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7:10 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Demos "Thermo" RIA Design Tool to Delighted Crowd
Suzy Jagger / Times of London:
EBay admits to bad call on how much it paid to take over Skype  —  Mousetrap weblog: could Skype kill Facebook's $10bn valuation?  —  EBay, the internet auction site, admitted yesterday that it had overpaid hugely for Skype, the internet telephone company.
Discussion: CNET and Slashdot
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
For eBay, Is It Skype — or Jajah?
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.
Business Wire:
V-MODA Intros VIBE Duo Headset with Call/Music Control Button for Apple iPhone  —  New VIBE Duo Offers Ultimate Control-Playback Functionality for iPhone Users  —  HOLLYWOOD—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Music lifestyle brand V-MODA today announced the latest version of its VIBE Duo …
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
V-Moda earphones meld phone, music
Discussion: Gadgetell
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
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 …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Angelina Jolie Nude; Ballmer Rips Ellison; Other News  —  * There are no nude pictures of Angelina Jolie in that email.  Any message that suggests otherwise really contains a virus that will allow a hacker to take over your computer.  We hope you don't need the Business Technology Blog to tell you this …
Discussion: Sophos
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
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Nick / Rough Type:
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T vows to use Terms of Service for good, not censorship
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