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7:15 PM ET, October 4, 2007

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Techmeme is officially a cesspool  —  It was intriguing for a day or two, but now it's clear that the Leaderboard was the dumbest idea ever, because now more than ever, people are gaming Techmeme so they can climb the list.  —  Reminds me of something Ted Turner once said about how the Forbes list …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Disincentives For Gaming The TechMeme Leaderboard  —  Every ranking system is at risk for gaming, and the TechMeme Leaderboard is no different, as Dave Winer points out regarding today's pile on to Jason Calacanis Web 3.0 meme.  (Ironically, Jason himself anticipated the problem when the Leaderboard debuted.)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Who Spams Digg the Most  —  On the heels of the recently …
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 7 Update  —  Almost a year ago, we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.  Since then, IE7 is well on its way to becoming the most used browser in the world, and we've seen lots of evidence that IE7 makes it safer and easier to accomplish everyday tasks online.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft: download IE7 without WGA validation
Discussion: eWEEK.com
InfoWorld:
Microsoft schedules seven patches for next week
Discussion: Microsoft and Neowin.net
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Rolls Out Personal Health Records  —  Microsoft is starting its long-anticipated drive into the consumer health care market by offering free personal health records on the Web and pursuing a strategy that borrows from the company's successful formula in personal computer software.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Beats Google To Online Health Records With HealthVault
Discussion: PC Magazine and davidrothman.net
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:   Microsoft's HealthVault lets you manage your health records — badly
AppleInsider:
Apple announcements brewing for late October [updated]  —  Apple Inc. has begun preparatory measures for significant announcements to take place during the last full week of October, AppleInsider has been told.  —  While sources have requested that we not go into detail regarding …
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Think Secret:
Leopard poised to leap last weekend in October  —  Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard remains on track for an October release on or around October 26, sources report.  —  That date, the last Friday of the month, is similar to the release date of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, which had been said would debut …
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:   Reports suggest late-October Leopard release
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA trial verdict is in: jury finds Thomas liable for infringement  —  Duluth, Minnesota — After just four hours of deliberation and two days of testimony, a jury found that Jammie Thomas was liable for infringing the record labels' copyrights on all 24 the 24 recordings at issue in the case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Jury Finds Minnesota Woman Liable for Piracy, Awards $222,000  —  DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury.  —  Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Coolfer
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Judge Bars RIAA President Sherman from Testifying
Discussion: Neowin.net
Light Reading:
Level 3 Slashes CDN Prices  —  Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT - message board) is lowering prices for content delivery network (CDN) services to match the same price customers pay for high-speed IP transport.  —  By matching transport prices, Level 3 is doing away with any premium …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Level 3 Throws A Wrench In The CDN Business
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: 10 percent of September iPhones sold to unlocking teams  —  Analysts for investment bank Piper Jaffray recently spent more time tracking unit sales at Apple Inc.'s retail stores and reported Thursday that their observations indicate that as many as 10 percent of the iPhones sold …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Web 3.0, the official definition.  —  Some folks have been asking me for the clear definition of the term Web 3.0.  — Web 3.0 is defined as the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using Web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform.
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Fred / A VC:
The Fiction of 20%  —  It's a "given" in the venture business that in order to compensate a venture firm for all the time and energy they are going to put into a particular investment, they need to own at least 20% of the company and ideally 30%.  —  I hear it all the time.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google attacks Verizon's attempt to water down 700MHz "open access" rules  —  What is going on at the FCC?  The agency established the rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction back in August, but it turns out that these were not so much "rules" as "suggestions for discussion."
Search Engine Watch:
Search and the Law: Attorney Deborah Wilcox  —  As part of a series looking at Internet and intellectual property law, we spoke with Deborah A. Wilcox, co-chair of Baker Hostetler's national intellectual property litigation practice, which includes managing and litigating copyright, trademark …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Nick Breckon / Shacknews:
Gears of War PC Release Date Set; Details and Exclusive Screenshots  —  Have you been holding out to play Epic's latest Xbox 360 "exclusive" on the PC?  Get out your calendar: Gears of War for Windows makes its way to stores on November 6th.  —  The game will feature five new singleplayer chapters …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What Does It Mean When Most Mobile Content Execs Don't Use Their Own Services?
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Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
How 2 Guys' Iowa Connection Took Big Telecoms for a Ride
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mark Jacobstein: Out of the Loopt, into CRV
Howard Owens:
Let's stop putting the entire newspaper online
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
More Legit 3rd Party iPhone Applications on the Way?
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports Second Quarter Results
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
Wal-Mart tells online customers: We don't want to talk to you
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
A Flood of Mashups Coming? OAuth 1.0 Released
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
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Yahoo!:
Yahoo!, eBay and PayPal Join Forces to Protect Consumers Against …
Rob Taylor / Reuters:
iPod cheap in Hong Kong, but a Brazil bank-breaker
Discussion: iLounge, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Brad Stone / Bits:
Will Facebook's Developers Defect to Other Platforms?
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Your Moment of Facebook Zen
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Halo 3: Does Success Push Bungie Out Of The Game?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free
Larry Magid / New York Times:
The Next Leap for Linux