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6:50 AM ET, December 10, 2007

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn launches platform, redesign — a better business social network  —  LinkedIn has just launched its own developer platform and a new design that promises to make it more useful to its millions of business users.  —  Earlier this year, many have wondered if social network Facebook …
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog and Webware.com
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn API and New Homepage Drawing Near  —  LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is trying to establish itself as a better destination with a stronger presence on the web.  —  As a better destination, LinkedIn would experience higher levels of user engagement and more page views …
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn: No NWS News.  But Plenty Of New Features  —  Still no update on LinkedIn's possible deal/non-deal with News Corp. (NWS).  To remind you of where we stand: Late last month LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye told Fortune that Rupert Murdoch's company had approached them about a deal.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
R.I.P. Marc Orchant, 1957-2007  —  It breaks my heart to report that Marc Orchant passed away today, after being hospitalized since suffering a massive heart attack exactly one week ago.  Sue Orchant sent this message this morning: … Marc's colleague Oliver Starr, who has helped keep …
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Oliver / StarrTrek:
In Memoriam: Marc Orchant  —  I received the news around 3PM today that my closest friend, business associate, co-conspirator, sometime mentor, sometime  —  protege and full time confidante had passed away a week after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in New Mexico.  He was 50 years old.
Discussion: mobilejones
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Rest in Peace Marc Orchant
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Pens a Deal with Universal Music.  Now Has All the Majors.  —  Ad-supported music streaming is now officially legit.  Music social network imeem has inked a deal with the fourth and final major label, Universal Music Group, to make its entire digital catalog available for free to imeem members.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and hypebot
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Universal Music Signs With Free Music Site imeem
Discussion: paidContent.org and Webware.com
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
PayCycle launches same-day payment system for new enrollees for payroll software  —  These guys are the market leader in payroll software for small businesses.  Now they're going to launch same-day payment for enrollees who sign up for the payroll system on the same day.
Discussion: Mashable!
Lifthill:
Epcot's Spaceship Earth reopens, Steve Jobs pics  —  Epcot's Spaceship Earth ride has begun its soft opening phase and cast members are now allowing some guests onto the ride.  It appears guests are being allowed behind the barriers in small, carefully counted groups, and only at certain times.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
CDNs Are Big Business, EdgeCast Get $6 Million  —  When we watch movies or play music online, there's a flurry of unseen activity making sure that data arrives when and where it's supposed to be.  This is the job of the high speed fiber and computer systems of the internet's content distribution networks (CDNs).
Discussion: VentureBeat and NewTeeVee
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Subdomains and subdirectories  —  Towards the tail end of PubCon, I noticed a spate of articles talking about subdomains and subdirectories in Google, and I wanted to talk more about this subject in case I was unclear.  —  Historically, it's been kind of a wash about when to use subdomains vs. subdirectories.
Andrewkeen / The Great Seduction:
Pay what you want (and screw the music business)  —  Interesting piece on Radiohead by Jon Pareles in today's New York Times about the death of the music industry.  So, as everybody knows, Radiohead decided to let the fans choose how much to pay for their new album "In Rainbows".
Wall Street Journal:
After Talks Fail, Writers' Strike Could Drag On  —  The collapse of talks between striking screenwriters and the nation's film and television producers sets the stage for a long, cold winter in Hollywood that could effectively shut down much of the entertainment industry and usher in sweeping changes in the TV business.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Nokia Pushes to Regain U.S. Sales in Spite of Apple and Google  —  ESPOO, Finland — When Google announced plans in October to revolutionize the software of cellular phones, few were more eager to hear the details than the industry veterans at Nokia.  They still are.
Discussion: Social Media
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Fark.com trying to get trademark on "Not Safe For Work"  —  Abbreviations, acronyms, and memes fall in and out of fashion on the Internet all of the time.  Today's "I can has cheeseburger?" is often tomorrow's "All your base are belong to us."  Some stand the test of time, including phrases like …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Robert Scoble doesn't understand enterprise software  —  Before saying a word, let me state that in my few dealings with famed uber-geek blogger, Robert Scoble, I've found him to be a great guy and I like him.  Having said that, let's address the issue: Scoble asks his readers about enterprise software …
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Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile announces the Samsung Katalyst
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Paid Content on the Web Is Not Impossible, But It's Hard
Discussion: ChasNote and New York Times
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Facebook Beacon attracts disdain, not dollars
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Top US military research labs infiltrated by hackers
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
ASUS Calms the Fears of Eee PC Owners with Warranty Update
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Last.fm Powered Music Section
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