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9:30 PM ET, October 2, 2007

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Gemma Soames / Times of London:
Ballmer: Facebook risks being 'a fad'  —  The Microsoft chief says that Facebook's appeal could fade - after being linked to an investment that would value the site at $10 billion  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, believes that the craze for individual social networks …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Ballmer still doesn't understand social networking  —  A few years ago I wrote to Microsoft's leadership and asked them why they weren't involved in the new Web 2.0 space.  I got an answer back that was about 2,000 words long and included the words "business value" 13 times.
William Rees-Mogg / Times of London:
Microsoft's chief executive has seen the future - and the future is advertising  —  Steve Ballmer's plans for the computer software giant include taking on Yahoo! and Google in their own internet territory  —  Steve Ballmer doesn't do half-measures.  The veteran Microsoft chief executive …
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
Adobe expands online services, woos designers with Thermo  —  Attendees at Adobe's Max developer conference check out Thermo, the code name for a design tool that enables designers to construct Web applications without writing code.  —  (Credit: Martin LaMonica/CNET News.com)
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Adobe eyes real-time collaboration with new services
Discussion: Computerworld
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft: Yep, New Zunes.  And DRM-Free Music?  —  Our spy in Seattle (actually, 20 minutes or so out of Bellevue) tells us that Microsoft did indeed show off three new Zunes today - a $149, 4 gig version and a $199, 8 gig model, both of which use flash memory, and an $249, 80 gig version that uses a hard drive.
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Associated Press:
Microsoft expands, redesigns Zune line
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Tom / iphonebuglist.com/blog:
Tom Thinks that he doesn't know what an iPhone Extreme is...  I'm working on making this site more appealing.  I was looking to see if I could automatically submit the bugs/enhancement requests directly to Apple by clicking a button.  While looking through their source on the feedback site, I noticed something really odd.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
First RIAA trial gets under way with jury selection, opening statements  —  Duluth, Minnesota — Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas (the name of the suit changed after the RIAA dropped the sole Virgin recording from the case) got under way this morning in Courtroom One of the Federal Building in Duluth.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google to $2,000 a Share?  —  A reader complained that we've been nothing but negative of late—recession, Microsoft, Yahoo, newspapers, music, dying TV ads, etc.—so we'll brighten your afternoon with some rip-roaring positivity.  —  Remember a couple years back when some analyst floated …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
Seth Rosenblatt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Interface the way you want with WindowBlinds  —  If you've been dying to give your Windows XP machine a Windows Vista makeover without the pain of upgrading, WindowBlinds' latest offering will probably seem like a gift from the interface fashion gods.  Or, if you're into pain and you'd like to cover …
Discussion: WinBeta and Neowin.net
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Redmond Install Fair later this month
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
The stupidest idea ever?  —  VENTURE CAPITALIST WAS DISSATISFIED WORKING ON SMART IDEAS, SO HE WENT THE OTHER WAY  —  As managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki funded all the really smart ideas he could find.  None hit it big.  —  So earlier this year the guru …
NextEnergyNews.com:
Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery  —  Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.  The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed …
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Facebook.fr: someone is looking for trouble (or money)  —  It is very likely that sometime soon facebook will launch a localized French version (and other languages too) just like MySpace did about a year ago.  Actually Facebook is starting to be quite popular in France already, even though the interface is just in English.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Bubblewatch: The Industry Standard is Coming Back  —  As if we needed any more evidence that the bubble is back in Silicon Valley, technology media company IDG plans to revive that hallmark publication of the dot.com era, the Industry Standard.  —  I hear that IDG has hired San Francisco …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
You Don't Create A Silicon Valley By Government Fiat  —  from the takes-a-bit-more-than-that dept  —  Two separate articles came out in two separate newspapers based 3,000 miles away from each other this past weekend — but together they demonstrate exactly why so many places …
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's $399 PS3 confirmed by Best Buy?  —  Thanks to a helpful tipster, we have a couple of Best Buy documents showing a $399 Playstation 3 with 40GB disk and Spiderman 3 (yes, Blu-ray) bundle with an "In Stock Date" of October 28.  However, the more important "Street Date" field is unfortunately empty at the moment.
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Microsoft to Increase Ad Business  —  Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, vowing that the company's $6 billion plunge into the ad business two months ago was not just an experiment, said today that advertising would become 25 percent of the company's business within a few years.
Discussion: Rev2.org, WebProNews, Mashable! and FurdLog
 
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Gina Piccalo / Los Angeles Times:
BoingBoing.net bounces into TV territory
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
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Reuters:
Lawmaker urges FCC clampdown on access charges
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo's Revival Meeting
Matt Manolides / Google LatLong:
Where in the world is...  Today we've published a significant amount …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft-loving (former) security czar calls for closed internet
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Viacom: Wrong On Almost Every Thing
Discussion: VentureBeat
Techdirt:
Romney Learns About The Pitfalls Of User-Generated Content
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Angelina Jolie Nude; Ballmer Rips Ellison; Other News
Discussion: Sophos
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple kicks off Leopard month with Boot Camp warning
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Makes Announcements, Including OpenID Support
Nick / Rough Type:
Skype and the madness of management teams
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and Guardian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Widget That Actually Makes Money
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's 4GB / 8GB flash-based Zunes revealed by FCC
Ed Foster / InfoWorld:
Amazon Makes You Lie to Log Off