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8:10 AM ET, November 3, 2008

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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Salesforce.com extends cloud computing service  —  Salesforce.com is expanding its cloud computing service with a new option that lets customers more easily build external Web sites.  —  The company is expected to announce the new service, called Force.com Sites, at its Dreamforce user conference on Monday in San Francisco.
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Salesforce.com Wants to Host Your Web Site  —  Salesforce.com is getting into the Web site hosting business, the latest sign that the company's ambitions reach beyond the sales-automation software it's named for.  —  Salesforce.com, whose annual conference gets under way in San Francisco Monday …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Force.com sets its Sites on Microsoft
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
MySpace, MTV Networks team with Auditude to profit from online video  —  It just goes to show that you can teach old media new tricks.  —  Television networks and Hollywood studios used to try to prevent people from uploading copyrighted content on the Internet.  Now they are looking to profit from the practice.
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
MTV Networks in deal to monetize uploaded videos
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace and MTV Turn Pirated Video Into Ad Dollars
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Irrepressible widget-maker RockYou aims at Asia, raises $17M  —  RockYou, a company that started out two years ago making simple slideshow widgets for MySpace, and more recently applications on Facebook and other rival social networks, is now invading Asia.  —  It has taken on strategic funding …
Discussion: GigaOM, The Social and Mashable!
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ad Rates Dropped 11% In The Third Quarter  —  The average amount advertisers pay publishers to display their ads one thousand times — CPMs — dropped 11 percent from Q2 to Q3 across the 307 ad networks and 1,300 publishers that ad-optimizing firm The Rubicon Project calls clients.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows 7 ‘pre-beta’ washes up on Pirate Bay and co  —  It's as if people WANT to download Microsoft's next OS  —  Microsoft's “pre-beta” version of its upcoming OS - Windows 7 - has already tipped up on BitTorrent sites just as the dust settles on the firm's Professional Developers Conference.
Discussion: Beyond Binary and TorrentFreak
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Times Said Shopping About.com  —  The troubled New York Times Company is running out of options.  It owes more than $1 billion, close to half of it coming due in the next two years.  But it just ruled out layoffs for the foreseeable future and will probably try to avoid cutting …
David Rothman / TeleRead:
FBReader releases Android update for real Google phones: Download it now and tell us what you think  —  FBReader has just released the FBReaderJ 0.2.1 update for real phones using Google's Android operating system—as opposed to just emulators.  —  The ePub industry standard is among the formats that 0.2.1 supports.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Social Networks Reunion.com and Wink Merge; Focusing on Meta People Search  —  Two of the lesser known social networks Reunion.com and Wink have merged together.  The two sites focus on people and alumni/classmates search, and will now launch a new brand early next year.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Discussion: The Social, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola ZINE ZN5 officially hits T-Mobile, paparazzis lose their jobs  —  There hasn't been much doubt about Motorola's MOTOZINE ZN5 hitting T-Mobile, but official confirmations are always a nice thing, no?  Starting today, at select T-Mobile corporate locations and online, you'll be able to pickup a Motorola ZN5 for yourself.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Scripps Tries to Steer Local Ads to Papers' Sites  —  KNOXVILLE, Tenn., is a place where residents root for the Vols, prefer their iced tea sweet and turn to the Knoxville News Sentinel for local coverage.  The paper has been around since 1886, and it has entered the Internet age with a Web site featuring videos and blogs.
Discussion: Industry Standard
John Markoff / New York Times:
On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm  —  Microsoft plans to report on Monday that the security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds and other online scourges has become much more serious.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
John McCain and Barack Obama Talk Tech  —  In advance of tomorrow's elections, here's a pair of videos of the two presidential candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, talking about tech.  —  While Obama has many more supporters in the tech and Internet sectors …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Agence France Presse:
Microsoft unveils 60 million dlr investment in SKorea
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
“Three strikes” P2P rule inches closer to law in France
Discussion: paidContent
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Partnering for Cyberspace Security
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sprint, Cogent Reconnect Networks For Now
Discussion: The Register and Royal Pingdom
Rafael / Within Windows:
Flashy Windows 7 bits protected by elaborate scheme, workaround
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