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12:25 PM 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
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australians miss out on iTunes price cut
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
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 …
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.
Discussion: Scripting News and Digg
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John Noh / Cisco:
Cisco Comment on Situation in Brazil  —  According to Brazilian authorities, numerous raids were conducted today in Brazil in connection with an alleged scheme to evade payment of taxes.  According to official reports, the issue pertains to a group of Brazilian companies, at least one of which is a Cisco reseller in Brazil.
Discussion: GigaOM and Computerworld
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Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Hassle-Free PC  —  Personal computers were supposed to make our lives easier.  Instead, these beasts have turned us all into part-time IT administrators, our lives given over to downloading upgrades, installing patches and updates and drivers and antispyware, decrypting error messages and screaming at stalled applications.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Nick / Rough Type:   Is Zonbu the CloudBook?  —  The real Fake Steve Jobs …
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: WebProNews and Google Blogoscoped
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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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Apple chooses Orange as iPhone operator in France  —  BERLIN: Apple said Tuesday that it had signed France Télécom's wireless unit, Orange, to be the U.S. company's exclusive seller of the iPhone in France, agreeing for the first time to sell a version of the device that consumers can use on any network.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Orange to sell unlocked iPhones in France
Discussion: Apple, Infinite Loop and Digg
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
How to get Mac OS X Leopard for as low as $40  —  Last night, I remembered something that you will no doubt thank me for later.  When Mac OS X Tiger came out a few years ago, I was ready to buy it.  I had my $130 in hand and was waiting in line.  But as I approached the cash register …
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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 …
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.
oag.state.ny.us:
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO AND FACEBOOK ANNOUNCE NEW MODEL TO PROTECT CHILDREN ONLINE  —  Agreement Requires Prompt Response to Complaints and New Disclosure to Parents  —  Independent Examiner to Report on Compliance  —  New York, NY (Oct 16, 2007) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo …
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   Facebook STILL a Danger to Children: Zuckerberg, Attorney General Cuomo in PR Push
Michael Gartenberg:
Still not twittering  —  I'm still not using Twitter.  While the concept has matured nicely, it's still not something I'm willing to invest time in for the following reasons.  —  1. First, it's another queue to check.  As it is I have work email, personal email, and a full complement of RSS feeds flowing in.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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") …
 
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Apple may have fired greedy retail employees for cashing iPhone credit
Discussion: Valleywag and Apple Gazette
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Tomarni touts nearly-silent gaming desktops
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Astrophysicist Replaces Supercomputer with a Cluster of Eight PlayStation 3s
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Private BuyOut Of Ancestry.com For $300+ Million
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
MySpace Members Can Now Skype
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Williams / The Register:
Fasthosts admits email destruction fiasco
Discussion: IT News Digest
Duane Forrester / Search Engine Land:
Big SEO: Automate Or Die Trying
Discussion: Traffick
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Skype Defender malware alert
Discussion: InfoWorld
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Yahoo accused of misleading Congress about Chinese journalist
Sara Driscoll / eWEEK.com:
SAP Rules with Yasu Buyout
Kendra Marr / Washington Post:
Pink Slips, Blue Folders at AOL
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of Software Development
Discussion: Harold Jarche and Digg
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
Technorati brings back charts and authority filtering to search results pages
Oracle:
Oracle Critical Patch Update - October 2007
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Could MySpace buy RockYou to mess with Facebook?
Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Where does Yahoo! head next?
 

 
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