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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
300 Million and On  —  As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world.  It's a large number, but the way we think about this is that we're just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone.  Because we want to make it as easy and fast as possible for the world to connect …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook: 300 Million Monthly Active Users, “Free Cash Flow Positive”  —  Facebook has just announced it has reached 300 million monthly active users around the world.  The company has added 50 million users in just the 75 days, that's 670,000 users per day.  In mid-July, Facebook announced that it had reached 250 million.
Discussion: All Facebook and broadstuff
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
How exactly is Facebook making money?
Discussion: Reuters
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
RedBeacon Wins The Top Prize At TechCrunch50 2009  —  The 50 startup presentations are over, the judges votes are in, Michael and Jason chewed over the top contenders, and the winner of this year's TechCrunch50 is RedBeacon.  The startup aims to help consumers find local service providers such as plumbers, bakers, and contractors.
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 1.6 SDK is here  —  I am happy to let you know that Android 1.6 SDK is available for download.  Android 1.6, which is based on the donut branch from the Android Open Source Project, introduces a number of new features and technologies.  With support for CDMA and additional screen sizes …
Omniture:
Adobe to Acquire Omniture  —  Combined Company Will Deliver Comprehensive Solutions for Creation, Delivery and Optimization of Content and Applications  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Omniture, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMTR) today announced the two companies have entered …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Adobe to buy Omniture for $1.8 billion  —  Adobe said on Tuesday that it has reached a deal to acquire Web analytics firm Omniture for $1.8 billion, or $21.50 per share.  —  That represents a 45 percent premium to Omniture's average closing price for the last 30 days, Adobe noted in its press release.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: New Macs Coming Soon?  —  Is Apple (AAPL) about to unveil updated Macs?  —  Research firm Wedge Partners thinks so.  They assert in a note today that the company will release both new iMacs and new MacBooks “in the next several weeks.”  —  Wedge sees a redesigned iMac witjh a …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft Sets Up Zune HD for Failure — Again  —  The Zune HD's lack of a compelling software market will make it nothing more than a repeat failure, according to mobile developers and an analyst.  —  Microsoft on Tuesday released its newest media player.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.1 Jailbroken Almost Immediately (Just Not For Everyone)  —  Sometimes it pays to sit back from the bleeding edge a little.  Like when the Dev Team releases their Pwnage Tool for iPhone 3.1, and it doesn't work on the 3GS or the new Touch.  But it will, you see.
Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
Sony's Gorgeous New A-Series Walkman Features OLED, Up To 64GB Capacity  —  Sony has unveiled the latest update to the A-Series Walkman line with some serious features.  The new NW-A840 series, available in black and brown, simply is the most brilliant Walkman offering from Sony to date …
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brad's life:
On PubSubHubbub and rssCloud ...  Are you confused about the difference between PubSubHubbub and rssCloud?  You're not alone.  —  Here's how the confusion came about:  —  Dave Winer invented rssCloud way back in the day.  It only distributed lite pings, the callback endpoint was the IP address …
Discussion: Scripting News and Workbench, Thanks:atul
Fred / A VC:
The Best Deal In Startup Land  —  Sarah Lacy has a post up on Techcrunch about Paul Graham and Y Combinator.  In the post, she says: … I read that and went right to the comments and wrote: … Our firm has investments in two YC backed companies, Disqus and HeyZap, and hope to make many more.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 bundle has a 250GB HDD, $400 price tag  —  While the Forza 3 set is still an unconfirmed listing, there's no denying the Xbox 360 has just upped its storage capacity options with a 250GB HDD bundle clad in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 emblems.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another AOL Org Chart Shuffle: COO Partoll, Search Boss Kannapell Out  —  This isn't the long-rumored round of mass layoffs, but AOL boss Tim Armstrong did let go of two executives today: COO Kim Partoll is out, as is John Kannapell, SVP of search and local media.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Microsoft's vision for a “next-gen newspaper” looks like TweetDeck  —  The Newspaper Association of America cast a wide net this summer in seeking proposals for generating online revenue.  Their request went out to many of the firms we've been covering closely but also several tech companies …
