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10:10 AM ET, October 17, 2007

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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.
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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.
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:   Apple reduces price of unrestricted iTunes songs
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 …
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.
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
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
Discussion: PC World
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.
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
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
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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") …
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 …
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 …
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: InfoWorld
 
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