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4:55 AM ET, October 18, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Counterstrike: Murdoch, DeWolfe Announce MySpace Platform and New Privacy Controls  —  Rupert Murdoch and MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe announced some of their plans around the MySpace Platform (rumored since last week) this evening at the Web 2.0 conference during a Q&A with John Battelle.
Matt / Gravatar Blog:
Automattic Acquires Gravatar  —  The best ideas are often the simplest.  (At least in hindsight.)  The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it.  Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go!  Of course email is a great way to key it!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Startups Should Team Up to Grow  —  Earlier this week, MeeVee, an online television guide, decided to acquire Top Ten Sources, a Boston-based social news and information site.  Last night, Next New Networks bought, the production company responsible for Obama Girl, for an undisclosed amount of money.
Discussion: Stealthmode Partners and NewTeeVee
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Out for Microsoft Office Live Workspace  —  Microsoft has been sharing with bloggers today some screenshots of the forthcoming Microsoft Office Live Workspace.  The company made its most recent major announcement about the online collaboration suite that integrates with Office at the end of last month.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Early Look: Microsoft Office Live Workspace
Discussion: Mashable!
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg opens the Web 2.0 conference in Q&A with John Batelle  —  John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly opened the Web 2.0 asking a question, "Is this a bubble?"  Few folks raised their hands in the ballroom of the Palace Hotel.  But this is the land of the faithful.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Did the web fail the iPhone?  —  Ian might be right, but not because of Steve's announcement today about opening up the iPhone.  —  Indeed, my reaction so far has been one of quasi-resignation and disappointment.  —  A voice inside me whimpers, "Don't give up on the web, Steve!  Not yet!"
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0, Epicenter and MacNN
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple: "we plan to have an iPhone SDK in developers' hands in February"
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Review: Ubuntu's New 'Gutsy Gibbon' Brings Linux Out of the Jungle  —  The familiar old script that Linux is only for geeks has been largely rewritten recently with the arrival of Ubuntu, a version of Linux for the average user.  In its three years on the scene, Ubuntu has quickly gained …
Discussion: Download Squad and Boing Boing
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
How Far Behind Is Linux?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Bruce Meyerson / Business Week:
Skype Goes Mobile  —  Skype's new cell phone will deliver mobile access to its service.  The beleaguered carrier hopes to jump-start revenues overseas  —  Bit by bit, big names in the computing world are barging into the cell-phone business.  First came Apple's (AAPL) game-changing iPhone.
Discussion: TechCrunch and
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple OS X Leopard: A beautiful upgrade  —  Finally, a PC Unix that everyone can love.  OS X Leopard is a triumph of customer-focused engineering  —  Apple's announcement of the impending delivery of OS X Leopard (release 10.5 of Mac and Xserve operating systems) marks the public debut …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing  —  I confess: My last post, about the Zonbu, was frivolous.  The Zonbu will be lucky to be a footnote in the history of 21st century computing.  Yes, it has the right model, more or less.  What it doesn't have is the muscle.
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
EBay posts $936-million loss  —  Its $936 million in red ink stems largely from a write-down of the online calling service.  —  EBay Inc. dialed up a steep third-quarter loss Wednesday, as the accounting effect of paying too much for the Skype Internet calling service offset strong growth …
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Skype Purchase Cost eBay
Discussion: RobWebb2k and Associated Press
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's U.S. Mac market share rises to 8.1 percent in Q3  —  Apple Inc.'s share of the U.S. personal computer market for the third calendar quarter of 2007 was 8.1 percent, up from 6.2 percent during the same period one year ago, according to preliminary results released from Gartner on Wednesday.
Discussion:, MacNN, WinBeta and Digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Even Free Can't Compete With Music Piracy  —  There's been a lot of speculation over the future of the music industry and the conversation has begun to shift from "Can they sell DRMed music" to "Can they sell music at all".  Last week Radiohead ran one of the biggest tests of legally distributed free music …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Be careful what you wish for  —  The bad news for the newspaper business is good news for publishers whose shareholders a year ago would have been demanding their assets be sold to the highest bidder.  —  With circulation, ad revenue and profits in freefall - and no bottom in sight …
Discussion: DealBook and Recovering Journalist
LG.Philips LCD to launch ultra-slim 42-inch full HD 120Hz panel in 2008  —  LG.Philips LCD announced today that it plans to launch a 42-inch full HD LCD TV panel that is substantially thinner than conventional panels, at only 19.8mm, in the first quarter of 2008.
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Jun Kwanwoo / Agence France Presse:
Internet preparing to go into outer space
Anne Broache / CNET
Congress concerned P2P promotes identity theft, calls for federal investigation
Discussion: TechSpot News and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dollars For Doostang  —  We've heard that Shasta Ventures …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Adds IM to Firefox
Discussion: Mashable!
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Cafe Latte attack steals data from Wi-Fi PCs
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
RIAA sues Usenet: Wait, you can do that?
Discussion: The Register
Nick / Rough Type:
The casino economy  —  The New York Times technology blog features …
Discussion: Redeye VC, Bits and SmoothSpan Blog
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
HD Moore takes iPhone exploits public
Discussion: CNET and Threat Level
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