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Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
10 Things About Web 2.0 Conference  —  It has been quite a blur, but there were some exciting side notes which I wanted to report from Web 2.0 conference.  —  The Web 1.0 party at the House of Shields was rocking, and well it was a massive success.  You knew it was over when pretty blondes started showing up at the event.
Russell / MobHappy:
Weblogs Inc Sells to AOL for $25 million  —  Congrats to Rafat Ali for the scoop that Weblogs Inc are selling to the venerable (and vulnerable) AOL for $25 million.  —  Assuming it's true, it's certainly a very fast turnaround from startup to sale - about two years - and Jason Calacanis …
Mike / Techdirt:
And Now Comes The Real Blog Bubble  —  from the so,-what's-hot-now?  dept.  —  Rafat Ali got the scoop last night, and today it's been confirmed that AOL is buying Weblogs Inc.. As others are noting this is probably a good deal for the crew at Weblogs Inc., but not necessarily such a good deal for AOL.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AOL to Buy Weblogs Inc.  —  AOL signed an agreement to purchase Jason Calacanis' Weblogs Inc. Network (WIN), which owns dozens of blogs, including the tech-focused Engadget.  —  The deal comes after months of discussions between Calacanis and AOL, prior to which he was in talks with MSN …
Discussion: Alan Meckler and PR MACHINE™
Business Wire:
Post This: America Online Acquires Weblogs, Inc.  —  AOL and to Offer 85 New Blogs Covering a Wide Range of Hobbies, Lifestyles, Interests and Professions  —  In online content that ranges from music to movies, travel to tech, food to fashion, medicine to mortgages …
Darren Rowse / Blog Tips at ProBlogger:
Weblogs Inc Sale to AOL Confirmed - Here's the Inside Word  —  I've just been forwarded an email which was sent from Weblogs Inc Co-Founder Brian Alvey to Weblogs Inc's bloggers.  It was sent to me by WIN blogger who wants to remain nameless.  I won't publish it in full here as its a private email … sold to Verisign?  —  Boy, the scent of money is in the air these days.  The latest report is that Dave Winer has sold to Verisign (~$5 million is the figure being bandied about).  This is an interesting one because it seemed crazy (see below) when I first heard about it …
Michael Graves /
Weblogs 2.0  —  Word is out, and it's true: VeriSign has acquired the assets of Dave Winer's  I'm sure Dave will have plenty to say on the subject, but this past year has reached a point where Dave needed to either a) invest significant capital into the development of Weblogs 2.0 …
Staci /   Report: Winer Sells To Verisign : Updated …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Rumor: sold to Verisign
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Enterprise Anti-Spyware Plans Take Shape  —  Microsoft moved a step closer to becoming a key player in the Internet security business with the announcement Thursday of a new enterprise-class anti-spyware product featuring technology to thwart viruses, worms and kernel rootkits.
Discussion: and Microsoft Watch
Jeffrey McManus:
Terry Semel at Web 2.0: "We'll Always Be More Open Than Google"  —  Terry (Yahoo!'s head honcho) just got done being interviewed by Jon Battelle at Web 2.0.  I took rough notes which I'll dump here unedited for now.  —  Update: Danny at Search Engine Watch quoted my transcript liberally …
CC in Review: Lawrence Lessig on Supporting the Commons  —  Submitted by Lawrence Lessig on 2005-10-06 10:38 AM.  —  So today, Creative Commons launches its first fund raising campaign.  Until now, we've lived on very generous grants from some very wise foundations.
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Scratches Mar New iPod's Beauty  —  There's no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers.  Everybody has questions about them, and we aim to help.  —  Here are a few questions about computers I've received recently from people like you, and my answers.

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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
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