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6:45 PM ET, October 9, 2007

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Jyri / Jaiku | Your Conversation:
We're joining Google  —  Exciting news: Google has bought Jaiku today.  —  What does that mean?  First and foremost, we're of course continuing to support our existing users.  So fear not: your Jaiku phone, the Web site, IM, SMS, and API will continue to work normally.
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Breaking: Google Acquires Jaiku, Why Not Twitter?  —  Jaiku has announced that it has been acquired by Google.  Jaiku is the Twitter-like service for keeping up with your friends via the Web or SMS.  Terms of the deal are not being disclosed by the companies.  —  According to Jaiku:
Tony Hsieh / Official Google Blog:
Reach out and message someone  —  Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it's more difficult to keep track of everyone when they're running around at warp speed.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Acquires Microblogging Service Jaiku  —  Finnish short messaging and microblogging service Jaiku has been acquired by Google, the company says.  That Google bought this competitor of Twitter, the service founded by Blogger founder Evan Williams, instead of Twitter is notable.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google: making big social media moves  —  I was talking with a Google employee last night at the Graphing Social Media conference.  —  Aside: why are there more Google employees there than Facebook ones?  I think Facebook's attitude toward the community is saying volumes to all of us.
Discussion: A Media Circus
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Google buys social mobile startup Jaiku  —  BREAKING NEWS: Jaiku, the Twitter (and Pownce)-like service from Finland, has been bought by Google.  —  Jaiku Founders Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen today posted this on their homepage: … The terms of the acquisition have not been released.
Discussion: CyberNet and WebMetricsGuru
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Buys Jaiku, a Lifestreaming Service
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Buys Jaiku
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Ashshy / Ars Technica:
Record label defections by major acts a troubling sign for recording industry  —  When Brit-rock veterans Radiohead decided to self-publish their next album online, it was a bucket of ice-cold water over the heads of EMI, Sony BMG, Warner Music, and all the rest of the old-school industry elephants.
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Ryan Hayward / Inside AdSense:
Introducing video units  —  AdSense isn't just for ads anymore; it's also a place to get video content for your site — and earn extra revenue at the same time.  —  We're excited about the launch of video units — a new way to enrich your site with quality, relevant video content in an embedded, customizable player.
Wall Street Journal:
As Tech Heats Up, Sages Dust Off Bubble Indicators  —  Goofy-Names Index Rises,  —  Perks Gauge Glows Red;  —  A 5th-Grader as Founder  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Reserve monitors things like inventory levels and housing starts to gauge the economy's direction.
Stephane Lafon / Google LatLong:
More Street View cities to explore  —  For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting new cities to be added to Street View in Google Maps, your patience is about to pay off.  Today, we're announcing the addition of Street View imagery in not one or two but six new cities!
USA Today:
Device can remotely halt auto chases  —  Police will be able to remotely halt some high-speed pursuits with technology being unveiled today that aims to cut chase-related deaths.  —  General Motors (GM) plans to equip 1.7 million of its 2009-model vehicles with the system that allows pursuing officers …
Discussion: Switched and ExtremeTech
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
OnStar puts the brakes on stolen cars
Discussion: Techdirt
Don McLagan / Compete Blog:
Facebook's Application Rock Stars  —  The Community Next conference in San Jose, CA this last weekend resembled the mosh pit at a rock concert.  It featured performances by the twenty year-old rock stars and a few older ones who have developed successful applications on the new Facebook applications platform.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Children's Hour: Facebook Apps Are for Toddlers (There, We Said It)  —  Fine, call me a grumpy old lady, because I don't want to pass around a toasty complex carbohydrate globally.  —  Right now on Facebook, I have been trying to decide what to do near on two weeks or more, after receiving a …
Discussion: All Facebook and John Furrier
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Google tools to power virtual worlds  —  Get ready for online games set in your favorite Google Earth locations.  —  Virtual-worlds platform developer Multiverse Network is set to announce a partnership Tuesday that will allow anyone to create a new online interactive 3D environment …
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google logo tweak sends critics into orbit  —  WASHINGTON — Should the world's most-used search engine be more of a Yankee Google Dandy?  —  Google Inc. occasionally features light-hearted doodles on its colorful home-page logo to commemorate special occasions.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NBCU To Acquire Oxygen For $925 Million; Multi-Platform Net For Women Never Met Hyped Expectations  —  This has been in the works for a bit and is a natural fit ... NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) is acquiring women's cable net Oxygen Media for $925 million, $875 million net of financial assets.
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Rocks found in place of girl's brand new iPod... twice  —  Nearly every teenager either has an iPod or wants one.  There are a few exceptions, but the vast majority of teens sport (or pretend to sport) Apple's wildly-popular digital audio player.  So imagine yourself, for a moment …
 
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
More details emerge on PSP PlayStation Store
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Preferred Seating: Herman Miller offers Aerons to Residents …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
When Google acquisitions go wrong: the disappointing story of Urchin
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Verizon Wireless kicks off Worry Free Guarantee
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
USS Enterprise will take your calls
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Juror: 'We Wanted to Send a Message'
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Hard drive technology wins the 2007 Nobel Prize for physics
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John Bowker / Reuters:
Skype co-founder says eBay overpaid for firm
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