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6:15 PM ET, October 12, 2007

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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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Let's force people to take our music  —  It's hard to know where to start with Universal's rumoured TotalMusic plan, which Business Week has just written about (although as Techdirt points out, Digital Music News first had the story weeks ago).  Apparently the idea is to get all the record labels together …
Discussion: ParisLemon
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Universal Music's Plan To Take On iTunes: Bring Back PressPlay And MusicNow!  —  from the wait,-that-sounds-familiar... dept  —  Business Week has the story that Universal Music's Doug Morris is planning to take on iTunes by bringing together the major record labels and having them set …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Report: Universal prepping revolutionary free music service
Discussion: Podcasting News
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Universal's Subscription Plan: Too Little, Too Late?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
BEA To Oracle: "Your Bid Is Too Low"; This Could Get Ugly  —  BEA (BEAS) has issued a statement in response to Oracle's (ORCL) unsolicited $17-a-share takeover bid: and they're asserting that the offer is too low.  BEA notes that the letter was sent to Oracle yesterday, before the bid was announced.
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MarketWatch:
Icahn pitches a gem as Oracle bids for BEA  —  Commentary: Agitator looks to make $200 million or more from astute pick  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — Carl Icahn's still got game.  —  Less than a month after the activist investor revealed an 8.5% stake in software maker BEA Systems …
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Will BEA Still Sell to Oracle?
Discussion: InfoWorld
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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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 …
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
NYT Adds Reader Comments to Front Page!  *  —  We're always impressed with the New York Times' (NYT) progressive use of its web site, but seeing reader comments above the fold on the Home page was still startling.  Hats off to the company's web team for this smart move!
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.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Internet Recession Watch: Falling Ads, Taxes, Housing  —  New Items: The reprieve of the past 10 days is over.  Yesterday, Nielsen reported that spending by the top 10 web customers dropped in September vs. August.  Homebuilder Beazer said that a whopping 68% of customer sales contracts were cancelled in Q3.
Discussion: Netly News and Valleywag
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.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Google, Random House move closer on book search  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Random House, the world's biggest book publisher, is considering joining a book-search project run by Google, once considered an arch-enemy by the paper publishing industry.  —  The two parties are talking to one another …
Discussion: Epicenter, WebProNews and Mashable!
 
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