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10:45 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 …
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
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Mark Sweney / PDA:
Led Zeppelin to go digital
Discussion: The Register
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.
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: DailyTech and Slashdot
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Conversation with Jiglu CEO Nigel Cannings  —  Jiglu was one of the demopit companies at Techcrunch40 last month.  They made an immediate impression on everyone as they had $1,000 in a clear briefcase which a man from NYC won at the end of the conference.  Today Jiglu will announce …
Discussion: blognation
USA Today:
Google's GPhone strategy could keep user costs low  —  SEATTLE - Google's (GOOG)widely anticipated - and top secret - GPhone mobile phone project could trump Apple's (APPL) glitzy iPhone - by going low cost and low tech, tech analysts say.  —  That scenario gained credence last week …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Hindustan Times:
Coming soon: YouTube's India site  —  India's contribution to YouTube's global traffic is less than one per cent but that is not stopping the Google-owned video-sharing service to launch an India-specific website, according to a top YouTube executive.  —  "We plan to launch YouTube India …
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 …
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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Telegraph:
Microsoft's Ballmer and his 'brother' Bill Gates
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Verizon FiOS TV Getting Media Extender Capabilities (and more!)
Discussion: DSLreports and jkOnTheRun
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
T-Mobile's Submarine Play is UMA; Truphone is the Competition's Equalizer
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Intel to unveil OLPC chips in Shanghai next April
Discussion: Engadget
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Competing for Clients, and Paying by the Click
Discussion: Insider Chatter
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
Ex-colleagues, chilly competition
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Declining US Dollar: Winners And Losers
Discussion: Tinfinger
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