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11:05 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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail's New Version Is Now Available  —  The new version of Gmail I was talking about the other day is already available in some Gmail accounts.  If you see a link to an "older version" at the top of the page, that means you can enjoy the new features: mail prefetching, updated contact manager and other small updates.
Discussion: Gadgetell
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Code changes to prepare Gmail for the future  —  When Gmail launched in 2004, the web was a very different place: people's expectations were different, browser capabilities were less advanced, and certain terms that are now commonplace on software engineer résumés hadn't even been coined yet.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Web 2.0 World is Skunk Drunk on Its Own Kool-Aid  —  This is a sad time for the web.  It's as almost somber as the time just before the last bubble burst in 2000.  I was working in PR with dot-com startups at the time and the way I feel now is how I did back then.  I wish I didn't, but I do.
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Web Bubble 2.0  —  Well, maybe it is a bubble.  But out in Silicon Valley, they don't think of that as a bad thing at all.  —  T  —  he Silicon Valley venture capitalist Michael Moritz is kinda-sorta the West Coast version of New York's own Steve Rattner.
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Plentyoffish: 1-Man Company May Be Worth $1Billion  —  We've written before about PlentyOfFish, a leading online dating site that is run by a single person and is raking in money.  Markus Frind is the singular force behind PlentyOfFish.  At the time of our last review, June 2006 …
Zillow MediaRoom:
Zillow.com® Launches Suite of Tools for Advertisers to Target Homeowners in Ways Never Before Possible  —  Zillow Home Direct Ads offers advertisers the ability to reach homeowners on a home by home basis, at the right moment of purchasing intent  —  Leading real estate Web site Zillow …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
The Future of Business Media - Consumer Business Magazines  —  Part 1 coverage here.  —  I grew up reading business magazines: Fortune, Business Week, Economist and to a lesser extent Forbes.  Then the Web's explosion got me to read Fast Company, Business 2.0, Red Herring and company, so I was looking forward to panel #2 with:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
@ FOBM: Amid Consolidation, Forbes.com Looks To Further Define Itself …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, The iPhone Blog and Gizmodo
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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 returned to Facebook when they visit sites …
Discussion: Adonomics Blog and PC4Media
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching the Google Adsense Killer
Discussion: Mashable! and Somewhat Frank
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AdBrite puts spotlight on Facebook application ads  —  Online advertising firm AdBrite is set to announce on Tuesday a new program to serve ads for third-party Facebook applications.  Considering it a niche "channel" alongside existing AdBrite verticals, the company has launched …
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
5,000 radio stations plus MP3s  —  In the midst of an evolution on steroids, the MP3 player just never seems to be comfortable in its own skin.  While still suffering an identity crisis with the telephonic aspects of its personality, it's now changing once again to include digital radio …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
BEA Defends Its Rebuff of the Takeover Attempt by Oracle  —  BEA Systems defended itself yesterday in the face of mounting pressure to strike a deal to sell the company after it allowed Oracle's buyout offer to expire Sunday night.  —  In a letter to Carl C. Icahn, BEA's largest shareholder …
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Windows XP will double the price of Asustek's Eee PC
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Trouble on horizon for 'white box' PC makers
Discussion: Gadget Lab
BBC:
Warning over net address limits
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps Halloween Icon
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Snags Open-Source Project Lead
Jason Keenan / ICANN:
Workshop Explains New Generic Top Level Domains Framework
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
In India, Poverty Inspires Technology Workers to Altruism
Discussion: contentSutra.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Internet Now The Primary Local Medium
 Earlier Items: 
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Some Razzle Zazzle
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Messenger for Windows Gets a Tune-Up with v9.0
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Remember How TJX Was The Worst Data Breach In History?  Well, It Was Actually Worse
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Platform Launches With Big San Francisco Party
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Facebook employees are profiling users [Your Privacy Is An Illusion]
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Automattic Spurns $200 Million Acquisition Offer
Discussion: AccMan Pro, Valleywag and Rev2.org
InfoWorld:
SP1 for Microsoft's Project may drive upgrades
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin
Discussion: hypebot, broadstuff, Slashdot and Digg
 

 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
A&E Networks agrees to pay $250M for a 10% share of Vice Media, valuing it at $2.5B

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Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Hot playlist-focused music service 8tracks raises $1.28M

 
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