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11:45 AM ET, October 11, 2007

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
And The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Madonna Dumps Record Industry  —  Since reporting Monday that Nine Inch Nails had dumped its record label and was to offer future albums direct to the public, Oasis and Jamiroquai have also joined the move away from the record industry, but the biggest announcement …
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Madonna Heads for Virgin Territory  —  In the latest seismic shift to rock the music industry, pop superstar Madonna is close to leaving Warner Music Group Corp.'s Warner Bros.  Records for a $120 million deal with concert-promotion giant Live Nation Inc., according to people familiar with the deal.
Reuters:
Madonna dumps label in $134m deal
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Funding: A Yahoo Bovine Update?  —  "Why," said a sharp Silicon Valley figure to me last night, "would Facebook give away the cow for a price of quart of milk?"  —  Why, indeed, although it would be a $15 billion quart of milk.  —  But it was an interesting point he was making …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Traffic Tanks - This can't be real?  —  comScore is about to issue September 2007 user engagement and page views data, and it seems like the SVFurby, I mean Facebook unique visitors took a little dip.  See the little decline on the red line.  I can't exactly tell how many and how accurate the data is, but it looks like a dip.
Amin Charaniya / Google LatLong:
Now Playing: YouTube videos in Google Earth  —  I love watching videos on YouTube.  Every once in a while I'll see something so good that it makes me stop and wonder where it was recorded or how I can find more videos from that particular location.  For instance, just the other day I stumbled upon …
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.
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Valleywag:
Acquisitions: CBS eyes gossip site for $10 million
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
CBS inflates the bubble with Dotspotter
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Apple Nearing iPhone Third-Party Developer Announcement  —  Several sources tell me that Apple is nearing an announcement of some sort regarding third-party development on the iPhone.  The bits and pieces I've heard are maddeningly non-specific: I don't know, for instance …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod touch now running Mail, Google Maps, and more  —  We're not looking at general availability yet, but those happy hacking cats unravelling the iPod touch have decrypted the ramdisk and are now busy installing applications.  Already, Mail, Maps, and other 3rd party apps are up and running on their jailbreaked touches.
Discussion: iLounge, MacUser, Gadget Lab and Digg
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.
ABC News:
Plasma TVs may be banned  —  Most plasma television sets are in danger of being banned from sale in Australia if a proposed energy-efficiency rating system is adopted.  —  A report commissioned by the Federal Government says there is a growing demand for plasma and LCD televisions, which use more power than traditional TV sets.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone unbricking now available from IPhoneSimFree  —  Hacked your iPhone did ya?  Now, after the 1.1.1 update, you're looking at a non-functioning paperweight?  Well, we've got good news for you just as long as you're willing to pay.  Not only does the 1.1.1 iPhoneSimFree unlock released …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Founders Pick Up Another Big Plane  —  Google's billionaire founders, owners of a Boeing 767 that has been the talk of Silicon Valley, are apparently adding another unusually large private jet to their fleet: a Boeing 757.  —  Like the Boeing 767, and two other jets operated …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sony Ericsson:
Latest Walkman® and Cyber-shot™ phones  —  With Christmas sales fast approaching, Sony Ericsson today announces that its latest Walkman® and Cyber-shot™ phones, the W910 and the K850, will be available in stores across selected markets from this month.
The Korea Times:
PS3 to Debut as IPTV Set-Top Box  —  KT, Korea's dominant telecom operator, and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea (SCEK) will launch an Internet-based TV service in November that runs on the PlayStation 3 game console, the companies said Tuesday.  —  The PS3 console will act as a set-top box …
Discussion: DSLreports, Kotaku, Game | Life and Gizmodo
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Sony's PlayStation 3 to double as IPTV set-top-box
BBC:
Universal avatars bestride worlds  —  A virtual character, or avatar, for all the virtual worlds in which people play is the goal of a joint project between IBM and Linden Lab.  —  The computer giant and the creator of Second Life are working on universal avatars that can travel between worlds.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook Vs ConnectU: "Facebook Makes Untrue Assertions" Claims ConnectU  —  The long running saga of claims and counter claims between Facebook and ConnectU hit court today with an initial setback for ConnectU.  —  The case before the San Jose Federal Court was not the allegations …
Discussion: Facebook Observer
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KGO-TV:
Arguments Begin In Facebook, ConnectU Lawsuit
Discussion: Webware.com and Mashable!
 
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The Boeing Company:
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Ewan Spence / blognation:
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Discussion: TechCrunch UK, PDA and jkOnTheRun
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Parrot launches the SK 4000 Bluetooth motorcycle headset
Discussion: Crave and OhGizmo!
Cathy Brooks / LE WEB 3:
Bringing our theme to life - version 2 of the LeWeb3 2007 conference program
Discussion: MediaFuturist
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (943521)
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Philips blowing out 50-inch plasmas for less than a grand
Fred / A VC:
30 Thoughts At 30,000 feet  —  I thought I'd try Jason Calacanis …