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8:45 PM ET, October 11, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Traffic Tanks - This can't be real?  —  comScore is about to issue September 2007 user engagement and page views data, and it seems like the SVFurby, I mean Facebook unique visitors took a little dip.  See the little decline on the red line.  I can't exactly tell how many and how accurate the data is, but it looks like a dip.
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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:
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Funding: A Yahoo Bovine Update?  —  "Why," said a sharp Silicon Valley figure to me last night, "would Facebook give away the cow for a price of quart of milk?"  —  Why, indeed, although it would be a $15 billion quart of milk.  —  But it was an interesting point he was making …
Discussion: Valleywag, All Facebook and Mashable!
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Facebook Traffic Declines - Abandon Ship or Deja Vu?  —  We have good news for Om Malik.  The new media guru is a little concerned about Facebook's recent decline in traffic. … Here's Malik's chart...  Scary, huh?  —  But fear not Om!  The same thing happened last year and Facebook went on to recover quite nicely.
Amin Charaniya / Google LatLong:
Now Playing: YouTube videos in Google Earth  —  I love watching videos on YouTube.  Every once in a while I'll see something so good that it makes me stop and wonder where it was recorded or how I can find more videos from that particular location.  For instance, just the other day I stumbled upon …
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
SKIP GOOGLE EARTH FOR YOUTUBE VIDS, USE MAPPEO INSTEAD
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Electronic Arts pays $860 million for BioWare, Pandemic Studios  —  Video game mega-publisher Electronic Arts has agreed to pay $860 million to purchase VG Holdings, the parent company of video game companies BioWare and Pandemic Studios.  —  This deal, expected to close in January, is the largest in EA's 25-year history.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Update: EA's Riccitiello Could Make Up To $4.9 Million On Bioware/Pandemic Deal
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Comcast rollout of TiVo box begins  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - After more than two years of promises and delays, Comcast Corp. has finally begun the commercial rollout of its first cable set-top boxes that run TiVo's digital video recording technology.  —  As expected, New England is the first market …
Discussion: Engadget
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / FORTUNE: Apple 2.0:
Report: Apple Gains 29% Share of $$$ Notebooks  —  Drilling down into Apple's (AAPL) recent string of boffo quarterly reports, analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. of Bernstein Research finds both strength and vulnerability in Steve Jobs' relentless pursuit of high-margin computer sales.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Founders Pick Up Another Big Plane  —  Google's billionaire founders, owners of a Boeing 767 that has been the talk of Silicon Valley, are apparently adding another unusually large private jet to their fleet: a Boeing 757.  —  Like the Boeing 767, and two other jets operated …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Current TV Site Prepares to Relaunch  —  Current TV, the Al Gore-backed TV network, is gearing up for a major relaunch of its web site that could help it break away from the nirvana of cable and recapture the Net.  The official launch of the site is scheduled for Oct. 16 …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo HD Lifetime Transfer Arrives  —  In time for the holidays (yet prior to the real shopping season), TiVo pulls the trigger on a promotion many folks have been eagerly awaiting: Transfer Lifetime Service onto a TiVo HD... for $199.  At the end of the day it may not be a bargain but …
Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile's First 3G Phone On Sale  —  The Samsung T639, a quad-band GSM/EDGE and WCDMA 1700 clamshell, is on sale at select T-Mobile stores in New York City.  The T639 was given 3G approval by the FCC in July and is the first phone to be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network, even though the network is not yet up and running.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Radiohead still needs major label to let world see its "Rainbows"  —  Radiohead is apparently not quite ready to follow Nine Inch Nails into a life without record labels.  Although the group has made its new album In Rainbows available for download on its website for whatever price fans are willing to pay …
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers claim to revive 'bricked' iPhones
Discussion: CrunchGear and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Being Stupid And Litigious Is No Way To Go Through Life
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P researchers: use a blocklist or you will be tracked... 100% of the time
Discussion: Digg
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Confirmed: Yahoo expanding to Microsoft's backyard
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: In advertising and search, Microsoft's way behind Google
Discussion: Gartner and Mashable!
Rocky Mountain News:
Documents: Qwest was targeted
Discussion: DSLreports
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
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Google's People Search - Spock speaks out
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell's tablet chatter
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google, Mozilla and the Open-Source Phone
Anna Lagerkvist / Tech.co.uk:
Internet ads? Sure. Mobile ads? No way!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hard times for hard drives: US may ban popular imports
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Fred / A VC:
In Rainbows  —  I knew I was going to buy this new Radiohead record.
Telegraph Connected:
Wikipedia: an online encyclopedia torn apart
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod touch now running Mail, Google Maps, and more