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9:30 PM ET, October 30, 2007

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Cookie tracking: How Facebook could be worth $100 billion?  —  When Facebook launches its "SocialAds" advertising product on November 6th, the technology will reportedly rely on cookies — unique identifiers sent to each user's computer from Facebook, and tracked by Facebook when they visit web pages.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Social Ad Network: What We (Think We) Know So Far  —  Just as Google is preparing to take Facebook head-on with its own social-networking platform, it appears that Facebook is preparing to take on Google with its own social ad network.  The announcement of what people …
Josh Wolf / CNET News.com:
Google gives social networking another go  —  Though almost everything Google touches seems to turn to gold, there is one project that never quite became ubiquitous (at least here in the US).  Orkut may have found a following in Brazil and Asia, but I don't know anyone who uses the service.
Discussion: Epicenter and The Social Web
Apple:
Apple Sells Two Million Copies of Mac OS X Leopard in First Weekend  —  Apple® today announced that it sold (or delivered in the case of maintenance agreements) over two million copies of Mac OS® X Leopard since its release on Friday, far outpacing the first-weekend sales of Mac OS X Tiger …
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Holes in Leopard's firewall
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Early adopters boost Leopard sales for Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
SORRY PR PEOPLE: YOU'RE BLOCKED  —  I've had it.  I get more than 300 emails a day and my problem isn't spam (Cloudmark Desktop solves that nicely), it's PR people.  Lazy flacks send press releases to the Editor in Chief of Wired because they can't be bothered to find out who on my staff …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mini How-To: Remove the Windows BSOD icon in Leopard, make OS X a little less smug  —  It's pretty clear that Apple left no stone unturned in Leopard, making changes and fixes throughout the new operating system.  Unfortunately, that also included an upgrade to its crucial smugness subsystem …
Discussion: Crave, TechBlog and Digg
BBC:
PC stripper helps spam to spread  —  A virtual stripper is helping to defeat anti-spam security checks.  —  Spammers have created a Windows game which shows a woman in a state of undress when people correctly type in text shown in an accompanying image.  —  The scrambled text images come …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
It's like teaching a chicken to play tic-tac-toe, except we use horny losers
Discussion: Computerworld
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BD+ may be on the ropes: progress made on cracking Blu-ray's special DRM  —  SlySoft, the Antigua-based company behind AndDVD HD, has claimed that it knows how to defeat the additional BD+ encryption available on Blu-ray devices, and that BD+ movies will be cracked by the end of the year.
Discussion: George Ou
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Paul Hales / Inquirer:
Blu-ray BD+ cracked and ready to burn
Discussion: TechSpot News and Gizmodo
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Blu-ray BD+ copy protection defeated?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees a Future Without BitTorrent  —  Why a new protocol?  Well, the current BitTorrent protocol is developed and maintained by BitTorrent Inc. This company, founded by BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen, recently decided to close the source of some newer additions to the protocol.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Eye-Fi Adds Wi-Fi to Almost Any Digital Camera [Review]  —  The gadget: The Eye-Fi.  It's an SD memory card that adds Wi-Fi to any camera.  Plus the free Eye-Fi service supports automatic uploads to 20 different web photo sites (like Flickr) as well as a computer on your home network.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Apple, hackenomics, and the waning anonymity (and obsoletion) of cash  —  The noose is slowly tightening.  A hundred years ago — heck, even ten years ago — for the most part, we didn't have to sacrifice our privacy just to participate in some transaction.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
A Public Google Job Application  —  27-years old Sebastian Lützig from Cologne, Germany, wants to work at Google, specifically in Google's security department.  Instead of writing a normal job application, he decided to register tons of Google-related URLs - like adwordsgoogle.de …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft shows off future features of Project  —  Microsoft showed off some features of the next version of Project, to the delight of the crowd gathered at the Microsoft Office Project Conference in Seattle.  —  The audience applauded a new timeline view that will become available.
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Computerworld and InfoWorld
Leahculver / The Pownce Blog:
Pownce Public API  —  Hey developers!  We're so excited to now have a Pownce API where you can create fun stuff with Pownce.  Hacks, mashups, and widgets, oh my!  —  Right now you can get lists of public notes, user profiles, and individual notes with replies.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
U.S.-Microsoft antitrust deal to get temporary extension  —  Microsoft, state prosecutors, and the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday said a federal judge needs more time to weigh whether Redmond should be subjected to a lengthier period of antitrust policing.
 
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Tor Thorsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Xbox 360 IPTV still coming—eventually
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Vyatta does open source networking with a mean streak
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NBC's Zucker: Apple used us! (Shh, we used Apple too)
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Buffalo Stops US Sale of Products under Patent Case Ban
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Specific Media: the next big shot in online advertising?
Discussion: Mashable!
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Third party themes for iGoogle coming soon?
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Intense Debate: A Very Sweet Comment Management Plug-in
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
ODF group abandons file format in favor of W3C alternative
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Paula Musich / eWEEK.com:
EMC Acquires Voyence
Discussion: Computerworld
Business Wire:
Google Leads Microsoft, Nokia in Location Based Services Development …
Schneier on Security:
Security by Letterhead  —  This otherwise amusing story has some serious lessons:
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Ban on Net access taxes extended to 2014
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Apple plays with fire, courts iPhone gift card lawsuits
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Google Phone News: This Not Just in from the WSJ
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