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3:50 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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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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Pop Quiz: If Skype=Hype, Then Facebook=?
Discussion: Valleywag, Mark Evans, Bloomberg and Bits
Yahoo! Search Blog:
From "To Do" to "Done" in One Search  —  That sums up Yahoo! Search in a nutshell; the whole point is we want to get you from "to do" to "done."  Whatever it is you want to do: research a topic, find a website, plan a vacation, research a medical condition, view a funny video …
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Yahoo!:
New Yahoo! Search Makes Web Search Effortless for Consumers
Live Search:
Microsoft acquires Jellyfish.com  —  We want to welcome some new folks to the Live Search family - we recently purchased a company called Jellyfish.com, based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Jellyfish has done some really innovative work in comparative shopping engines.
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Buys Jellyfish.com Shopping Site
Discussion: Epicenter and VentureBeat
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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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple's HTML references "iPhone Extreme"  —  Here's one for you rumor-mongers early in the morning.  It's long been speculated that Apple is working on a second version of the iPhone that will be stripped down a bit from the current iteration (often referred to as the "iPhone nano").
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
Ed Foster / InfoWorld:
Amazon Makes You Lie to Log Off  —  Are e-commerce websites making it harder and harder for users to log off?  That's certainly a trend one reader has seen evidence of, including confirmation from Amazon that the best way to sign out from your account is to lie to them about who you are.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CBSNews.com Chief to Lead a News and Blogs Site  —  The Huffington Post, a news Web site, plans to announce today the appointment of a new chief executive, Betsy Morgan, who will leave her job as the general manager of CBSNews.com.  —  Ms. Morgan will switch from running the Web site …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The HuffPost Gets a New CEO
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Finds An Obvious Use For WOW.com: A World Of Warcraft Social Network  —  The wow.com domain name has laid dormant since at least 1998, when it was acquired by AOL along with other assets of Compuserve.  The domain has been coveted by a number of AOL business units over the years, though.
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft's 4GB / 8GB flash-based Zunes revealed by FCC  —  Well, would you look at this.  Thanks to the oh-so-disclosing FCC website, we're now seeing drawings of what looks to be 4GB and 8GB versions of Microsoft's forthcoming flash-based Zunes.  Sure enough, the pictures match the leaked photos …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Credit Suisse Says Q3 Revs Will Top Estimtaes; Stock At New High; Market Cap Tops Berkshire Hathaway  —  Google's (GOOG) third quarter results will be better than expected, Credit Suisse Internet analyst Heath Terry asserted in a research note this morning.
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
SAP offers NetWeaver subscription for developers  —  (InfoWorld) - SAP is allowing individual developers to buy a one-year subscription for its NetWeaver software in a move to bring new blood to the platform and expand its community of users.  —  NetWeaver was available previously …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
First RIAA trial gets under way with jury selection, opening statements
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Colligan Talks About Next Generation Palm OS Progress
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T vows to use Terms of Service for good, not censorship
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
UK can now demand data decryption on penalty of jail time
Discussion: Digg
Nick Sturiale / VentureBeat:
Death by board meeting
PR Newswire:
Consumer Reports: Panasonic Plasma Best Flat Screen Ever Tested
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Facebook.fr: someone is looking for trouble (or money)
 Earlier Items: 
Will Greenwald / Crave: The gadget blog:
Get a free Wiimote sleeve from Nintendo
Discussion: CrunchGear
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony opens book on new Reader
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Intel's 45nm Yorkfield / Wolfdale CPUs get benchmarked, new rumored release dates
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sharp shows off multi-touch optical scanning portable LCD
ClickZ:
AzoogleAds Branches Into SEM with Bazaar Acquisition
Discussion: paidContent.org
Telegraph:
Microsoft powers up for change
Computerworld:
America's techiest cities: Silicon Valley No. 1, but who's No. 2?