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10:50 PM ET, October 5, 2006

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comScore:
More than Half of MySpace Visitors are Now Age 35 or Older, as the Site's Demographic Composition Continues to Shift comScore Analysis Reveals Demographic Profiles for Selected Social Networking Sites  —  comScore Media Metrix, a leader in digital media measurement, today released an analysis …
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John DeMayo / JohnDeMayo.com:
comScore Media Metrix's analysis of MySpace's average user's age — I don't buy it.  —  Fred Wilson and others note comScore Media Metrix's analysis of MySpace, claiming more then half of their visitors are age 35+.  This just didn't sound right to me, so at first I justified it in my mind …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
MySpace Is Gray, Confirms MySpace
Jemima / paidContent.org:   MySpace - Social Net For Silver Surfers?
Mark Evans:
Jumping into the Blogsphere with b5media  —  A little more than two years ago, I wrote a column suggesting blogs were little more than online diaries for love-sick teenage girls.  I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  As readers of my blog(s) have discovered, I've embraced blogs as an exciting …
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b5media:
b5media Inc. Raises US$2 Million  —  TORONTO, ONT, October 4, 2006 - b5media Inc. ("b5media"), a global new media network, has raised US$2-million of equity financing in a transaction co-lead by Brightspark Ventures and J. L. Albright Venture Partners.  The funding will strengthen …
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:   Mark Evans - Come on Down
kottke.org:
Google code search  —  Google launched a new code search feature today.  At least two sites already offer this functionality, but a great deal of attention follows Google wherever they go.  —  Code search is a great resource for web developers and programmers, but like the making available …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five Questions with Skype co-founder Janus Friis  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, together could be considered Internet's biggest trouble makers.  As co-founders of Kazaa they brought the wrath of the entire music establishment.  With Skype they poked the telephone industry in the eye, before flipping it to eBay for billions.
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Skype's Venice Project Revealed
Knowledge@Wharton:
Dot-Com Bubble, Part II?  Why It's So Hard to Value Social Networking Sites  —  Less than three years after emerging from nowhere, the hot social networking website MySpace is on pace to be worth a whopping $15 billion in just three more years.  Or is it?  —  Is the much smaller Facebook …
Discussion: GigaOM, Blogging Stocks and Vacuum
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Jimmy / paidContent.org:
Social Networking: Does Anybody Know Anything? [by jimmy]
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
$ocial Media: What's the Big Deal?
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Hello Natural Language Search, My Old Over-Hyped Search Friend  —  This is a rant.  It's a rant from over 10 years of watching people trot out natural language search as the "killer" solution to the current state of search, something that's happening once again with Powerset.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Ex-Chief of H.P. Pursued Leaks, Too  —  The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carleton S. Fiorina, once the most prominent female executive in the United States, ordered the first of a series of leak investigations into contacts by board members with journalists in January 2005, she says in a long-anticipated memoir.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Ex-Leader Among 5 Charged in Hewlett Case
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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Former CFO Anderson steered Apple through some rough times  —  Fred Anderson garnered a reputation as a buttoned-down guy with a steady eye on the bottom line during his eight-year tenure as chief financial officer at Apple Computer Inc.  —  After leaving that post in June 2004, Anderson joined Apple's board of directors.
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Apple Says Jobs Knew of Options
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Local review site Yelp raises $10 million from Benchmark  —  Yelp, the Web site offering user-generated reviews of bars, restaurants and other places, has raised $10 million in venture capital from Benchmark Capital.  —  We recently mentioned Yelp's wave-making with its parties.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Yelp Takes $10 Million from Benchmark
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
A Gaggle of Google Wannabes  —  Ask.com and other challengers hope to pull share from Google with new search methods, but it won't be easy to unseat the market leader  —  In the race for Web-search share, Ask.com is the tortoise.  The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves still handles less …
istartedsomething.com:
Exclusive look at Windows Vista's viral marketing: Clearification.com  —  Days away from launch, someone has sent in a tip about the official Windows Vista viral marketing campaign called Clearification.  If you loved Demetri Martin in The Daily Show, you'll love him here.
Discussion: i-boy, Teching It Easy and Net
CRN Breaking News:
Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season  —  1:56 PM EDT Wed.  —  Microsoft later this month plans to roll out an Express Upgrade program that gives buyers of Windows XP-based PCs a coupon for a free or discounted upgrade to Windows Vista through March 15.
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Reuters:
Scientists teleport two different objects  —  LONDON, England (Reuters) — Beaming people in "Star Trek" fashion is still in the realms of science fiction, but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq review: South Park makes love, not Warcraft [update 2]  —  To kick off the fall season of South Park, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to take on gaming phenomenon World of Warcraft.  The episode kicks off in Goldshire.  Cartman, "a mighty dwarf," takes back from a bathroom break before they all take on a quest.
Discussion: Wonderland, Boing Boing, Kotaku and digg
Reuters:
Viacom's Redstone rules out bidding for Facebook  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIAB - news) has ruled out bidding for social networking site Facebook, despite suffering a stinging defeat in losing a deal to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to purchase MySpace.com …
 
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Business Wire:
Myspace.com Founder Issues Report Finding News Corp.'s Myspace …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Of Google Office (And Other Google Mock-Ups)
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Wal-Mart Shuts Down the Hub
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Fonts and resources to spruce up your film or DVD
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Tech Gadgets Banned in the USA
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