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4:10 AM ET, October 12, 2007

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Facebook Reality Check: It's not worth $100B, and it won't crush MySpace or Google (but it does rock)  —  At the Social Graphing conference on Tuesday our industry went in full-blown madness.  A panel filled with Facebook fans (and some investors) got so worked up they claimed—among other things—that:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Dip Seasonal, Here is Why!  —  Update: Hey Michael when you say, "Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking" it is not quite true.  As I said in my original Facebook-traffic post from late last night, I don't quite buy it.  My exact words, "It just doesn't make any sense!
Discussion: Valleywag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
There's More To The FaceBook Traffic Story  —  Om Malik says Facebook traffic is tanking, based on the September Comscore data which shows a 9.3% decline in uniques v. steady uniques at MySpace.  —  There's a problem though - he's showing unique visitor data but talking about traffic.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook Traffic Tanks - This can't be real?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Petition: Facebook Increase Page Width for Developers
Discussion: loose wire blog
Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Updates to Windows Live SkyDrive!  —  These past couple of months since our last release, we asked ourselves, "What can we do to make SkyDrive even better?"  The most obvious answer is something that our users have asked us to do: give out more storage.  We're excited to announce that we're doubling everyone's storage to 1 GB!
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft 'Live Events' targets Evite, others  —  Microsoft is launching a Web-based service for organizing events and remembering them afterward - trying to move further into the highly competitive areas of social networking and online photo sharing.  —  The free Windows Live Events service …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and TechCrunch
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft launching event planner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Being Stupid And Litigious Is No Way To Go Through Life  —  In the past we've posted communications whenever someone has threatened to sue us.  I think it's entertaining, and it hopefully makes people think twice before firing up the legal machine with ridiculous claims.
Discussion: Techdirt and BloggingStocks
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Snocap lays off 60 percent of its employees?  —  Snocap lays off 60 percent of its employees?  —  A tipster reports that Snocap, the once-hot digital music startup from Napster founder Shawn Fanning and Silicon Valley bad boy Jordan Mendelson, has laid off 60 percent of its staff, and the company is up for sale.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Shawn Fanning's Snocap lays off 60 percent of workforce
Discussion: Mashable!
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Confirmed: Yahoo expanding to Microsoft's backyard  —  It looks like Microsoft employees driving past downtown Bellevue to Redmond will soon be able to gaze upon a big "Yahoo!" sign, if they're so inclined.  Yahoo has signed a lease for 115,000 square feet in Bellevue's One Twelfth @ Twelfth complex.
Discussion: WinBeta and Data Mining
TechHit News:
Outlook + Twitter = OutTwit  —  If you are an Outlook user, you probably have it open all the time.  Now you can update your Twitter status and follow your friends without having to open any other applications.  OutTwit seamlessly integrates Twitter into Outlook.
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Prediction: Starbucks Wi-Fi will soon be free  —  The for-pay Wi-Fi model at Starbucks feels old and stale, says Mike Elgan  —  Editor's note: This article headlines our TechGear section and newsletter. … Starbucks, the giant coffee chain with 13,168 locations worldwide …
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
'Transparent' gadget could trump iPhone interface  —  A touch-sensitive gadget with the sensing panel on its back, instead of the screen, is being developed by US researchers.  Using your fingers behind the device allows a firmer grip and more accurate performance without obscuring your view of the screen, they say.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
David Kravets / Wired News:
Court Clears Way for Mobile-Phone-Unlocking Lawsuit Against T-Mobile  —  Wireless-carrier T-Mobile USA lost a California Supreme Court bid Wednesday to kill a lawsuit challenging the company's early-termination fees and its practice of locking down phones to work only on T-Mobile's network.
Discussion: Techdirt and mocoNews.net
 
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Motorola:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Newspaper Consortium: Harmful Or Helpful?
Discussion: Reuters
InfoWorld:
Word exploit loose, according to Microsoft, Symantec
DigiTimes:
Asustek: Eee PC price no lower than US$200
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Haochi / Googlified:
Gmail Updates Storage Estimation
Discussion: ParisLemon and gSpy
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple files for second force-sensitive display patent
Discussion: Tech.co.uk, Engadget and Gizmodo
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
From Healthy To Heartbreaking: Digital Business vs. Personal Self-Interest
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Current TV Site Prepares to Relaunch
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: In advertising and search, Microsoft's way behind Google
Discussion: Gartner and Mashable!
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple puts up iPhone Web app directory
Discussion: Download Squad
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Google's People Search - Spock speaks out
Phone Scoop:
T-Mobile's First 3G Phone On Sale
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo HD Lifetime Transfer Arrives
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hard times for hard drives: US may ban popular imports
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Fred / A VC:
In Rainbows  —  I knew I was going to buy this new Radiohead record.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Radiohead still needs major label to let world see its "Rainbows"