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7:05 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
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: paidContent and
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype To Launch Own Mobile Phone  —  Skype is planning to launch its own mobile handset this month, following in the footsteps of Apple, and the all but confirmed mobile phone from Google.  —  According to BusinessWeek, Skype will offer the handset in conjunction with 3 Mobile in "late October" …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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 …
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
Daniel Drew Turner /
Apple Promises Third-Party SDK for iPhone, iPod Touch
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Chris Howard / Apple Matters:
Sorry, Children, Leopard's Top Secret Features Aren't Real
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple: "we plan to have an iPhone SDK in developers' hands in February"
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.
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: Boing Boing and Download Squad
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
How Far Behind Is Linux?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
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
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.
Mobile use backed on planes  —  Passengers could soon be using their mobile phones on planes flying through European airspace.  —  Plans have been developed across EU countries to introduce technology which permits mobile calls without risk of interference with aircraft systems.
Discussion: SMS Text News
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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon lays out upcoming smartphone lineup; Samsung i760 comes first  —  No surprises in the mix here, but we're delighted to see that Verizon is finally getting official with four smart devices that have been rumored to be in its pipeline for ages.  Of the four, only the i760 from Samsung's …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Pocket PC Thoughts
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Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
First Look: The AT&T Tilt Smart Phone
John Ward Anderson / Washington Post:
Checking Out Tomorrow's Library
Discussion: A Feed Is Born
Oliver Starr / blognation USA:
Nokia's N810: A Closer Look
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Apple to Open iPhone Programming to Outsiders
Discussion: VoIP Watch
LG.Philips LCD to launch ultra-slim 42-inch full HD 120Hz panel in 2008
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Video: Marketing is No Longer a One-way Dialog
Discussion: Scobleizer
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
I'm in the mood for a phone or sushi
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung's PIP, 3D mobile phone
Discussion: Ubergizmo
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
HP's Tabblo Inks Web-To-Print Deals With Disney, Flickr, and Others
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's U.S. Mac market share rises to 8.1 percent in Q3
Discussion: MacNN,, WinBeta and Digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Even Free Can't Compete With Music Piracy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dollars For Doostang  —  We've heard that Shasta Ventures …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Adds IM to Firefox
Discussion: Mashable!
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Cafe Latte attack steals data from Wi-Fi PCs
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Goes Social
Nick / Rough Type:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing