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8:15 AM ET, October 10, 2007

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The truth about traffic on the Internet  —  Ahh, the Guardian got into a little dirty truth about traffic on TechMeme: there isn't many people there.  —  Every time I get on TechMeme I get 500 to 3,000 visits.  That matches what the Guardian and what Nick Carr are seeing.
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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.
Nick / Rough Type:   Techmeme's juicelessness  —  My name's Nick, and I'm a Techmeme junkie.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dodgeball?  Jotspot?  Jaiku!  —  I'm already getting sick of all the talk that the Jaiku acquisition by Google means the death of Twitter.  Of course where is this talk happening?  Twitter!  Heh.  —  Tim O'Reilly put it right: Jaiku's strength wasn't as a competitor to Twitter at all.
Discussion: Webware.com, EirePreneur and TechCrunch
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Jyri / Jaiku:
We're joining Google  —  Exciting news: Google has bought Jaiku today.
Tony Hsieh / Official Google Blog:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Platform To Launch Next Week  —  MySpace is gearing up to launch MySpace Platform, according to a number of third party developers who've been contacted for input on the product.  While this has been rumored since June, this is the first indication that the service is preparing to actually launch.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Should you trust Facebook with your business?  —  Today I spent the day at the "Graphing Social Patterns" conference in San Jose.  The conference has a fancy name, but truth be told the event is centered around Facebook and Facebook applications.  —  Background: For those of you who don't know …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Versus the Web
Discussion: Facebook Observer
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.
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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 …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Free the Avatars  —  Virtual worlds may be freewheeling environments where cyber-behavior is unconstrained by many terrestrial mores.  But they are also gated communities, and the gates keep the digital denizens locked inside.  —  IBM and Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, think it's time to free the avatars.
Discussion: RealityPrime
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Do Virtual Worlds know the way in San Jose?  —  First the good news: virtual worlds are experiencing their own dot com boom.  Now the bad news: virtual worlds are experiencing their own dot com boom.  Tomorrow and Thursday, the second Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo launches in San Jose …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: MacRumors, Gizmodo, Tech.co.uk and Ubergizmo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung's BlackJack II outed as the i617  —  Don't worry BlackJack fans, Samsung does indeed seem to have a true BlackJack II successor in the works for you, unlike that stylus-based i780 pretender to the throne.  Turns out the i617 — which we saw pass the FCC yesterday — will be doing the honors …
Discussion: WMExperts, IntoMobile and PalmAddicts
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Silvia / Mobile Phones Reviews and Tips:
Samsung Blackjack 2 is Out
Discussion: WMExperts, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II
Discussion: Mobility Site
Schrep / schrep's blog:
Mozilla and Mobile  —  People ask us all the time about what Mozilla's going to do about the mobile web, and I'm very excited to announce that we plan to rock it.  Here's some information about what we're planning to do with hiring, technology, partnerships, and products, and how you can get involved.
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Becoming more social on eBay  —  eBay chief executive Meg Whitman (left) and founder Pierre Omidyar  —  Welcome to eBay's new neighborhood.  —  The auction giant premiered a new area today where users can create profiles, post photos and offer tips, as part of an effort to capitalize on the social networking craze.
BBC:
On the road with wi-fi and video  —  On test clockwise from top left: PSP Slim, Archos 605wifi, iPod touch, N800  —  Gadget lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to portable media players, with an increasing number offering web access through wi-fi connections.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Adactio
InfoWorld:
Google unveils Gen 5 of Enterprise Search Appliance  —  (InfoWorld) - Google, the newly-christened $600-per-share company, unveiled on Tuesday evening the fifth generation of its Google Enterprise Search Appliance.  —  A combination of hardware preloaded with software …
Discussion: Labnotes
David Gainer / Microsoft Excel:
Calculation Issue Update (Fix Available)  —  Two weeks ago, we posted about an issue involving the calculation of numbers around 65,535 and 65,536.  As of today, fixes for this issue in Excel 2007 and Excel Services 2007 are available for download from the following locations:
 
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Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times:
Newspapers, bloggers now on same page
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8310: Red and Titanium pics!
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Rhapsody and TiVo Deliver Millions of Songs Direct to the Living Room
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
T-Mobile UK Spends $300,000+ Per Week on Search
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Meet the Google Broadcasting Company: AdSense video units are game-changing
Discussion: hypebot
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T relents on controversial Terms of Service, announces changes
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft-Zend pact bears PHP fruit
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Study: Google gets bulk of world search
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
In Some Schools, iPods Are Required Listening
Discussion: Gawker
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP SP3 to include some Vista features
Discussion: DailyTech and TechSpot News
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
When Google acquisitions go wrong: the disappointing story of Urchin
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RIAA Juror: 'We Wanted to Send a Message'
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