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10:35 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.
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. …
Tom Krazit / CNET
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 …
David Schatsky:   "Apple Has Destroyed the Music Business"
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults
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.
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 …
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
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.
Jessica Bennett /
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple MacBook on Tuesday?  GMA X3100?  —  According to sources, the wheels are in motion for Apple to deliver new MacBook updates as early as this Tuesday.  While an exact date has been hard to determine, MacBook updates are expected within the next week, with evidence pointing to Tuesday.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
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 and Mashable!
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
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