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4:35 PM ET, October 3, 2007


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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
TechCrunch to Sell to CNET for $100+ Million?  —  Analyst Doug McIntyre at 24/7 Wall St doesn't have specific thoughts on the valuation, but he makes a persuasive case about why TechCrunch and other big blogs will eventually be bought for big numbers by big media.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Reality check: CNET and TechCrunch  —  Pardon the interruption in our regular programming for some inside techland.  Henry Blodget is suggesting that CNET could acquire my friend Mike Arrington's TechCrunch sites for $100 million on the heels of analyst Douglas McIntyre's post explaining …
Discussion: John Furrier
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Wow.  We're worth $100 million!  —  Not a day after I trash Henry Blodget for touting Google stock at $2,000 a share he write a post titled "TechCrunch to Sell to CNET for $100+ Million?"  —  So first of all I owe Blodget a big apology.  The guy is bright, insightful and dead on with his valuation predictions.
Mathew /
CNET to buy TechCrunch — why not?
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Releasing the Source Code for the .NET Framework Libraries  —  One of the things my team has been working to enable has been the ability for .NET developers to download and browse the source code of the .NET Framework libraries, and to easily enable debugging support in them.
Darryl K. Taft /
Microsoft Reveals .Net Source Code
Discussion: InfoWorld
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft to release .Net as Shared Source
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Amazon's Dynamo  —  In two weeks we'll present a paper on the Dynamo technology at SOSP, the prestigious biannual Operating Systems conference.  Dynamo is internal technology developed at Amazon to address the need for an incrementally scalable, highly-available key-value storage system.
Nick / Rough Type:
Inside Amazon's dynamo  —  The original working title of my forthcoming book "The Big Switch" was "Dynamo," so I was particularly interested to see that Amazon's CTO, Werner Vogels, together with several of his colleagues, has published an extensive paper describing an innovative Amazon storage system called Dynamo.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Amazon Takes Another Step Towards The Web OS With Dynamo
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
First-Gen Zune Getting All The New Features: This is How You Treat Your Customers  —  The first generation 30GB Zune—which 1.2 million of you already purchased—is getting all the new Zune's features.  All.  Sure, the new Zune is more of a half step forward than a completely new design.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
'Zune' Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry  —  No wonder expectations for Microsoft's Zune run so low-the company encourages them.  Touting the newest iteration of Microsoft's digital music player in an interview yesterday with the New York Times, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Wireless: What the new Zunes will and won't do
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
It's a Database.  It's a Spreadsheet.  It's Zoho DB.  —  Zoho is adding another weapon to its arsenal today - Zoho DB - raising its total number of online office applications to 13 (not including four additional "utilities", or lightweight apps).  —  Zoho DB is meant to provide developers …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Netvibes Launches Corporate Startpages - Will Companies Go For It?  —  Netvibes, the French startpage near the top of the startpage market, is launching a new service this morning called Netvibes Premium Universes.  The service allows companies to offer Netvibes functionality (reading feeds …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune vs. iPod specification smackdown  —  The new Zunes are official so let's get to it: a spec-by-spec scrap between Redmond's new Zunes and Cupertino's formidable iPod foe.  Unfortunately, Microsoft failed to mention the all important battery performance of their new gear in addition to a few other minor details.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Verizon's LG Voyager heads up newly official fall lineup  —  Verizon isn't kidding around this fall, with four new fashionable phones, a couple of which might divert a few iPhone dollars from archrival AT&T. It's those exact four that Engadget Mobile got the scoop on last weekend, the Juke, Pearl, Venus and Voyager.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly considering Intel platform for iPhone  —  Apple reportedly is considering adopting Intel's Moorestown MID (mobile Internet device) platform processor in a new iPhone, according to OEM sources.  —  Intel revealed a Moorestown-based MID product with functions similar …
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google beefing up Google Apps  —  Google Apps is a collection of Google services like Docs, GMail, Calendar, and GTalk bundled together in a package that allows businesses to use Google's infrastructure behind their own domain.  For small businesses, it's a no-brainer.  I've used it and it's simple and works great.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Palm admits new OS 18 months away  —  Palm CEO Ed Colligan has confirmed the new Palm OS won't be finished until the end of 2008.  Originally scheduled for release by the end of this year, the operating system's launch date has continued to be pushed back, despite the added attention …
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
StopBadware: Trusted Web sites are being hacked and don't even know it  —  (InfoWorld) - It's getting harder and harder to know who to trust on the World Wide Web, according to online safety advocates  —  On Tuesday, the group released its 2007 Trends in Badware report …
Antonio Regalado / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cuts Ads From Orkut Service  —  Facing complaints in Brazil about offensive content, Google Inc. in August removed ads from its social-networking service called Orkut.  —  Google said advertising appeared on only 1% of Orkut pages and represented a "test" of online marketing …
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