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1:35 AM ET, October 6, 2007

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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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati CEO: Techmeme is "a great little site."  —  I was hoping that the changing of the guard at Technorati would mean that the company would learn to become somewhat humble.  Early signs say that isn't the case.  In a Wired interview, incoming CEO Richard Jalichandra did note …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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
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.
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!
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Facebook Working On a Music Platform For Bands; Not iTunes Killer, But MySpace; Apple Tieup  —  Facebook is working on an artist platform to be launched later this year, which in essence is supposed to be better than what MySpace allows with its platform, according to multiple sources …
Discussion: CNET News.com and All Facebook
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.
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.
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
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
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Dear New York Times: The Pay Wall Was Only Half the Problem  —  A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times removed the pay wall in front of its TimesSelect service, which controlled access to much of the paper's archives and its popular columnists like Thomas Friedman and Frank Rich.
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Mines Mobile Queries, Finds Longer Strings, More Searches, And More Clicks  —  Gary Price at ResourceShelf points us to an intriguing article appearing in the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Magazine about mobile search at Google.  In the piece, two researchers at Google dissect …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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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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, Slashdot and Digg
Bob Sutor's Open Blog:
IBM withdraws patent claim
Discussion: The Register and Techdirt
Sam Sethi / blognation UK:
Exclusive: FriendVox THE FaceBook IM Client Is Live
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple probes iMac lockups
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
'Old fuddy-duddy' can continue age-discrimination suit against Google
Discussion: Computerworld
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Yahoo! oneSearch Gets More Knowledgeable
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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 …
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe:
New PLAYSTATION®3 Model to Take Holiday Season by Storm …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Liveblogging the big iPhone 1.1.1 hack
Rich Brown / Crave: The gadget blog:
Mac Mini to be replaced by Mac Nano?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bernstein's Yahoo (YHOO) Break-Up Plan: Ridiculous
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Reinventing Sun Microsystems
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast says StreamSaver, a bundle of Peacock, Netflix, and Apple TV+, will be available starting next week to Comcast TV or broadband customers at $15/month

 
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