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8:40 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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Lewis Page / The Register:
Microsoft eyes stake in Facebook
Discussion: Computerworld
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
M'SOFT LOOKS TO FACEBOOK IF YAHOO! WON'T PLAY
Brad Stone / New York Times:   Microsoft Is Said to Consider a Stake in Facebook
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Will MSFT push Yahoo to buy Facebook?
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  —  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.
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"
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple to nuke unlocked iPhones with next update
Discussion: Christopher Null
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and InfoWorld
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Los Angeles Times:
Facebook scrutinized on safety claims
Brad Stone / Bits:
New York State Investigates Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook
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
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 …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
NYC Halo 3 Launch  —  After a little bit of confusion and a stop over at the Microsoft offices in NYC I finally made my way to the Best Buy in midtown for the midnight launch event for Halo 3.  Seeing the hundreds of fans waiting in line for a video game was beyond anything I could fathom.
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
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USA Today:
Some gamers plan to be 'Halo' sick
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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 …
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David Recordon / David Recordon's Blog:
France Telecom Supports OpenID!
Discussion: TechCrunch, blognation and eFoundations
Agam Shah / InfoWorld:
Sun launches its first x86 quad-core servers  —  (InfoWorld) - Adding spark to its Sun Fire line on servers, Sun Microsystems is expected to announced its first x86-based quad-core systems Tuesday .  —  The Sun Fire X4450 and Sun Fire X4150 rack-mount servers are the second …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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
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: eWEEK.com, InfoWorld and Infinite Loop
Douglas Quenqua / MediaPost Publications:
Survey Finds Women Own More Game Consoles Than Men  —  ARE MALE VIDEO GAME ENTHUSIASTS actually outnumbered by their female counterparts in the U.S.?  Do most of the Xboxes, Wii's and PlayStations in this country actually belong to women?  Conventional wisdom would say no—but a new survey from JWT suggests otherwise.
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Real Time Search Soon At Twitter  —  We just got word from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the company will be launching a real time search feature "very soon."  Type in a keyword or keywords and any time a Twitter is created that includes those keywords, you'll be notified via IM or SMS.
Discussion: ParisLemon
 
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