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11:40 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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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.
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:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google: making big social media moves
Discussion: A Media Circus
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Google buys social mobile startup Jaiku
Telegraph:
Oasis, Jamiroquai to follow Radiohead  —  Some of the music industry's biggest names are considering offering their music free online following the success of the experiment by the band Radiohead to let fans download their new album without charge.  —  The band's website topped the chart …
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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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Bands Rushing To Ditch Labels And Embrace Free; Are The Floodgates Opening?  —  We've only been predicting that music would eventually go free for about a dozen years, but it feels like we may be nearing a tipping point among musicians recognizing this simple truth as well, kicked off by last week's Radiohead announcement.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Why we all overestimate Techmeme's influence  —  A lot of noise was made last week with the launch of the Techmeme leaderboard - a list of technology centurions on the popular technology news aggregator, built by Gabe Rivera (here's an interview with Gabe by Don Dodge.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Scripting News
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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!
AppleInsider:
Sources: Leopard finalized, 10.4.11 inching closer [updated]  —  Apple Inc. this week is believed to have wrapped up development of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard while simultaneously pushing out yet another pre-release copy of its final maintenance and security update for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger users.
Discussion: Tech.co.uk, MacRumors, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and 901am
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
When Google acquisitions go wrong: the disappointing story of Urchin  —  In March of 2005, Google acquired Urchin Software Corporation, a San Diego-based web analytics company.  A few short months later, Google Analytics was unveiled, which was based on "Urchin On Demand," Urchin's javascript-based …
Discussion: Gadgetopia and Google Blogoscoped
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP SP3 to include some Vista features  —  It's not just a patch and hot fix update, says site that leaked details  —  A Web site that leaked details of Windows XP Service Pack 3 over the weekend claimed that the update includes several new features, including some borrowed from Windows Vista.
Discussion: DailyTech
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Juror: 'We Wanted to Send a Message'  —  It took the jury in Capitol Records v. Thomas only five minutes to find that 30-year-old Jammie Thomas had infringed recording industry copyrights on 24 music tracks, according to the first juror to speak out on the verdict.
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.
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: ALLIED, All Facebook and John Furrier
 
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Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Becoming more social on eBay
Discussion: TechCrunch
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Video Service Showdown: Viddler vs. Vimeo
Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
KDE's Windows weapon: KOffice 2.0
Discussion: TechSpot News and FeedBite.com
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
700 MHz auction delayed ... 8 days
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Princess Fiorina goes on the box with Fox
Discussion: Valleywag
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft-Zend pact bears PHP fruit
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Versus the Web
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Study: Google gets bulk of world search
Discussion: Mashable!
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
In Some Schools, iPods Are Required Listening
Discussion: Gawker
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
Preferred Seating: Herman Miller offers Aerons to Residents …
Discussion: Crave and Metaversed.com
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Failing Fast It's a good thing
Discussion: Insider Chatter
nbcumv.com:
NBC UNIVERSAL TO ACQUIRE OXYGEN MEDIA
John Bowker / Reuters:
Skype co-founder says eBay overpaid for firm
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google logo tweak sends critics into orbit
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Google tools to power virtual worlds