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
MySpace Has Built Its Own Recommendation Engine, And They're Open-Sourcing It  —  As social networks continue to grow in size, recommendation engines are becoming a more vital part to each of them.  So vital, in fact, that MySpace has built its own.  —  Called Qizmt, this internally-developed framework …
Discussion: MySpace Blog and VentureBeat
Steve / Kindle Nation Daily:
Kindle edition of The Lost Symbol outselling Amazon hardcovers!  —  Get ready for what could become the biggest story of 2009 in the book trades.  —  Yesterday I went out on a limb and predicted that “Amazon will sell more Kindle editions than hardcover editions of The Lost Symbol during …
Discussion: GeekTonic, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TC50: CitySourced Lets You Report Pot Holes And Graffiti On The Go  —  Ever seen a nasty pot hole or a wall full of graffiti and wished you could report the problem on the go instead of writing a letter or email to your city bureaucracy?  TechCrunch 50 startup CitySourced is launching an a slew …
Ben Snitkoff / Technically Legal:
Copyright Infringement In Action  —  About 9 PM EDT on Sunday the 13th, Wil Shipley, developer of Delicious Library, tweeted that an application on the iTunes App store had stolen his copyrighted images.  —  Wil was talking about the woodgrain background that is a prominent feature of Delicious Library.
Gordon Mah Ung / Maximum PC all:
Cheap Chip!  Athlon II X4 Breaks the $100 Quad-Core Barrier  —  Even the Intel fanboys have to hand it to AMD once in a while.  After Intel deftly dropped a Core i5 anvil on Phenom II's head, AMD did a quick drop to floor and now fires back slo-mo style with its own chip: a $99 quad core.
Discussion: VentureBeat, AMD and Electronista
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Macworld speed test: new iPod touch.  Spoiler: twice as fast  —  Dan Frakes at Macworld ran some basic tests on the new (but cameraless) iPod touch and got some interesting results.  Most tests had the new iPod touch coming in around twice as fast as the previous model with browser tests going over 2X speed.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Boiling Apple down to its adjectives  —  Steve Jobs.  Photo: Apple Inc.  —  Last week we counted how many times Apple (AAPL) marketing chief Phil Schiller used the words “amazing” and “incredible” in his presentation at the “It's only rock and roll event.”  (Answer: an incredible 15 times each.)
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Stephanie N. Mehta / Brainstorm Tech:
Carol Bartz is friggin' interesting  —  The Yahoo CEO offers candid views on life post-retirement — and dealing with activist shareholders  —  Bartz has no regrets about joining Yahoo.  Photo: Yahoo  —  At Fortune's Most Powerful Women conference in Carlsbad, Calif., Yahoo (YHOO) …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TC50: Find The Perfect Scene, Every Time.  AnyClip Is A Search Engine For Movie Clips  —  Darth Vader's fatherly coming out.  Tinanic's King of the World moment.  There Will Be Blood's sobering lecture on milkshakes.  —  Whether you want to poke fun at something, embellish a love note …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Epicenter
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Threadsy: All Your Communications, All in One Place  —  I'm still at TechCrunch50-it's winding down, but there's still so much going on that you'll miss a product launch or two if you so much as take a restroom break.  The debut that's happening right now is one of the most interesting ones so far …
Discussion: AppScout, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Archos 5 Internet Tablet Hands On: Android Power, But Where's the Flash?  —  The new Archos 5 Internet Tablet is indeed powered by Android, and improves all around over its predecessor, with more storage and a better interface.  But something's still missing.
Shawn Brown / Palm WebOS:
Palm paying developers to develop apps  —  Sarah Lacy over at TechCrunch recently did an interview with the founders of CitySourced about a new application in the works that allows users to post all of the “nasty” things in your city directly to your government.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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TC50: CrowdFusion Merges The Best Features Of Blogs, Wikis …
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Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
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