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7:40 PM ET, October 5, 2007

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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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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Microsoft spins off Bungie Studios
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Hannah Montana Should Sell $200 Tickets  —  The WSJ reports on the fascinating court battle between IAC's Ticketmaster and RMG Technologies, a Pittsburgh company that runs TicketBrokerTools.com, a scalping/reselling service.  IAC says RMG has created bots that can outsmart Ticketmaster's …
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Hannah Montana Battles the Bots  —  Ticketmaster Tries to Block Software  —  That Lets Resellers Grab Hot Concert Seats  —  Ticketing giant Ticketmaster is taking aim at what it says is a new obstacle for fans hoping to attend concerts by hot acts like Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and Hannah Montana …
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
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
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Bernstein Says Company Worth Almost $39 A Share In A Break Up …
Discussion: Bits and DealBook
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Q&A: Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra on the Future of the Site  —  Blog ranking site Technorati has seen two new developments this week — new leadership, and a new competitor.  A lot of the tech blogosphere declared the blog hub 'pwned' with a new CEO stepping in just as tech news compiler TechMeme launched its leaderboard.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
California  —  You get your brand new iPod home, in its shiny black box, which you open, and the first words you see are:  —  "Designed by Apple in California."  —  It's printed on the back of every iPod and iPhone, too:  —  Ah, the way these five words evoke a flurry of happy memories.
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" …
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.
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.
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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Apple probes iMac lockups
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: InfoWorld
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