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1:55 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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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
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Associated Press:
Apple warns hacking iPhone may harm it
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; 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.
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!
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!
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
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 …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux-Watch.com:
First U.S. GPL lawsuit heads for quick settlement  —  The first U.S. GPL-related lawsuit appears to be headed for a quick out-of-court settlement.  Monsoon Multimedia admitted today that it had violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code …
Discussion: Slashdot, CNET News.com and Digg
 
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Craig Harris / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Starbucks giving away free iTunes downloads
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 Earlier Items: 
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Intel to Cut 10 Percent of IT Staff
Discussion: TechSpot News
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Strategically crippling technology
Discussion: PDA
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Mybloglog's Been Yahoothanized
Discussion: WebProNews and Zoli's Blog
Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Updates from Google Docs and Google Calendar
Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
Vivendi calls Apple iTunes contract terms "indecent"
Official Google Blog:
It's all about today  —  A lot of us love video games …
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?