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2:00 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
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
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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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Concedes in European Antitrust Case
Discussion: Digital Daily
Aoife White / Associated Press:
Microsoft blinks in European legal fight
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
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.
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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
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.
Sandisk:
SanDisk Introduces the New Sansa® TakeTV™ Video Player  —  A Smart, Simple & Seamless Way to Easily Take Videos from a PC to Nearly Any TV  —  MILPITAS, Calif., October 22, 2007- Finally, there's an exceptionally easy way to move video from your PC to your TV.
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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: Download Squad and Switched
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CNN:
AT&T, Napster To Unveil Direct Mobile Music Download
Reuters:
EU extends Google/DoubleClick inquiry  —  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 was moved …
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 …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Reality check: Comcast packet forging proves you can't have Internet freedom with limited government  —  OK, class, it is time for yet another civics lesson.  —  According to Electronic Frontier Foundation testing, Comcast is not only forging BitTorrent packets, but Gnutella and even Lotus Notes packets.
Michael Geist Blog:
Canadian Public Domain Told To Cease and Desist  —  The International Music Score Library Project was a quiet Canadian success story.  Using wiki technologies, it emerged over the past two years as a leading source of public domain music scores, hosting thousands of scores uploaded by a community …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   European copyright law used to threaten Canadian public domain site
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: All Facebook
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Auctomatic launches better tools for eBay powersellers  —  Auctomatic wants to make it easier for eBay's most active sellers to manage sales.  The San Francisco-based company launched its public beta yesterday.  —  So-called "powersellers" range from self-employed individuals to large firms like Dell.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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