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5:55 AM ET, October 17, 2007

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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!.
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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: broadstuff and Neowin.net
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.
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Reduces Prices on iTunes Songs Without Anti-Copying Software  —  Apple Inc. is reducing the price of all songs on its iTunes Store without anti-copying software to 99 cents from $1.29, bringing Apple's prices on such tracks closer to those offered by Amazon.com Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other rivals in online music.
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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Skype Equips MySpace Users to Make Free Calls
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace and Skype to Announce Partnership
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The New Drama: Google vs. Facebook  —  First it was Yahoo vs. Google, then it became Google vs. Microsoft and now it's Google vs. Facebook.  People love drama and journalists in particular seek to tell dramatic stories with uncertain outcomes.  Regarding this most recent drama (Google vs. Facebook) …
Discussion: Web Strategy and Rev2.org
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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.
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Could MySpace buy RockYou to mess with Facebook?  —  Shriveled-up megamogul Rupert Murdoch, the pint-sized force behind News Corp. and MySpace, is presenting the keynote at tomorrow's Web 2.0 conference.  What big surprise does he have planned for the audience?
Oracle:
Oracle Critical Patch Update - October 2007  —  A Critical Patch Update is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities.  It also includes non-security fixes that are required (because of interdependencies) by those security patches.  Critical Patch Updates are cumulative …
Discussion: Computerworld
New York Times:
Silicon Valley Start-Ups Awash in Dollars, Again  —  Silicon Valley's math is getting fuzzy again.  —  Internet companies with funny names, little revenue and few customers are commanding high prices.  And investors, having seemingly forgotten the pain of the first dot-com bust …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Small Steps at Yahoo Bear Fruit  —  Jerry Yang's plan for reviving the fortunes of Yahoo, the company he co-founded and now runs, does not involve the kind of shock therapy for which some investors had hoped.  —  Mr. Yang's measured strategy got a slight lift on Tuesday as Yahoo surprised Wall Street …
Discussion: BoomTown and 901am
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 …
Discussion: Charles Hudson's Weblog and Digg
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.
 
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