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3:50 AM ET, October 17, 2007

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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Where does Yahoo! head next?  —  There's been much curiosity and speculation about what's been happening here at Yahoo! over the past few months.  Roughly 100 days into our business review, I'm ready to start sharing some of the framework for where we see the future of Yahoo!.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO): Q3 Stronger Than Expected  —  SAI analysis of Yahoo!'s earnings brought to you by Gridley & Company LLC, a boutique investment bank providing financial advisory services to companies in the Internet/Marketing Services industry.  —  Earnings Release  —  Supporting Data / Conference call link
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The RIAA Attacks Usenet  —  In an ideal world, people would not talk about Usenet.  In an ideal world there would be no such things as copyright infringement lawsuits.  Sadly, we do not live in an ideal world.  —  Today we simply have to talk about Usenet and we have to talk about lawsuits.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
RIAA tries to pull plug on Usenet.  Seriously.  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has found a new legal target for a copyright lawsuit: Usenet.  —  In a lawsuit filed on October 12, the RIAA says that Usenet newsgroups contain "millions of copyrighted sound recordings" in violation of federal law.
Discussion: broadstuff and Neowin.net
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Sues Usenet.com
Discussion: Bit Player
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Jobs confirms iTunes Plus price drop across the board  —  Not a full day after our initial report that Apple planned to drop the price of all its iTunes Plus tracks (as well as add a number of indie labels to the mix), many users started seeing the changes slowly trickle down from iTunes' servers.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple officially cuts DRM-free track prices to $.99
Discussion: Mobility Site, MacRumors and Digg
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace, Skype to partner for voice function on IM client  —  MySpace and Skype are set to announce on Wednesday that the eBay-owned telephony client will be providing voice chat services for the News Corp.-owned social network's instant messaging client, MySpaceIM.  Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
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Josh Quittner / Fortune:
Facebook's got Google running scared  —  Why Google is spooked by Facebook and would dearly love to squash it, says Fortune's Josh Quittner.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Google is the elephant in nearly every corner of the Internet, from search and advertising to web-based e-mail, online mapping, and home-brewed video.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
The New Drama: Google vs. Facebook
Discussion: Web Strategy and Rev2.org
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Leopard: final features and further upgrade details  —  We got a chance this morning to pose a few queries to Brian Croll, Senior Director of Mac OS X Product Marketing, about today's Leopard release announcement.  Here's some of what he had to say, as well as some of the new features we're looking forward to in the next release.
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Four startups ready to change the face of email  —  In ten years, an internet eternity, web-based email has only made token improvements, moving from Hotmail to Gmail.  Meanwhile, instant messaging and social networks have rapidly developed.  —  Four new startups, all of which came …
Discussion: Charles Hudson's Weblog and Digg
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Could MySpace buy RockYou to mess with Facebook?  —  Shriveled-up megamogul Rupert Murdoch, the pint-sized force behind News Corp. and MySpace, is presenting the keynote at tomorrow's Web 2.0 conference.  What big surprise does he have planned for the audience?
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Series3 & HD External Storage Arrives!  —  Seems like just yesterday (or last month) TiVo began rolling out system software 9.1.  And here we are today with 9.2 hitting some units... finally bringing that (official) eSATA storage goodness.  I wonder if the rollout was kicked off early given 9.1 buginess …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and TiVo Lovers
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ubuntu Plans Eye Candy for Desktop Computers and Beyond  —  What would it take to get the hundreds of millions of desktop computer users to switch from Windows to Linux?  —  Low cost and armies of devoted techies have not been enough.  So the people behind Ubuntu—a dialect of Linux— have a new idea: eye candy.
Nelson / Open Source Initiative:
Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL)  —  This license governs use of the accompanying software.  If you use the software, you accept this license.  If you do not accept the license, do not use the software.  —  1. Definitions  —  The terms "reproduce," "reproduction," "derivative works," and "distribution" have the
New York Times:
Silicon Valley Start-Ups Awash in Dollars, Again  —  Silicon Valley's math is getting fuzzy again.  —  Internet companies with funny names, little revenue and few customers are commanding high prices.  And investors, having seemingly forgotten the pain of the first dot-com bust …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NextNew Networks Acquires Obama Girl Site BarelyPolitical.com  —  NextNew Networks, the online video micro-networks site, has bought online political satire site Barelypolitical.com.  Terms were not disclosed.  BarelyPolitical is best known for the online video hit "I Got a Crush on Obama" …
Discussion: TechCrunch and NewTeeVee
 
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Small Steps at Yahoo Bear Fruit
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Report: 50,000 Gphones shipping out
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Should HotorNot Become Just a Facebook App?
One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft announces unified communication platform
Discussion: The Register
Greg Sandoval / Crave: The gadget blog:
Video stores getting crushed by Web
Discussion: Bloomberg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Seagate Sold Out On Drives For Q4, CEO Watkins Says; But No Current …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Adds Conditional Formatting
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Porn typosquatter fined again by FTC
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Yahoo Exec Accused of Faulty Testimony
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Orders Software Firm To Stop Selling Software For Beating …
Discussion: Reuters
Wired Science / Wired:
Forward 40: What Became of the LOGO Programming Language?
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Bill Kee / Official Gmail Blog:
Updated Gmail for mobile application
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Yahoo Heats Up in Search Ad Race As Google Levels Off
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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