recently (while sister company, CBS seems to be making the right moves).  However, it's still impressive to see Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman lay out so many wrongheaded strategic positions in a single speech.
Anne Broache / CNET
Viacom chief: We're sticking with DRM
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple kicks off Leopard month with Boot Camp warning  —  Don't expect a separate Boot Camp for Tiger, says analyst  —  Apple Inc. kicked off the month in which it plans to launch its new Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard," OS by reminding users that the beta license for Boot Camp …
Discussion: CyberNet
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Will Boot Camp drive Leopard sales
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's $399 PS3 confirmed by Best Buy?  —  Thanks to a helpful tipster, we have a couple of Best Buy documents showing a $399 Playstation 3 with 40GB disk and Spiderman 3 (yes, Blu-ray) bundle with an "In Stock Date" of October 28.  However, the more important "Street Date" field is unfortunately empty at the moment.
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
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.
Discussion: TechSpot News, Mashable! and Digg
Live Search:
Microsoft acquires  —  We want to welcome some new folks to the Live Search family - we recently purchased a company called, based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Jellyfish has done some really innovative work in comparative shopping engines.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's 4GB / 8GB flash-based Zunes revealed by FCC  —  Well, would you look at this.  Thanks to the oh-so-disclosing FCC website, we're now seeing drawings of what looks to be 4GB and 8GB versions of Microsoft's forthcoming flash-based Zunes.  Sure enough, the pictures match the leaked photos …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
CSIRO Continues Patent Fight, Refuses to Assure IEEE
Business Wire:
V-MODA Intros VIBE Duo Headset with Call/Music Control Button for Apple iPhone
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Angelina Jolie Nude; Ballmer Rips Ellison; Other News
Discussion: Sophos
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Increase Ad Business
Discussion: FurdLog
Seth Rosenblatt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Interface the way you want with WindowBlinds
Discussion: WinBeta
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Makes Announcements, Including OpenID Support
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
You Don't Create A Silicon Valley By Government Fiat
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Adobe expands online services, woos designers with Thermo
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Nick / Rough Type:
Skype and the madness of management teams
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and Guardian
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Widget That Actually Makes Money
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T vows to use Terms of Service for good, not censorship
Discussion: Boing Boing
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Credit Suisse Says Q3 Revs Will Top Estimtaes; Stock …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Finds An Obvious Use For A World Of Warcraft Social Network
Ed Foster / InfoWorld:
Amazon Makes You Lie to Log Off