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2:50 AM ET, October 19, 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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Strong Quarter Widens Gap With Rivals  —  The gap between Google and its rivals keeps getting larger.  —  The Internet search and advertising giant, whose shares have risen more than $100 in the last month, said net income in the third quarter surged 46 percent compared with the period a year earlier.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Promises Again to Swear Off Binge Hiring
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Google Revenues Up 57 Percent; Profit Up 46 Percent
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:   After Hours: Google Talks Up Mobile, International Sales
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Google Earnings As Expected, Revenue Up 57%
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 …
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.
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 …
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).
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.
Anne Broache / Webware.com:
REPORTS: CHINA 'HIJACKING' GOOGLE, YAHOO, MICROSOFT SEARCH SITES  —  Ticked off that the United States gave the Dalai Lama the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal this week, China may be taking out its aggression by "hijacking" American search engines.  —  Over at Search Engine Land …
Discussion: TechWeb
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cyberwar: China Declares War On Western Search Sites
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA threatens 19 universities with lawsuits  —  Updated at 12:03 p.m. PDT: Just in time to welcome many students back from fall break, the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday dispatched a new round of "prelitigation" letters to 19 U.S. universities from coast to coast …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Ford sells pink 30GB first-gen Zune, donates 100% to breast cancer research  —  It's October, which inevitably means that we'll be seeing a healthy dose of gadgets in pink as manufacturers look to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This particular device, however, means a touch …
Discussion: Mobility Site, Gizmodo and Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Launches New Geotagging and Places Pages  —  When I heard that Flickr was making announcements this evening, I assumed it was the long awaited integration of video into the service.  That isn't happening (it will soon, though), but they are making significant upgrades tonight around geotagging …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
'Become a spy' ads target gamers
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Standing Up To Takedown Notices
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
Discussion: paidContent.org
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Unlimited online storage for free, almost: Wuala
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
Taking a Whack Against Comcast
Business Wire:
Platial Acquires Frappr, Creates #1 Social Map Site
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Universal, Warner, and EMI to sell music on flash drives
Discussion: DailyTech and Gearlog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Convenience Can Be More Important Than Free
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0: Cisco's Dan Scheinman Unveils EOS, Entertainment Operating System
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
It's Here! Ubuntu 7.10 Arrives
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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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Rupert Murdoch urges media firms to unite to fight Amazon and Netflix

 
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