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1:30 PM ET, October 5, 2007

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A real bidding war: Google's price target
Discussion: Digital Daily
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Bear Stearns Ups Ests; Sets $700 Target Price
Discussion: WebProNews
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Google's Shock and Awe: 40% of US Online Ad Revs in Q1 and Q2
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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BBC:
Jury penalises music file-sharer
Discussion: Profy.Com, Switched and Digg
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  —  A cut price PlayStation 3 (PS3) with a smaller hard drive and no backwards compatibility with previous consoles goes on sale later this month.  —  The £299 PS3 has a 40-gigabyte hard disk and will be released in Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Discussion: WinBeta
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 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Mashable!
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24/7 Wall St.:
Details Of Yahoo! (YHOO) Break-Up From Bernstein Research
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod "nana" spews chest-high flames from trousers — lawsuit at 11  —  Prepare to be amazed at what passes for investigative journalism on television these days.  Atlanta's WSB-TV Action News team ran a sensational iPod "nana" piece last night under the title "Man's Pants Catch Fire At Airport."
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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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 …
rentzsch.com:
apple's antiCAPSLOCK  —  About a month ago I picked up a new Apple keyboard.  That's the new thin model, the wired variant.  —  I'm rather pleased with it: like all keyboards, the previous model had a propensity of collecting debris+cruft.  Unlike most other keyboards …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
China Blocking RSS Feeds  —  The Chinese Government has added a blanket ban on all RSS feeds, according to a report at Ars Technica.  —  There have been reports previously that Feedburner feeds have been blocked, but to-date information delivered by RSS feeds has generally gone uncensored …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China's Great Firewall turns its attention to RSS feeds
Discussion: blognation, Gaffney3.com and Mashable!
High-Def Digest:
Playback Problems Reported on 'Silver Surfer,' 'Day After Tomorrow' Blu-ray Discs  —  Two of the most eagerly anticipated next-gen releases in recent memory have hit a series of playback snags on select Blu-ray players, but a fix is said to be on the way.  —  As we've previously reported …
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Hitachi Develops 100GB Blu-ray Disc Compatible With Existing Drives
Discussion: TechSpot News
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
Christopher Hogg / Digital Journal:
Exclusive: Holt Renfrew Insider Says iPhone Coming to Canada in Two Weeks  —  While we're still marking this as rumour alert, a Holt Renfrew insider has told DigitalJournal.com the luxury retailer will be carrying Apple's iPhone across Canada by mid-October 2007.
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.
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).
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 …
Discussion: The Register, Ars Technica and Engadget
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.
Discussion: Facebook Observer and Mashable!
 
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Verizon:
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Liveblogging the big iPhone 1.1.1 hack
Marcus Sachs / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
DHS 'Spam' List
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Internet Ad Revenues Set Record
Discussion: Epicenter and Mashable!
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Reinventing Sun Microsystems
John Leyden / The Register:
Spammers turn YouTube into spam relay channel
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Marshal
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Today's Web 3.0 Nonsense Blogstorm
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple's iPhone Walled Garden An Opportunity For Competitors …
Discussion: AppleInsider and PC World
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The world's most boring-looking drums
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Taps Thompson to Run Zune
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A look at the negotiations to provide media access to Trump's trial; the state court system hired ex-journalist Al Baker to prepare for the historic trial

 
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