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9:15 AM 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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
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.
John Sullivan / 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.
Discussion: Engadget and
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.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Core of "Windows 7" taking shape: meet the "MinWin" kernel  —  Eric Traut, one of Microsoft's chief operating system design engineers, gave a fascinating demo (WMV) recently at the University of Illinois, where he talked about where the Windows core is going and ended with a sneak peek …
Discussion: Digg
Ivar Ekman / New York Times:
Google's Purchase of Jaiku Raises New Privacy Issues  —  Google's acquisition of Jaiku, a small Finnish start-up active in the obscure field of microblogging — a word most often associated with the better-known company Twitter — might not appear to be an earth-shaking event.
Associated Press:
Woman pounds out her rage at cable firm  —  BRISTOW, Va. — She was fined and got a suspended jail sentence, but Mona Shaw says she has no regrets about using a hammer to vent her frustration at a cable company.  —  ''I stand by my actions even more so after getting all these telephone calls …
Discussion: p2pnet
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How To Bypass Comcast's BitTorrent Throttling
Discussion: The Great American Blog and Digg
Get and play music and games on the move  —  Espoo, Finland - Mobile entertainment just got more fun with the Nokia N81 and Nokia N81 8GB multimedia computers now available globally.  Designed for the best in music and gaming, these devices come with dedicated music and game keys and are loaded …
Louise Story / New York Times:
How Many Site Hits?  Depends Who's Counting  —  How many people visited, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month?  Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000?  Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million?
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Fostering ties for venture capitalists  —  People who sign in to the newest social network won't be looking for dates or posting a list of their favorite movies.  They will be searching for companies to invest in and listing their interests in areas like clean energy or enterprise software.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Has The MySpace To Facebook Switch Begun?  —  If hype was the only indicator of marketshare in social networking, Facebook would be the winner by a mile, and yet for all the talk of Facebook's greatness, MySpace remains the most popular social networking destination.
Julian Lee Marketing / Sydney Morning Herald:   MySpace slips to middle-of-road as Facebook surges ahead
Peter Eckersley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Comcast is also Jamming Gnutella (and Lotus Notes?)  —  Yesterday, we posted about some experiments showing that Comcast is forging packets in order to interfere with its customers' use of BitTorrent.  There have been reports of strange things happening with other protocols …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast traffic blocking: even more apps, groupware clients affected
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and MarketingVOX
EU extends Google/DoubleClick inquiry  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union regulators on Monday extended the deadline for their inquiry into Web search leader Google's proposed purchase of rival DoubleClick to November 13 from October 26.  —  The time limit for a decision on the $3.1 billion deal …
Discussion: WebProNews and paidContent
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