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5:45 PM ET, October 22, 2007


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John Markoff / New York Times:
As Apple Gains PC Market Share, Jobs Talks of a Decade of Upgrades  —  It may have dropped the word "computer" from its name, but Apple is certainly selling plenty of Macs.  —  Driven in part by what analysts call a halo effect from the iPod and the iPhone, the market share of the company's personal computers is surging.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The Vista wow becomes a whisper  —  I wasn't a big fan of the "Wow" campaign around Windows Vista.  But its newest incarnation — "100 Reasons Why Everyone's So Speechless" — might be even worse.  —  The new site (which Microsoft officials just told me has been on the Web since January …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Mac OS X 10.5 gets geotagging support  —  There were a lot of one-liners to sift through in Apple's feature list for the Leopard, the Mac OS X 10.5 update due Friday, so I thought it worthwhile to call out the geotagging support.  —  The Preview software, which lets users get details …
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Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  Quarterly Mac Sales Set New Record  —  Quarterly iPhone Sales Exceed One Million  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2007 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2007.  The Company posted revenue of $6.22 billion …
Erika Brown / Forbes:
Bikinis And Bums On Cue  —  Here's a story line that M.C. Escher could appreciate: Four fresh-out-of-college girls share an apartment in Los Angeles and star in a reality show filmed by a guy who is their friend.  Except—this isn't a reality show.  All the dialogue is scripted.
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
MySpaceTV Launches Original Series to Boost Viewers
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Free My Phone  —  Suppose you own a Dell computer, and you decide to replace it with a Sony.  You don't have to get the permission of your Internet service provider to do so, or even tell the provider about it.  You can just pack up the old machine and set up the new one.
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bows to EU Regulators On 2004 Antitrust Measures  —  Software Giant Won't Appeal EU Court Ruling  —  BRUSSELS — Microsoft Corp. threw in the towel on its nine-year antitrust fight with European Union regulators, saying it won't appeal a court judgment handed down last month …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Microsoft surrenders; antitrust allies celebrate VE Day
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web  —  Several major research libraries have rebuffed offers from Google and Microsoft to scan their books into computer databases, saying they are put off by restrictions these companies want to place on the new digital collections.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook: Who needs Google?  Facebook's stealth ad system  —  Facebook, in the midst of a high-stakes negotiation over its future, has just dramatically upped the ante.  How?  The social network is quietly starting to promote its long-rumored ad-targeting system — under a clever costume.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
New data on Facebook application virality  —  Facebook has unveilved new valuable marketing data to application developers that show which channels inside Facebook lead to the most application installations.  While the stats are not perfect, they do provide new insight into how your Facebook users find and add your application.
David Kravets / Wired News:
Exclusive: I Was a Hacker for the MPAA  —  Promises of Hollywood fame and fortune persuaded a young hacker to betray former associates in the BitTorrent scene to Tinseltown's anti-piracy lobby, according to the hacker.  —  In an exclusive interview with Wired News, gun-for-hire hacker Robert Anderson tells …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Something new in News  —  It's not very often that you see something new in News.  —  News is not exactly new technology, but when personal computers came along, and then widespread networking, it created a whole new playing field for news, that has shaken things up for most of my life.
Aminu Abubakar / Agence France Presse:
Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria  —  KANO (AFP) - Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters from the parts.  —  "It took me eight months …
NSA cooperation: OK for e-mail, IM companies?  —  A new Senate bill would protect not only telephone companies from lawsuits claiming illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency.  It would retroactively immunize e-mail providers, search engines, Internet service providers and instant-messaging services too.
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