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3:50 PM ET, October 12, 2006


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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's Talks With Facebook Get Bogged Down  —  Days after Google Inc. announced a $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube Inc., rival Yahoo Inc.'s efforts to extend its Web reach through an acquisition of Facebook Inc. aren't making much progress, say people familiar with the matter.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Facebook worth as much as YouTube?  —  I was reading Steve Ballmer scratching his head in BusinessWeek where he was wondering about the valuations that are getting paid out for companies like Skype and YouTube.  —  Good to hear that Ballmer's leadership on the social software industry …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Facebook worth more than YouTube?  —  The Wall Street Journal says "Yahoos talks with Facebook get bogged down" Yahoo is reportedly offering $1B for FaceBook.  The talks have been on and off most of this year.  —  Robert Scoble asks "Is Facebook worth as much as YouTube?"
Discussion: Zenrob and Joe Duck
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
With YouTube, Grad Student Hits Jackpot Again  —  For Jawed Karim, the $100,000 or so he would have to spend on a master's degree at Stanford was never daunting.  He hit an Internet jackpot in 2002 when PayPal, the online payment company he had joined early on, was bought by eBay.
Todd Weiss / Yahoo! News:
Could a 30-in. monitor help you do your job faster?  —  Providing employees with 30-in. computer monitors can boost worker productivity at companies where 17-in. or 19-in. monitors are typically used, according to a French consultant hired for a study sponsored by Apple.
Discussion: Forever Geek, Gadgetopia and Slashdot
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ask Mobile Search Launches  — has launched a mobile search product at or  First, Ask Mobile is optimized for mobile devices and uses Skweezer throughout to improve readability and download speed on your mobile device.  Navigating Ask Mobile was a pleasure on my Treo …
Libyan pupils 'to have laptops'  —  The government of Libya is reported to have agreed to provide its 1.2m school children with a cheap durable laptop computer by June 2008.  —  The laptops offer internet access and are powered by a wind-up crank.  They cost $100 and manufacturing begins next year, says One Laptop per Child.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's missing "Home on iPod" feature resurfaces in filing  —  Apple Computer has been granted a patent for a pretermitted feature of Mac OS X that would have allowed users to sync their home directories to an iPod and then use the data stored on the player to securely log into any supported Mac.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Analysts Downgrade Ad Outlook — Again — Detect Shift Vis-A-Vis Economic Growth  —  A WELL REGARDED WALL STREET research team has once again downgraded the outlook for U.S. and worldwide ad spending, and may have uncovered a fundamental shift in the way ad industry growth corresponds to the expansion of the general economy.
Discussion: and Screenwerk
David Pogue / New York Times:
Trying Again to Make Books Obsolete  —  "The market for downloadable books will grow by 400 percent in each of the next two years, to over $25 billion by 2008," predicted the keynote speaker at the 2001 Women's National Book Association meeting.  "Within a few years after the end of this decade …
Discussion:, TechBlog and TeleRead
Tom Coates /
Geotagging with Zonetag and Bluetooth GPS...  Disclaimer (added 3:15pm): Obviously I work at Yahoo and obviously I know the people who work on Flickr and Zonetag personally.  Other clients for uploading information from your phone and capturing context do exist and if you're interested …
Bruce Byfield /
Reiser filesystem development to continue  —  Hans Reiser, the developer of the ReiserFS and Reiser4 filesystems, has been arrested in Oakland, California as a suspect in the disappearance of his estranged wife Nina Reiser.  As the news of his arrest spreads in the free and open software communities …
Discussion: TechBlog, TechSpot, digg and Slashdot
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Sony Battery Recall to Cause Shortage Until June, Makers Say  —  Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) — A global recall of about 8 million Sony Corp. notebook-computer batteries is creating a shortage that's driving up prices and causing delays in shipments, executives from three Taiwanese manufacturers said.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Mobile Ad Trend Grows  —  Advertisers from telecom provider Verizon to olive oil brand Bertolli are experimenting with new mobile ad offerings from business listings providers Citysearch and, and mobile ad software outfit Third Screen Media.  Coming on the heels …
Asack / A Sack of Seattle:
What's been hard at Judy's Book  —  Following up on my post yesterday, below are answers to the question of what's been harder than expected at Judy's Book.  —  Achieving critical mass in local  —  Momentum in any one location doesn't transfer to others - you have to fight the same fight over and over.
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Sherjo / MSDN Blogs:
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
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Discussion: Gamerscore Blog
Gavin O'Malley / AdAge:
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Discussion: Screenwerk, AdJab and Adrants
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Spamhaus Tests U.S. Control Over Internet
Dylan T. Lovan / Associated Press:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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