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1:10 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 returned to Facebook when they visit web pages …
Discussion: Digital Daily, Zoli's Blog and PC4Media
Lee / Adonomics Blog:   Google Fears Facebook-Enhanced, Open-Source, AdSense Competitor
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.
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.
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple: 2 million copies of Leopard sold
Discussion: Channel 9 and Tech Trader Daily
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail's New Version Is Now Available
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Gadgetell
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Code changes to prepare Gmail for the future
Discussion: Lifehacker
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.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Phone News: This Not Just in from the WSJ
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and WebProBlog
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 …
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Not All Is Gloomy in Real Estate: A Blog Network Attracts Capital  —  The residential real estate market may be troubled, but property-focused Web sites are still attracting visitors and investors.  —, a popular real estate blog network with sites in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles …
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 …
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Windows XP will double the price of Asustek's Eee PC  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Adding Windows XP to Asustek Computer's Eee PC will double the price of the low-cost laptop compared to existing versions running Linux.  —  The company will sell a version of the Eee PC with Windows XP …
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Asustek complains of Intel laptop processor shortage
Discussion: The Tech Report
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Disqus Joins The Battle For Your Blog's Comments  —  Blogs, at their best, are like finely tuned forums.  Authors serve as moderators, starting discussion threads with posts.  Some get particularly heated.  But after two months of tuning in beta, Y Combinator's Disqus is launching to make the forum comparison concrete.
Discussion: and CenterNetworks
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Manage blog comments with Disqus
Discussion: Mashable! and
Chris Williams / The Register:
Whois database targeted for destruction  —  The long-running attempt by privacy advocates to bin the Whois database will be up for vote at the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles tomorrow.  —  Cheerleaders for the six-year-old "sunset proposal" say people shouldn't be required to give …
Discussion: Mashable!
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Whois May Be Whowas  —  The little corner of the Internet …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Zillow MediaRoom:® 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 …
So Long Apple.  The Party's Over  —  Fresh Jobs for Developers  — » - a "Founders At Work" company seeks a Senior/Lead Java Engineer in Needham MA  —  You only have to spend a few minutes at JavaOne to know that Apple is popular with Java developers.
Chris Soghoian / CNET
Apple plays with fire, courts iPhone gift card lawsuits  —  Apple set the blogosphere on fire Monday when word leaked of the company's latest effort to limit iPhone unlocking.  Recent media reports reveal that that the company has instituted a two-device-per-visit limit for iPhone purchases …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Erica Ogg / CNET
Trouble on horizon for 'white box' PC makers  —  news analysis Apple might be the flavor of the moment in the consumer PC world, but hundreds of thousands of customers every year continue to choose plain vanilla "white box" PCs.  —  Those purchases go on as Hewlett-Packard and Dell churn …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Gadget Lab
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Mydeo scores US deal with Best Buy  —  UK video technology firm Mydeo confirmed a deal with the American retailer Best Buy today to power a paid-for video sharing service, with Best Buy taking a minority stake in the company.  —  The video sharing service is a curiosity …
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