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6:50 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.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Valleywag and All Facebook
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 …
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 …
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Madonna Heads for Virgin Territory
Meg Tirrell / Bloomberg:
TiVo Introduces Service for Comcast Following Delay  —  Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) — TiVo Inc., the pioneer of digital video recorders, introduced its service for Comcast Corp. customers this week following delays.  —  Some Comcast customers already have the service in place, TiVo and Comcast said today in an e-mailed statement.
Discussion: DSLreports and Zatz Not Funny!
Associated Press:
Comcast rollout of TiVo box begins
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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) …
Fred / A VC:
In Rainbows  —  I knew I was going to buy this new Radiohead record.  Just for the experience of buying music at whatever price you want to pay was enough to do it.  But beyond that, I've listened this morning and I am happy to have bought it because it's wonderful music too.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple puts up iPhone Web app directory  —  Apple has put together a list of 204 Web-based applications for the iPhone in hopes of giving hacking-averse users some additional options for their phones.  —  The list, spotted by Daring Fireball, highlights a Facebook Web app as a "staff pick" by Apple.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Discussion: Reuters
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Nick / Rough Type:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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