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8:45 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.
Discussion: The Open Road
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dodgeball? Jotspot? Jaiku!
Discussion: Webware.com, EirePreneur and ben barren
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Breaking: Google Acquires Jaiku, Why Not Twitter?
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.
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 …
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
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
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone and iPod touch v1.1.1 full jailbreak tested, confirmed!
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?
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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
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:
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.
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
EBay launches "Neighborhoods" feature  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hoping to woo shoppers who say eBay Inc. has lost its folksy appeal, the world's largest online auction plans to launch its own version of a social networking service Wednesday and is promising other customer-friendly features by year's end.
Discussion: Techdirt and WebProNews
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Co-Founder of Skype Defends Its Value  —  In his first public remarks since quitting last week as chief executive of the Internet phone company Skype, Niklas Zennstrom said Tuesday that he had no regrets about his handling of the company but conceded that he might have tried to squeeze money out of it too quickly.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Rachel Aviv / New York Times:
File-Sharing Students Fight Copyright Constraints  —  When Zachary McCune, a student at Brown, received an e-mail message from the university telling him he might have broken the law by downloading copyrighted songs, his eyes glazed over the warning and he quickly forgot about it.
 
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T-Mobile UK Spends $300,000+ Per Week on Search
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T relents on controversial Terms of Service, announces changes
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InfoWorld:
Google unveils Gen 5 of Enterprise Search Appliance
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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
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
When Google acquisitions go wrong: the disappointing story of Urchin
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