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4:05 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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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 …
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.
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Madonna Heads for Virgin Territory  —  In the latest seismic shift to rock the music industry, pop superstar Madonna is close to leaving Warner Music Group Corp.'s Warner Bros.  Records for a $120 million deal with concert-promotion giant Live Nation Inc., according to people familiar with the deal.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
And The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Madonna Dumps Record Industry  —  Since reporting Monday that Nine Inch Nails had dumped its record label and was to offer future albums direct to the public, Oasis and Jamiroquai have also joined the move away from the record industry, but the biggest announcement …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Radiohead still needs major label to let world see its "Rainbows"
Fred / A VC:
In Rainbows  —  I knew I was going to buy this new Radiohead record.
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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 …
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod touch now running Mail, Google Maps, and more  —  We're not looking at general availability yet, but those happy hacking cats unravelling the iPod touch have decrypted the ramdisk and are now busy installing applications.  Already, Mail, Maps, and other 3rd party apps are up and running on their jailbreaked touches.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hard times for hard drives: US may ban popular imports  —  The International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced that it plans to begin an investigation into several companies that either make or use certain hard drives.  In a statement issued yesterday, the ITC said that the hard drives …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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usitc.gov:
ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN HARD DISK DRIVES …
Discussion: Digital Trends
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone unbricking now available from IPhoneSimFree  —  Hacked your iPhone did ya?  Now, after the 1.1.1 update, you're looking at a non-functioning paperweight?  Well, we've got good news for you just as long as you're willing to pay.  Not only does the 1.1.1 iPhoneSimFree unlock released …
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Telegraph Connected:
Wikipedia: an online encyclopedia torn apart  —  Tireless volunteer effort has turned Wikipedia into the world's most popular information source.  But increasingly acrimonious arguments about what it should include threaten to split the online encyclopedia in two.  Ian Douglas reports
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
From Google to Facebook  —  "On Friday July 13th, 2007 I resigned from Google in search of new challenges and risks.  This was a hard decision to come to and I have been seriously thinking about it for the last few months.  In the end I decided (with support from my wife) …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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24/7 Wall St.:
Would Reuters (RTRSY) Or Yahoo! (YHOO) Buy SeekingAlpha?  —  SeekingAlpha, the big financial commentary and blog site, syndicates its content at a number of other large web properties with Yahoo! (YHOO) Finance and Reuters.com (RTRSY) probably being the largest.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Korea IPTV deal recasts Sony PS3 as set-top box  —  Korea Telecom will next month connect its IPTV service that will feed shows to Sony's PlayStation 3 games console.  —  Mega TV launched in June - the same month the PS3 officially went on sale in Korea - this year as a HD-capable revamp of KT's earlier …
Discussion: TechSpot News
InfoWorld:
.Asia registry to crack down on phishy domains  —  The registry for the new .asia TLD (top-level domain) plans to ban domain names that are consistently used for phishing sites.  —  DotAsia Organization has agreed to implement a policy to ban domain names associated with phishing …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
NY Spotlight: UpNext - The Future of Local is Here Now!  Yelp who?  —  It's rare that I actually instantly love what a service/product offers.  But UpNext is one of those "damn" type applications.  This morning I met with the CEO Danny Moon and Lead Engineer Raj Advani of a new startup called UpNext.
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
ICANN begins testing URLs with non-Roman characters
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Patch Tuesday/Exploit Wednesday?
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Philips blowing out 50-inch plasmas for less than a grand
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Microsoft's mobile team reorgs, focuses on Live services
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Twitter + Second Life = Spontaneous Web Meetspace
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Storage: too cheap to meter?
ABC News:
Plasma TVs may be banned