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4:15 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?  —  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:
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.
Ashshy / Ars Technica:
Record label defections by major acts a troubling sign for recording industry
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
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II
Discussion: Mobility Site
Silvia / Mobile Phones Reviews and Tips:
Samsung Blackjack 2 is Out
Discussion: WMExperts, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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
USA Today:
Device can remotely halt auto chases  —  Police will be able to remotely halt some high-speed pursuits with technology being unveiled today that aims to cut chase-related deaths.  —  General Motors (GM) plans to equip 1.7 million of its 2009-model vehicles with the system that allows pursuing officers …
Discussion: Switched and ExtremeTech
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
GM OnStar System Could Halt Stolen Cars
Discussion: BloggingStocks, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
OnStar To Warn, Then Stop, Stolen Cars
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.
CPSC Home Page:
Toshiba Recalls AC Adapters sold with Portable DVD Players Due to Burn Hazard  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using …
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 and Bits
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!
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
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
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
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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
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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Princess Fiorina goes on the box with Fox
Discussion: Valleywag
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Stephen Shankland / CNET
Microsoft-Zend pact bears PHP fruit
Discussion: The NeoSmart Files
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
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP SP3 to include some Vista features
Discussion: DailyTech
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More details emerge on PSP PlayStation Store
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
Preferred Seating: Herman Miller offers Aerons to Residents …
Discussion: Crave and
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)