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7:45 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
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, Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and larry borsato
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Gmail Blog:
Almost new in Labs: SMS Text Messaging for chat  —  Oh snap.  Last night, we started rolling out a new feature to Gmail Labs that lets you send SMS text messages right from Gmail.  It combines the best parts of IM and texting: you chat from your computer and reach your friends no matter where they are.
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 …
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 …
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 comical ads from rival Apple, Inc., is now using a portion of its budget to fuel guerilla retail tactics near the Mac maker's stores.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Apple fanboys vs. Microsofties: A scientist's verdict  —  Since embracing Incorrectness, I have noticed that the passion of those who love either Microsoft or Apple seems even to exceed a Goth's passion for black eyeshadow.  —  The more I have come to know the two sides …
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
NAND revenues in two-year fall
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A Spot Of Trouble At Spot Runner
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Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
Microsoft ad shop Razorfish expands in Europe, contracts in New York
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Kurt Mackey / One Microsoft Way:
Ars@PDC: The new “Device Stage” in Windows 7
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Discussion: VentureBeat and Hacking NetFlix
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's Mac unit gets new boss
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Economists Realizing That Current Music Industry Structure Leads …
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