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9:50 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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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 …
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: Dan Blank, PDA, Mark Evans and Valleywag
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.
Discussion: TechnoLlama, ParisLemon and Wikinomics
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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 …
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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Arguments Begin In Facebook, ConnectU Lawsuit
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
John Chan / Crave: The gadget blog:
Palm Treo 500v launched in Singapore  —  First announced exactly a month ago, the Palm Treo 500v smartphone is now available in Asia, at least in Singapore.  The 500v was launched in partnership with European carrier Vodafone in September and still bears that operator's brand name even though Palm has released it with M1 here.
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David Pogue / New York Times:   (Mostly) Good Things in a Small Package
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: Gadget Lab and Digg
Ewan Spence / blognation:
Mippin's Mobile Portal Now in Public Beta  —  Now open to the public is Refresh Mobile's Mippin , their third big play in the mobile content business.  Designed to let mobile phone users get to relevant information, fast, I spoke to their VP of Product Management, Prashant Agarwal, about the service.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, jkOnTheRun and PDA
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 …
Lior Ron / Google LatLong:
Community maps in your search results  —  It's no secret that our users are the true experts on local information.  Sometimes a tip from a friend or a friendly local can make all the difference.  —  Over the last year, we've been working hard to organize this local wisdom …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's 22-inch SP2208WFP with webcam and 24-incher out in Japan  —  It's not out in the US yet, but Dell just announced another webcam packing LCD monitor: the SP2208WFP for Japan.  This 1,680 x 1,050 resolution 22-incher features a 2 megapixel webcam and microphone integrated flush with the upper bezel …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Official iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak released with easy-to-follow instructions; does not require TIFF exploit  —  The iPhone dev team has posted a genuine jailbreak for the iPhone 1.1.1 software/firmware revision that is now available for download.  The news comes to iPhone Atlas from team member NIcholas "Drudge" Penree.
 
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The Boeing Company:
Boeing Reschedules Initial 787 Deliveries and First Flight
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Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Parrot launches the SK 4000 Bluetooth motorcycle headset
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Cathy Brooks / LE WEB 3:
Bringing our theme to life - version 2 of the LeWeb3 2007 conference program
Discussion: MediaFuturist
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
AT&T relents on controversial Terms of Service, announces changes (updated)
Microsoft:
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David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Philips blowing out 50-inch plasmas for less than a grand
 Earlier Items: 
Lara Sinclair / NEWS.com.au:
Axe swings at Yahoo7?
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechCrunch
Fred / A VC:
30 Thoughts At 30,000 feet  —  I thought I'd try Jason Calacanis …
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Confessions of a Twitter Convert
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Blazingly fast Internet2 gets 10x boost
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The Structured Web - A Primer
Discussion: BlueBlog and Digg
Ellen Simon / Associated Press:
Is that your phone or your imagination?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Happy 1st Anniversary YouTube and Google; Now Move Over a Bit
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Mother's ire puts Ballmer on defense over Vista