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6:40 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 …
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.
Discussion: Technology Live and Valleywag
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:
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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MAC Address / heise Security:
Leopard with chinks in its armour  —  A second look at the Mac OS X Leopard firewall  —  Apple is using security in general and the new firewall in particular to promote Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X. However, initial functional testing has already uncovered cause for concern.
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Holes in Leopard's firewall
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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
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 …
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, Gizmodo, Valleywag and Mashable!
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.  —  Curbed.com, a popular real estate blog network with sites in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles …
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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.
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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
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.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
40GB PS3 features 65nm chips, lower power consumption  —  It's been revealed that the new 40GB PlayStation 3 features more than just a cut down hard disk drive.  Sony has also thought to stick the 65nm version of the Cell inside the new console, reducing the power usage down to around 135 Watts (down from 200 Watts.)
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.
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.
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
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 …
 
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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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Intense Debate: A Very Sweet Comment Management Plug-in
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Soft, Cuddly Companion Cube [Portal]
Discussion: Crave
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
ODF group abandons file format in favor of W3C alternative
Paula Musich / eWEEK.com:
EMC Acquires Voyence
Discussion: Computerworld
InfoWorld:
Microsoft shows off future features of Project
Business Wire:
Google Leads Microsoft, Nokia in Location Based Services Development …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Louise Story / Bits:
The Back Door Into Facebook Ads
Discussion: CNET News.com and All Facebook
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Ban on Net access taxes extended to 2014
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof replaces term papers with Wikipedia contributions, suffering ensues
Discussion: WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Docstoc Opens For Business (Documents)
Javalobby:
So Long Apple. The Party's Over
Chris Williams / The Register:
Whois database targeted for destruction
 

 
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