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1:45 AM ET, October 10, 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:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google: making big social media moves
Discussion: A Media Circus and PDA
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  —  When Brit-rock veterans Radiohead decided to self-publish their next album online, it was a bucket of ice-cold water over the heads of EMI, Sony BMG, Warner Music, and all the rest of the old-school industry elephants.
Don McLagan / Compete Blog:
Facebook's Application Rock Stars  —  The Community Next conference in San Jose, CA this last weekend resembled the mosh pit at a rock concert.  It featured performances by the twenty year-old rock stars and a few older ones who have developed successful applications on the new Facebook applications platform.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Versus the Web  —  One of the knocks against Facebook is that it is a somewhat closed, proprietary platform.  Here's how the argument goes: The ultimate technology platform, in contrast, is the Web itself.  It is open and ultimately will triumph over all other platforms, including Facebook.
Discussion: Facebook Observer
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Should you trust Facebook with your business?
Discussion: Moonwatcher
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
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.
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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
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
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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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows XP SP3 to include some Vista features
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Verizon Wireless kicks off Worry Free Guarantee
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Juror: 'We Wanted to Send a Message'
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Failing Fast It's a good thing
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The Children's Hour: Facebook Apps Are for Toddlers (There, We Said It)
John Bowker / Reuters:
Skype co-founder says eBay overpaid for firm