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7:40 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.
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:
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
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
Mathew /   Google: Why Jaiku and not Twitter?
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 …
Ashshy / Ars Technica:
Record label defections by major acts a troubling sign for recording industry
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
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Microsoft slaps bandaid on IE, MS Word
Discussion: Microsoft
Stephen Shankland / CNET   Microsoft-Zend pact bears PHP fruit
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!
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
OnStar To Warn, Then Stop, Stolen Cars  —  from the wait-until-someone-hacks-the- system dept  —  GM continues to expand the features of its popular OnStar system with a new service that's been talked about for years, that would allow the company to automatically stop a stolen car remotely.
USA Today:
Device can remotely halt auto chases
Discussion: Switched and ExtremeTech
Staci D. Kramer /
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Failing Fast It's a good thing  —  The only thing better than a "Yes" is a quick "NO".  When you are raising money, selling a customer, or trying to get a deal done, it is the long drawn out process that never ends that will kill you.  It is the same thing with startups.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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.
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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
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More details emerge on PSP PlayStation Store
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Matt Ford / Ars Technica:
Hard drive technology wins the 2007 Nobel Prize for physics
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Automated Home:
Sonos ZoneBridge 100 Coming this Month at £69.00
Discussion: CNET, Gizmodo and Engadget
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Buys Aloha Wireless Spectrum
John Bowker / Reuters:
Skype co-founder says eBay overpaid for firm
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google logo tweak sends critics into orbit
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Wal-Mart's Latest Sale: Broadband