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3:00 PM ET, October 12, 2007

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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
More Gmail storage coming for all  —  When people ask me about my job, one of the common questions I get is, "Where does Gmail put all that mail?"  I generally answer by pointing them to a web site like this one.  While that's not exactly how it works, we do spend a lot of time working …
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Haochi / Googlified:
Gmail Updates Storage Estimation  —  Gmail today updated their home page's storage estimation.  The new entries indicates that the storage will be:  — 2912MB by October 11, 2007 midnight Google time  — 4.2GB by the 23rd this month  — 6GB by January 4th next year  — 42GB by the year of 2038
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Will BEA Sell to Oracle?  —  BEA officials have argued against the idea before, but it might make sense for both the company and its shareholders.  —  With Oracle's generous $6.67 billion bid looming, the question remains: Will BEA Systems sell?  —  While BEA officials were not available for comment …
Discussion: InfoWorld
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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Oracle makes $6.7B offer for BEA Systems
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Buyout could serve both BEA, Oracle
Business Week:
Universal Music Takes on iTunes  —  Universal chief Doug Morris is enlisting other big music players for a service to challenge the Jobs juggernaut  —  Relationships in the entertainment world can be famously fraught.  And few are more so these days than the one between Steve Jobs and Universal Music chief Doug Morris.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Report: Universal prepping revolutionary free music service
Saul Hansell / Bits:
LinkedIn Plans to Open Up in a Closed Sort of Way  —  Dan Nye, the chief executive of LinkedIn, has looked closely at the frenzy around Facebook, and has made a crucial decision: There will be no food fights on LinkedIn.  —  Yes, he's rushing to copy the electronic underpinnings …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Patent holding company targets Linux, files lawsuits against Red Hat and Novell  —  Patent holding company IP Innovation has filed a patent infringement suit against Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat.  The patent, which describes a "user interface with multiple workspaces …
Discussion: Computerworld and Channel 9
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Linux patent suit: In search of the Microsoft smoking gun
Marilyn Tennissen / Southeast Texas Record:
Recent copyright/patent infringement cases filed in U.S. District Courts
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and TechnoLlama
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Clock is Ticking for Joost  —  There's a time bomb out there with Joost's name on it.  Full-screen, broadcast-quality video streams—the main selling point of Joost's peer-to-peer Internet TV client software—is quickly coming to the Web.  Brightcove will soon be offering such streams to its video publishers using BitTorrent DNA.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Scoble Is So Right About Kara Being SSSSSOOOOO Right About Silly Facebook Apps!  —  You always have to get a little worried when someone opens a post like this: Kara!  Kara!  Kara!  —  Besides sounding like I am about to invade Pearl Harbor, I thought blogger Robert Scoble was going to slap …
Business Week:
A Bruise on Apple's Reputation  —  Is the company's stellar service keeping up with its hypergrowth?  Some customers don't think so  —  For Apple (AAPL ), there may be a downside to success.  Sales of the Cupertino (Calif.) company's Macintosh machines are growing three times as fast as the overall PC market.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ABC Reshapes the Evening News for the Web  —  Huddled with a producer in an editing suite on a recent Friday afternoon, the ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore enthusiastically helped put the finishing touches on a video account of his recent trip to Greenland to see the effects of global warming.
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.
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Ticketmaster lonely for Facebook friends, offers 5 free iTunes songs  —  You know how these social networks go—it can be just as hard to make friends online as it is in real life.  To make matters worse, people might not even give you the time of day if they don't know you …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Does FunnyOrDie need Will to live?  —  'Landlord' home strives to regain momentum with more star tenants  —  These days, Will Ferrell and writer-producer Adam McKay are busy shooting their next film, Sony's "Step Brothers."  Which is fine by Mark Kvamme, their business partner in the online comedy hub FunnyOrDie.com.
Ricky Cadden / Symbian-Guru.com:
Google Maps Now Native S60 + GPS for N95!  —  Google Maps Mobile has FINALLY been updated to a native S60 application, and even supports the N95's internal GPS!  You can see the white GPS dot on the screenshot.  Other than that, it looks pretty similar to the old version, only faster since it's native.
 
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