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9:40 PM ET, October 29, 2007

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Michael Learmonth / Variety:
Zucker says Apple deal rotten  —  NBC U says iTunes revenues meager  —  NBC U topper Jeff Zucker warned that new digital business models were turning media revenues "from dollars into pennies" and revealed NBC U booked just $15 million in revenue during the last year of its deal with Apple's iTunes.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market  —  OK, I will admit, I was busy sharpening up the knives at BoomTown HQ to prepare for the debut of Hulu this week.  —  Let's just say that I have been dubious that two lumbering media companies-in this case, News Corp. …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Hands-On Review in One Word: Brilliant  —  This morning, between fielding phone calls, answering emails and writing blog posts, I have been watching TV, a lot of TV...on Hulu, the new online video portal backed by NBC (GE), News Corp. (NWS) and $100 million in funding from Providence Equity Partners.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Mashable! and 901am
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults
David Schatsky:   "Apple Has Destroyed the Music Business"
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC: iTunes Video Was A Non-Business
Discussion: PDA
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
LET THE HULU SPIN BEGIN!
Discussion: Hulu Blog and paidContent.org
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Analyst Day Features New Gmail  —  It's been well-known for a while that Google is readying a version 2.0 of Gmail, designed to update the four-year old email software that has been looking dated lately.  At Google's recent Analyst Day, they talked about the new version publicly for the first time …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Gmail 2.0 Screenshots  —  Google during the recent Analyst Day announced they want to release an updated version of Gmail that's supposed to be faster than the current one, thanks to a JavaScript back-end rewrite.  Also, the new version aims to improve contacts management.
Discussion: Download Squad and Googlified
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Gmail Blocks Spam  —  While Gmail doesn't filters all the spam messages that could reach your inbox, it certainly does a better job than other webmail apps like Yahoo Mail or Hotmail.  Gmail's filters are constantly improving and an important ingredient of their effectiveness is the use of community signals.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Response to Facebook: "Maka-Maka"  —  Google may have lost the bidding war to invest in Facebook, but it is preparing its own major assault on the social networking scene.  It goes by the codename "Maka-Maka" inside the Googleplex (or, perhaps, "Makamaka").
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Leopard will open the Mac OS X floodgates (and embarrass Microsoft)  —  As many of you are aware, I think Windows Vista is a blunder.  And with its annoying UAC system and horrifically slow operation, it won't take long before the majority of home users agree with me.
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Jessica Bennett / Newsweek.com:
Is Age Just a Number?  —  Whether you're a MySpace addict or a Luddite who logged on once to see what all the fuss was about, you've likely met Tom.  As the public face of MySpace, cofounder Tom Anderson has become a celebrity since the site launched in 2003 because he's every user's first …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Newsweek Confirms MySpace CoFounder Lied About Age  —  Newsweek has confirmed our story that MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson, who automatically becomes everyone's first friend when they register for the site, has lied about his age.  Newsweek based their confirmation on "professional license information …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and bub.blicio.us
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments  —  The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
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Associated Press:
Apartments may see cable competition
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Federal Trade Commission:
Don't Open Bogus Email that Claims to Come From the FTC  —  Email That States It's From the FTC's "Fraud Department" Has Virus Attached  —  A bogus email is circulating that says it is from the Federal Trade Commission, referencing a "complaint" filed with the FTC against the email's recipient.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Reuters
John Markoff / New York Times:
Reimagining the Automobile Industry by Selling the Electricity  —  Shai Agassi, a Silicon Valley technologist who was in competition to become chief executive of SAP, one of the world's largest software companies, has re-emerged with a grand plan to reinvent the world's automobile industry around battery-powered all-electric cars.
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
The iPhone Cash Ban: It's Legal, and Here's Why  —  A number of Epicenter readers have questioned the legality of Apple stores banning cash for iPhone purchases.  We were unsure about the practice ourselves so we turned to the trusty ol' U.S. Department of Treasury.
Discussion: DailyTech
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New Hiring Hurdle?  —  Microsoft Deal May Boost  —  Options Prices, Hurting  —  Ability to Lure Top Talent  —  There is a little-noticed downside to Microsoft Corp.'s investment in Facebook Inc.: The deal will likely raise the price of stock options issued by the social-networking company …
 
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InfoWorld:
SP1 for Microsoft's Project may drive upgrades
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple MacBook on Tuesday? GMA X3100?
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
Mediaweek:
CNN Goes Virtual
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BEA's stance on Oracle deal pummeled
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Stale Java for the Mac Faithful
Discussion: The Register
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Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Turnaround, Step 2: Layoffs? *
Discussion: WebProNews
adCenter Blog:
adCenter upgraded with new features
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Brijit Makes Your Magazines Lovable Again
ZDNet:
Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy
Nick / Rough Type:
Veropedia and the Wikipedia mine
Andrew Appel / Freedom to Tinker:
AT&T Explains Guilt by Association
Discussion: Threat Level and Mashable!
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Matt Cutts Confirms Paid Links & Google PageRank Update
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch