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1:40 PM 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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Chris Isidore /   Oracle makes $6.7B bid for BEA
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Patent holding company targets Linux, files lawsuits against Red Hat and Novell  —  Patent holding company IP Innovation has filed a patent infringement suit against Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat.  The patent, which describes a "user interface with multiple workspaces …
Discussion: Channel 9
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Linux patent suit: In search of the Microsoft smoking gun
Marilyn Tennissen / Southeast Texas Record:
Recent copyright/patent infringement cases filed in U.S. District Courts
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and TechnoLlama
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
LinkedIn Plans to Open Up in a Closed Sort of Way  —  Dan Nye, the chief executive of LinkedIn, has looked closely at the frenzy around Facebook, and has made a crucial decision: There will be no food fights on LinkedIn.  —  Yes, he's rushing to copy the electronic underpinnings …
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.
Barbara Gibson / Apple:
Key to 'An Inconvenient Truth'  —  "I'm guessing it's the first time that a feature film or documentary has ever been made with Keynote as its basis," says Lesley Chilcott, coproducer of the Sundance Film Festival hit "An Inconvenient Truth."  —  Directed by Davis Guggenheim …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ABC Reshapes the Evening News for the Web  —  Huddled with a producer in an editing suite on a recent Friday afternoon, the ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore enthusiastically helped put the finishing touches on a video account of his recent trip to Greenland to see the effects of global warming.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Clock is Ticking for Joost  —  There's a time bomb out there with Joost's name on it.  Full-screen, broadcast-quality video streams—the main selling point of Joost's peer-to-peer Internet TV client software—is quickly coming to the Web.  Brightcove will soon be offering such streams to its video publishers using BitTorrent DNA.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Ricky Cadden /
Google Maps Now Native S60 + GPS for N95!  —  Google Maps Mobile has FINALLY been updated to a native S60 application, and even supports the N95's internal GPS!  You can see the white GPS dot on the screenshot.  Other than that, it looks pretty similar to the old version, only faster since it's native.
Owen Thomas / 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.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Does FunnyOrDie need Will to live?  —  'Landlord' home strives to regain momentum with more star tenants  —  These days, Will Ferrell and writer-producer Adam McKay are busy shooting their next film, Sony's "Step Brothers."  Which is fine by Mark Kvamme, their business partner in the online comedy hub
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Gives Some 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 …
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Facebook Bubble Cult Pushes Value To $100 B  —  Put your coffee down, you'll spit it.  Facebook cheerleaders, from within what must be a social networking tunnel (or cave?), have transformed themselves into prostrate worshipers, transubstantiating reason to whatever the digital equivalent is of 72 virgins.
Discussion: The Bivings Report
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