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7:50 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Valleywag, All Facebook and Mashable!
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:
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, All Facebook and Valleywag
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 …
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Madonna Heads for Virgin Territory
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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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 …
David Kravets / Wired News:
Court Clears Way for Mobile-Phone-Unlocking Lawsuit Against T-Mobile  —  Wireless-carrier T-Mobile USA lost a California Supreme Court bid Wednesday to kill a lawsuit challenging the company's early-termination fees and its practice of locking down phones to work only on T-Mobile's network.
Discussion: Techdirt and mocoNews.net
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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.
 
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: In advertising and search, Microsoft's way behind Google
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple puts up iPhone Web app directory
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