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9:30 AM ET, October 15, 2007

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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Discovery Plans to Buy Web Site  —  Discovery Communications Inc., looking to jump-start a stalled Internet strategy, plans to acquire the HowStuffWorks.com Web site for $250 million.  —  Discovery, owner of cable channels such as Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, said it will use the site …
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alarm:clock:   Game Ball Goes To HowStuffWorks.com. Sold To Discovery For $250M
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Discovery Does Its Biggest Online Buy: HowStuffWorks For $250 Million
Discussion: PDA, Reuters, Clickety Clack and Mashable!
John Markoff / Bits:
Bill Gates Presents the One (Really Big) Ringy Dingy  —  For Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and the other companies that make telecommunications equipment, this Tuesday is a sort of D-Day.  —  That day, Bill Gates plans to introduce Microsoft's invasion into their business, with a new line of software …
Nokia:
"Ship Me!" says the Nokia N95 8GB  —  Power-packed multimedia computer starts shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - The stunning Nokia N95 8GB made its debut global shipments today, and will be hitting a store near you soon.  The Nokia N95 8GB is the memory-packed big brother of the Nokia N95 multimedia computer.
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Nokia:   Experience the Next Episode in Entertainment with Spider-Man(TM) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Blogs On Google Reader  —  So Google recently made it fairly easy to determine the number of Google Reader subscribers around a particular blog.  Gabe Rivera at Techmeme did a little work on excel and came up with an unofficial list of the top blogs and the number of subscribers each blog has on Google Reader.
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Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
$100 Zune30s on Woot! today  —  If you don't know what Woot! is, now is a great time to find out.  Woot! sells one product each day starting at midnight CST.  But whatever that product is will usually go for a lot less than you would find it anywhere else.
Greenpeace News:
iPhone's hazardous chemicals  —  When will promises of a greener Apple bear fruit?  —  International — Scientific tests, arranged by Greenpeace, reveal that Apple's iPhone contains hazardous chemicals.  The tests uncovered two types of hazardous substances, some of which have already been eliminated by other mobile phone makers.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The 16GB iPhone?  Nope, don't be a fool  —  While we're pretty certain a 16GB iPhone is on the way given the recent emergence of the 16GB iPod touch — this ain't it.  Posted in the user forums at MacRumors and making its way around the interwebs is this supposed 16GB iPhone purported to have just arrived at an Apple store.
Discussion: Tech.co.uk
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Pirates take over anti-piracy website  —  The Pirate Bay scores another victory over the music biz  —  Software pirates have launched an astonishing smash 'n' grab raid on the music biz, stealing the domain name of one of its foremost anti-piracy bodies.  —  The Pirate Bay has now taken …
Discussion: Slashdot
Reuters:
Led Zeppelin to sell music online  —  LONDON (Reuters) - British rockers Led Zeppelin will offer their music online for the first time next month, they said on Monday.  —  The band, whose reunion gig in London in November prompted more than a million fans to apply for 10,000 available tickets …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Declining US Dollar: Winners And Losers  —  Many within the United States might not have noticed the trend yet, but the rest of the world has: the US dollar is in serious decline.  Americans have long made fun of their friends North of the border, but today the Canadian dollar buys $1.02 US dollars making …
Discussion: Tinfinger
BBC:
Drive advance fuels terabyte era  —  A single hard drive with four terabytes of storage (4TB) could be a reality by 2011, thanks to a nanotechnology breakthrough by Japanese firm Hitachi.  —  The company has successfully managed to shrink the read-write head of a hard drive …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Intel to unveil OLPC chips in Shanghai next April  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Intel plans to unveil a new microprocessor for the One Laptop Per Child notebook and other ultra-low cost laptop PCs at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai next April, an executive said Monday.
Discussion: Engadget
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Two GUIs for jailbreaking your iPod touch available  —  Wanna set your iPod touch free and install tons of wacky apps on it but don't want to muck around with the Terminal?  Now you don't have to with the debut of two new apps that will jailbreak your iPod Touch from the comfort of your Intel Mac …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Competing for Clients, and Paying by the Click  —  You can do cool things with Google, like take the pulse of the legal profession.  —  Google is, of course, more than a search engine.  It also sells advertising, including the shaded "sponsored links" that run next to the real search results.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
When Does a Social Network Become a "Publicity Network"?  —  Over the last week or so, Robert Scoble has mentioned several times that Facebook currently limits him to 5,000 "friends" and that the limit should be lifted.  If we check his Twitter account, currently he has 6,500 friends.
Discussion: /Message and Zoli's Blog
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The you-don't-need-more-friends lobby
Discussion: Joe Duck and Mini-Microsoft
 
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Hindustan Times:
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
T-Mobile's Submarine Play is UMA; Truphone is the Competition's Equalizer
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Surj Patel Joins GigaOm
Discussion: GigaOM and LucaFiligheddu.com
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
Radiohead's Warm Glow
Discussion: Online Fandom
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Introducing Digg-Like Voting To Celebrity Gossip Aficionados
Discussion: louisgray.com and Squash
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Ex-colleagues, chilly competition
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Windows Home Server in depth: the Ars Technica review
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
BlackArrow Brings Web Mojo to Cable Ops
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Video Chat Service Aims to Follow YouTube's Path
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Hitachi develops world's smallest read-head technology for hard …
Discussion: Computerworld
San Francisco Chronicle:
'Lobbyconners' crash tech conferences to schmooze, cut deals
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Mobile 1.5 Released