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4:25 AM ET, October 8, 2007


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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Newsvine Acquired By  —  Social 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.
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
When Old Media Buys a Community  —  MSNBC, owned by MSN and NBC, has bought Newsvine, a sort of citizen journalism, blogging and news-sharing site.  But who stands to lose from the deal, and what does it tell us about the equity of Web 2.0?  —  One commenter on the page that announces the news hits the nail firmly on the head:
Discussion: Newsvine
Newsvine: Acquires Newsvine Acquires Newsvine
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Way to Find Your Corner of the Internet Sky  —  IF you know what you're looking for online, Google and other Internet search engines do a pretty good job of helping you find it.  But what if you don't know exactly what you want?  —  Say you are a soccer fan, but you are neither in the market …
Discussion: Social Media and Mark Evans
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:   eBay's StumbleUpon Has New, Novel Contextual Advertising Scheme around Online Video
Marc Andreessen /
OK, you're right, it IS a bubble  —  When I first started this blog four months ago, one of the first substantive posts I wrote was called "Bubbles on the brain".  —  In it, I attempted to use "logic" to explain the reasons we are most likely not in another dot com bubble.
Discussion: innonate
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google  —  More and more, I've been seeing people wondering if they've lost traffic on Google because they were detected to be selling paid links.  However, Google's generally never penalized sites for link selling.
Agence France Presse:
SAP agrees 4.8-billion-euro buyout of Business Objects  —  PARIS (AFP) - Germany's SAP, a world leader in business software, announced late Sunday that it had agreed with France's Business Objects on a buy-out worth just over 4.8 billion euros (6.8 billion dollars).
Discussion: TechCrunch and Howard Lindzon
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP's growth spurt: $6.8 billion for Business Objects  —  SAP took a page out of Oracle's grow-by-consolidation playbook in acquiring business intelligence leader Business Objects for $6.8 billion (42 Euros per share).  SAP CEO Henning Kagermann positioned the acquisition as part …
Miguel Helft / International Herald Tribune:
With 'phone' project, Google has mobile ad dollars in its sights  —  SAN FRANCISCO: For more than two years, a large group of engineers at Google has been working in secret on a mobile phone project.  As leaks about their efforts have trickled out, expectations in the technology world …
Discussion: Bits, and SMS Text News
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Intel launches a company-ranking site: CoolSW  —  Tomorrow, Intel is launching a Web site that lets people rank the most compelling software business ideas.  —  Called CoolSW (it stands for "cool software"), the site looks much like Digg, the popular site that lets users rank technology-oriented news …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church  —  First the percussive sounds of sniper fire and the thrill of the kill.  Then the gospel of peace.  —  Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through …
Discussion:, Joystiq and Kotaku
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint Rakes It In  —  Since launching and winning the top spot at our TechCrunch40 conference three weeks ago, personal-finance startup Mint has been on a roll.  On Friday, Mint was named Best of Show at the 2007 Financial Innovations conference (along with peer-to-peer lender Prosper and mortgage-finder Mortgagebot).
Discussion: NetBanker
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell wants SCO's bankruptcy protection lifted, objects to "forced loans"  —  Last week Novell filed a motion requesting that the court lift SCO's bankruptcy stay so that Novell can obtain UNIX licensing royalties wrongfully retained by SCO.  Novell has also filed a motion requesting …
Fred Vogelstein / Los Angeles Times:
The Facebook revolution  —  The Internet megahit may be growing into the biggest, most valuable database in the world.  —  When I first met Mark Zuckerberg, he seemed as much a visitor to his surroundings as I was.  It was earlier this summer, in Facebook's boardroom in Palo Alto …
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