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4:25 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. …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Hulu Readies Its Online TV, Dodging the Insults  —  The knives are out for  —  Hulu is the new-media creation of two old-media rivals, NBC, which is owned by General Electric, and Fox, owned by the News Corporation.  Since March, when the broadcasters announced their joint effort to bring free …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC: iTunes Video Was A Non-Business
Discussion: PDA
Jason / Hulu Blog:
Beta testing begins for Hulu
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.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and
Leopard drivers hint at upcoming MacBooks  —  Apple may have tipped its hand and revealed a near-term update to its 13-inch MacBooks and potentially its Mac minis, based on files discovered inside Mac OS X Leopard's system folders.  The company has included a full set of recent drivers …
Anil Dash:
Smug Ugly  —  Although I've been accused sometimes of reflexive contrariness, the truth is I'm just pretty consistent in my assessments of technology, with little regard for the perceptions of the companies or people who provide those technologies.  —  The best case in point I can use …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Time Machine - Part I: Is it as good as Apple wants us to believe?
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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 …
Skype and 3 launch mobile phone  —  eBay division Skype and mobile phone group 3 have launched a mobile handset that allows Skype users to make free Internet calls to each other while on the move.  —  The companies said on Monday the new 3 Skypephone could also send free Skype instant messages …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant Jailbreak for iPhone and iPod touch  —  A crew of hackers (including hdm/metasploit, rezn, dinopio, drudge, kroo, pumpkin, davidc, dunham, and NerveGas) have introduced a one-touch instant jailbreak for both iPhone and iPod touch.  The jailbreak opens your iPhone for full disk access …
Tony Smith / The Register:   Tool opens iPhone, iPod Touch via web
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
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Microsoft Buys Thai Health Software Vendor  —  Microsoft Corp. on Monday said it has agreed to buy a Thai software vendor that specializes in hospital administration applications, and plans to sell the software in emerging markets.  —  Global Care Solutions (GCS) of Bangkok, Thailand …
Discussion: Bits, and Insider Chatter
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.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Matt Cutts Confirms Paid Links & Google PageRank Update  —  Matt Cutts emailed Search Engine Journal last night to let us know that in fact, the partial Google 'Toolbar' PageRank update which happened last week was a result of Google's campaign against paid linking and advertisement links which influence PageRank.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
adCenter Blog:
adCenter upgraded with new features  —  Over the weekend we upgraded adCenter to add new features to help you manage your campaigns more easily.  We've broken up the new features into 3 categories:  —  1) Editorial (which we're covering in-depth here today - see below)  —  2) Campaign management - changes include:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Brijit Makes Your Magazines Lovable Again  —  Brijit is an interesting new service that supplies magazine abstracts for those of us too busy to read through every print publication we're subscribed to.  If you don't subscribe to print periodicals anymore, you might want to skip this review.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
YourStreet Relaunches as Elegant Local News Site
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Turnaround, Step 2: Layoffs? *
Discussion: WebProNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Net Neutrality becomes issue in presidential race
Discussion: WebProNews and Hightouch
Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy
Discussion: TechSpot News and TeleRead
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Gmail Blocks Spam
Nick / Rough Type:
Veropedia and the Wikipedia mine
Andrew Appel / Freedom to Tinker:
AT&T Explains Guilt by Association
Luyi Chen / China Web2.0 Review:
Meebo's Trademark Violated In China
Discussion: blognation and Mashable!
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When Google Strikes: The Story Of
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast to employees: talking about blocking P2P can get you fired
Debra O. Mastaler / Search Engine Land:
Is It Time To Change Your Linking Attitude?
Discussion: WebProNews
Lewis Page / The Register:
Carmack's X-Prize rocket explodes on pad
Discussion: CNET
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple not just refusing cash, also refusing Apple Gift Cards for iPhones
Discussion: Epicenter and DailyTech
Business Wire:
T-Mobile Launches the T-Mobile Shadow - the First in a Planned Family …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments