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1:15 PM ET, September 25, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Fires Volley At Google in Ad Battle  —  It Seeks Facebook Stake,  —  Names New Executive  —  To Close Internet Gap  —  The battle of titans between Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. over the future of the Internet is about to get even hotter.  —  Microsoft is in talks to buy …
Pat McCarthy / WebProNews:
Facebook Valuation is Getting Crazy
Discussion: Valleywag
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Launches Public Beta of Amazon MP3, a Digital Music Store Offering Customers Earth's Biggest Selection of a la Carte DRM-Free MP3 Music Downloads  —  Amazon MP3 Offers Over 2 Million Songs From More Than 180,000 Artists and Over 20,000 Labels, Including EMI Music and Universal Music Group
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Amazon launches DRM-free "Amazon MP3" music downloads  —  If you're into DRM-free music, you have a reason to get pretty excited today.  As speculated, Amazon has launched the public beta of its new digital music portal called Amazon MP3, which will feature two million songs from 180,000 artists …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Channel 9, hypebot and Digg
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Amazon MP3 Beta Launches  —  Everyone seems to be making comparisons to Apple in regards to just about any product that rolls off the lines in China.  The Zune was supposed to be the iPod killer and this and that.  There are clearly some very good rivals when it comes to hardware …
Reuters:
Amazon launches early version of music service
Discussion: p2pnet and ringtonia.com
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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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.
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 …
Sony:
SONY DELIVERS FASHION-FORWARD NOTEBOOKS BEGINNING AT A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRICE  —  Sony Electronics today unveiled a line of fashionable, entry- level PCs — the VAIO® NR series starting at about $750 — which is the lowest-priced notebook the company has ever introduced.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
"iPhone Dev Team" issues statement  —  A spokesman for the iPhone Dev Team, the group that developed the iPhone unlock has issued a statement condemning Apple and promising a tool in the next week which will restore your iPhone to a factory-fresh state.  The unlock, he writes …
Marc Orchant / blognation:
Apple iBrick announcement  —  You had to know this was coming - at least if you're any kind of history student when it comes to Apple and its propensity to construct fences, if not walls, around its garden.  Granted there has been some ambiguity about whether or not it was "OK" …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's XPS M1730 sneaks onto Dell's site: a beast indeed  —  Hiddy Ho Mr. XPS M1730, nice to see you up and dancing on Dell's own website for a change.  While it's not exactly official, reader Evgeni noticed that a little E-Value code tomfoolery will pull up pictures, specs, and prices easy enough.
Discussion: Crave, CrunchGear and Forever Geek
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Japanese Windows users unable to unlock the iPod touch
Discussion: blognation
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Critical vulnerability found in Ask.com toolbar for IE
Reuters:
Nintendo is Japan's 2nd most valuable active stock
Discussion: DailyTech
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
HP continues to lead Indian PC market
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Competing for Talent  —  If you're a private open source company …
Discussion: The Open Road
Qblogger / Windows Home Server Blog:
Windows Home Server - September Updates
Joe Martin / bit-tech.net:
Portal: Hands-on Preview
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Armani phone has a surprise: a haptic feedback UI
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eWEEK.com:
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Discussion: Inquirer
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
NYC Halo 3 Launch