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1:15 AM ET, October 17, 2007

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The RIAA Attacks Usenet  —  In an ideal world, people would not talk about Usenet.  In an ideal world there would be no such things as copyright infringement lawsuits.  Sadly, we do not live in an ideal world.  —  Today we simply have to talk about Usenet and we have to talk about lawsuits.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
RIAA tries to pull plug on Usenet.  Seriously.  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has found a new legal target for a copyright lawsuit: Usenet.  —  In a lawsuit filed on October 12, the RIAA says that Usenet newsgroups contain "millions of copyrighted sound recordings" in violation of federal law.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Sues Usenet.com
Discussion: Bit Player
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
MYSPACE, SKYPE TO PARTNER FOR VOICE FUNCTION ON IM CLIENT  —  MySpace and Skype are set to announce on Wednesday that the eBay-owned telephony client will be providing voice chat services for the News Corp.-owned social network's instant messaging client, MySpaceIM.  Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace and Skype to Announce Partnership
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Skype Equips MySpace Users to Make Free Calls
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Revenues - $1,768 Million  —  Operating Income - $150 Million  —  Operating Income Before Depreciation, Amortization and Stock-Based Compensation Expense - $466 Million  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO): Q3 Stronger Than Expected
Josh Quittner / Fortune:
Facebook's got Google running scared  —  Why Google is spooked by Facebook and would dearly love to squash it, says Fortune's Josh Quittner.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Google is the elephant in nearly every corner of the Internet, from search and advertising to web-based e-mail, online mapping, and home-brewed video.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The New Drama: Google vs. Facebook
Discussion: Rev2.org
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Jobs confirms iTunes Plus price drop across the board  —  Not a full day after our initial report that Apple planned to drop the price of all its iTunes Plus tracks (as well as add a number of indie labels to the mix), many users started seeing the changes slowly trickle down from iTunes' servers.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Leopard: final features and further upgrade details  —  We got a chance this morning to pose a few queries to Brian Croll, Senior Director of Mac OS X Product Marketing, about today's Leopard release announcement.  Here's some of what he had to say, as well as some of the new features we're looking forward to in the next release.
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Apple:
Apple to Ship Mac OS X Leopard on October 26
Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Where does Yahoo! head next?  —  There's been much curiosity and speculation about what's been happening here at Yahoo! over the past few months.  Roughly 100 days into our business review, I'm ready to start sharing some of the framework for where we see the future of Yahoo!.
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Four startups ready to change the face of email  —  In ten years, an internet eternity, web-based email has only made token improvements, moving from Hotmail to Gmail.  Meanwhile, instant messaging and social networks have rapidly developed.  —  Four new startups, all of which came …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ubuntu Plans Eye Candy for Desktop Computers and Beyond  —  What would it take to get the hundreds of millions of desktop computer users to switch from Windows to Linux?  —  Low cost and armies of devoted techies have not been enough.  So the people behind Ubuntu—a dialect of Linux— have a new idea: eye candy.
Mlevram / FORTUNE::
Report: 50,000 Gphones shipping out  —  Pssst, here's the latest Google rumor: A UBS analyst has confirmed that Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC will ship about 50,000 cell phones running on a mobile operating system made by the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant by the end of this year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Does Your Building Need A Social Network?  Why Not.  —  New York-based LifeAt wants to create a social network around your residential building.  Do you need one?  Nope.  But maybe you'll use it anyway.  And perhaps you'll even get to know some of your neighbors.
Business Week:
Will Apple Open the iPhone?  —  An official software-development kit may finally be announced at January's Macworld.  Why the wait?  It may have something to do with Leopard  —  William Hurley loves his iPhone.  But he'd love it even more if he could write software for it.  —  He's not alone.
 
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TiVo Series3 & HD External Storage Arrives!
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Microsoft announces unified communication platform
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