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11:40 AM 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.
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TechCrunch And Huffington: Who Will Buy The Big Blogs?  —  The name brand blogs.  The big ones.  Huffington.  TechCrunch.  GigaOm.  Boing Boing.  Ars Technica.  SeekingAlpha.  —  AOL has already bought Weblogsinc.  It owns popular blogs including flagship Engadget.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor  —  Microsoft has revamped its slow-selling Zune digital music players and created a MySpace-style social-networking site in its drive to compete with Apple's market-leading iPod player.  —  In large part, the Microsoft moves announced Tuesday …
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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 …
Microsoft:
Zune Drives Next Generation of Digital Music Experience With Community Web Site Built Around Music  —  Microsoft unveils Zune Social, new Zune devices, innovative Zune software and redesigned Zune Marketplace — all geared toward discovering and sharing new music.
James Sherwood / The Register:
Microsoft revamps Zune with Flash
Discussion: The Open Road
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft beefs up Zune music and community experience
Discussion: Coolfer and Channel 9
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Preps Postini For Business World  —  As enamored as the tech world can be with the business to consumer relationships of Web 2.0 applications, Google understands what companies like Microsoft and IBM do - the real money is in business to business relationships.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google boosts corporate e-mail service  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc. is sprucing up its corporate e-mail service by adding new security tools and more than doubling the storage capacity of e-mailboxes, underscoring the online search leader's ambition to enlarge its role in the business software market.
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 …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Zoho DB Launched - Beats Google, Microsoft to Online Database
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA anti-P2P campaign a real money pit, according to testimony  —  Duluth, Minnesota — During an occasionally testy cross examination, a Sony executive said what many observers have suspected for a long time.  The RIAA's four-year-old lawsuit campaign is costing the music industry millions …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's chief anti-piracy lawyer: "Copying" music you own is "stealing"
Discussion: MarketingVOX and FurdLog
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 …
Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
Microsoft as Media King?  —  The software giant sees its future in advertising and mobile and is taking the message to Europe—and to Google and Yahoo!  —  Most people still see Microsoft primarily as a software company, but on Oct. 2 at a media event in Paris, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer painted …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Ballmer still doesn't understand social networking
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 …
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 …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage and Gadget Lab
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Tony Smith / The Register:   Apple to dial x86 for iPhone?
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.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
I come to Praise Skype, not to Bury Them.  —  History was made on September 12, 2005 when Skype was purchased by eBay.  —  And I still stand by the words I posted in my September 12, 2005 blog entry:  —  "Usually we don't see revolutions until after the fact...I suspect that historians might come …
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.
Discussion: Rough Type and O'Reilly Radar
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bigger, better photos of the Vii, the cheaper, crappier Wii
Discussion: Forever Geek
USA Today:
Latest 'Zelda' draws up great gameplay
Nick / Rough Type:
The BlackBerry vine  —  James Governor wrote something …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Flexiscale launches on demand hosting
Discussion: GigaOM
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Sued Over Competitive Bidding Patent
PC World:
Toshiba to Ship OLED TVs in 2009
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Benji Featherstone / GayVN News:
Titan Sues Online Gay Porn Piracy Ring
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Suit claims Nike, Apple stole idea for Nike+ iPod Sport Kit
Discussion: Engadget and Macsimum News
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Coming soon to kindergarten class: antipiracy ed
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Anatomy of a Blog Rumor
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Yahoo ponders Kelkoo's future
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Justin.tv Wins Funding, Opens Platform
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Brain drain  —  As if the mainstream media didn't have enough …
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