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12:45 AM ET, October 19, 2007


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Google quarterly profit swells 46 percent  —  Web search leader Google reported on Thursday a 46 percent rise in profit that topped Wall Street expectations, fueled by accelerating market share gains and tighter cost controls.  —  Third-quarter net income rose to $1.07 billion …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Search, Ads And Apps: The Google Q3 2007 Results  —  Google's combo of search, ads & apps gave it a very strong Q3. … For the nine months ended September 30, Google had revenues of $11,767,307 compared with $7,399,419 a year ago.  There's a great deal more detail in the release.
Discussion: and Valleywag
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Profit Up 46%, Exceeding Estimates  —  Google said its net income jumped nearly 46 percent in the third quarter, topping analysts' already bullish forecasts.  —  Profit rose to $1.07 billion from $733.3 million a year earlier, while sales rose 57 percent to $4.23 billion.
Discussion: IP Democracy and ParisLemon
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Promises Again to Swear Off Binge Hiring
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:   After Hours: Google Talks Up Mobile, International Sales
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Google Earnings As Expected, Revenue Up 57%
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Robot Cannon Kills 9, Wounds 14  —  We're not used to thinking of them this way.  But many advanced military weapons are essentially robotic — picking targets out automatically, slewing into position, and waiting only for a human to pull the trigger.  Most of the time.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Ballmer: MSFT will acquire 20 companies a year  —  Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer just said at the Web 2.0 conference here in San Francisco that the software giant will acquire 20 companies a year for the next five years, ranging from $50 million to $1 billion.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Dell Hell: The end?  —  My column reporting on my visit to Dell headquarters and my interview with Michael Dell just went up on Business Week.  It'll be in this week's issue.  Hell, it's even the lead online.  —  After giving Dell hell two years ago, I may well be accused of throwing them a wet kiss now.
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
Exclusive: Techbloggers Have Sold Their Souls  —  On WebProNews, Robert Scoble demonstrates why the leading techblogs are becoming less critical and more susceptible to hype — they're bargaining with PR flacks for exclusives: … One of the reasons mainstream tech magazines like PC Magazine …
Discussion: Hacking Cough
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Web is the Platform  —  The platform wars are over.  Long live the Web.  That was the basic message delivered by Jeff Huber, Google's vice president of engineering, in a ten-minute presentation at Web 2.0 a few minutes ago.  His talk was nominally about widgets (which Google calls Gadgets).
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites  —  Further to our earlier story on visitors to Google Blogsearch being redirected to Baidu in China, new reports have surfaced that would indicate that China has unilaterally blocked all three major search engines in China and is redirecting all requests to Baidu.
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Discussion: Boing Boing
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Twine: The First Mainstream Semantic Web App?  —  Tomorrow Radar Networks is announcing a new Semantic Web application called Twine.  Founder Nova Spivack showed me a demo today of the new app, which he described as a "knowledge networking" application.  It has aspects of social networking …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin  —  If I told you there was a public presentation and arguably demonstration of Windows 7, you probably wouldn't believe me.  Which is why I had to share this video with you.  —  Thanks to DigitalDud on Channel9 for noting, on October 13 last week …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Studios unveil their copyright protection guidelines  —  A coalition of major media and technology companies that notably does not include Google appears to be getting serious about copyright on the Internet.  —  A who's who of media companies—CBS, News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Coalition to Counter Google on Video Copyright
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gizmodo
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: Panel on Facebook as a Platform  —  Discussion is led by entrepreneur and start-up adviser Dave McClure, with Seth Goldstein (CEO,, Ali Partovi (CEO, iLike), Keith Rabois (VP, Slide) and Lance Tokuda (CEO, RockYou) as panelists.
Richard Martin / InformationWeek:
Google Says Its Health Platform Is Due In Early 2008  —  Google plans to bring its immense data storage and organization capacities to the field of medical care and patient records, Marissa Mayer, the company's head of search, said at the Web 2.0 Summit.  —  Telling her audience to …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
@Web2.0: Steve Ballmer Wants To Buy Your Company  —  Alberto Escarlate, the CTO-turned-reporter, sends us these dispatches from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's Web 2.0 Q&A session with John Battelle:  —  How are the Facebook negotiations coming along?  —  "Mark Zuckerberg says it goes pretty well.
Business Wire:
Platial Acquires Frappr, Creates #1 Social Map Site  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Platial today announced the acquisition of Frappr, the popular social map destination and widget network.  The merger makes Platial the leader in social mapping with more than 15MM unique users per month …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Halo effect: Xbox 360 tops Nintendo Wii in September
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Kotaku
Sahala Swenson / Official Google Webmaster …:
Blast from the past  —  As you know, the queries used to find …
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Surprise: Mary Meeker offers skepticism about U.S. tech industry
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Ford sells pink 30GB first-gen Zune, donates 100% to breast cancer research
Discussion: Gizmodo and
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Unlimited online storage for free, almost: Wuala
John Leyden / The Register:
Cafe Latte attack steals credentials from Wi-Fi clients
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T starts shipping HSUPA cards
Discussion: DSLreports and jkOnTheRun
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET
RIAA threatens 19 universities with lawsuits
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives
Discussion: DailyTech and Gearlog
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment …
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
It's Here! Ubuntu 7.10 Arrives
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Firefox 3 to go native in appearance
Wall Street Journal:
Will Social Features Make Email Sexy Again?
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Drag-And-Drop App Builder Popfly

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
While networks benefit from TV show exposure on Hulu and other streaming services, producers worry widespread availability may hurt syndication value

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
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