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3:40 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) …
Brad Stone / New York Times:   Microsoft Is Said to Consider a Stake in Facebook
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple: firmware update likely to make unlocked iPhones "permanently inoperable"
Discussion: Gizmodo
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Apple says unlocking software can damage iPhone
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sling Media To Be Acquired By EchoStar; Deal Valued At Approximately $380 Million; Spinoff Possible?  —  This just in ... EchoStar (NSDQ: DISH) is acquiring Sling Media in a cash-and-options transaction valued at approximately $380 million.  The deal announced late Monday evening …
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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.
Discussion: alarm:clock, I4U News and Macworld
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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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:
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
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 …
Jeremyliew / Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog:
Google is making it harder for vertical search engines  —  DavidZHawk asks, "What if Google Declared War on Comparison Shopping Engines and No One Noticed?" and points to an Inside Adwords blog post (my bolding): … Comparison shopping sites and travel aggregators are just two classes …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Unisys blamed for DHS data breaches  —  FBI investigating contractor negligence  —  Unisys, the IT computer services biz, is in hot water with the US government for allegedly twiddling its thumbs while foreign hackers had their way with Department of Homeland Security computers.
Discussion: IT Project Failures
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Washington Post:
Contractor Blamed in DHS Data Breaches
Discussion: Threat Level and CNET News.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
40 Million France Telcom Customers Get OpenID  —  Orange SA, a subsidiary of France Telcom, announced today at the Digital ID World conference in San Francisco that France Telecom will act as an OpenID server-agent.  That means the company will verify the identities of their 40 million users immediately …
Discussion: David Recordon's Blog
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Mac Office 2008 prices, packages announced  —  Microsoft tonight is announcing pricing for its upcoming Office 2008 for Mac editions, and a purchase promotion to help make up for the product's delay.  —  The company says it will charge $399.95 for the basic Mac Office 2008 edition …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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 …
 
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux-Watch.com:
First U.S. GPL lawsuit heads for quick settlement
Discussion: Slashdot, CNET News.com and Digg
Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks giving away free iTunes downloads
Discussion: TechWeb, TechSpot News and p2pnet
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sketchcasting - Another Weapon In The Blogging Arsenal
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Intel to Cut 10 Percent of IT Staff
Discussion: TechSpot News
 Earlier Items: 
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Strategically crippling technology
Discussion: PDA
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Mybloglog's Been Yahoothanized
Discussion: WebProNews and Zoli's Blog
Brad Stone / NYT:
New York State Investigates Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Updates from Google Docs and Google Calendar
Official Google Blog:
It's all about today  —  A lot of us love video games …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Who Else Got Burned By An 'End Of Summer' Promise?
Discussion: InfoWorld
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?