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9:55 PM ET, October 7, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Newsvine Acquired By MSNBC.com  —  Social news site Newsvine, which launched in March 2006, has been acquired by MSNBC.com, a fifty-fifty joint venture between Microsoft and NBC.  This is MSNBC.com's first acquisition.  —  The deal, which closed on October 5, was all cash, but the acquisition price is not being disclosed.
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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Msnbc.com acquires Newsvine  —  First acquisition in 11-year history moves company in new direction  —  Newsvine.com pays users for their stories and displays articles based on user rankings.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Msnbc.com is diving into citizen journalism and social media by acquiring Newsvine.com …
Newsvine:
Msnbc.com Acquires Newsvine  —  technology, microsoft, newsvine, nbc, msnbc, acquisitions, msnbc-com  —  Esteemed Members of the Newsvine Community,  —  It is our great pleasure to announce today that Newsvine has been acquired by msnbc.com.  There are so many exciting things to share …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Newsvine Acquired By MSNBC - Leading Citizen Journalism Site Snapped Up by MSM  —  Today Newsvine CEO Mike Davidson contacted Read/WriteWeb to announce that his citizen journalism startup Newsvine has been acquired by MSNBC, the Microsoft/NBC joint venture, for an undisclosed sum.
mikeindustries.com:
Msnbc.com Acquires Newsvine  —  I grew up in an NBC household.  Some of my earliest TV memories were sitting in the living room at 6pm with my parents and watching the nightly news with David Brinkley, John Chancellor, and later Tom Brokaw.  I didn't always understand what was going on in the world …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mint Rakes It In  —  Since launching and winning the top spot at our TechCrunch40 conference three weeks ago, personal-finance startup Mint has been on a roll.  On Friday, Mint was named Best of Show at the 2007 Financial Innovations conference (along with peer-to-peer lender Prosper and mortgage-finder Mortgagebot).
Discussion: NetBanker
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings On Google  —  More and more, I've been seeing people wondering if they've lost traffic on Google because they were detected to be selling paid links.  However, Google's generally never penalized sites for link selling.
Discussion: Sphinn
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church  —  First the percussive sounds of sniper fire and the thrill of the kill.  Then the gospel of peace.  —  Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through …
Discussion: Joystiq, GamePolitics.com and Kotaku
Alice Mathias / New York Times:
The Fakebook Generation  —  THE time-chugging Web site Facebook.com first appeared during my freshman year as the exclusive domain of college students.  This spring, Facebook opened its pearly gates, enabling myself and other members of the class of '07 to graduate from our college networks into those of the real world.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Facebook's Core College Student Users Laugh At Attempts To Use It For Business  —  When I argued that Facebook is NOT for business, that assertion was roundly dismissed by Facebook's tech fan club, determined to prove (with Mark Zuckerberg gleefully rooting them on) that Facebook is a serious business tool.
Agence France Presse:
SAP agrees 4.8-billion-euro buyout of Business Objects  —  PARIS (AFP) - Germany's SAP, a world leader in business software, announced late Sunday that it had agreed with France's Business Objects on a buy-out worth just over 4.8 billion euros (6.8 billion dollars).
Denise Caruso / New York Times:
Securing Very Important Data: Your Own  —  AS long as we are willing to relinquish some personal data, Web applications have long allowed us to create virtual identities that can conduct most of the social and financial transactions that typify life in the real world.
Discussion: Gaffney3.com
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
From The Information Age To The Connected Age  —  Jason Calacanis launched yet another discussion of the future of the web with his official definition of web 3.0, in which web 2.0 cake is spread with a liberal frosting of people, but not just any people — "gifted" people.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Traffic Plunges After US Ban  —  TorrentSpy founder Justin told TorrentFreak in a response to the censorship: "Whatever future awaits, the innovations of peer-to-peer technology and the jobs and opportunities it creates will take place outside of the USA."
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
 
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Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
MIT Students Generate Electricity from Bacteria and Grass Clippings
Discussion: Engadget, Neatorama and Digg
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
The Big News About Yahoo!
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
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 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HP's iPAQ 110 and 210 PDAs get shipment date, prices
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gizmodo
Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Build 1: Think Different.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Rumor: Tagged Platform will mimic Facebook Platform APIs
David Teare / Switchers' Blog:
iPhone Password Manager
Phil Bradley / Search Engine Land:
Google Book Search Improved(?)
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano, classic 1.0.2 Updates change video, Cover Flow
Discussion: Gizmodo and Infinite Loop