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10:55 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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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Bungie: When it comes to the Mac, never say never
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Microsoft spins off Bungie Studios
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.  But having both come just months after CEO Dave Sifry stepped down and announced staff cuts has some people atwitter.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati CEO: Techmeme is "a great little site."
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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.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   RUMOR: FACEBOOK TO TAKE ON ITUNES?
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Good News, Bad News about Facebook Application Market: Long Tail Rules  —  My team at O'Reilly Research has been crunching the numbers on the rise of Facebook as application platform, and we've released a new report today, entitled simply The Facebook Application Platform.
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
Ryan Tabone / Inside Google Desktop:
iGoogle meets Desktop gadgets  —  We've often asked ourselves why Google Desktop Gadgets are confined to just the desktop and sidebar.  With Google Desktop 5.5 Beta, we've decided to change that.  In addition to improved Outlook search functionality, Google Desktop now lets you run Desktop gadgets on your iGoogle homepage.
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 …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Virgin America is Smart
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.
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 …
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Hi5 is working on its own platform for developers, to take on Facebook  —  Facebook rival Hi5 says it is working on its own developer platform today, the latest social network to realize that it had better open up quickly or potentially lose customers to more active pastures.
Discussion: Profy.Com and Mashable!
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" …
 
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Kyle Stock / Post & Courier:
City to exit wireless project
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Skype 1.4 for Linux out of beta with new features
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
ZFS to play larger role in future versions of Mac OS X
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Sam Sethi / blognation UK:
Exclusive: FriendVox THE FaceBook IM Client Is Live
ns.umich.edu:
U-M research: New plastic is strong as steel, transparent
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget, Slashdot and Digg
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple probes iMac lockups
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Dear New York Times: The Pay Wall Was Only Half the Problem
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
'Old fuddy-duddy' can continue age-discrimination suit against Google
Discussion: Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! oneSearch Gets More Knowledgeable
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Pushes Secure, Quality Code
Discussion: InfoWorld
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
You Can't Get There From Here  —  Several years ago I wrote …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring pressure-sensitive touchscreens, touchpads
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Liveblogging the big iPhone 1.1.1 hack
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bernstein's Yahoo (YHOO) Break-Up Plan: Ridiculous
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Reinventing Sun Microsystems
 

 
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