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6:05 PM ET, October 4, 2007

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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
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:   Microsoft's HealthVault lets you manage your health records — badly
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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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.
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.)
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Jason Calacanis Makes "The World's Greatest Coffee!"
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: InfoWorld
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 …
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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
In Facebook, Investing in a Theory  —  The Facebook frenzy is spreading.  —  Thousands of software developers are creating features for Facebook, the rapidly growing social network, many hoping to strike it rich alongside Facebook's own employees.  —  Facebook, based in Palo Alto, Calif. …
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Your Moment of Facebook Zen
Discussion: Digital Daily
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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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
10 percent of September iPhone sales were for unlocks, claims analyst  —  No one is exactly sure how many iPhones there are in the wild that have been unlocked.  Members of the iPhone Dev Team claim that there could be "several hundred thousand," while analyst Shaw Wu reminds us that the number is probably very small.
Market Wire:
Research In Motion Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NasdaqGS:RIMM - News)(Toronto:RIM.TO - News), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported second quarter results for the three months ended September 1, 2007 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP).
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM ups third quarter outlook
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.
Reuters:
Google says closing gap with China rival  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Web search leader Google Inc said on Thursday it is closing the gap with rival Baidu in China, after years of trying to increase market share in the world's second-largest Internet arena.  —  Google has gained more market share …
Larry Magid / New York Times:
The Next Leap for Linux  —  LINUX runs the Google servers that manage billions of searches each day.  It also runs the TiVo digital video recorder, the Motorola Razr cellphone and countless other electronic devices.  —  But why would anyone want to use Linux, an open-source operating system, to run a PC?
Discussion: yelvington.com, Valleywag, Slashdot and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free  —  2007 is turning out to be a terrible year for the music industry.  Or rather, a terrible year for the the music labels.  —  The DRM walls are crumbling.  Music CD sales continue to plummet rather alarmingly.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
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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?
Linda Rosencrance / Computerworld:
Wal-Mart tells online customers: We don't want to talk to you
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A Flood of Mashups Coming? OAuth 1.0 Released
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Industry Moves Roundup: AOL; Adify; Starcom
 Earlier Items: 
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Waterproof Dock: Music Tube iPod Speaker Looks Like a Tube of Shower Gel
Discussion: Crave, CrunchGear and Gadgetell
Rob Taylor / Reuters:
iPod cheap in Hong Kong, but a Brazil bank-breaker
Discussion: iLounge, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google attacks Verizon's attempt to water down 700MHz "open access" rules
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
JEFF ZUCKER IS AN AT&T PUPPET
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Feds pull the domain name plug on State of California
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Leopard 'Notes' to sync with iPhone
Financial Times:
News Corp warns Google over copyright
Discussion: PDA and Mashable!