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12:20 AM ET, November 8, 2007

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Digg close to a $300 million sale?  [Rumormonger]  —  Digg is close to announcing its sale to a major media player for $300 million to $400 million, according to sources close to the company, I hear.  When I floated this rumor that Digg was up for sale, my friends scoffed: "When isn't Digg up for sale?"
Discussion: Webware.com, Mashable!, ParisLemon and Digg
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Just Sell Digg Already, Jay  —  One thing that has become a certainly in our little tech world - a few months can't go by without rumors surfacing that a sale of Digg is imminent.  CEO Jay Adelson and cofounder Kevin Rose are in a perpetual rumor cycle.  The problem is, they seem to be the ones at fault for the rumors.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
MLB rips off fans who bought DRM videos  —  Allan Wood (a baseball megafan who has written a book about Babe Ruth) purchased over $280 worth of digital downloads of baseball games from Major League Baseball, who have just turned off their DRM server, leaving him with no way to watch his videos.
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Redsock / The Joy of Sox:
If You Purchased MLB Game Downloads Before 2006, Your Discs/Files Are Now Useless; MLB Has Stolen Your $$$ And Claims "No Refunds"  —  Just bumping this to the top for awhile.  —  Great to see non-baseball sites like Boing Boing, Wired, Slashdot, Techdirt and others posting about this.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Major League Baseball's DRM change strikes out with fans
Discussion: The Joy of Sox and Digg
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios  —  NEW YORK—In his keynote speech on Wednesday morning at the Media and Money conference hosted by Dow Jones and Nielsen, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner talked about writers as though they were a minority group that he didn't particularly understand well.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.5.1 9B13 to Developers  —  As expected, Apple has started seeding Mac OS 10.5.1 to developers for testing.  The latest seed carries a build number of 9B13 and offers a number of fixes.  —  Apple details a number of issues addressed in the seed.
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Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
The verdict: Leopard spanks Vista, continues OS X's reign of excellence
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
AMAZON TO HOST RED HAT LINUX ONLINE  —  Update: I added a lot more detail about Red Hat's ambitions and other moves.  —  Red Hat on Wednesday announced a significant departure from its current business plan, saying its flagship Linux product will be available on Amazon.com's Elastic Computing Cloud online service.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data: U.S. Internet Advertising to Double to $42 Billion Over Next Four Years  —  The latest forecast for Internet advertising is out from eMarketer, which says that in the U.S. it will rise from $21 billion this year to $42 billion in 2011.  During that time period, Web advertising's share …
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Online Advertising on a Rocket Ride
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
AOL's New Plan: It's Not Working  —  Randy Falco is betting the entire AOL franchise on building up its advertising network.  The Time Warner results released this morning show that the horse that the head of AOL is betting on is slowing down.  —  AOL sold $540 million in ads in the third quarter …
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Once and for all, proof that Macs are cheaper than PCs  —  Let's put to rest the myth that an Apple computer will set you back more than a Windows PC.  In fact, it'll cost you less.  —  It's time to buy an Apple computer.  Indeed, it's been that time for the past five years, at least …
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Whole Foods Muzzles Executives' Online Chatter  —  Remember the scandal involving Whole Foods' chief executive posting on financial web forums about his own company?  Well, in addition to scolding CEO John Mackey (pictured right) for bringing down a ton of scrutiny from the SEC …
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David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is Philips clock radio/digital photo frame a potential sleeper hit?  —  The Philips AJL308 has quietly slipped onto the market.  —  (Credit: Amazon)  —  Around this time each year I start trolling the Web, looking for potentially interesting products that we should review for the holiday buying season.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Heritage Foundation:
The Comcast Net Neutrality Controversy: A Discussion  —  On October 25, the Technology Liberation Front, a technology policy weblog, hosted an online discussion[1] concerning recent actions by Comcast Corporation to limit certain types of traffic on its network in order to manage demand.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
A Story of Surveillance  —  Former Technician 'Turning In' AT&T Over NSA Program  —  His first inkling that something was amiss came in summer 2002 when he opened the door to admit a visitor from the National Security Agency to an office of AT&T in San Francisco.  —  "What the heck is the NSA doing here?"
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Russian hacker gang goes dark to relocate; may be moving to China  —  Infamous Russian Business Network 'down, not out,' says researcher  —  The Russian Business Network (RBN), a notorious hacker and malware hosting organization that operates out of St. Petersburg, Russia, has gone off the air, security researchers said today.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Log Off and Get to Work  —  Turns out your bosses don't want you updating your social networking page at the office.  —  Web security firm Barracuda Networks polled 2,400 of its own customers and found that 50.2 percent block access to social networks MySpace and Facebook.
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google overhauls Gmail under the hood
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
WIDGETBOX'S APP ACCELERATOR GETS MORE FACEBOOK-FRIENDLY
Discussion: Mashable!
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson unveils its vision for convergence of mobile content and services
Discussion: last100, Engadget and MobHappy
Christopher Null:
File Sharing Opens Users to Identity Theft
Discussion: Valleywag
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
As Google pushes phones, Yahoo zeros in on ad deals
Discussion: WebProNews
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
Format war fanboys shut down AVS Forum
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget HD and Engadget
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
We're only Human after all: a review of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: NWS: Murdoch: MySpace Rocks, Facebook 'Similar To A Phone Book'
Discussion: Valleywag
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Reuters:
Time Warner Cable says wireless demand is 'tepid'
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CNET Buys FindArticles From Looksmart For $20.5 Million
Discussion: Reuters and Mashable!
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant iPhone jailbreak site offers many new features
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Buys Clipmarks, RealClearPolitics Stake
Chris Williams / The Register:
Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran
Martin Veitch / Inquirer:
Intel mulled buying Nvidia, ATI
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