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3:35 AM ET, October 11, 2007

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Josh / Netly News:
More Google Brass Head for the Exits  —  Bigshots from around the world are converging on Google HQ tomorrow for Zeitgeist, the faithful's annual mecca to the Googleplex.  But at least one of Google's top brass is heading for the exits: Benjamin Ling, a high-ranking engineer described by Google …
Valleywag:
Acquisitions: CBS eyes gossip site for $10 million  —  CBS eyes gossip site for $10 million  —  Why was a roomful of venture capitalists and lawyers clinking champagne glasses at Zibibbo in Palo Alto last week?  The target of their fulsome praise was entrepreneur Anthony Soohoo, a former Yahoo executive.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CBS Buys 10-Month Old Celebrity Gossip Blog Dotspotter; Price Around $10 Million  —  CBS (NYSE: CBS) has bought 10-month-old celebrity gossip blog Dotspotter, for a price of around $10 million.  The rumor was first reported on Valleywag, and has also been confirmed to us by sources.
Discussion: alarm:clock
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Mother's ire puts Ballmer on defense over Vista  —  He says the OS is delivering value to corporate customers  —  For a few minutes during Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer's appearance at the Gartner Inc. conference here, emotionless management-speak gave way to a mother's frustration with the Vista operating system.
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Here Are the Answers to Your Craigslist Questions  —  Last week, you submitted lots and lots of questions for Craig Newmark and Jim Buckmaster, the founder and CEO, respectively, of Craigslist.  They couldn't answer every question but I think you'll agree they've given us a lot of good answers, time, and ideas.
Discussion: Valleywag
Fred / A VC:
30 Thoughts At 30,000 feet  —  I thought I'd try Jason Calacanis' new favorite way of writing a blog post on for size.  I am on a flight from NYC to Portland Oregon and my entourage email database crashed this morning so I don't have an inbox to work on (except on my blackberry and that's getting tiring).
Discussion: rexblog.com, Joe Duck and /Message
Lara Sinclair / NEWS.com.au:
Axe swings at Yahoo7?  —  IT'S carnage over at Yahoo7 at the moment, according to sources within the group.  —  Interim chief executive Rohan Lund, according to one informant, is "taking a machete" to the place.  That may be a dramatisation, but the Seven Group's internet division has changed …
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
comScore:
61 Billion Searches Conducted Worldwide in August Google Ranks as Top Global Search Property comScore Introduces First Comprehensive Worldwide Reporting of the Search Market  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the first comprehensive study …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Happy 1st Anniversary YouTube and Google; Now Move Over a Bit  —  Time for another roundup, and this one coincides with a notable first-year anniversary: that of Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, confirmed on October 9th, 2006.  —  Since then, the name "YouTube" has become virtually synonymous with "online video sharing".
David Pogue / New York Times:
(Mostly) Good Things in a Small Package  —  Sometimes the tiniest adjustment can make a huge difference.  A tenth of a grade-point average could get you into Princeton.  A bid $1 higher could win on eBay.  And a half-step toward the cliff edge could — well, you know.
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Your Guide to Virtual Worlds  —  Your Guide to Virtual Worlds … BACKGROUND AND HISTORY  —  Virtual worlds are online three-dimensional spaces where you can interact with other people, collect items and build structures, and communicate via a virtual representative of yourself called an avatar.
Discussion: UberPulse and Today @ PC World
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Interoperability in Virtual Worlds: Experts Discuss Possible Futures
Discussion: Valleywag
Yahoo! News:
RIM and Eatoni to work on text keyboard technology  — RIM and Eatoni to work on text keyboard technology  —  TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd said on Wednesday it will work with Eatoni Ergonomics Inc to develop a new text keyboard technology.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Ellen Simon / Associated Press:
Is that your phone or your imagination?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Confessions of a Twitter Convert  —  I'm eating a hearty meal of crow (roasted, with garlic and rosemary) today, since I'm here to tell you how interesting and downright useful I've found Twitter to be since being turned onto it properly at the C4 conference in August.
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Philips blowing out 50-inch plasmas for less than a grand  —  Budget brands like Vizio are serving up 50-inch plasmas for around $1,500.  But lo and behold, Philips has a deal running at its outlet store on a few 50-inchers, the lowest priced at $949.99 when you apply the $150 instant rebate coupon code.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Structured Web - A Primer  —  There is some controversy floating around the blogosphere about the nature of the next web.  We got a clear signal from Tim O'Reilly that there is no need to continue the versioning fad and call it "Web 3.0," but still, people disagree about what's coming next.
Discussion: BlueBlog and Digg
 
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Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
How China clamps down on the Internet
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T relents on controversial Terms of Service, announces changes (updated)
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Security Experts: Merchants Racing to the Bottom for PCI Certs
Discussion: Jeremiah Grossman
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Road to Mac OS X Leopard: Dock 1.6
Associated Press:
Report: Sun Microsystems, Samsung developing 'Java phone'
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Blazingly fast Internet2 gets 10x boost
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Class-action charges Apple, AT&T with unlawful business practices
Discussion: Engadget, Bits and Macsimum News
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Growing pains for TechCrunch's gadget blog?
 Earlier Items: 
J.P. Freire / The Caucus:
Facebook Pitches Its Political Benefits
Discussion: techPresident
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Google patents datacenter-in-a-shipping-container, ignores Sun's BlackBox
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Dell boots disks and fires up streamed PCs
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Are iPod's Hard Drive Days Numbered?
Discussion: MSNBC and WinBeta
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Coming Soon: Sub-$1000 HD DVD Notebook
Paul Graham:
Why to Move to a Startup Hub
AppleInsider:
Apple to launch official iPhone Web applications directory
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint's WiMax dilemma