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11:40 PM ET, October 14, 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.
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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).
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 …
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
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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.
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!
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Passwords on the loose  —  An unknown group has caused quite a hassle by publicly posting information about tens of thousands of user accounts.  —  A 4.5MB textfile (passlist.txt) was uploaded to a Finnish website earlier today.  The file contains usernames, email addresses …
The Register:
California court tilts towards mandating web accessibility  —  Target.com out of sight for blind people  —  California law may require websites to be accessible to disabled internet users, according to a ruling in a case against retail giant Target.  Despite recent improvements …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Websites May Require Visually Impaired Access In California
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Black Palm Centro on Sprint.com, red one coming soon  —  Just a heads up that Palm's new Centro phone is now available for purchase on Sprint's website for $99 with a new contract, $399 without.  —  The black version is the only one available for now, but the red version will be available on November 4th.
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
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Some InSightful Thinking About Video Conferencing for Business  —  I woke up this morning in Madrid, feeling wonderful after another great night of sleep, following another amazing meal, this time at a fantastic seafood restaurant.  —  As I was going through the inbox of topical Google hits …
Associated Press:
Two Are Sentenced to 5 Years in Pornographic Spam Case  —  Two men who sent millions of unsolicited pornographic e-mail messages have been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison as part of a prosecution under a federal antispam law, officials from the Department of Justice said Friday.
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
73 and Loaded With Friends on Facebook
Discussion: Scobleizer and Insider Chatter
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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A Site Warhol Would Relish
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Nick / Rough Type:
The case for Google  —  As investors push Google's stock ever higher …