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12:05 AM ET, October 12, 2007


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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:
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
There's More To The FaceBook Traffic Story  —  Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking, based on the September Comscore data which shows a 9.3% decline in uniques v. steady uniques at MySpace.  —  There's a problem though - he's showing unique visitor data but talking about traffic.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Dip Seasonal, Here is Why!  —  Update: Hey Michael when you say, "Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking" it is not quite true.  As I said in my original Facebook-traffic post from late last night, I don't quite buy it.  My exact words, "It just doesn't make any sense!
Discussion: Valleywag
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Petition: Facebook Increase Page Width for Developers
Discussion: loose wire blog
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Facebook Traffic Declines - Abandon Ship or Deja Vu?
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft 'Live Events' targets Evite, others  —  Microsoft is launching a Web-based service for organizing events and remembering them afterward - trying to move further into the highly competitive areas of social networking and online photo sharing.  —  The free Windows Live Events service …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Microsoft launching event planner  —  Microsoft is jumping into the world of online event planning with Windows Live Events, scheduled to launch late Thursday.  —  The free social event planning service lets you invite friends to an event and creates a Web page where people can share photos …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Windows Live Adds Events to Its Roster
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.
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 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Confirmed: Yahoo expanding to Microsoft's backyard  —  It looks like Microsoft employees driving past downtown Bellevue to Redmond will soon be able to gaze upon a big "Yahoo!" sign, if they're so inclined.  Yahoo has signed a lease for 115,000 square feet in Bellevue's One Twelfth @ Twelfth complex.
Discussion: Data Mining
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Being Stupid And Litigious Is No Way To Go Through Life  —  In the past we've posted communications whenever someone has threatened to sue us.  I think it's entertaining, and it hopefully makes people think twice before firing up the legal machine with ridiculous claims.
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
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.
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 …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hackers claim to revive 'bricked' iPhones
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
P2P researchers: use a blocklist or you will be tracked... 100% of the time
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Tom Espiner / CNET
Ballmer: In advertising and search, Microsoft's way behind Google
Discussion: Gartner and Mashable!
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple puts up iPhone Web app directory
Discussion: Download Squad
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Comcast rollout of TiVo box begins
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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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Radiohead still needs major label to let world see its "Rainbows"
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