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9:40 AM ET, October 8, 2007

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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Msnbc.com acquires Newsvine  —  First acquisition in 11-year history moves company in new direction  —  Newsvine.com pays users for their stories and displays articles based on user rankings.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Msnbc.com is diving into citizen journalism and social media by acquiring Newsvine.com …
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
When Old Media Buys a Community
Discussion: Newsvine and WebProNews
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC to Acquire a Chattier News Site
Discussion: MARS Magazine
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Newsvine Acquired By MSNBC - Leading Citizen Journalism Site Snapped Up by MSM
mikeindustries.com:
Msnbc.com Acquires Newsvine
Discussion: Newsvine and paidContent.org
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Alltel dives into WiFi, offers up variety of plans  —  Based on a new section of Alltel's website, it seems pretty safe to say that the carrier is jumping head first into the WiFi arena.  Apparently, Alltel customers can now sign up for a variety of WiFi plans that will enable them to surf …
Discussion: Mobility Site
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Daniel Thomas / MarketWatch:
McDonald's offers free wi-fi Internet service in 1,200 U.K. outlets  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — McDonald's Corp. (MCD:, , ) said at the weekend that it would offer high-speed wireless Internet services to customers for free in 1,200 of its U.K. fast food outlets.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Alltel Adds WiFi To Mobile Data Mix  —  Alltel Wireless, the Little Rock, Ark.-based mobile company that recently went private, is adding WiFi as a data access option for its customers.  The service will cost between $10 and $30 a month, depending on the plan.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google and I.B.M. Join in 'Cloud Computing' Research  —  Even the nation's elite universities do not provide the technical training needed for the kind of powerful and highly complex computing Google is famous for, say computer scientists.  So Google and I.B.M. are announcing today …
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
SAP's Business Intelligence Leap  —  To expand in one of business software's hottest sectors, the German giant detours from its organic growth plan and agrees to buy Business Objects for $6.8 billion  —  In the rapidly consolidating business software market, SAP (SAP) has taken a conservative tack …
Discussion: The Register
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
OK, you're right, it IS a bubble  —  [IMPORTANT WARNING: What follows is satire.  I'm NOT being serious.  Except for one paragraph at the very end.  See if you can spot that one.]  —  When I first started this blog four months ago, one of the first substantive posts I wrote was called "Bubbles on the brain".
Discussion: innonate and ben barren
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
Louise Story / New York Times:
Toyota's Latest Commercial Is Not on TV.  Try the Xbox Console.  —  AMONG other new features, the new Toyota Yaris has a giant tentacle that reaches out of its roof to shoot enemies as it races through a futuristic tunnel, sometimes within inches of soaring fireballs.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and 24/7 Wall St.
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
ETEN Glofiish M800 - TyTN II Contender?  —  In the US, we are all excited about the at&t coming of the HTC TyTN II, the at&t Tilt.  Well, Pocketinfo.nl has the word on the ETEN Contender, The Glofiish M800.  —  Some specifications:  — 500 MHz Samsung processor  — 256 MB ROM  — 2 cameras
Discussion: Engadget, Gear Diary and Gizmodo
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.
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
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:   eBay's StumbleUpon Has New, Novel Contextual Advertising Scheme around Online Video
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Eisner's Web mystery "Prom Queen" heads overseas  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Web mystery series "Prom Queen," produced by former Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Michael Eisner, is heading to France and Japan under deals that will revamp the short Web films into programming for local audiences.
 
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Fred Vogelstein / Los Angeles Times:
The Facebook revolution  —  The Internet megahit may be growing …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell wants SCO's bankruptcy protection lifted, objects to "forced loans"
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
California man seeks class action lawsuit over iPhone bricking, lock-in
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint Rakes It In  —  Since launching and winning the top spot …
Discussion: NetBanker