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4:10 PM ET, October 31, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook May Be Growing Too Fast.  And Hitting The Capital Markets Again.  —  When Facebook raised $240 million from Microsoft in 2007, and another $235 million in debt and equity in 2008, everyone thought they had plenty of cash to get through their big growth phase.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Microsoft parks “I'm a PC” recording booth outside Apple Store  —  Microsoft Corp., engrossed in multi-million dollar marketing blitz to counter anti-Vista propaganda from rival Apple, Inc., is now using a portion of its budget to fuel guerilla retail tactics near the Mac maker's stores.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Eee PC 1000H Runs Windows 7 Well  —  Here is a confession: I am getting pretty tired of netbooks running Windows XP.  So when we got our Windows 7 Beta disc at PDC earlier this week, I couldn't wait to get it running on a netbook.  —  This morning we loaded Windows 7 Ultimate (Pre-Beta) on an ASUS Eee PC 1000H.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek expects to ship US$200 Eee PC in 2009, says president  —  Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$78.26 billion (US$2.39 billion) for the third quarter this year, while net profit after tax was NT$6.38 billion, an increase of 13% on quarter, but a drop of 14.2% on year.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Google Playing Chicken With the Justice Department?  —  Are Google and Yahoo thinking of walking of away from their controversial search advertising deal, as reported in an amusingly hedged report in The Wall Street Journal last night?  —  How's this for covering your bases in a story …
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Reuters:
Yahoo, Google May Walk Away from Search Deal: Report
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo! Video Streams Surge 56% in September to Claim Second Spot to YouTube which has broken 5 Billion Monthly Videos Serve, Nielsen Online  —  Video streams on Yahoo! dramatically increased in September to 265 million, up 56 percent from August's 169 million.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 First Impressions (Kills the Original)  —  RIM excels at many things, but keeping secrets ain't one of 'em, so we'd eyeballed the BlackBerry Curve 8900 (nee Javelin) quite a bit before this AT&T-branded one dropped in our laps.  It's a Bolder version of the current Curve …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Would You Pay $162 a Year for All the Music You Can Eat?  —  That's the offer, sort of, being made by something called Datz Music Lounge.  —  The details, from MusicWeek (via Coolfer): You give the company 100 British pounds, and for the next year you can download all the music you want.
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Ben Cardew / Music Week:
Datz launches unlimited download store
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Register
Speaking of Security, the RSA Blog and Podcast:
One Sinowal Trojan + One Gang = Hundreds of Thousands of Compromised Accounts  —  The RSA FraudAction Research Lab would like to share its startling findings based on its tracking and research of the Sinowal Trojan, also known as Torpig and Mebroot.  Our findings based on the data we have collected …
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Trojan virus steals bank info
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sprint, Cogent in Peering Feud - Sprint disconnects from Cogent network, impacting customers  —  Cogent is no stranger to peering disputes, fighting with Level3 back in 2005 and AOL back in 2002.  While most peering arrangements involve carriers trading equal amounts of bandwidth …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's other new platform: Live Framework  —  LOS ANGELES—While it was Windows Azure that got much of the attention, Microsoft also released another important platform at this week's Professional Developers Conference.  —  Microsoft's Live Framework is essentially the developer piece of Live Mesh.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
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Update on installation of Live Mesh for Mobile - FIXED!
Reuters:
Tesla sees new financing, founder offers support  —  Tesla Motors Inc expects to close a financing round of over $20 million from existing investors as soon as next week to bolster a cash balance now at $9 million, said Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of the electric car start-up.
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Improvements to Ads Quality  —  We're always working on improvements that will help us show the most relevant ads to our searchers, and we're excited to tell you that we'll soon introduce two changes designed to enhance how we calculate Quality Score and rank ads.
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
WiFi thermostat puts power (and cooling) at your fingertips  —  In an age where we can put WiFi into a plastic bunny that wiggles its ears in response to commands over the Internet, why not stick the same wireless networking into a thermostat that allows remote monitoring and schedule changes?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Economists Realizing That Current Music Industry Structure Leads To ‘Sub-Optimal Outcomes’  —  from the you-noticed?  dept  —  The music collection society MCPS PRS in the UK apparently had three economists coming from different viewpoints work together on a paper concerning the economics of the music industry on the internet today.
Discussion: The Register
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
No Opera Mini for the iPhone  —  It seems that the engineers at Opera developed a version of Opera Mini that would run on the iPhone (and the iPod touch), but this browser will never see light of day because Apple rejected it from the App Store. … Well that sucks.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The New Xbox Experience with Netflix  —  Netflix Week continues (and we're not even done yet)...  This morning, the New Xbox Experience (NXE) was delivered to my console.  After quickly creating a non-representative (i.e. slender) avatar, I jumped right into Netflix.
AppleInsider:
Apple's NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs arrive early, get unboxed  —  Apple Store online customers are reporting Friday that their NVIDIA-based MacBook Air notebooks have begun arriving almost a week early.  Included are some unboxing notes and photos.  —  Unboxing notes
Discussion: MacRumors
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Experimental Monkeys Now Available  —  We often talk about the growing number of interesting SearchMonkey applications that have been built by developers.  Many of the applications live in the Yahoo! Search Gallery, but quite a few aren't accepted for various reasons.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and WebProNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is There Still A Big Loophole For Software And Business Method Patents?  —  I've been talking to plenty of people (mostly lawyers) about the Bilski ruling on software and business method patents while also having more time to reread the discussion in detail, and I'm going to backtrack on my original assessment.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen undergoes undisclosed medical procedure, misses award  —  Post updated with Allen's video message to guests.  —  An undisclosed medical procedure prevented Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen from personally accepting the Seattle King County Realtors' First Citizen award this evening …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Microsoft Blog
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing: Will the financial geeks give it a boost?  —  The advantages of cloud computing are commonly known: You don't need upfront infrastructure investment; scaling up is relatively easy; and the service provider is likely to be more efficient than your company.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's Mac unit gets new boss  —  Microsoft said Friday that it is changing the leadership of its Macintosh Business Unit, the group responsible for Office for Mac.  —  Eric Wilfrid, a product unit manager in the division, will succeed Craig Eisler, who is moving to a role elsewhere …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
 
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Peter Bright / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: Windows 7 Libraries under the microscope
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Netbook Shipments to Beat Asus's Eee PC
Discussion: Liliputing and Engadget
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google's JotSpot exposes user data
Roger Grimes / Security Adviser:
China is not selling bugged hardware
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Sun Microsystems Reports $1.7 Billion Loss and Falling Sales
Discussion: Gadgetell and TechCrunch
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Waiting for Google's Kindle Killer
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Selling Ads on Your Twitter Background? You'll Love Magpie
Discussion: The Social Path and Mashable!
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Hard Times? Not for iPhone Developers
Discussion: Listening Post
John Kennedy / Silicon Republic:
BlackBerry Storm price plans revealed
 

 
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