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3:10 AM ET, October 15, 2007

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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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How many Google Reader subscribers do you have?  —  Darren Rowse on ProBlogger showed me how to look up how many subscribers I have on Google Reader.  —  So, I went looking for some numbers.  —  Keep in mind that these are ONLY for Google Reader, which is only a small percentage of subscribers (although a growing number).
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:   Google Reader Reveal Subscriber Numbers to Feeds
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: Web Strategy and /Message
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The you-don't-need-more-friends lobby  —  If you read my comments on the last post you'll see the "Scoble-you-don't-need-more- friends" lobby.  —  Someone asked why I keep pointing out the 5,000 friends limit.  Why?  Because I still haven't gotten through and I'm still getting pushback from the lobby.
Discussion: Joe Duck
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Discovery Does Its Biggest Online Buy: HowStuffWorks For $250 Million  —  Discovery Communications (NSDQ: DISCA) has made its biggest online acquisition till date: it is buying Atlanta-based online reference site HowStuffWorks.com for $250 million.  The purchase also includes a number of digital properties …
Discussion: Mashable! and Clickety Clack
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Video Chat Service Aims to Follow YouTube's Path  —  A Web start-up company with some of the same backers who helped catapult YouTube to glory wants to do for live video chats what YouTube did for video watching.  —  The company, TokBox, allows people with Webcams and broadband Internet connections …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Ex-colleagues, chilly competition  —  In August 2004, two entrepreneurs were having drinks at the bar at Rialto, the Harvard Square restaurant, following a board meeting.  —  Hilmi Ozguc was the chief executive of Maven Networks Inc., a Cambridge company pioneering Internet video delivery …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why Facebook sucks  —  Another topic Scoble and I talked about today was Facebook.  I said I don't like Facebook, never have, and I finally figured out why.  —  It's another one of those user generated content things, only this time I'm building up an address book that I can look at …
San Francisco Chronicle:
'Lobbyconners' crash tech conferences to schmooze, cut deals  —  Some of Silicon Valley's digerati don't let $3,600 admission prices keep them from attending technology conferences.  —  They simply loiter in the venue's lobby - without paying - in hopes of mingling with other entrepreneurs, collecting business cards and cutting deals.
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
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 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
NEWSWEEK GETS A NEW LOOK IN PRINT, ON WEB  —  Newsweek on Monday will unveil a sweeping redesign of the magazine and its Web site while at the same time formally ending its seven-year distribution agreement with MSNBC.com.  —  While some recent redesigns have been introduced with fanfare …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Hitachi develops world's smallest read-head technology for hard disks; result may be 4-terabyte drives  —  Disk drive technology marches on.  We take it for granted.  But there is some serious science behind it all and Hitachi is showing some off today.  The Japanese company is announcing …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Computerworld
 
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