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9:05 AM ET, October 19, 2007


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Elinor Mills / CNET
What do 16,000 people do at Google?  —  I'm beginning to think that besides search advertising, hiring is the thing Google does best.  —  On Thursday, the company reported gains of 50 percent or so in quarterly profit and revenue from a year ago, beating analyst expectations.
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Strong Quarter Widens Gap With Rivals
Discussion: IP Democracy
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Promises Again to Swear Off Binge Hiring
Discussion: Between the Lines
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Google Reports Impressive 46% Jump in Q3 Profit
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Profit Up 46%, Exceeding Estimates
Discussion: ParisLemon and Los Angeles Times
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 …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Twine: A social network built on the semantic web dls interview  —  There's been a lot of talk over the last few years about the semantic web.  While Google and other search engines do a pretty good job of ranking web pages and providing relevant results to keyword searches …
Discussion: Rough Type and Between the Lines
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 …
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.
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: GigaOM, CNET and ParisLemon
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 …
Darren Waters / BBC:
EA wants 'open gaming platform'  —  Games are exploiting the increasing power of games consoles  —  Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo should abandon the console wars and help build a common gaming platform, a senior executive at Electronic Arts has said.  —  Gerhard Florin said incompatible consoles …
Discussion: Channel 9
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Strange Bedfellows  —  I have been asleep, apparently, at the big switch.  This is according to former Harvard Business Review editor (and technology pundit in his own right) Nicholas Carr, who said as much this week in his very nice blog, Rough Type (look to your right, it's in the links).
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.
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).
Amanda Lorenzani / blognation:
GoAdv Announces Acquisition Of Excite Europe  —  GoAdv, the online media company co-founded by one of Italy's well known young entrepreneurs Luca Ascani - founder of First Tuesday Italy - has acquired the European arm of Excite.  With offices in Rome and Dublin and a R&D team in Pisa …
Discussion: The Register
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Standing Up To Takedown Notices  —  Web Users Turn the Tables on Copyright Holders  —  On a chilly February day, Stephanie Lenz decided to show her family and friends what her bouncing baby boy could do.  She plopped 13-month-old Holden, then learning to walk, on the floor, cranked up Prince's song …
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Google exec to keynote TIGA event
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag
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