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12:15 AM ET, September 25, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Is in Talks To Buy Facebook Stake  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. is in talks with Facebook Inc. about making an investment in the social-networking startup that could value Facebook at $10 billion or more, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Will MSFT push Yahoo to buy Facebook?  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, the software behemoth known as the Beast from Redmond is looking at buying between three and five per cent of Facebook for between $300-million and $500-million.  As any math whiz (of which I am not one) …
PR Newswire:
Apple today released the following statement:  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result …
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
How to relock your iPhone before the firmware update  —  Apple has your unlocked iPhone in their crosshairs.  What do you do?  This method in no way guarantees that your iPhone will survive the update after being unlocked.  If you're risk adverse, you may want to wait a day or two for these instructions to get debugged.
Discussion: Epicenter, Byte of the Apple and Digg
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple to nuke unlocked iPhones with next update  —  Apple is playing hardball with the unlocked iPhone movement.  —  In a terse statement, Apple said "many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software …
Discussion: Christopher Null and Digital Daily
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple: firmware update likely to make unlocked iPhones "permanently inoperable"
Discussion: Gizmodo
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Apple reps: iPhone warranty will be voided by hacks (third-party native apps)
Discussion: Mashable!
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Apple: Next iPhone update could break unlocked phones
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Experiencing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta  —  Today Microsoft is releasing the Beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 which was announced by Nick White few weeks ago.  I'd like to take the opportunity to share my very own experiences with Windows Vista SP1 Beta running on several PCs of my own.
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
A Warning About the Windows Vista SP1 Beta Standalone Installer
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sling Media To Be Acquired By EchoStar; Deal Valued At Approximately $380 Million  —  This just in ... EchoStar is acquiring Sling Media in a cash-and-options transaction valued at approximately $380 million.  The deal announced late Monday evening, is subject to the usual closing conditions …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Echostar Buys SlingMedia For $380 Million  —  If 5% of Facebook is worth $500 million, then one can't be surprised that place shifting pioneer SlingMedia is worth something.  The Foster City, Calif.-based Sling has been acquired by EchoStar (DISH), a satellite broadcasting service company for $380 million in cash and stock.
beford.org:
Google Vulnerability  —  Yesterday, I found a new Google.com XSS vulnerability that can be abussed to steal information from Gmail accounts, I've done responsible disclosure of at least 3 vulns to Google, but since I havn't got enough 'motivation', I'll go full disclosure now.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Unholy trinity of flaws put Google users at risk
Discussion: WinBeta
Ted / Ted's Take:
"PayPal Meets MasterCard" Without The High Fees  —  MEDIA CONTACT:  —  Brad Burns  —  202-776-1400  —  brad.burns@revolution.com  —  REVOLUTION JOINED BY INDUSTRY LEGENDS AND MAJOR BANKS TO LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY PAYMENT SYSTEM  —  Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, Larry Summers, David Pottruck …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ouch...mEgo Gets Kicked Out Of DEMO Conference  —  Well this was inevitable I guess. mEgo has been booted out of the DEMO conference.  The reason?  They showed their stuff at TechCrunch40 last week.  Our coverage of them is here.  —  That's a bit rough on the company …
Discussion: Valleywag and bub.blicio.us
Brad Stone / NYT:
New York State Investigates Facebook  —  Another state attorney general is getting tough with Facebook.  —  In the wake of scrutiny of the hot social network by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, his New York state counterpart, Andrew M. Cuomo, has subpoenaed Facebook asking …
Discussion: The Register, InfoWorld and Mashable!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Mobile Improves the Interface  —  Gmail updated the mobile version available at m.gmail.com by adding more features from the desktop version.  Now you can configure the links to some of your labels and add other views like Spam or Drafts.  Next to the messages you'll see a checkboxes …
Discussion: Googling Google and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sketchcasting - Another Weapon In The Blogging Arsenal  —  A new site called Sketchcast launched moments ago - it's a tool for bloggers and others to create a presentation to express an idea using a sketchpad and (optionally) a †sound recording, and then embed it into a website.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
WITH NEW LANGUAGE EXPANSION, FRIENDSTER DIGS A HOLE TO CHINA  —  Social-networking pioneer Friendster might have been losing out to rivals Facebook and MySpace for some time now, but the company isn't giving up any time soon.  The San Francisco-based company announced on Monday evening …
Official Google Blog:
It's all about today  —  A lot of us love video games, and everyone here has their favorite from the latest generation of consoles.  We have a game room in our building that happens to have all three of the latest systems: Artem loves Microsoft's Xbox 360, Niv can't part with Sony's Playstation 3 …
 
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Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Google is making it harder for vertical search engines
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Notification Feeds: Not So Private From Blog Search, After All
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
IFOREM LAUNCHES 'LIFETIME' STORAGE SERVICE
Discussion: Download Squad
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics in AIR; That's What I'm Talking About
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Headcount Growth Slowing, AmTech Says
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Virgin Digital can't reach escape velocity, to be grounded permanently
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Intel to Cut 10 Percent of IT Staff
Discussion: TechSpot News
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Strategically crippling technology
Discussion: PDA
 Earlier Items: 
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Mybloglog's Been Yahoothanized
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and WebProNews
Phil Schwarzmann / See into S60:
Review: Nokia Wrist Band CP-218
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Updates from Google Docs and Google Calendar
Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
Vivendi calls Apple iTunes contract terms "indecent"
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Who Else Got Burned By An 'End Of Summer' Promise?
Discussion: InfoWorld
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yahoo, WPP join Microsoft in questioning Google-DoubleClick merger
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple iPhone  —  Personal view We've already reviewed Apple's iPhone …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is FeedHub the answer to information overload?