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12:40 PM ET, October 13, 2007


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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
As Its Stock Tops $600, Google Faces Growing Risks  —  Can anything stop the ascent of Google's stock?  —  When the company's shares pierced $600 for the first time last Monday, Wall Street analysts scrambled to jack up their price targets, most to about $700.
Discussion: Rough Type and Clickety Clack
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Why TechMeme is great and the haters hate (the *official*, 100% approved, final word on TechMeme)  —  TechMeme is brilliant.  —  It takes conversations that are buzzing around in private and surfaces them for everyone to participate in.  Is it perfect?  No, of course not.
Discussion: Dave Donohue
Louise Story / New York Times:
Imitating the Web, for the Busy Reader  —  AN arm smashes through a magician's hat on the cover of the latest issue of BusinessWeek, highlighting an article about Bear Stearns's inability to conjure a rabbit to fix its hedge funds.  The image may be eye-catching, but some readers …
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Business Magazines' Issues: Ad Slump, Web, New Rival  —  For many decades, publishers of business magazines such as BusinessWeek, Fortune and Forbes thrived by following a simple formula: Target upscale executives and sell ad space to auto makers, financial-services firms and technology companies.
David Kaplan /
As Online Ad Revenue Remains Concentrated In Few Hands, Frustration Builds  —  With online ad spending growing more slowly, are internet ad dollars being spread too thin?  Reuters put the question to a few media execs and digital agency heads who express concern about the heavy reliance on advertising as a means of support.
Discussion: Business Week and Joe Duck
David Kaplan /
Interview: Henry Copeland, CEO, Founder of BlogAds: To Make Money At Blogging, Rein In Comments  —  BlogAds' CEO and founder Henry Copeland stirred up the audience at Wednesday's Networked Journalism Summit with two points about blogs and advertising.  First, he told attendees of the conference …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and chartreuse
Mark Gibbs / Computerworld:
Why Skype and Vonage must die  —  Opinion: Mark Gibbs says quality, support and integration issues hamper these 'closed' technologies  —  Skype and Vonage illustrate what is wrong with user communications: They are "closed" and not standards based.  These strategies support business models …
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
INNOVATION: Microsoft receives Patent for a new User Interface for Mobile Devices  —  Just in time to my previous column if the Windows Mobile touchscreen interface is ready for single-hand use, the United States Patent and Trademark Office yesterday unveiled a patent which was given to Microsoft (Application Number: 11/765,684).
Discussion:, Engadget and
Enterprise Software's Youth Drain  —  By M.R. Rangaswami, publisher of and co-founder of Sand Hill Group  —  They say that youth is fleeting.  In the enterprise software industry, the youth are fleeing.  —  One need only look at the hairlines of today's software leaders.
Eva Woo / Inside AdSense:
Getting more quality inventory for publishers  —  We're always working on new ways for you to get quality ad inventory, as well as developing safeguards to ensure that the conversions generated on publisher sites are valid.  As you may know, referral ads are paid on a conversion basis …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
"Deep red" iPhone in the works for AT&T?  —  With iPod shuffles and nanos available in a variety of shades, it only makes sense to bring the love to the iPhone too, right?  AT&T's internal inventory sheet is apparently now showing iPhones in "deep red" (we probably would've gone with something …
Discussion: Gadgetell, Crave, Engadget and Gizmodo
Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Hits the Billion Dollar Sales Mark  —  Internet reports that Costco Wholesale has reached a billion in online sales.  This year their online sales grew by about 39% to $1.22 billion.  Last year they were at $880 million.  They reported net income of $1.08 billion …
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
Geek Throwdown: How to sync two or more Macs?  —  Enter the Octagon  —  Here's an experimental new feature: The Throwdown.  Take a problem that lots of people face and tell us your personal favorite way to deal with it — in as much detail and with as much persuasion as you can muster.
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Brain-computer interface for Second Life  —  While recent developments in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology have given humans the power to mentally control computers, nobody has used the technology in conjunction with the Second Life online virtual world — until now.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru, Gizmodo and Rough Type
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