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11:55 PM ET, October 29, 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.
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Gmail Blocks Spam
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and All About Symbian
Brad Taylor / Official Google Blog:
It's not about the spam  —  When Gmail's spam filters …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
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
Discussion: and
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").
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
I Eat My Words: Hulu Will Shake Up the Online Video Market
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.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, blognation and Mashable!
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: Reuters and InfoWorld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Automattic Spurns $200 Million Acquisition Offer  —  Automattic, the company that created the blogging platform and oversees the 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.
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.
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.
CNN Goes Virtual  —  mike shields >>  —  As news organizations slash budgets and scale back bureaus, CNN is expanding—except not in real life.  —  In the week of Nov. 5, the news giant is set to open a news-gathering outpost in Second Life.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook employees are profiling users [Your Privacy Is An Illusion]
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SP1 for Microsoft's Project may drive upgrades
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple MacBook on Tuesday? GMA X3100?
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
Anne Broache / CNET
Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
The iPhone Cash Ban: It's Legal, and Here's Why
Discussion: DailyTech
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Tom Krazit / CNET
iPhone jailbreak for the masses released
Discussion: Compiler and TechSpot News
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
Discussion: Slashdot
FTC: Let us fine spyware operations, already
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BEA's stance on Oracle deal pummeled
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Stale Java for the Mac Faithful
Discussion: The Register
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Turnaround, Step 2: Layoffs? *
Discussion: WebProNews
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New Hiring Hurdle?