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5:15 AM ET, October 30, 2007

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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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail's New Version Is Now Available  —  The new version of Gmail I was talking about the other day is already available in some Gmail accounts.  If you see a link to a "newer version" at the top of the page, click on it and enjoy the new features: mail prefetching, updated contact manager and other small updates.
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 …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Can a Google Phone Connect With Carriers?  —  Google Inc. is close to unveiling its long-planned strategy to shake up the wireless market, people familiar with the matter say.  The Web giant's ambitious goal: to make applications and services as accessible on cellphones as they are on the Internet.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Web 2.0 World is Skunk Drunk on Its Own Kool-Aid  —  This is a sad time for the web.  It's as almost somber as the time just before the last bubble burst in 2000.  I was working in PR with dot-com startups at the time and the way I feel now is how I did back then.  I wish I didn't, but I do.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: NBC wanted a cut of iPod revenue  —  I will say this: NBC's Jeff Zucker has got serious stones.  —  According to a report in the venerable entertainment industry trade rag Variety, Zucker, president and CEO of NBC Universal, asked Apple for a cut of iPod revenue as part …
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Platform Launches With Big San Francisco Party  —  Sequoia backed Meebo launches Meebo Platform this evening, allowing third party developers to create applications for the Meebo web chat service.  They're celebrating the launch with a big party in San Francisco with hundreds of the company's closest friends.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Automattic Spurns $200 Million Acquisition Offer  —  Automattic, the company that created the Wordpress.com blogging platform and oversees the Wordpress.org open source project, has rejected a $200 million acquisition offer, says multiple sources.  Half the price was to be paid in cash, half in stock in the buyer.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Plentyoffish: 1-Man Company May Be Worth $1Billion  —  We've written before about PlentyOfFish, a leading online dating site that is run by a single person and is raking in money.  Markus Frind is the singular force behind PlentyOfFish.  At the time of our last review, June 2006 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Messenger for Windows Gets a Tune-Up with v9.0  —  Yahoo is releasing version 9.0 of its popular instant messaging software, Yahoo Messenger, for Windows tonight.  All in all, the update contains nothing revolutionary but does introduce some useful features.
Discussion: Rev2.org and Webware.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Internet Now The Primary Local Medium  —  Last week, Judy's Book joined the list of companies that have tried but stumbled or wiped out in local.  The market's complexity and business model challenges make it tough for most startups to succeed.  Yet, paradoxically, consumers have clearly embraced the …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AdBrite puts spotlight on Facebook application ads  —  Online advertising firm AdBrite is set to announce on Tuesday a new program to serve ads for third-party Facebook applications.  Considering it a niche "channel" alongside existing AdBrite verticals, the company has launched …
ZDNet:
Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy  —  While the news that Microsoft is developing a version of Windows for the so-called "$100 laptop" has caused some consternation, One Laptop Per Child Chairman Nicholas Negroponte has said the project could not promote openness if it blocked Windows.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Whois May Be Scrapped to Break Deadlock  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Tech industry lawyer Mark Bohannon frequently taps a group of searchable databases called Whois to figure out who may be behind a Web site that distributes pirated software or tricks visitors into revealing passwords.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Time Machine - Part I: Is it as good as Apple wants us to believe?  —  Over the past few days I've had quite a bit of hands on time with Apple's latest OS - Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard."  Rather than rush out a review of the OS I've decided to take my time and take a look at individual aspects of the OS.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Some Razzle Zazzle
Matt Legend Gemmell:
Get rid of your code with Leopard
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Remember How TJX Was The Worst Data Breach In History?  Well, It Was Actually Worse
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook employees are profiling users [Your Privacy Is An Illusion]
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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?
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Federal Trade Commission:
Don't Open Bogus Email that Claims to Come From the FTC
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
The iPhone Cash Ban: It's Legal, and Here's Why
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
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CNET News.com:
FTC: Let us fine spyware operations, already
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Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
A 4G Standards War Is Brewing
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Stale Java for the Mac Faithful
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