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10:45 PM ET, October 18, 2007

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Reuters:
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 …
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google quarterly profit jumps 46 pct, costs capped  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Web search leader Google Inc (NasdaqGS:GOOG - News) reported on Thursday a 46 percent rise in profit that topped analysts' expectations, as revenues grew 57 percent and comfortably outpaced expense growth, reassuring investors.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Search, Ads And Apps: The Google Q3 2007 Results
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Google Revenues Up 57 Percent; Profit Up 46 Percent
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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Steve Ballmer at Web 2.0 Conference
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.
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.
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
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.
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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).
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System  —  Moving on, next at the Web 2.0 conference, Cisco's (CSCO) Dan Scheinman, to talk about the networking giant's strategy in social networking.  (They have acquired Tribe and various other things.)
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   @Web2.0: Cisco Gets Into Social Networking, Too
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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.
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
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Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Universal Music Announces Singles on USB Drives
Discussion: Gear Live and Neowin.net
Financial Times:
Sony and Microsoft step up fight with Wii  —  Sony announced a $399 PlayStation 3 for the US on Wednesday while Microsoft confirmed that it would launch a new $279 version of its Xbox 360.  —  The moves increased price competition with the Nintendo Wii in time for the crucial holiday season sales period.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Halo effect: Xbox 360 tops Nintendo Wii in September
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Kotaku
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, SocialMedia.com), Ali Partovi (CEO, iLike), Keith Rabois (VP, Slide) and Lance Tokuda (CEO, RockYou) as panelists.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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