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5:40 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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
NBC: iTunes Video Was A Non-Business
Discussion: PDA
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").
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Time Machine - Part I: Is it as good as Apple wants us to believe?
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BEA's stance on Oracle deal pummeled  —  The reaction to BEA's rejection of a $17 a share takeover offer from Oracle is brutal.  —  Of course, billionaire Carl Icahn has issues.  But analysts aren't too thrilled either.  Either BEA knows something the rest of us don't or is delusional.
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!
Tech-On! : tech news:
Shinoda Plasma to Begin Volume Shipment of 142-inch Displays in Latter Half of 2008  —  Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics  —  Shinoda Plasma Corp will begin volume shipment of its proprietary Plasma Tube Array (PTA) display in the second half of 2008.  —  The company plans to initially provide …
Discussion: CNET, Gizmodo and Engadget
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
How Gmail Blocks Spam  —  While Gmail doesn't filters all the spam messages that could reach your inbox, it certainly does a better job than other webmail apps like Yahoo Mail or Hotmail.  Gmail's filters are constantly improving and an important ingredient of their effectiveness is the use of community signals.
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Jennifer L. Schenker / Business Week:
A 4G Standards War Is Brewing
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Leopard: Should you upgrade?
Our first 10 years  —  The BBC News website is 10 years old this week.
Discussion: The Bivings Report
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Stale Java for the Mac Faithful
Discussion: The Register
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? *
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Nick / Rough Type:
Veropedia and the Wikipedia mine
Microsoft to Acquire Innovative Healthcare Technology and Assets …
Andrew Appel / Freedom to Tinker:
AT&T Explains Guilt by Association
Discussion: Mashable!
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
When Google Strikes: The Story Of
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple not just refusing cash, also refusing Apple Gift Cards for iPhones
Discussion: Epicenter, p2pnet and DailyTech
Leopard drivers hint at upcoming MacBooks