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4:15 PM ET, October 5, 2007

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Interactive Advertising Bureau:
INTERNET ADVERTISING REVENUES CONTINUE TO SOAR, REACH NEARLY $10 BILLION IN FIRST HALF OF '07  —  Historic Second Quarter: Revenues Exceed $5 Billion for the First Time  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) today released the IAB Internet Advertising …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Google's Shock and Awe: 40% of US Online Ad Revs in Q1 and Q2  —  One thing stood out in the IAB's report that online ads clocked in over $10B in the US alone.  —  How much went to Google?  —  Google generated $3.66B in Q1 2007 revenues and $3.871B in Q2 2007, that's $7.531B.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A real bidding war: Google's price target
Discussion: Digital Daily
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Internet Ad Revenues Set Record
Discussion: Epicenter and Mashable!
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Four reasons why the RIAA won a jury verdict of $220,000  —  The Recording Industry Association of American got a chance on Thursday to show everyone just how heavy and intimidating the legal club of copyright law can be.  —  As my colleague Greg Sandoval wrote a few hours ago …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Court Victory For Music Labels Won't Save Their Industry
BBC:
Jury penalises music file-sharer
Discussion: Profy.Com, Switched and Digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Bungie Studios to Evolve Relationship  —  Companies to forge new long-term relationship.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced a plan for Bungie Studios, the developers of the "Halo®" franchise, to embark on a path to become an independent company.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Five reasons why the Bungie-Microsoft split is a smart move for Microsoft  —  When rumors first surfaced a week ago that the Bungie team that designed Halo was going to split from Microsoft, there was a lot of negative backlash.  This was the proof Microsoft was not really committed to the gaming market, some said.
Discussion: paidContent.org and DigitalBattle
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bernstein's Yahoo (YHOO) Break-Up Plan: Ridiculous  —  The normally astute firm Sanford Bernstein appears to have developed brain rot this morning, at least with regard to a purported Yahoo break-up plan.  According to Reuters and 24/7 Wall St, Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay posits …
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Reuters:
Analyst says Yahoo worth more if broken up
Discussion: Epicenter
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe:
New PLAYSTATION®3 Model to Take Holiday Season by Storm Aggressively priced hardware and a terrific software line-up make for an unbeatable combination  —  New 40GB PS3 at €399  —  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced details of its exciting new PLAYSTATION®3 …
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BBC:
Sony offers cut-price PlayStation
Discussion: WinBeta
WSB-TV:
iPod Sets Man's Pants On Fire  —  ATLANTA — The new iPod Nano is hot.  But one Douglasville man said his old Nano got even hotter — hot enough to burst into flames.  —  "So I look down and I see flames coming up to my chest," said Danny Williams.  —  Williams said the burn hole …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod "nana" spews chest-high flames from trousers — lawsuit at 11
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Liveblogging the big iPhone 1.1.1 hack  —  Last night, iPhone hackers "dinopio" and "Edgan" brought 1.1.1 hacking into a new arena.  By using symbolic links before doing a 1.1.1 upgrade, they were able to gain access to the entire 1.1.1 file tree.  Today, I'll be liveblogging my attempt to duplicate their hack.
Rich Brown / Crave: The gadget blog:
Mac Mini to be replaced by Mac Nano?  —  We approach all Apple-related rumors with skepticism, but sometimes we get a certain feeling about them, and today's from Mac OS Rumors gives us that tingle of plausibility.  Word from one of that site's "oldest and most reliable sources in Cupertino" …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Associated Press:
Kim Jong Il: I'm an Internet expert  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il called himself an "Internet expert" during summit talks with South Korea's president this week, a news report said Friday.  —  The reclusive leader made the remark after South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun asked …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Fashion: Wi-Fi Detector Shirt, Self-Detects Geeks  —  The Wi-Fi Detector shirt does everything you'd dream it could do: detect Wi-Fi signals and share them, via your chest, with the entire world.  Spotting both 802.11b and 802.11g networks, signal strength is displayed in real time (big animated gif post-jump).
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook to Launch iTunes Competitor  —  An extremely reliable anonymous source has informed me about Facebook launching an iTunes competitor within their company.  Over the past months Facebook has been searching for a CEO to head up this new subdivision.  Facebook has been pursuing agreements with a number of record labels.
PrimeNewswire:
Virgin America and Boing Boing TV Announce Exclusive Inflight Entertainment Partnership Virgin America Flyers Will be Seeing Red With Boing Boing TV  —  PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Virgin America, the next-generation airline, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive partnership …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Boing Boing TV and Valleywag
 
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Hannah Montana Battles the Bots
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nike's Amp+ watch: hearts your heart and iPod, too
Techdirt:
Open Standards Are the Ultimate Media Extender
Discussion: last100
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring pressure-sensitive touchscreens, touchpads
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless "Gleams" With New Stylish Clamshell
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Mobility Site
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
News, Sports, Business, Tech Sites Win High Marks For Service …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Bear Stearns Ups Ests; Sets $700 Target Price
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
John Leyden / The Register:
Spammers turn YouTube into spam relay channel
Discussion: PC World, Marshal and Read/WriteWeb
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Orange aims to improve GSM coverage for businesses
Discussion: The Register
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Today's Web 3.0 Nonsense Blogstorm
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The world's most boring-looking drums
Discussion: Gizmodo
Christopher Hogg / Digital Journal:
Exclusive: Holt Renfrew Insider Says iPhone Coming to Canada in Two Weeks
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
China Blocking RSS Feeds
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

 
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