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8:20 AM ET, October 6, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati CEO: Techmeme is "a great little site."  —  I was hoping that the changing of the guard at Technorati would mean that the company would learn to become somewhat humble.  Early signs say that isn't the case.  In a Wired interview, incoming CEO Richard Jalichandra did note …
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Q&A: Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra on the Future of the Site  —  Blog ranking site Technorati has seen two new developments this week — new leadership, and a new competitor.  But having both come just months after CEO Dave Sifry stepped down and announced staff cuts has some people atwitter.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Good News, Bad News about Facebook Application Market: Long Tail Rules  —  My team at O'Reilly Research has been crunching the numbers on the rise of Facebook as application platform, and we've released a new report today, entitled simply The Facebook Application Platform.
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The Facebook Application Platform  —  An O'Reilly Radar Report  —  $149.00, PDF + 2 updates (because the Facebook platform is changing so rapidly, you'll get 2 additional updates to this report, with fresh data and commentary)  —  Facebook bet that opening its Application Platform …
Discussion: Facebook Observer and Mashable!
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Hi5 is working on its own platform for developers, to take on Facebook  —  Facebook rival Hi5 says it is working on its own developer platform today, the latest social network to realize that it had better open up quickly or potentially lose customers to more active pastures.
Discussion: Profy.Com and Mashable!
Ryan Tabone / Inside Google Desktop:
iGoogle meets Desktop gadgets  —  We've often asked ourselves why Google Desktop Gadgets are confined to just the desktop and sidebar.  With Google Desktop 5.5 Beta, we've decided to change that.  In addition to improved Outlook search functionality, Google Desktop now lets you run Desktop gadgets on your iGoogle homepage.
Rafat Ali /
Facebook Working On a Music Platform For Bands; Not iTunes Killer, But MySpace; Apple Tieup  —  Facebook is working on an artist platform to be launched later this year, which in essence is supposed to be better than what MySpace allows with its platform, according to multiple sources …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Bungie: When it comes to the Mac, never say never  —  Bungie Studios and Microsoft have decided to go their separate ways, answering the prayers of many Mac gamers who have wished for this day ever since Microsoft's acquisition of Bungie was first announced in 2000.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
California  —  You get your brand new iPod home, in its shiny black box, which you open, and the first words you see are:  —  "Designed by Apple in California."  —  It's printed on the back of every iPod and iPhone, too:  —  Ah, the way these five words evoke a flurry of happy memories.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Mines Mobile Queries, Finds Longer Strings, More Searches, And More Clicks  —  Gary Price at ResourceShelf points us to an intriguing article appearing in the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Magazine about mobile search at Google.  In the piece, two researchers at Google dissect …
Virgin America and Boing Boing TV Announce Exclusive Inflight Entertainment Partnership Virgin America Flyers Will be Seeing Red With Boing Boing TV  —  PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Virgin America, the next-generation airline, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive partnership …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Virgin America is Smart
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Hannah Montana Should Sell $200 Tickets  —  The WSJ reports on the fascinating court battle between IAC's Ticketmaster and RMG Technologies, a Pittsburgh company that runs, a scalping/reselling service.  IAC says RMG has created bots that can outsmart Ticketmaster's …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Hannah Montana Battles the Bots
Discussion: Idolator and Salon: Machinist
Lori Hawkins / Austin American-Statesman:
Boy, 8, evaluates software for Silicon Valley company  —  Georgetown third-grader has loved technology since he was a toddler and is working his way up to flying jets.  —  As a toddler, Carson Page taught himself to run computer applications on his PC.  —  By age 4, he could install …
Discussion: Engadget and CNET
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Dear New York Times: The Pay Wall Was Only Half the Problem  —  A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times removed the pay wall in front of its TimesSelect service, which controlled access to much of the paper's archives and its popular columnists like Thomas Friedman and Frank Rich.
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Skype 1.4 for Linux out of beta with new features  —  Skype 1.4 for Linux is officially out of Beta, and is available for download.  —  The two big WNITVs (What's New In This Version) are call forwarding, and a "Birthday Alert" service that notifies you when anyone in your Contact list has a birthday.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Spam Panic Emerging; Why Don't All Networks Have Spam Control?
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
ZFS to play larger role in future versions of Mac OS X
Discussion: Computerworld, Slashdot and Digg
Bob Sutor's Open Blog:
IBM withdraws patent claim
Discussion: Techdirt and The Register
Sam Sethi / blognation UK:
Exclusive: FriendVox THE FaceBook IM Client Is Live
Presnikoff / Digital Music News:
Time Warner Cable Pushes Music Offering, Taps MusicNet
Discussion: Valleywag
U-M research: New plastic is strong as steel, transparent
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple probes iMac lockups
Anne Broache / CNET
'Old fuddy-duddy' can continue age-discrimination suit against Google
Discussion: Computerworld
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Microsoft Pushes Secure, Quality Code
Discussion: InfoWorld
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
You Can't Get There From Here  —  Several years ago I wrote …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Sprint Nextel Is Said to Seek a New Chief
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's Amp+ watch: hearts your heart and iPod, too
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring pressure-sensitive touchscreens, touchpads
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Digg
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe:
New PLAYSTATION®3 Model to Take Holiday Season by Storm …
Associated Press:
Kim Jong Il: I'm an Internet expert

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CNN pivots HLN back toward news

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New York Times staff writer Sarah Nir offers to cover the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade each year to celebrate life on the anniversary of a near-fatal attack

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