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12:00 AM ET, October 8, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Newsvine Acquired By  —  Social news site Newsvine, which launched in March 2006, has been acquired by, a fifty-fifty joint venture between Microsoft and NBC.  This is's first acquisition.  —  The deal, which closed on October 5, was all cash, but the acquisition price is not being disclosed.
Discussion: GigaOM, ParisLemon, iPlot, chartreuse and Digg
Alex Johnson / MSNBC: acquires Newsvine  —  First acquisition in 11-year history moves company in new direction  — pays users for their stories and displays articles based on user rankings.  —  REDMOND, Wash. - is diving into citizen journalism and social media by acquiring …
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.
Newsvine: 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  There are so many exciting things to share … Acquires Newsvine
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).
Discussion: TechCrunch and Howard Lindzon
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP's growth spurt: $6.8 billion for Business Objects  —  SAP took a page out of Oracle's grow-by-consolidation playbook in acquiring business intelligence leader Business Objects for $6.8 billion (42 Euros per share).  SAP CEO Henning Kagermann positioned the acquisition as part …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Way to Find Your Corner of the Internet Sky  —  IF you know what you're looking for online, Google and other Internet search engines do a pretty good job of helping you find it.  But what if you don't know exactly what you want?  —  Say you are a soccer fan, but you are neither in the market …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
eBay's StumbleUpon Has New, Novel Contextual Advertising Scheme around Online Video  —  Last week I was on the MIT campus where I interviewed Garrett Camp, the founder of StumbleUpon, the San Francisco-based company that allows users to organize and recommend online videos.
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.
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
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, and Kotaku
Marc Andreessen /
OK, you're right, it IS a bubble  —  When I first started this blog four months ago, one of the first substantive posts I wrote was called "Bubbles on the brain".  —  In it, I attempted to use "logic" to explain the reasons we are most likely not in another dot com bubble.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Novell wants SCO's bankruptcy protection lifted, objects to "forced loans"  —  Last week Novell filed a motion requesting that the court lift SCO's bankruptcy stay so that Novell can obtain UNIX licensing royalties wrongfully retained by SCO.  Novell has also filed a motion requesting …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
California man seeks class action lawsuit over iPhone bricking, lock-in  —  A California resident on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple over its controversial policies regarding the service of modified iPhones.  Filed by the Law Office of Damian R. Fernandez on behalf of Timothy P. Smith …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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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