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4:45 PM ET, October 16, 2007

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Apple:
Apple to Ship Mac OS X Leopard on October 26  —  Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X Leopard will go on sale Friday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers, and that Apple's online store is now accepting pre-orders.
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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.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted, Crave, Macworld and Gizmodo
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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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
S60 Touch Interface Launched  —  Today at the Symbian Smartphone Show Nokia showed S60 running with a touch interface.  The touch interface will support both finger and stylus input, has full multi lingual support, has support for tactile feedback (haptics) and is backwardly compatible with the existing S60 platform.
Alden DeSoto / Google Analytics Blog:
Exciting Announcements at eMetrics Today  —  Today at the eMetrics Summit in Washington, D.C. Brett Crosby announced several Google Analytics features that will be rolled out over the coming weeks.  Here's a rundown.  —  First, you'll be able to use Google Analytics to track site search activity.
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Market Wire:
Napster Debuts Web-Based Subscription Service, Delivering Digital Music Anytime, Anywhere  —  New Version 4.0 Features Intuitive Design, New Music Discovery Tools and One-Click Playlist Features  —  Napster, LLC (NasdaqGM:NAPS - News) today unveiled a major redesign of the industry's leading …
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
Dow Jones Drops CNBC Ads From Web Sites in Favor of Fox Links  —  On the day they had contracted to run advertisements placed by CNBC, two Web sites owned by Dow Jones & Company instead ran ads for that cable business channel's new competitor, the Fox Business Network.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Stop the Presses: News Corp. Protects Its Interests... The Horror!
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Natalie Kerris / Apple:
Apple Chooses Orange as Exclusive Carrier for iPhone in France  —  Apple® and Orange today announced that Orange, the leading wireless carrier in France, will be the exclusive French carrier partner for the revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in France on Thursday …
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.
Discussion: Business Technology
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Apple drops price of DRM-free iTunes  —  Apple has dropped the price of its iTunes Plus songs that have no digital rights management (DRM) software protection and allow owners to move song files freely from one device to another.  —  The 256kbps DRM-free song files were originally priced …
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Paul Glazowski / Profy.Com:
iTunes Plus Pricing To Drop To 99 Cents Per Track; Indie Labels To Join Marketplace
Cameron Olthuis / Search Engine Land:
The Social Media Marketing KISS  —  We all know what the KISS acronym stands for: keep it simple, stupid.  In this article I want to talk about how this applies to creating content for social media marketing, namely linkbait.  —  You see, users from social news sites have very short attention spans while browsing these sites.
Discussion: WebProNews and Alt Search Engines
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
SMX Social Media: Hi, Linkbait Chum
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Alexis Morgenstern / Gaming Bits:
US Playstation 3 40GB Shows Up In Target Store Scan  —  Here's another source listing the upcoming stock of the US Playstation 3 40GB model, packed with Spider-Man.  We're assuming it is Spider-Man 3, since it's showing an in-stock date of 10/28/07, very close to the 10/30 release …
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.
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
VIDEO-SHARING WEB SITE GOES HIGH-DEF  —  User-generated videos are going high-def.  —  Vimeo, a nascent video-sharing Web site owned by Barry Diller's IAC, is expected to announce this week that it will begin distributing videos with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 720 pixels, the standard for high-definition.
ClickZ:
Yahoo Heats Up in Search Ad Race As Google Levels Off  —  Yahoo found "a secure footing" for search ad impressions and media spend during the third quarter of this year, according to a study by SearchIgnite and RBC Capital Markets.  The firms also indicated spending on Google search ads dwindled …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft gets the open-source licensing nod from the OSI  —  Microsoft was awarded an official Open Source Initiative (OSI) approval for the two Shared Source licenses it submitted for consideration in August — but not without agreeing to some OSI-requested changes first.
Reuters:
Facebook settles New York child safety probe  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc., the fast-growing social network Web site, has agreed to settle a child safety probe in New York, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.  —  The agreement calls for Facebook to respond …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo: Bringing Geeky Back  —  Under CEO Jerry Yang's direction, the Web portal is trying to return to its tech roots and shift away from being a media catch-all  —  From the outside, it might not look like much has changed at Yahoo! (YHOO) since Jerry Yang took the reins as chief executive in June.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
 
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Conor O'Neill / blognation:
Time for api.gov.ie?  —  In a recent competition for the best idea …
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Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Updated Gmail for mobile application
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David Meyer / ZDNet:
Symbian unveils FreeWay for speedier mobile phones
Discussion: InfoWorld
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
House OKs four-year extension of Net tax ban
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Does Your Building Need A Social Network? Why Not.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
BBC iPlayer goes cross-platform with Flash, downloading still limited to Windows
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How Zimbra Went From Web 2.0 Poster Child to $350M Yahoo! Acquisition, in 2 Years!
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
On tap: Another Microsoft Communications launch
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AT&T Moves Ahead on DISH Deal
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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