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6:25 PM ET, October 31, 2006

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Ken Norton / JotBlog:
We're Googlers now  —  We've always had a hard time keeping secrets, and it's been really tough to keep this one - Google has acquired JotSpot.  Yep, that's right - we're all Googlers now, and we couldn't be more excited.  —  But let's talk about you, our users and customers.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Wiki Collaboration Company Jotspot  —  Google's office strategy just got a whole lot richer with the announced acquisition of the wiki based company Jotspot.  A business oriented service that plugs a long list of different applications like calendars and photo sharing into a wiki framework …
socialtext.com:
Google Acquires JotSpot, Socialtext Provides Free Migration  —  Socialtext, the first wiki company, announced today a free hosted wiki program for JotSpot customers following that company's acquisition by Google.  Socialtext will migrate JotSpot wiki content and provide one year …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Whether it meant to or not, Google just responded to the Microsoft/Socialtext SocialPoint deal  —  Yesterday, as my colleague Dan Farber pointed out, when you merge Microsoft's Sharepoint with Socialtext namesake wiki, you get SocialPoint.  Wrote Dan at the end of the post …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google has acquired JotSpot
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking News: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Reddit  —  We just received confirmation that Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, acquired Boston-based Reddit earlier this morning, and will make the announcement later today.  The price is not being disclosed.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live Will Launch Web Service to Help Small Businesses Attract Customers, Generate Repeat Business  —  Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta and Office Live Business Contact Manager will be available to help small businesses stay in touch with their customers.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform  —  Companies seek to improve performance, reliability and stability of PHP on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server "Longhorn."
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Microsoft 2.0: Embracing Lighweight, Open Source Apps Online  —  Microsoft has made a number of announcements in the last 24 hours that show it is not going to let the oncoming Google Office steal its thunder without a fight.  It looks to me like the transformation of Microsoft …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft revamps its Office Live line-up
Discussion: LiveSide
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
China: We don't censor the Internet.  Really  —  ATHENS, Greece—While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.  —  Which is why it came as a surprise on Tuesday …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Google shares ad wealth with videographers  —  Google has begun sharing advertising revenue with the makers of a popular video clip in a groundbreaking deal that could drive up the costs of competing in the fledgling video-sharing sector.  —  The search company has agreed to turn …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot  —  Dove's Viral Hit 'Evolution' Is a Real Beauty  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Think dove's "campaign for Real Beauty" generated a ton of buzz for relatively little expense?  You haven't seen anything yet.  —  Traffic spike
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
A Home Valuation Web Site Is Accused of Discrimination  —  Zillow.com, the Web site that provides free home valuations, has been accused by a coalition of community activist groups of undervaluing the homes in black and Latino neighborhoods.  —  In a letter sent by the National Community …
Discussion: Valleywag, Inc.com and ProgrammableWeb
Sal Cangeloso / xyzcomputing.com:
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard  —  Razer has been up to some very interesting things lately.  The company successfully made the move into both optical and laser mice and has been expanding their range of products into accessories and audio equipment.  All the while they have done their best …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Evidence of attraction  —  Over the last few months, I've made a number of observations, starting here, about the growing dominance of Wikipedia over search engine results for common terms.  My findings were anecdotal, drawn from the searches I do day-in and day-out as well as a few dozen random ones …
Scott Berinato / Wired News:
Attack of the Bots … AT FIRST, IT LOOKED LIKE typical network congestion.  So the system administrators weren't too concerned when TypePad blogs and LiveJournal social networks flickered like a light bulb in a faulty socket.  But 15 minutes later, at 4 pm on May 2, 2006, the sites went dark …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Eric Taub / New York Times:
Nintendo at AARP Event to Court the Grayer Gamer  —  Nintendo has positioned Wii, its new video game console to be released on Nov. 19, as a system that will appeal not just to hard-core gamers, but also to older adults who may be more comfortable with Pong than Grand Theft Auto.
Lifehacker:
Add attachment icons to Gmail  —  The Gmail attachment icons userscript takes advantage of the previously-mentioned Stylish Firefox extension to add attachment icons to your Gmail account.  —  In case you're not keen on what Stylish does, it allows you to add your own CSS style elements …
 
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Robert McMillan / Network World:
New Windows attack can kill firewall
Variety:
'Street Fighter' packs Hyde Park punch
Discussion: Forever Geek, Kotaku and Joystiq
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 fall update in a few pictures
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Japan to get Wii with DVD player
Microsoft:
Microsoft Cracks Down on Counterfeit Software Auctions Worldwide
Steve.Lasker / MSDN Blogs:
SQL Server Everywhere Gets a New Name
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Details of the YouTube deal
Market Wire:
Socialtext Releases SocialPoint
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
DivX, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2006 Financial Results
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Searching on Zotspot could earn users a 10 spot
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Windows Vista, Office 2007 Packaging Revealed
S.Jhoanna Robledo / New York Magazine:
Google Guy Ends Search on CPW
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World
PR Newswire:
Eidos Celebrates With Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Brian L. Clark / Gizmodo:
Point: How is TiVo Doing After Launching Series 3?
Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Picks Its Web Winners — And Its Flagship Isn't One