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6:50 PM ET, October 7, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Newsvine Acquired By  —  Online news site Newsvine, which launched in March 2006, has been acquired by, a fifty-fifty joint venture between Microsoft and NBC.  This is's first acquisition.  —  The deal, which closed on October 5, was all cash, but the acquisition price is not being disclosed.
Discussion: GigaOM
Alex Johnson / MSNBC: acquires Newsvine  —  First acquisition in 11-year history moves company in new direction  — pays users for their stories and displays articles based on user rankings.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - is diving into citizen journalism and social media by acquiring …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Newsvine Acquired By MSNBC - Leading Citizen Journalism Site Snapped Up by MSM  —  Today Newsvine CEO Mike Davidson contacted Read/WriteWeb to announce that his citizen journalism startup Newsvine has been acquired by MSNBC, the Microsoft/NBC joint venture, for an undisclosed sum.
Discussion: and ben barren
Alice Mathias / New York Times:
The Fakebook Generation  —  THE time-chugging Web site first appeared during my freshman year as the exclusive domain of college students.  This spring, Facebook opened its pearly gates, enabling myself and other members of the class of '07 to graduate from our college networks into those of the real world.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Facebook's Core College Student Users Laugh At Attempts To Use It For Business  —  When I argued that Facebook is NOT for business, that assertion was roundly dismissed by Facebook's tech fan club, determined to prove (with Mark Zuckerberg gleefully rooting them on) that Facebook is a serious business tool.
Denise Caruso / New York Times:
Securing Very Important Data: Your Own  —  AS long as we are willing to relinquish some personal data, Web applications have long allowed us to create virtual identities that can conduct most of the social and financial transactions that typify life in the real world.
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
From The Information Age To The Connected Age  —  Jason Calacanis launched yet another discussion of the future of the web with his official definition of web 3.0, in which web 2.0 cake is spread with a liberal frosting of people, but not just any people — "gifted" people.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Traffic Plunges After US Ban  —  TorrentSpy founder Justin told TorrentFreak in a response to the censorship: "Whatever future awaits, the innovations of peer-to-peer technology and the jobs and opportunities it creates will take place outside of the USA."
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
David Teare / Switchers' Blog:
iPhone Password Manager  —  Since before the iPhone was released, passionate 1Password users have been begging us to support it.  As Canadians we couldn't even get one, so Roustem and I travelled to Chicago to purchase a few for development.  —  After several grueling weeks …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, blognation, MacUser and Digg
Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Build 1: Think Different.  —  Well, we always said that we would never 'port' Trillian to OS X. And now we're excited to announce that we haven't!  Instead, after many support/feature-request tickets asking for an OS X port... we wrote a new Trillian UI from scratch.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Rumor: Tagged Platform will mimic Facebook Platform APIs  —  Shortly after Facebook launched the Platform in May of this year, LinkedIn announced that it would be offering its own platform in "9 to 12 months".  Since then, expectations have grown that many of the major social networking services will build their own platforms as well.
Brad Linder / Brad Linder's digital home:
Sony announces PCM-D50 handheld flash recorder  —  I went to the AES show this afternoon with my mind almost made up.  My next field recorder would be a Fostex FR2-LE.  On paper it's the next step up from my Zoom H4.  It has decent preamps, combo XLR/quarter inch inputs …
Fred / A VC:
Web Startups Are A Commodity  —  Paul Graham has written a very provocative essay on The Future Of Web Startups in which he argues that like computers, and many technological developments before them, web startups themselves are commodifying.  Paul says: … Paul is right about this.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano, classic 1.0.2 Updates change video, Cover Flow  —  Apple has released iPod Software 1.0.2 for the iPod classic and third-generation iPod nano, generically noting only that the release contains "bug fixes."  However, changes to both devices' handling of video-out …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Infinite Loop
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HP's iPAQ 110 and 210 PDAs get shipment date, prices
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Land:
Google Book Search Improved(?)
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BT to UK customers: Share your WiFi... please!
Lori Hawkins / Austin American-Statesman:
Boy, 8, evaluates software for Silicon Valley company
Discussion: CNET and Engadget

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