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7:15 AM ET, October 6, 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?
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: paidContent.org
Business Wire:
Myspace.com Founder Issues Report Finding News Corp.'s Myspace Acquisition Defrauded Shareholders of More Than $20 Billion  —  Report Calls for Further Investigation into Self Dealing, Insider Trading, Options Acceleration and Unfair Process Related to Purchase
Discussion: Valleywag
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Joe / Techdirt:
Valuation By Hindsight: MySpace Founder Says Company Was Sold Via Fraud
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
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 …
Valleywag:
Why Powerset (unlike Snap, Kosmix, Clusty, and Eurekster) will beat Google  —  High on the "will this startup tank after five months" checklist — I think it's number 14 — is "Does this company want to be the next Google?"  Would-be search innovators fail for several reasons:
Discussion: B2Day and Business Filter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor  —  I got an email tonight about a possible Google acquisition of YouTube that may be in the final stages before closing.  Rumored price is $1.6 billion.  A quick phone call to a VC confirmed that the rumor is circulating (he also confirmed the price) …
Discussion: InsideGoogle and digg
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges  —  Charges still pending against four other companies accused of pretexting  —  An Internet business that sold people's telephone and credit-card records has agreed to settle charges that it violated U.S. law, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Thursday.
Discussion: Techdirt
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Ex-Leader Among 5 Charged in Hewlett Case  —  Bill Lockyer, the California attorney general, right, said that the state's Hewlett-Packard investigation remained active.  He also said there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Mark V. Hurd, the chief executive.  —  Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman …
Discussion: Valleywag
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Ex-Chief of H.P. Pursued Leaks, Too
Discussion: Valleywag
Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t is the Most Feature Heavy Mouse and Mousepad Ever  —  Actually spelled heäd$h0t, this mouse is designed for gamers with OCD and is comprised of the mouse, the mousing surface (mousepad), and an arch to hold your mouse cable.  The base itself is a two-port powered USB hub, which means it needs an AC adapter.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Aeropause
Mya Frazier / AdAge:
Wal-Mart Shuts Down the Hub  —  Retailer's Foray Into Social Networking Closes After Less Than Three Months  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AdAge.com) — Less than three months after launching its quasi-social-networking site aimed at teens, Wal-Mart has shut down the Hub.
Discussion: SearchViews, AdJab and paidContent.org
Liz Dunn / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Daily Vlog  —  Hooray — here's the very first edition of our Technorati Daily Vlog (well, actually, we'll post every weekday!)  The Daily Vlog is really our view of what's hot on the World LIVE Web each day, bringing you not only the headlines but a little of the context behind the headlines.
Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
Potential California Regulation of Search Engines?  —  I see that the California Initiative For Internet Privacy (CIFIP) is turning up the heat on Google and other search engine provides with threats of legislative campaigns or a push for a ballot initiative regulating data collection.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A missing IE7 feature  —  Browsers crash occasionally.  That's a fact of computing life.  If you have a whole bunch of tabs open, it's a pain to try to recover the group you were working with.  —  You can install Firefox extensions that can handle auto-reopening tabs after a crash …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
PollDaddy Launches  —  Polldaddy, the online poll tool I've been testing out in private beta here on R/WW, has just launched as a public beta.  It has one of the best designs I've come across in a while, with functionality to match.  Not only does it make it simple to create polls to include …
Discussion: Mashable!
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations  —  Briefing.com reports (subscription only) that, according to UBS, 2 million Wii consoles were completed in Q3 (July-September) to support Nintendo's upcoming Q406 global console launch, beginning November 19th in North America.
Jimmy / paidContent.org:
Social Networking: Does Anybody Know Anything? [by jimmy]  —  William Goldman's famous line about Hollywood — "Nobody knows anything" — may be true of the social media space, too.  So many arguments about whether the social networking space is another dot-com bubble turn on anecdotal evidence or emotions …
Discussion: GigaOM and i-boy
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
$ocial Media: What's the Big Deal?
 
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Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
October 2006 Advance Notification
Discussion: M-Dollar
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's PSP-compatible SRS-U10 universal speaker
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
Dennis Rice / GottaBeMobile.com:
GottaBeMobile hits high gear with Forums and more!
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Carlo / Techdirt:
So What Annoying Ad Technique Will Replace Pop-Ups?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Of Google Office (And Other Google Mock-Ups)
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Russell Heimlich / DV Guru:
Fonts and resources to spruce up your film or DVD
Discussion: digg
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Former CFO Anderson steered Apple through some rough times
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq review: South Park makes love, not Warcraft [update 2]
Discussion: Wonderland, Kotaku, Boing Boing and digg
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
A Gaggle of Google Wannabes
Discussion: IR Daily, WebMetricsGuru and digg
Reuters:
Viacom's Redstone rules out bidding for Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Five Questions with Skype co-founder Janus Friis