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1:25 PM ET, October 11, 2007

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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.
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
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 …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Earth Gets YouTube Videos
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Twitter + Second Life = Spontaneous Web Meetspace  —  We've been rather harsh in our coverage of Second Life in the past, the sad truth being that this year Second Life has provided a range of tabloid fodder that we've seen fit to print.  —  Of late our coverage has started to change.
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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
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 …
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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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.
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.
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.
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 …
usitc.gov:
ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN HARD DISK DRIVES, COMPONENTS THEREOF, AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING THE SAME  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain hard disk drives, components thereof, and products containing the same.
Discussion: Digital Trends
Orla Cox / Symantec Corp.:
Patch Tuesday/Exploit Wednesday?  —  Today we had an interesting sample shared with us.  It was a Microsoft Word document which, when opened, was simply crashing Word.  We tried using various combinations of Word versions, patches and languages, and in each case (with the exception of Office 2007) …
Discussion: Computerworld and The Register
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / FORTUNE: Apple 2.0:
Report: Apple Gains 29% Share of $$$ Notebooks
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ICANN begins testing URLs with non-Roman characters
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Philips blowing out 50-inch plasmas for less than a grand
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Music industry: five alternative business models
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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