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6:30 PM ET, October 22, 2007

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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 (which Microsoft officials just told me has been on the Web since January …
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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.
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 …
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Apple:
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple clears Mac, iPhone, earnings estimates
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Fourth most what!??!  —  Please don't misunderstand me... because I really do admire the iPhone.  There's very little about it I dislike - I wish it was more open from the start, and I wish it had 3G, but every phone has its flaws and the iPhone makes up for it with some great innovation …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
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.
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 …
Victoria Ho / CNET News.com:
China accused of rerouting search traffic to Baidu  —  Reports have surfaced that China is redirecting traffic from foreign search engines operated by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to homegrown Baidu.com.  —  According to various reports online, some online users in China attempting to access Google.com …
 
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Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
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InfoWorld:
Intel: Patent reform still needed
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Holy Trinity Helps Google Smash Q3 Estimates
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The season of social network platforms
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Frank Watson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google, DoubleClick: Myths and Facts
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Dell reaches deal to sell computers at Staples
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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?
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CondéNet Uses Facebook to Draw Users, Ads
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ManiaTV Cancels User-Generated Content
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Associated Press:
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