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3:25 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.
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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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
CNET to buy TechCrunch — why not?  —  Boy, Henry "I used to be a famous Wall Street analyst" Blodget is sure on a roll — or make that a troll.  Today he's got a post about how TechCrunch could be bought by CNET for $100-million or so.  His post is actually a response to one by Doug McIntyre …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Reality check: CNET and TechCrunch
Discussion: John Furrier
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.
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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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
'Zune' Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry
Microsoft:
Zune Drives Next Generation of Digital Music Experience With …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Microsoft Updates Its iPod Competitor
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.
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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
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.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Reveals .Net Source Code
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook and franticindustries
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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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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Introducing Zoho Database & Reports
Discussion: blognation, CyberNet and Lifehacker
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho DB Launched - Beats Google, Microsoft to Online Database
Discussion: GigaOM and CNET News.com
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.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Preps Postini For Business World
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Google beefing up Google Apps
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's chief anti-piracy lawyer: "Copying" music you own is "stealing"  —  Duluth, Minnesota — Testimony today in Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas quickly and inadvertently turned to the topic of fair use when Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, was called to the stand to testify.
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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 …
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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