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10:25 AM ET, October 12, 2007

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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
More Gmail storage coming for all  —  When people ask me about my job, one of the common questions I get is, "Where does Gmail put all that mail?"  I generally answer by pointing them to a web site like this one.  While that's not exactly how it works, we do spend a lot of time working …
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Haochi / Googlified:
Gmail Updates Storage Estimation  —  Gmail today updated their home page's storage estimation.  The new entries indicates that the storage will be:  — 2912MB by October 11, 2007 midnight Google time  — 4.2GB by the 23rd this month  — 6GB by January 4th next year  — 42GB by the year of 2038
Discussion: ParisLemon, WinBeta and gSpy
Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Updates to Windows Live SkyDrive!  —  These past couple of months since our last release, we asked ourselves, "What can we do to make SkyDrive even better?"  The most obvious answer is something that our users have asked us to do: give out more storage.  We're excited to announce that we're doubling everyone's storage to 1 GB!
Reuters:
Oracle makes bid for BEA  —  Oracle said Friday it offered to buy BEA Systems for about $6.66 billion, its latest effort to up the ante against Microsoft and Germany's SAP in the fiercely competitive market for business software.  —  Oracle offered $17 per share in cash for BEA …
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Update: Oracle offers $6.7 billion to buy BEA Systems
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Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:   Oracle makes $6.7B bid for BEA
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Scoble Is So Right About Kara Being SSSSSOOOOO Right About Silly Facebook Apps!  —  You always have to get a little worried when someone opens a post like this: Kara!  Kara!  Kara!  —  Besides sounding like I am about to invade Pearl Harbor, I thought blogger Robert Scoble was going to slap …
Business Week:
A Bruise on Apple's Reputation  —  Is the company's stellar service keeping up with its hypergrowth?  Some customers don't think so  —  For Apple (AAPL ), there may be a downside to success.  Sales of the Cupertino (Calif.) company's Macintosh machines are growing three times as fast as the overall PC market.
Discussion: Mark Evans
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Snocap lays off 60 percent of its employees?  —  Snocap lays off 60 percent of its employees?  —  A tipster reports that Snocap, the once-hot digital music startup from Napster founder Shawn Fanning and Silicon Valley bad boy Jordan Mendelson, has laid off 60 percent of its staff, and the company is up for sale.
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Business Week:
Universal Music Takes on iTunes  —  Universal chief Doug Morris is enlisting other big music players for a service to challenge the Jobs juggernaut  —  Relationships in the entertainment world can be famously fraught.  And few are more so these days than the one between Steve Jobs and Universal Music chief Doug Morris.
Discussion: iLounge and MarketingShift
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
'Transparent' gadget could trump iPhone interface  —  A touch-sensitive gadget with the sensing panel on its back, instead of the screen, is being developed by US researchers.  Using your fingers behind the device allows a firmer grip and more accurate performance without obscuring your view of the screen, they say.
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.
Roy Peter Clark / Poynter Online:
Your Duty to Read the Paper  —  One of the great autobiographies of the last 2,000 years is "The Confessions of St. Augustine."  It's a work that must be taken seriously because its author offers such a full and candid description of his own human weaknesses.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Linux patent suit: In search of the Microsoft smoking gun  —  Now that the "first ever" suit for patent infringement has been lodged against two major Linux distributors, many Microsoft watchers are looking for the smoking gun that will somehow connect Microsoft to the case.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Man In The Arena  —  Yossi Vardi is one of the people I've had the pleasure to get to know since starting TechCrunch.  You can find him at technology events worldwide - just look for the smiling, wild-haired guy surrounded by a pack of people.  —  To understand what he has accomplished, see his wikipedia entry.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Gives Few Hints About Social Network Plan  —  Just days ago, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive was warning that social networking may be a fad.  —  Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, is far less dismissive.  —  "People don't appreciate how many page views on the Internet …
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Tech titans seek virtual world interoperability
Discussion: WinBeta
Reuters:
UPDATE 2-Sanyo Electric to sell mobile phone ops to Kyocera
Discussion: Engadget
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ABC Reshapes the Evening News for the Web
Wss / Netcraft:
October 2007 Web Server Survey
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Big Vendors Scrap for Enterprise 2.0 Supremacy
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Dell's Latitude XT up close — a bit too close
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Confirmed: Yahoo expanding to Microsoft's backyard
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