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12:20 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.
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, All About Symbian and Digg
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 …
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.
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").
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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, CrunchGear and Digg
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Blue in the Face  —  Reports abound regarding users suffering from a …
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: and The Register
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook employees are profiling users [Your Privacy Is An Illusion]
Discussion: Switched and The Register
SP1 for Microsoft's Project may drive upgrades
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Hands-On Review in One Word: Brilliant
CNN Goes Virtual
Anne Broache / CNET
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 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
The iPhone Cash Ban: It's Legal, and Here's Why
Discussion: DailyTech and WinBeta
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
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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adCenter upgraded with new features
Negroponte: Windows key to OLPC philosophy
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's New Hiring Hurdle?