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3:10 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.
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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 lists 100 reasons users should take a closer look at Windows Vista.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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 …
Discussion: TidBITS and Macsimum News
Mossblog:
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.
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.
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   AdWords is Safe! Facebook Flyers NO Google Killer
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Cops pull plugs on TV-links, claim 'facilitation of infringement'  —  Copyright or copy-ridiculous?  —  Last week's arrest of a 26-year-old Cheltenham man, and the related closure of the TV-links website, has prompted a flurry of speculation that the very foundations of the internet (linking to stuff) might be under threat.
Discussion: The Open Rights Group
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fact-uk.org.uk:
TV LINKS WEBSITE OWNER ARRESTED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Discussion: Neowin.net
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.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and All Facebook
Associated Press:
AT&T to Offer Music Downloads From Napster Catalog  —  AT&T is making Napster Inc.'s entire music catalog of more than five million songs available for wireless download starting early next month.  —  The service, which AT&T is unveiling Monday, will expand the company's …
Discussion: last100, Download Squad and Switched
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CNN:
AT&T, Napster To Unveil Direct Mobile Music Download
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Penguin Audio Ends EMusic Deal  —  Last month eMusic, the company that gives Apple's iTunes the most competition in song downloads, announced that it would go up against the market leader on another front: audiobooks.  —  But eMusic has been dealt an early blow.
Carmen Nobel / Forbes:
Small Biz Wi-Fi Strategies  —  In the world of computer networking, Selina Lo is an entrepreneurial whiz.  She co-founded Centillion Networks, a switching technology start-up that Bay Networks bought in 1994 for $100 million.  In 1996, she joined Alteon WebSystems, a Web switch company …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CondéNet Uses Facebook to Draw Users, Ads  —  CondéNet has in recent months attracted new users to several of its sites while beefing up ad inventory—all on Facebook's dime.  —  The Web arm of magazine giant Condé Nast has been one of the more aggressive publishers …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
U.S. Patent 6,487,200: Method for Eliminating Struggling VOIP Rivals
CNET News.com:
NSA cooperation: OK for e-mail, IM companies?
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT battens down Home Hub backdoor
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
ManiaTV Cancels User-Generated Content
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Thanko's Charger Bracelet: dorkier than it sounds
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Auctomatic launches better tools for eBay powersellers
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Mark Ward / BBC:
When work becomes a game
Discussion: Blue's News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
New Zunes actually confirmed for November 13th
Discussion: The Tech Report and Bink.nu
Sandisk:
SanDisk Introduces the New Sansa® TakeTV™ Video Player
Aminu Abubakar / Agence France Presse:
Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo In The Wild!
Discussion: DSLreports, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
More than 100 times faster than WiFi?
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Fostering ties for venture capitalists
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Core of "Windows 7" taking shape: meet the "MinWin" kernel
Discussion: Digg
 

 
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