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2:00 AM ET, October 15, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Blogs On Google Reader  —  So Google recently made it fairly easy to determine the number of Google Reader subscribers around a particular blog.  Gabe Rivera at Techmeme did a little work on excel and came up with an unofficial list of the top blogs and the number of subscribers each blog has on Google Reader.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How many Google Reader subscribers do you have?  —  Darren Rowse on ProBlogger showed me how to look up how many subscribers I have on Google Reader.  —  So, I went looking for some numbers.  —  Keep in mind that these are ONLY for Google Reader, which is only a small percentage of subscribers (although a growing number).
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Google Reader Reveal Subscriber Numbers to Feeds  —  Google Reader have just started showing how many readers are subscribing to an RSS feed in a similar way to the way that Bloglines have been showing subscriber numbers for years now.  —  The subscriber numbers can be seen simply by doing …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
When Does a Social Network Become a "Publicity Network"?  —  Over the last week or so, Robert Scoble has mentioned several times that Facebook currently limits him to 5,000 "friends" and that the limit should be lifted.  If we check his Twitter account, currently he has 6,500 friends.
Discussion: Web Strategy and /Message
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The you-don't-need-more-friends lobby  —  If you read my comments on the last post you'll see the "Scoble-you-don't-need-more- friends" lobby.  —  Someone asked why I keep pointing out the 5,000 friends limit.  Why?  Because I still haven't gotten through and I'm still getting pushback from the lobby.
Discussion: Joe Duck
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why Facebook sucks  —  Another topic Scoble and I talked about today was Facebook.  I said I don't like Facebook, never have, and I finally figured out why.  —  It's another one of those user generated content things, only this time I'm building up an address book that I can look at …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Hitachi develops world's smallest read-head technology for hard disks; result may be 4-terabyte drives  —  Disk drive technology marches on.  We take it for granted.  But there is some serious science behind it all and Hitachi is showing some off today.  The Japanese company is announcing …
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Video Chat Service Aims to Follow YouTube's Path  —  A Web start-up company with some of the same backers who helped catapult YouTube to glory wants to do for live video chats what YouTube did for video watching.  —  The company, TokBox, allows people with Webcams and broadband Internet connections …
San Francisco Chronicle:
'Lobbyconners' crash tech conferences to schmooze, cut deals  —  Some of Silicon Valley's digerati don't let $3,600 admission prices keep them from attending technology conferences.  —  They simply loiter in the venue's lobby - without paying - in hopes of mingling with other entrepreneurs, collecting business cards and cutting deals.
Kurt Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Windows Home Server in depth: the Ars Technica review  —  System requirements: 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 70GB hard drive, Ethernet card  —  When Microsoft announced Windows Home Server earlier this year, it was greeted with a mixture of curious disdain and eagerness.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Mobile 1.5 Released  —  There's a new version for Gmail's Java application for mobile phones.  Gmail Mobile 1.5 makes it easier to access your contacts by adding an option in the menu.  If you click on a contact, you'll see the same information available in Gmail's desktop interface …
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackArrow Brings Web Mojo to Cable Ops  —  Web alternatives, video-on-demand, and DVRs are increasingly moving in on the bottom lines of cable companies — and they're feeling the crunch.  Enter BlackArrow, a startup with offices in San Mateo, Calif. and New York City that's been working …
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Arcade unboxed  —  Thanks to Emanuel, an intrepid tipster who went above and beyond the call of duty, we managed to get a full unboxing of the Xbox 360 Arcade before Microsoft has even been able to send out a press release about the thing.  Whenever the console officially lands …
Discussion: Digg
Ryan / CyberNet:
OpenOffice 3.0 Wants to Compete with Outlook  —  I was just over at the OpenOffice site browsing through some of their marketing materials to see if there was anything interesting.  I came across a presentation that was given on September 19th at the OpenOffice 2007 Conference.
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
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