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6:10 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.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
What we know and what we don't know about Facebook's finances  —  Is Facebook desperate for cash because its growth has caused costs to far outpace revenue, as TechCrunch suggests?  Not necessarily.  Revenue will be in the hundreds of millions, and will greatly exceed the $150 million …
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.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:   Microsoft placing “I'm a PC” recording booths outside Apple 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.
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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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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft faces uncertain financial future as it looks to the cloud  —  LOS ANGELES — The Ray Ozzie Era at Microsoft has begun.  —  The man who assumed Bill Gates' role of chief software architect unveiled a new blueprint for the company here this week, detailing plans …
Discussion: TechFlash
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Tweaks AdWords To Reward “Quality” (And Juice Revenues)  —  There is nothing like a downturn to force a company focus on the bottom line, even a company like Google whose bottom line is still growing at a healthy pace.  Continuing its recent efforts to juice advertising revenues wherever it can …
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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.
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
Jon Udell:
URI, XML, HTTP, REST, and the Azure Services Platform  —  When friends and family ask about the Professional Developers Conference I attended this week, I tell them it's kind of like Microsoft's State of the Union address.  I've been to a number of these over the years.
Discussion: tecosystems
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's other new platform: Live Framework
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Scott Moritz / Technology news:
Verizon mulls heavily-discounted BlackBerry  —  Free.  That's Vodafone's (VOD) recently-unveiled price for the hotly-anticipated touchscreen BlackBerry Storm from Research in Motion (RIM) in the United Kingdom.  —  In a sign of just how desperate phone companies are to lock customers …
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.
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.
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Can iPhone Sales Grow In The December Quarter?  —  One the features of Apple's (AAPL) recent earnings report for the fiscal fourth quarter ended September was that the company sold 6.9 million iPhones, many more than some analysts expected, and enough to push the company into the ranks …
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.
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.
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.
 
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
NAND revenues in two-year fall
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Apple fanboys vs. Microsofties: A scientist's verdict
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Spot Of Trouble At Spot Runner
Discussion: Screenwerk
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft ad shop Razorfish expands in Europe, contracts in New York
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: The new “Device Stage” in Windows 7
Discussion: OSNews
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Economists Realizing That Current Music Industry Structure Leads …
Discussion: The Register
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen undergoes undisclosed medical procedure, misses award
Discussion: Valleywag and The Microsoft Blog
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Peter Bright / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: Windows 7 Libraries under the microscope
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Netbook Shipments to Beat Asus's Eee PC
Discussion: Liliputing and Engadget
AppleInsider:
Apple's NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs arrive early, get unboxed
Discussion: MacRumors
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google's JotSpot exposes user data
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
WiFi thermostat puts power (and cooling) at your fingertips
 

 
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