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7:55 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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pop Quiz: If Skype=Hype, Then Facebook=?
Discussion: Valleywag, Mark Evans and Bloomberg
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.
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 CNET
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Anne Broache / Crave: The gadget blog:
Viacom chief: We're sticking with DRM
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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: TechCrunch and 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Download Squad and Hardware 2.0
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
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Discussion: Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: Yep, New Zunes. And DRM-Free Music?
Discussion: Associated Press and Gizmodo
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?
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet
Brad Stone / Bits:
Bubblewatch: The Industry Standard is Coming Back
Discussion: Epicenter and Valleywag
Romney Learns About The Pitfalls Of User-Generated Content
Discussion: AppScout
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Increase Ad Business
Discussion: Mashable! and FurdLog
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Rosenblatt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Interface the way you want with WindowBlinds
Discussion: WinBeta and
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Makes Announcements, Including OpenID Support
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
You Don't Create A Silicon Valley By Government Fiat
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
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Amazon Makes You Lie to Log Off

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