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9:55 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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
15 Billion More Reasons to Worry About Facebook  —  Oh, my.  —  Oh, my.  —  Dig a hole and hide.  The end is nigh.  And how do you spell Ponzi (as in scheme) again?  —  When I reported in this column two weeks ago that Facebook was looking to raise a new round of funding …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Parakey: Did Investors Get Left Out In The Cold?  —  When Facebook acquired Parakey in July, everyone assumed the stockholders of that fledgling startup would be popping the champagne bottles.  No matter what the acquisition price (it wasn't disclosed), if the sellers got Facebook stock …
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
M'SOFT LOOKS TO FACEBOOK IF YAHOO! WON'T PLAY  —  Microsoft Corp. needs to do a deal - the question the software giant is currently contemplating is whether it should do one with Facebook or Yahoo!, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources familiar with the discussions …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Said to Consider a Stake in Facebook
Discussion: CCUCEO
Lewis Page / The Register:
Microsoft eyes stake in Facebook
Discussion: Computerworld
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Sling-DISH: Interview: Blake Krikorian, Chairman and CEO, Sling Media  —  I caught up with Blake Krikorian, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sling Media, soon after the company's announcement Monday evening that it had agreed to be acquired by EchoStar Communications (NSDQ: DISH).
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Business Wire:
EchoStar Announces Agreement to Acquire Sling Media, Inc.  —  Combination Will Create Industry-Leading Digital Media Solutions Provider  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & FOSTER CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH - News) announced today that it has agreed …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Echostar Buys SlingMedia For $380 Million
Reuters:
EchoStar to buy Sling Media for $380 million
Discussion: Techdirt and CinemaTech
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
EchoStar/DISH Networks is buying Sling Media!
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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"
oag.state.ny.us:
Facebook Ignores Complaints about Sexual Predators  —  Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that his office is investigating Facebook over representations the company makes about safety measures in place on its website.  In a letter accompanying a subpoena for documents …
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Anne Barnard / New York Times:
New York Investigating Facebook's Safety Rules  —  The New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, is investigating whether Facebook, the online social networking site, is misleading users by promoting itself as a place where high school students and younger children are safe from adult sexual predators.
Discussion: Compiler, p2pnet and 901am
Los Angeles Times:
Facebook scrutinized on safety claims
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, New York Times and Bits
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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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Swapping Vonage for Skype: One man's search for VoIP that actually works  —  Yes, you read the headline right.  I have long been a critic of Skype, suggesting that eBay was foolish to buy the VoIP toy and generally ridiculing it as a serious business tool.  —  Today I'm eating crow, and it tastes great.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Lisa Barone / Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog:
Your Private Facebook Info Isn't So Private  —  I love Facebook.  I love Facebook so much that if I had a choice of donating a kidney to a dying Facebook or a dying Susan, I'd definitely save Facebook.  [Possibly even over someone you actually like too.  —Susan] Please don't interrupt me when I'm speaking.
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eWEEK.com:
Apple Guru Dares Solution Providers to Dream  —  Among them:  —  Homecooking is better.  Wozniak said he almost never saw a tech product that he wouldn't rather build than buy.  Early VCRs, Pong video games, even ham radio constantly inspired him to tinker, dismantle and create.
Discussion: Inquirer
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
HD Format War To Last Another 18 Months?  —  Here we go, again.  Many thought, myself included, that the format war could possibly be decided after the holiday shopping season, but analysts at Forrester Research who believe Blu-ray will win are saying that the so-called war will go on for another 18 months.
 
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