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6:15 AM ET, October 10, 2007


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Jyri / Jaiku:
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?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dodgeball? Jotspot? Jaiku!
Discussion: EirePreneur and CNET
Mathew /   Google: Why Jaiku and not Twitter?
CEO / This is going to be BIG.:   Jaiku throws in the towel. Founders go to work for Google.
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
Google Acquires Jaiku
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 …
Don McLagan / Compete Blog:
Facebook's Application Rock Stars
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Versus the Web
Discussion: Facebook Observer
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
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.
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, and Ubergizmo
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: Bits and TechCrunch
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 …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
T-Mobile UK Spends $300,000+ Per Week on Search  —  T-Mobile UK shared advice and experience on search marketing with WebTrends Engage attendees.  —  Check out how much the company spends on paid search!  —  Wouldn't you love to earn the 10% management fee on that budget!
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
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Study: Google gets bulk of world search  —  NEW YORK - Around the world, Internet users are conducting about 1.4 million searches every minute — most of them through Google Inc., a new comScore study estimates.  —  Yet Inc. is strong enough in China and NHN Corp. in South Korea …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Meet the Google Broadcasting Company: AdSense video units are game-changing
Discussion: Profy.Com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T relents on controversial Terms of Service, announces changes
Discussion: Mashable!
Google unveils Gen 5 of Enterprise Search Appliance
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Rodney Gedda / Computerworld:
KDE's Windows weapon: KOffice 2.0
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
700 MHz auction delayed ... 8 days
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Microsoft-Zend pact bears PHP fruit
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Current education inadequate to fight phishing
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
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
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Juror: 'We Wanted to Send a Message'
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Children's Hour: Facebook Apps Are for Toddlers (There, We Said It)
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