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2:50 PM ET, October 11, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Facebook Traffic Declines - Abandon Ship or Deja Vu?  —  We have good news for Om Malik.  The new media guru is a little concerned about Facebook's recent decline in traffic. … Here's Malik's chart...  Scary, huh?  —  But fear not Om!  The same thing happened last year and Facebook went on to recover quite nicely.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Radiohead still needs major label to let world see its "Rainbows"  —  Radiohead is apparently not quite ready to follow Nine Inch Nails into a life without record labels.  Although the group has made its new album In Rainbows available for download on its website for whatever price fans are willing to pay …
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 …
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 …
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 and Gadget Lab
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / FORTUNE: Apple 2.0:
Report: Apple Gains 29% Share of $$$ Notebooks  —  Drilling down into Apple's (AAPL) recent string of boffo quarterly reports, analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. of Bernstein Research finds both strength and vulnerability in Steve Jobs' relentless pursuit of high-margin computer sales.
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Infinite Loop
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's mobile team reorgs, focuses on Live services  —  With archrival Google expected to field any time now a mobile operating system that will go head-to-head with Windows Mobile, Microsoft is getting its Mobile Communications side of the house in order.
Discussion: msmobiles.com
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.
 
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
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usitc.gov:
ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN HARD DISK DRIVES …
Discussion: Digital Trends
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
ICANN begins testing URLs with non-Roman characters
Orla Cox / Symantec Corp.:
Patch Tuesday/Exploit Wednesday?
Discussion: Computerworld and The Register
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
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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