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6:20 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.
Discussion: All Facebook and Valleywag
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's $15B Moment: Will Zuckerberg Blow It?  —  Kara Swisher says that Facebook is still dickering around with idea of accepting money at a $15 billion valuation.  Among the questions that are apparently on the table:  — Would Facebook just be giving away equity at a bargain basement price?
Discussion: Scobleizer and Digital Daily
Ben Rayner / Toronto Star:
Radiohead's bold gambit  —  Relax, it's not the death of CDs, just another opportunity to get the industry to wake up  —  Don't misunderstand Radiohead: It's not out to smash the music industry, merely to force some adjustment and much-needed self-examination upon it.
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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.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Radiohead still needs major label to let world see its "Rainbows"
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Music industry: five alternative business models
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Digg
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 …
Paul Glazowski / Profy.Com:
Mozilla Announces Plans To Resume Firefox Mobile Development  —  Mozilla, the organization arguably responsible for giving the term browser extension great meaning and prominence in an increasingly Web-centric world, has made known its plans to "revitalize its mobile development efforts," …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google, Mozilla and the Open-Source Phone
Discussion: Entrepreneur Watch and Digg
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla's big plans for mobile Firefox may be too little, too late
Discussion: Salon, 901am and The Tech Report
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 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.
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 …
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) …
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell's tablet chatter  —  There's been a lot of, as the national security types would say, "chatter" about an upcoming convertible tablet PC from Dell—an area they've mostly ignored in the company's current lineup.  We've seen a few references pointing toward an early November announcement here and there …
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 …
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Tony Long / Wired News:
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo HD Lifetime Transfer Arrives
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Anna Lagerkvist / Tech.co.uk:
Internet ads? Sure. Mobile ads? No way!
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Microsoft's mobile team reorgs, focuses on Live services
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