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10:35 AM ET, October 17, 2007

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Jason Roth / Apple:
iTunes Plus Now Offers Over Two Million Tracks at Just 99 Cents  —  DRM-Free Tracks with Higher Quality 256 kbps AAC Encoding  —  Apple® today announced that it has expanded its iTunes® Plus offering to over two million tracks and lowered the price of all iTunes Plus tracks to just 99 cents.
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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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Mobile Released  —  Google Docs Mobile went live now, after traces of it were spotted a month ago.  It's a minimalist reformatting of the "Google Office suite" for cellphone display.  What you will see is a search box as well as recent documents - word processing, spreadsheets, or presentations - below it.
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 …
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Facebook STILL a Danger to Children: Zuckerberg, Attorney General Cuomo in PR Push  —  "Facebook will be safer," New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, beamed yesterday, in coohoots with Facebook, but offered little of substance to back up the grandiose claim.
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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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BBC:
MySpace starts Skype call service
Discussion: Switched and Gadgetell
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
MySpace, Skype announce partnership
Discussion: WebProNews and Engadget
Brad Stone / New York Times:
MySpace and Skype to Announce Partnership
Discussion: p2pnet and TECH.BLORGE.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's N810 makes first appearance, drops jaws  —  We're still waiting for the press release, but that's Nokia N810 Internet Tablet in the fo' realz.  Yeah, sexy is an understatement.  We peeped this model in a spyshot back in July and appears to be the same lovely recently revealed by the FCC.
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: DSLreports, broadstuff and Neowin.net
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sprint to introduce touch-screen phone  —  NEW YORK - It's official: touch screens are the big new thing in cell phones this holiday season.  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. announced Wednesday it is jumping on the bandwagon with the Touch by HTC.  Like Apple Inc.'s iPhone, this smart phone …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Orange to sell unlocked iPhones in France  —  Well, well... looks like Apple has been backed into a corner by French law and will be releasing an unlocked iPhone in France after all.  While no one will say precisely how much the unlocked iPhone will cost (the locked Orange-network iPhone will cost €399) …
Discussion: Apple, Infinite Loop and Digg
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Craig Rubens / NewTeeVee:
Next New Networks Ponies Up for its Crush on Obama Girl  —  Next New Networks has acquired BarelyPolitical.com for an undisclosed sum, adding the creator of viral video phenomenon Obama Girl to its growing array of niche channels.  BarelyPolitical, founded in June by Ben Relles …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NextNew Networks Acquires Obama Girl Site BarelyPolitical.com
Discussion: TechCrunch
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!.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Search Add-Ons  —  Google Subscribed Links, launched as part of Google Co-op, is a service that allows you to extend Google's search capabilities with data from specialized sites.  A Google patent explains the idea behind this service: … Subscribed links are basically custom OneBoxes …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
'No Yelpers' Says One Local Cafe  —  I was taking a break from the screenwerk yesterday and having coffee with a friend in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood of Oakland.  We were at a place I've been to before called Café Rooz.  —  I noticed the sticker below ("No Yelpers") …
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 …
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Technorati brings back charts and authority filtering to search results pages  —  Ah, I'm really proud of the Technorati team.  Richard and the team rolled out a bunch of updates tonight to the core search results that should make a bunch of people happier, as they are direct responses …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone dev team releases free 1.1.1 unlock  —  The industrious rebels of the iPhone Dev Team have joined in the iPhone unlock chess match today, with the release of AnySim 1.1, a free unlocking app that enables iPhones with both firmware version 1.02 and 1.1.1 to operate on any GSM network.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PalmAddicts and Digg
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
AnySIM (free graphical unlock) …
 
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Skype Defender malware alert
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CNN:
Yahoo accused of misleading Congress about Chinese journalist
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Hassle-Free PC  —  Personal computers were supposed to make our lives easier.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Sara Driscoll / eWEEK.com:
SAP Rules with Yasu Buyout
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Pink Slips, Blue Folders at AOL
Network World:
Cisco offices raided, executives arrested in Brazil: reports
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of Software Development
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Oracle:
Oracle Critical Patch Update - October 2007
Discussion: InfoWorld
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Could MySpace buy RockYou to mess with Facebook?
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Series3 & HD External Storage Arrives!
Mlevram / FORTUNE::
Report: 50,000 Gphones shipping out
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The New Drama: Google vs. Facebook
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Video stores getting crushed by Web
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