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7:20 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
Discussion: Squash
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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: alarm:clock and 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
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.
Discussion: Engadget and All About Symbian
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
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
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The you-don't-need-more-friends lobby
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 …
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
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.
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: Gadgetell
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
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.
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.
 
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Xbox 360 Arcade unboxed
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Mobile 1.5 Released
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why I'm Not Married... Yet