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3:29 AM ET, October 2, 2007

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Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Microsoft to Debut Zune 2 on Tuesday  —  Microsoft will hold a event on Tuesday in Redmond to herald the second generation of Zune music players, BetaNews has learned.  —  According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 2 leaks out in three flavors  —  Well, we'd heard new Zunes were coming tomorrow (or maybe October 16th) and it looks like retailers are starting to receive display units — everyone, say hello to the new Zunes.  Barring some Photoshop trickeration, it looks like we're getting …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Tech Blog
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, Zune 2 coming Wednesday  —  Here it is, direct from a trusted source close to the situation — a Zune 1 running firmware 2.1, which will bring all the Zune 2 software goodies and UI tweaks with it when those bad boys are announced on Wednesday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Today @ PC World
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Techmeme Leaderboard is live  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard, that much-leaked list of Techmeme's top 100 sources, including blogs, non-blogs, and everything in between, is now up.  It ranks sites, every 20 minutes, simply by the amount of headline space they've occupied on Techmeme over the past month.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechMeme list heralds death of blogging?  —  I was just looking at the TechMeme Top 100 List and noticed that it has very few bloggers on it — I can only see about 12 real blogs on that list.  Blogging being defined as "single voice of a person."  Most of the things on the list are now done …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Techmeme Leaderboard Dominated By Media Companies
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Finally Official: eBay's Skype Has Bombed  —  eBay has finally acknowledged what has been obvious to the rest of the world for at least three quarters: the Skype acquisition gamble has failed.  Among the news today:  — Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom officially gone (he's been virtually gone for months)
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Thomas Crampton / Media and Technology:
SCOOP: Zennstrom defends Skype while stepping down
Saul Hansell / Bits:
EBay's $4 Billion Lesson in the Value of Hype
Ed Gorman / Times of London:
Steve Ballmer stirs the technology pay row  —  The Microsoft chief executive has questioned the mammoth $74m pay-package taken home last year by Oracle's Larry Ellison  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, waded into the debate over executive pay today and questioned …
Digital Joystick:
Bungie Leaving Microsoft!!  You heard it here first folks  —  A friend of mine who has someone close that works at Bungie has just been dying to tell me a secret about their future.  Since the NDA officially expire today the sent me and email with the details.  I have full faith in this contact.
Discussion: Kotaku, CrunchGear, Joystiq, MTV and WinBeta
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Nokia Buys Software Maker for $8.1 Billion  —  Nokia, the world's biggest cellphone maker, said today that it had agreed to pay $8.1 billion for Navteq, the maker of digital mapping and navigational software based in Chicago, as it seeks to migrate satellite-based location services onto its range of phones.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Deceptive EULA, spyware bring down the wrath of the FTC  —  The Federal Trade Commission has ended its war against the makers of Media Motor, a company that purported to offer free screensavers and videos for Windows users but secretly installed spyware onto the user's machine.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FTC fines three men $330,000 for pushing spyware
Discussion: TechSpot News
Adobe:
Adobe Launches Flash Lite 3  —  For immediate release  —  Flash Player for Mobile Devices Delivers High-Impact Video and Dynamic Web Content  —  ADOBE MAX 2007, CHICAGO - October 1, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Flash® …
How to of the Day:
How to Quit Facebook  —  Maybe your affinity for Facebook began with a simple desire to keep in touch with your friends, or make new ones online.  Or perhaps you were just bored.  But now Facebook is the thorn in your side, and possibly a bona fide addiction.
Discussion: Valleywag
MediaShift:
Your Take Roundup::  People Will Pay for Niche Content, Ad-Free Newspaper Sites  —  People Will Pay for Niche Content, Ad-Free Newspaper Sites  —  With the end of the TimesSelect pay service for New York Times editorialists and archives — and the possible end of the Wall Street Journal Online's paid wall …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's MSN: Still Sucking Wind After All These Years  —  Microsoft's Internet business (MSFT) got some good press this summer, when MSN's share of search queries briefly jumped (before dropping again), and the division's ad revenue continued to accelerate.  The latter trend is truly good news.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Babelgum Co-Founder Leaves For RawFlow  —  While everyone's busy saying it's the early days of Internet TV, things are already shaking out.  Babelgum co-founder and CEO Erik Lumer has left the company and taken on the chief executive role at RawFlow, another P2P TV platform.
 
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Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Fox Business says to lure viewers with less jargon
Discussion: paidContent.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search Just Got Smarter
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
O'Reilly talks turning IT inside out and data lock-in at SAP TechEd
Discussion: Tech IT Easy
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Is Favorit a Digg killer?
Andrew McAfee:
The Ties that Find
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hollywood fretting over digital movie downloads and declining DVD prices
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
TIOTI To Launch Tuesday
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch UK
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Exclusive: Wetpaint Launches Facebook App - Wiki Whiteboard
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
JOOST NOW OPEN AND FREE FOR EVERYONE
Discussion: TechSpot News
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Sony's 3-mm thin XEL-1 OLED TV makes video appearance
Discussion: Computerworld
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
iPhone: Context over consistency
Techdirt:
Will Investors Pressure RIAA To Change Its Ways?
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Lookabee's Facebook Apps for Teachers
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone users now fear security patches, say analysts
The Register:
Google proposes 'crumbled cookies' in privacy pledge
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed To Aggregate Social Network Data Into A Single Feed