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2:05 PM ET, September 11, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
How High Can You Count: New Facebook Fundraising?  —  Here's an interesting idea if you don't want to get bought and you can't quite IPO yet and you need to have a tidy war chest for expansion or perhaps a choice acquisition or two: Bring in more investors and raise more money at a huge valuation.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Gears Up For Huge Investment Round  —  Kara Swisher's sources say Facebook is mulling another investment round at a massive valuation.  It would be "quite large, well beyond" the $25 million round in 2006 that valued the company at $525 million, she says.  Pick a valuation for this round: $6 billion?
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint's Q4 lineup: Rumor, Centro, Touch, and Pearl 8130  —  What started as a trickle of unofficially official shots from Sprint's Q4 pipeline has suddenly become a deluge.  Check the LG Rumor, Touch (aka, Vogue), and Blackberry Pearl 8130 all dressed up with Sprint logos and sales-goon positioning points for a Q4 launch.
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Morning Paper:
Leak: Sprint Palm Centro Full Roadmap Pic  —  Here is the full photo shot of the Palm Centro Roadmap.  As you can see it is definitely called the Centro so I will put the name Gandolf asleep now.  Click the pic to read the deets.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Price Cut Bumped iPhone Sales Three-Fold  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, whose 50-hour survey of Apple (AAPL) stores produced the most definitive estimate of iPhone sales to date, has combined his data with yesterday's report that Apple sold its 1 millionth iPhone on Sunday to calculate the effect of last week's 33% price cut.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
AjaxWindows: Most interesting Web OS experiment yet  —  I still don't fully get the whole Web operating system concept.  Why run an OS inside a browser, when your browser is running in an OS to begin with?  But AjaxWindows, a Web OS and application suite that launched today, makes a very good case for the Web OS.
Dorion Carroll / The Technorati Weblog:
Introducing Technorati Topics  —  Technorati collects millions of blog posts every day — too many for the average human being to even try to track.  As a Technorati power user, I've been fascinated by just how much I can find out using Technorati Search.  If you're like me and you know how to construct …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Tuesday? Time for a new Technorati strategy
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Technorati Launches New Topics Feature - Taking on Techmeme?
Discussion: Rev2.org and WebProNews
BBC:
Facebook 'costs businesses dear'  —  Workers who spend time on sites such as Facebook could be costing firms over £130m a day, a study has calculated.  —  According to employment law firm Peninsula, 233 million hours are lost every month as a result of employees "wasting time" on social networking.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple confirms: iPod touch cannot add calendar appointments  —  Late last night some eagle-eyed Engadget readers spotted some disparities in Apple's international sites, with some claiming the iPod touch would be able add calendar appointments with its calendar app, and others omitting that language.
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Apple's Joswiak: We Don't Hate iPhone Coders
Discussion: Infinite Loop and iLounge
Matt Vella / Business Week:
AT&T Rebrands.  Again  —  The wireless giant's revenues are surging, but it's still struggling to make the most of its new corporate identity  —  The country's largest wireless company, San Antonio-based AT&T (T), announced on Sept. 11 that it would reshuffle some key elements of its corporate identity …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and CNET News.com
eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Blasts Google Apps with FUD  —  Microsoft has always been dismissive about Google Apps, but yesterday's FUD blast raised the bar.  —  Responding to Capgemini's pledge to sell Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) as part of its desktop services package, Microsoft released a top 10 list …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
NAB takes on Microsoft, Google with anti-white space internet ads  —  It's not often Microsoft and Google are on the same seemingly-losing side of a debate, but things just aren't looking good for the White Space Coalition, the open-airwaves internet access project backed by the two giants, as well as Dell, HP, Intel, and Philips.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
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Paul / Rogue Amoeba:
Transfer Ringtones With MakeiPhoneRingtone  —  Yesterday I posted about using Fission to create ringtones for the iPhone.  Editing with Fission is straightforward, but getting the resulting files onto the iPhone is a bit tricky.  The processes for both iTunes 7.4 and iTunes 7.4.1 work, but they're not simple.
Chris Borowski / Reuters:
NewsCorp won't pull videos from iTunes  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - News Corp. will not pull its television shows from Apple's iTunes as rival media group NBC Universal has done over a pricing dispute, President Peter Chernin said in an interview on Tuesday.  —  Many sector watchers expected News Corp …
BBC:
Mobile system promises free calls  —  A new way of making calls directly between phones, for free, is being trialled by a Swedish company.  —  It is hoping to dramatically improve communications in the developing world.  —  Swedish company TerraNet has developed the idea using peer …
Valleywag:
Modern And Awkward: Why I won't digg your lame story  —  I would do plenty of things for you.  I'd drive you to the airport.  I'd be the gunner while you drive the Warthog on Halo.  I'd pretend you really can play the guitar.  But I won't vote for your lame story on Digg.  —  It's gonna get buried immediately.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
States want to extend Microsoft antitrust oversight 5 more years  —  Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:16 a.m. PDT.  —  WASHINGTON—A group of state prosecutors led by California on Tuesday told a federal judge that they plan to file a request that Microsoft antitrust oversight be extended until 2012.
Discussion: WinBeta
 
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