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10:00 AM ET, October 19, 2007

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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.
Discussion: WebProNews, Between the Lines and Digg
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Reuters:
Google quarterly profit swells 46 percent
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Promises Again to Swear Off Binge Hiring
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 …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Twine: A social network built on the semantic web dls interview
Discussion: Rough Type and Between the Lines
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 and ParisLemon
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   New Flickr UI with GeoTagging is Very Impressive
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 …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Ballmer: I will buy 20 web companies a year  —  Steve Ballmer has told an audience of foaming Silicon Valley start-up types exactly what they want to hear: he will buy 20 web companies a year for the next five years.  —  The Microsoft boss made the promise at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
Discussion: The Open Road
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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.
Krista Bessinger / Seeking Alpha Internet stocks:
Google Q3 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Eric E. Schmidt - Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer, Director  —  George Reyes - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President  —  Lawrence Page - President - Products, Director  —  Sergey Brin - President - Technology, Director
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).
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will Google Crush The iPhone?  —  Take one look at the smart-phone market, and it's easy to see a murderer's row.  Apple sold one million iPhones in less than three months this summer.  Palm is rejuvenating its lineup with the cheap, pretty Centro.  Research in Motion's BlackBerry continues to enslave the corporate class.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Associated Press:
Brit spies use video game job ads  —  LONDON, England (AP) — GCHQ, the surveillance arm of British intelligence, said Thursday it hopes to attract computer-savvy young recruits by embedding job ads within video games such as "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent."
Discussion: MarketingVOX and GamePolitics.com
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Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Why video gamers make the best spies
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
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  —  Rival gaming systems should make way for a single open platform, a senior executive at Electronic Arts has said.  —  Gerhard Florin said incompatible consoles made life harder for developers and consumers.
Discussion: Channel 9
Bruce Mohl / Boston Globe:
Patriots get StubHub users' names  —  Seeking to enforce their policy prohibiting ticket resales, the New England Patriots have obtained the names of 13,000 people who sold or bought the team's tickets using the online site StubHub Inc.  —  The Patriots obtained the list last week as part …
Discussion: WebProNews, Associated Press and PE HUB
Wall Street Journal:
Google Under Fire Over a Controversial Site  —  Racist Speech, Porn  —  Stir Battle in Brazil;  —  A 'Pandora's Box'  —  SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Google Inc. makes billions marrying advertising to the Web.  Just yesterday, it reported yet another surge in revenue and profit.
 
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A new view of NY Times news
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Media Companies Regain Appetite for Taking Risks in Tech Start-Ups
Amanda Lorenzani / blognation:
GoAdv Announces Acquisition Of Excite Europe
Discussion: The Register
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Java: A Retrospective
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Battle brewing between Pirate Bay, recording industry over IFPI domain coup
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Microsoft Photography & Video Blog:
Do you use Flickr? Then check out Windows Live Photo Gallery (Beta)!
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Standing Up To Takedown Notices
Phil Elliott / GamesIndustry.biz:
Google exec to keynote TIGA event
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Halo effect: Xbox 360 tops Nintendo Wii in September
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
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Unlimited online storage for free, almost: Wuala
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
Taking a Whack Against Comcast
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA threatens 19 universities with lawsuits
 

 
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