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5:50 AM ET, October 12, 2007

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Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Updates to Windows Live SkyDrive!  —  These past couple of months since our last release, we asked ourselves, "What can we do to make SkyDrive even better?"  The most obvious answer is something that our users have asked us to do: give out more storage.  We're excited to announce that we're doubling everyone's storage to 1 GB!
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft 'Live Events' targets Evite, others  —  Microsoft is launching a Web-based service for organizing events and remembering them afterward - trying to move further into the highly competitive areas of social networking and online photo sharing.  —  The free Windows Live Events service …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft launching event planner
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Windows Live Adds Events to Its Roster
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Being Stupid And Litigious Is No Way To Go Through Life  —  In the past we've posted communications whenever someone has threatened to sue us.  I think it's entertaining, and it hopefully makes people think twice before firing up the legal machine with ridiculous claims.
Discussion: Techdirt and BloggingStocks
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Facebook Reality Check: It's not worth $100B, and it won't crush MySpace or Google (but it does rock)  —  At the Social Graphing conference on Tuesday our industry went in full-blown madness.  A panel filled with Facebook fans (and some investors) got so worked up they claimed—among other things—that:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Dip Seasonal, Here is Why!  —  Update: Hey Michael when you say, "Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking" it is not quite true.  As I said in my original Facebook-traffic post from late last night, I don't quite buy it.  My exact words, "It just doesn't make any sense!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
There's More To The FaceBook Traffic Story  —  Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking, based on the September Comscore data which shows a 9.3% decline in uniques v. steady uniques at MySpace.  —  There's a problem though - he's showing unique visitor data but talking about traffic.
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Snocap lays off 60 percent of its employees?  —  Snocap lays off 60 percent of its employees?  —  A tipster reports that Snocap, the once-hot digital music startup from Napster founder Shawn Fanning and Silicon Valley bad boy Jordan Mendelson, has laid off 60 percent of its staff, and the company is up for sale.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Shawn Fanning's Snocap lays off 60 percent of workforce  —  Snocap, the music-licensing company best known for being the follow-up act of Napster founder Shawn Fanning, has cut its staff by 60 percent, a spokeswoman for the company said Thursday evening.  —  Founded in 2002 …
Discussion: hypebot and Mashable!
Haochi / Googlified:
Gmail Updates Storage Estimation  —  Gmail today updated their home page's storage estimation.  The new entries indicates that the storage will be:  — 2912MB by October 11, 2007 midnight Google time  — 4.2GB by the 23rd this month  — 6GB by January 4th next year  — 42GB by the year of 2038
Discussion: Mashable!, ParisLemon and gSpy
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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
More Gmail storage coming for all  —  When people ask me about my job, one of the common questions I get is, "Where does Gmail put all that mail?"  I generally answer by pointing them to a web site like this one.  While that's not exactly how it works, we do spend a lot of time working …
Discussion: LucaFiligheddu.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Confirmed: Yahoo expanding to Microsoft's backyard  —  It looks like Microsoft employees driving past downtown Bellevue to Redmond will soon be able to gaze upon a big "Yahoo!" sign, if they're so inclined.  Yahoo has signed a lease for 115,000 square feet in Bellevue's One Twelfth @ Twelfth complex.
Discussion: WinBeta and Data Mining
TechHit News:
Outlook + Twitter = OutTwit  —  If you are an Outlook user, you probably have it open all the time.  Now you can update your Twitter status and follow your friends without having to open any other applications.  OutTwit seamlessly integrates Twitter into Outlook.
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Prediction: Starbucks Wi-Fi will soon be free  —  The for-pay Wi-Fi model at Starbucks feels old and stale, says Mike Elgan  —  Editor's note: This article headlines our TechGear section and newsletter. … Starbucks, the giant coffee chain with 13,168 locations worldwide …
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
'Transparent' gadget could trump iPhone interface  —  A touch-sensitive gadget with the sensing panel on its back, instead of the screen, is being developed by US researchers.  Using your fingers behind the device allows a firmer grip and more accurate performance without obscuring your view of the screen, they say.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Roy Peter Clark / Poynter Online:
Your Duty to Read the Paper
Motorola:
Rock Out and Look Good with the Stylish New MOTO™ U9
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Newspaper Consortium: Harmful Or Helpful?
Discussion: Reuters
InfoWorld:
Word exploit loose, according to Microsoft, Symantec
DigiTimes:
Asustek: Eee PC price no lower than US$200
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple files for second force-sensitive display patent
Discussion: Tech.co.uk, Engadget and Gizmodo
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
From Healthy To Heartbreaking: Digital Business vs. Personal Self-Interest
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Petition: Facebook Increase Page Width for Developers
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Current TV Site Prepares to Relaunch
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: In advertising and search, Microsoft's way behind Google
Discussion: Gartner and Mashable!
David Kravets / Wired News:
Court Clears Way for Mobile-Phone-Unlocking Lawsuit Against T-Mobile
Discussion: Techdirt and mocoNews.net
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple puts up iPhone Web app directory
Discussion: Download Squad
Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile's First 3G Phone On Sale
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo HD Lifetime Transfer Arrives
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hard times for hard drives: US may ban popular imports
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
 

 
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