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9:00 PM ET, October 18, 2007


 Top Items: 
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 …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google quarterly profit jumps 46 pct, costs capped
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Google Earnings As Expected, Revenue Up 57%
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
After Hours: Google Talks Up Mobile, International Sales
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Staci D. Kramer /
Earnings: Google Revenues Up 57 Percent; Profit Up 46 Percent
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.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Group of Net, Media Companies To Announce Copyright Guidelines  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Internet, media and technology companies plans to announce today a set of guidelines they have agreed on aimed at protecting copyrights online, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Firefox 3 to go native in appearance  —  What do you get when you cross a Firefox with a chameleon?  —  An open-source Web browser whose user interface is adapted to the look of the operating system it's running on.  One change planned for the upcoming Firefox version 3, code-named Gran Paradiso, is this more native appearance.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Drag-And-Drop App Builder Popfly  —  Microsoft just demoed on stage at the Web 2.0 conference a slick Silverlight application development service called Popfly, which just opened up in beta.  Popfly lets anyone, even non-coders, create web mashups without writing a single line of code.
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).
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives  —  The major record labels' ongoing fixation with physical media continues on, as Universal, EMI, and Warner have each announced plans to sell music preloaded on flash drives.  Universal says the move is "aimed at the younger …
Discussion: Gearlog
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Universal Music Announces Singles on USB Drives
Discussion: Gear Live and
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Will Social Features Make Email Sexy Again?  —  Email providers are trying to steal some of social networking's thunder as fast-growing services like Facebook Inc. begin to encroach on their turf.  —  The biggest Web email services — including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols /
It's Here!  Ubuntu 7.10 Arrives  —  The latest and greatest Ubuntu arrived on Oct. 18.  —  Ubuntu users rejoice.  Ubuntu 7.10 is here.  —  Ubuntu, the remarkably popular desktop Linux distribution that tries to bring the latest and greatest open-source programs every six months, arrived Oct. 18.
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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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
Financial Times:
Sony and Microsoft step up fight with Wii
Anne Broache / CNET
RIAA threatens 19 universities with lawsuits
Washington Post:
Can You Hear Us Now?  —  Verizon Shouldn't Be A Cellphone Censor
Anne Broache / CNET
U.S. wants end to Allofmp3 spinoffs
Discussion: Ars Technica and TechSpot News
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
@Web2.0: Steve Ballmer Wants To Buy Your Company
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Convenience Can Be More Important Than Free
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Deutsche Bank: Worst-Case Scenario at eBay
Discussion: GigaOM
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: a Solution Abroad
Discussion: Gizmodo, CinemaTech and Engadget HD
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Fearing a Silverlight future, seven states extend antitrust judgment …
Discussion: Mashable!
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook: Confusing Slowdown with Seasonality
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Adobe: 10 years, and all our apps will be online