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3:55 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.
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 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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Rev2.org, AccMan Pro and Valleywag
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
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and rexduffdixon.com
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: Webware.com
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Blue in the Face  —  Reports abound regarding users suffering from a "blue screen" after upgrading to Leopard: they upgrade, reboot, and get stuck at a blank blue screen.  —  But, as far as I can tell, there is no mystery involved.  There is one and only one known cause for this problem …
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 …
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.
 
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Some Razzle Zazzle
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Plentyoffish: 1-Man Company May Be Worth $1Billion
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
Legalthing / the legal thing:
The NetApp Litigation (continued)
Discussion: eWEEK.com and The Register
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook employees are profiling users [Your Privacy Is An Illusion]
Discussion: Switched and The Register
InfoWorld:
SP1 for Microsoft's Project may drive upgrades
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple MacBook on Tuesday? GMA X3100?
Discussion: Infinite Loop, CrunchGear and Digg
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Federal Trade Commission:
Don't Open Bogus Email that Claims to Come From the FTC
Discussion: Reuters and InfoWorld
Mediaweek:
CNN Goes Virtual
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
The iPhone Cash Ban: It's Legal, and Here's Why
Discussion: DailyTech and Digg
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Stale Java for the Mac Faithful
Discussion: The Register
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adCenter upgraded with new features
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Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy
 

 
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