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6:00 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.
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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching the Google Adsense Killer  —  Earlier today Lee Lorenzen of Altura Ventures sent me a message referencing a note where he postulates about Facebook's upcoming ad network.  He brought up something that I previously hadn't thought of: the opening of Facebook's ad network.
Lee Lorenzen / Adonomics Blog:
Google Fears Facebook-Enhanced, Open-Source, AdSense Competitor
Discussion: Epicenter
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook: Have Data, Will Travel?  Rumored Ad Product for Third-Party Sites
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 …
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 …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
It's like teaching a chicken to play tic-tac-toe, except we use horny losers
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: DSLreports, Valleywag, Mashable! and Digg
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.
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
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.
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 …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Phone News: This Not Just in from the WSJ  —  My feeds were buzzing this morning over a Wall Street Journal article discussing the infamous Google GPhone.  At last-I thought-if the WSJ is talking about it, then they must have something substantial to share.  —  Alas, my hopes were dashed.
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 …
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Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
ODF group abandons file format in favor of W3C alternative
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EMC Acquires Voyence
Discussion: Computerworld
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@ FOBM: Detail On Industry Standard's Return Confirmed; Blog …
Microsoft shows off future features of Project
Business Wire:
Google Leads Microsoft, Nokia in Location Based Services Development …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Apple, hackenomics, and the waning anonymity (and obsoletion) of cash
Schneier on Security:
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Louise Story / Bits:
The Back Door Into Facebook Ads
Discussion: CNET and All Facebook
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Lightning Round: Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card [Review]
Anne Broache / CNET
Ban on Net access taxes extended to 2014
Business Wire:
Best Buy Launches Online Video Sharing Service
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
40GB PS3 features 65nm chips, lower power consumption
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Listen up: MP3 spam on the rise, despite being utterly stupid
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof replaces term papers with Wikipedia contributions, suffering ensues
Discussion: WebProNews and Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Docstoc Opens For Business (Documents)
Chris Williams / The Register:
Whois database targeted for destruction