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10:10 AM ET, November 1, 2008

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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 …
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Should Facebook be tapping users for cash?
Discussion: Webware.com and VentureBeat
AOL Mail Blog:
An Open Letter to Gmail: Happy Halloween!  We love your costume!  —  Happy Halloween Gmail!  We knew you would have the best costume at the party, and who can blame you?  We think it's great that you're using this holiday to pay homage to the one who started it all, who got 35 million people online …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Jaime Forman-Lau / The Official Google Blog:
Feed me!  Google Alerts not just for email anymore  —  This week, our Trondheim-based Google Alerts team launched support for feeds, a highly requested feature you can use to receive alerts via the feed reader of your choice.  (Of course, we think the best places to view your updates are iGoogle and Google Reader.)
Discussion: Lifehacker and Mashable!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
BBC's Magic TV Detector Vans Kept Secret  —  As many of you probably know (especially if you live in the UK), you have to buy a license to have a TV (or even a TV tuner card for a computer).  The license fees go to pay the BBC to operate.  Apparently, the BBC has some secret “TV detector” …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Russell Beattie was Right, the Mobile Web is Dead  —  A couple of months ago, Russell Beattie wrote a post about the end of his startup entitled The end of Mowser which is excerpted below … I filed away Russell's post as interesting at the time but hadn't really experienced it first hand until recently.
David Hill / Medialets:
Android Market, Unleashed  —  Here we are a little over a week since the launch of the first Android-powered phone, the G1.  As of Monday, Android Market has been open to developers to distribute their applications as they wish.  We've made some more observations on how the Android Market is evolving …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
America CTO's infomercial for Obama  —  In exchange for his late-to-the-party endorsement of Barack Obama, Google CEO Eric Schmidt got a spot on Obama's prime-time infomercial last night.  Note how Schmidt explains his decision, made only after Obama took a substantial lead in the polls …
John Mahoney / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: New MacBooks Support 6GB RAM  —  While we've officially confirmed that the Nvidia chipset in the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros can theoretically support up to 8GB of RAM, Apple says the capacities for each top out at 4GB.  Turns out, the actual number is right there in the middle …
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com, MacUser and Gadget Lab
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The real reason the BlackBerry Storm doesn't have Wi-Fi or tri-band HSDPA  —  You might have guessed it, but the reason is Verizon!  We confirmed this a little while back with one of our really top-level sources (you know who you are!) and they did, in fact, confirm our suspicions …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and larry borsato
Scott Moritz / CNNMoney.com:
Verizon mulls heavily-discounted BlackBerry Storm  —  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 …
Mike Elgan / PC World:
Why Netbooks Will Soon Cost $99  —  Subnotebooks like the Asus Eee PC, the Dell Mini 9 and the HP 2133 Mini-note will soon cost as little as $99.  The catch?  You'll need to commit to a two-year mobile broadband contract.  The low cost will come courtesy of a subsidy identical to the one you already get with your cell phone.
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
Experience soccer games through your cell phone vibration  —  The cell phone is synchronized with a soccer ball in the field, so that the phone vibrates whenever the ball is kicked.  Different kinds of vibrations let users know the ball's location in the field and which team has possession.
Discussion: Unwired View and Engadget Mobile
Doug Beaver / Facebook Blog:
Click or Treat: Halloween Photo Bonanza  —  Every day's a good day for taking and sharing photos, but at Facebook, Halloween is the best of all.  Our users go all out to capture the zany costumes and freewheeling spirit, typically uploading about 20% more photos than usual during Halloween week.
Discussion: All Facebook
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.
Dwight / blogs.chron.com:
Report voting conditions and problems using Twitter  —  When millions of Americans go to the polls on Tuesday, there are bound to be problems.  A grass-roots, non-partisan initiative to call them out via the Internet has been launched; it utilizes Twitter, the popular microblogging service.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Can iPhone Sales Grow In The December Quarter?
Discussion: Digital Daily
Chris Mellor / The Register:
NAND revenues in two-year fall
Discussion: eWeek
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Apple fanboys vs. Microsofties: A scientist's verdict
Discussion: broadstuff and digg.com
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: The new “Device Stage” in Windows 7
Discussion: OSNews
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
The New Xbox Experience with Netflix
Discussion: VentureBeat and Hacking NetFlix
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's Mac unit gets new boss
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Economists Realizing That Current Music Industry Structure Leads …
Discussion: broadstuff
 

 
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