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3:55 AM ET, October 27, 2007


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Business Week:
A Cautionary Tale for Old Media  —  Early on, the Mercury News saw the Web threat coming.  It's still struggling to survive  —  On Jan. 19, 1990, Robert D. Ingle, then executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, wrote a remarkably prescient memo to his bosses at the newspaper chain Knight Ridder.
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
YouTube getting a redesign, sunglasses needed  —  The YouTube team has a surprise in store, a YouTube redesign is in the works.  Please get your sunglasses ready though, it tends to be a little hard on the eyes.  —  YouTube will incorporate user feedback into the changes throughout the site.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Gadgetell
Haochi / Googlified:
Preview YouTube's New Design
Discussion: Profy.Com, CyberNet and Googling Google
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Future is Cloudy  —  When Google this week announced IMAP support for Gmail, it really got me thinking about finally outsourcing my e-mail.  At $50 per year per address, Google Apps Premier Edition is pretty compelling.  For one thing, there are only three addresses …
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's cloud  —  Google not only wants to hold all our data …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
All about Leopard: gallery, apps, impressions  —  We've been poring over Leopard since getting our copy, and no doubt about it, there's just way too much to say.  The number of fixes, updates, and new features in this release is astounding.  Granted, many aren't major (and some aren't even …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple yanks wireless backup from Leopard last minute  —  To the dismay of what is sure to be many, Apple Inc. appears to have pulled one of the more compelling features of its Leopard operating system last minute: the ability to use its revolutionary Time Machine backup software with wireless AirPort Disks.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mac OSX Leopard: Worth The Wait  —  The long wait for the latest version of Apple' OSX operating system comes to an end today for millions of Mac fans worldwide.  OSX Leopard goes on sale in retail stores at 6pm, although others will receive it earlier by pre-order and courier delivery.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook: Committed to the sanctity of the social graph  —  Just 24 hours after Facebook received $240 million from Microsoft for 1.6 percent of the company, Ami Vora, senior platform manager at Facebook, said that investment news (which probably wasn't any surprise to Facebook employees) wasn't a big deal for anyone she talked to.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Facebook sued for mis-sending dirty texts  —  Facebook has been sued for bombarding the wrong people with intermittently-X-rated mobile text messages.  —  Earlier this week, an Indiana mommy named Lindsey Abrams filed a federal class action suit against the Microsoft-propped social networking site.
Discussion: Channel 9 and TechSpot News
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Student's Ad Gets a Remake, and Makes the Big Time  —  The idea that you do not have to be a professional to create a good commercial is becoming widespread, in a trend known as consumer-generated content.  Leave it to Apple to — paraphrasing the company's old slogan a bit — think differently.
Associated Press:
Apple imposes new limits on iPhone sales  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Inc. no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.  —  The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Epson Joins Sprint: They Suck And Their New Website Is Stupid  —  I'm pretty sure there are some consultants out there who are telling big, clueless companies that the way to engage with their audience is to engage with them on an interactive, emotional level.
Discussion: WinExtra
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Sprint Nextel agrees to unlock phones  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wireless subscribers of Sprint Nextel Corp. may no longer have to buy a new phone if they jump to a new carrier.  —  As part of a proposed class-action settlement, the Reston, Va.-based provider, with operational headquarters in Overland Park …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Meetro Working to Make Forum Creation Dead Simple  —  We've been informed that Meetro - provider of a location-based instant messaging service - is working on a stealth project that aims to make forum setup, customization, and moderation as easy as blogging with Blogger.
UK Phone News:
New phone to be released on 3 network - 3 Skypephone  —  Sometime next month it is rumored (more than a rumor though...) that 3 Mobile will be releasing the 3 SkypePhone, a new phone that allows people to use Skype just like they would on their home computer (ie free calls to other skype users) …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Senate passes Internet tax moratorium extension: 7 more years tax-free
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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The Huffington Post:
Bloggingheads Goes Big Time: Little Video Site That Could, Now Adopted By NYT
Discussion: Beet.TV
Nick / Rough Type:
Yahoo!?  —  The exclamation mark at the end of Yahoo's official name …
Discussion: Economist
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Microsoft's 'Halo' effect
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: 43 Folders
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's SearchMash Adds Snap Shot Previews. But Why Is It In Flash?
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Richard Parsons set to announce Time Warner exit
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Accused speeder to cops: My GPS proves your radar gun is wrong
Daniel Schuhmann / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Windows Server 2008 Reviewed
Discussion: Slashdot
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay To Bring Back OiNK
Peter Lauria / New York Post: