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12:10 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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Zune-Online.com and Gizmodo
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Highlights: Microsoft overhauls its Zune lineup
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor
Discussion: Wall Street Journal 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
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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.
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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)
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
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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.
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.
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
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 …
 
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Times of London:
Apple sued for $1m over $200 iPhone discount
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Replug breakaway cable protects your 3.5mm jack
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are Editors Needed To Sort Through Digg Chaos?
Discussion: shoutingmat.ch
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
V-Moda earphones meld phone, music
Discussion: Business Wire and Gadgetell
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom: Wrong On Almost Every Thing
Discussion: VentureBeat
Techdirt:
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple kicks off Leopard month with Boot Camp warning
Seth Rosenblatt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Interface the way you want with WindowBlinds
Discussion: WinBeta and Neowin.net
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
You Don't Create A Silicon Valley By Government Fiat
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's $399 PS3 confirmed by Best Buy?
 

 
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