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12:40 AM ET, July 10, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Ning news: new investment round  —  If you follow such things, you may have seen a report that my new Internet company, Ning, has just raised a new investment round.  —  To date, Ning has been mostly internally financed by me and a small group of angel investors who are close friends and colleagues of ours.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Big, Big Round of Funding For Ning  —  This is just a rumor at this point, and I haven't confirmed it with the company (update: this is now confirmed, see below), but I'm hearing that Ning has closed a very large round of financing, led by Legg Mason - $44 million total on a $170 million pre-money valuation.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Nielsen scraps Web page view rankings  —  NEW YORK - A leading online measurement service will scrap rankings based on the longtime industry yardstick of page views and begin tracking how long visitors spend at the sites.  —  The move by Nielsen/NetRatings, expected to be announced Tuesday …
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Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
New Web metric likely to hurt Google, help YouTube  —  Nielsen/NetRatings to use total time spent by users of a site as its primary measurement metric  —  In a nod to the success of emerging Web 2. technologies like AJAX and streaming media, one of the country's largest Internet benchmarking companies …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Tyranny of the Page View Nearly Over?
Discussion: Epicenter
Google:
Google to Acquire Postini  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini, a global leader in on-demand communications security and compliance solutions serving more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide.
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Goes Corporate
Valleywag:
Facebook: "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  "F— you, Yahoo, they're going IPO!"  —  Just in case you had any remaining doubts that Facebook is going public — a fact that Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Randi Jayne, profanely sings about in a video that's since been taken down — check out this job listing:
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Reuters:
Apple plans cheaper, Nano-based phone: JP Morgan  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL - news) plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter that could be based on the ultra-slim iPod Nano music player, according to a JP Morgan report.
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Microsoft's next move?  Code-name Falcon  —  Here's a trade secret that Microsoft is unlikely to publicly acknowledge.  —  Sony's cutting the price on the PlayStation 3.  How will Microsoft react?  We'll find out soon.  But a key part of the strategy is going to be a project code-named Falcon.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mosh, Yahoo's New Social Network Initiative  —  Here's a juicy tip - we've been hearing about a new Yahoo social network initiative called Mosh, which is at mosh.yahoo.com but can only be accessed from inside the Yahoo offices.  If you happen to be using the guest wifi at Yahoo …
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft to extend social networking with Windows Live Events
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next-gen iMacs to bundle new Apple keyboard  —  An overhaul to Apple Inc.'s popular line of iMac computers, now due in a matter of weeks, will see the company's latest industrial design efforts extend beyond the systems themselves, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The new all-in-one signature desktops …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Names Ex-AOL Official Marketing Chief  —  Social-networking company Facebook Inc. has hired a young Web veteran to fill its top marketing role in a bid to bolster its management ranks and find new ways to make money.  —  Chamath Palihapitiya, a former executive at Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit …
PR Newswire:
Last.fm Announces Global Partnership With SONY BMG Music Entertainment  —  Complete SONY BMG Music Entertainment catalogue to be made available to Last.fm users  —  NEW YORK, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Last.fm, the online social music network, today announced a new global content agreement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment.
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechSpot News
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Buy Blog Comments - A Sick New Comment Spam Service Launches  —  I just had a rather disturbing email from a company advertising a new service called Buy Blog Comments (no follow tags used) promoting a new service offering to leave comment spam on blogs for those wanting to increase their SEO ranking.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel buys into VMware  —  Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a $218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare.  Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at $23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company.
Caleb Booker / Metaversed:
AjaxLife - Second Life In Your Web Browser  —  Katharine Berry, a student in the UK, has created an in-browser AJAX application that allows you to log into the virtual world of Second Life, but without all of the laggy graphics.  This is a great way to pop in-world for a moment …
 
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
SideStep Acquires Travel Social Network TripUp
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Video and Widgets - Which Metrics Matter Most?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Child porn allegations: New tactic in fighting file sharing?
Discussion: Listening Post
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Live Earth Sets Internet Video Streaming Record
Anna Haynes / Wired News:
Open-Source Journalism: It's a Lot Tougher Than You Think
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA to feds: Make XM-Sirius pay more, restrict listeners' recording
Discussion: TechSpot News
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Quantcast becomes latest widget traffic tracker
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Steve Willis / Compete Blog:
June Search Market Share: Big Surprise from MSN
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Todd Haselton / Ars Technica:
U.S. gets consecutive gold medals in spamming
Discussion: spamhaus.org
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Cell Phone Spying Service Leaking Data?
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Jose Nazario / CNET News.com:
Is an antivirus gap looming?
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Disney Moving Toontown to Ad Model
Gary / ifoAppleStore:
UK iPhone Carrier: Announced at Store?
Chris Davies / SlashPhone:
Nokia N95 8GB version caught in the flesh
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