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3:33 AM ET, October 18, 2007

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Matt / Gravatar Blog:
Automattic Acquires Gravatar  —  The best ideas are often the simplest.  (At least in hindsight.)  The idea of globally-recognized avatar, or Gravatar, struck me from the first time I heard it.  Of course I should be able to have my avatar wherever I go!  Of course email is a great way to key it!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Startups Should Team Up to Grow  —  Earlier this week, MeeVee, an online television guide, decided to acquire Top Ten Sources, a Boston-based social news and information site.  Last night, Next New Networks bought BarelyPolitical.com, the production company responsible for Obama Girl, for an undisclosed amount of money.
Discussion: Stealthmode Partners and NewTeeVee
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Did the web fail the iPhone?  —  Ian might be right, but not because of Steve's announcement today about opening up the iPhone.  —  Indeed, my reaction so far has been one of quasi-resignation and disappointment.  —  A voice inside me whimpers, "Don't give up on the web, Steve!  Not yet!"
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0, Epicenter and MacNN
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Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple: "we plan to have an iPhone SDK in developers' hands in February"  —  That's right folks.  You read it correctly.  Cats & dogs are living together, and in other news Steve Jobs has, via Apple's 'Hot News' page, announced that Apple will, FINALLY, support third-party development of native applications for the iPhone.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Programmers Welcome for the iPhone ... Next Year
Daniel Drew Turner / eWEEK.com:
Apple Promises Third-Party SDK for iPhone, iPod Touch
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg opens the Web 2.0 conference in Q&A with John Batelle  —  John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly opened the Web 2.0 asking a question, "Is this a bubble?"  Few folks raised their hands in the ballroom of the Palace Hotel.  But this is the land of the faithful.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Out for Microsoft Office Live Workspace  —  Microsoft has been sharing with bloggers today some screenshots of the forthcoming Microsoft Office Live Workspace.  The company made its most recent major announcement about the online collaboration suite that integrates with Office at the end of last month.
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple OS X Leopard: A beautiful upgrade  —  Finally, a PC Unix that everyone can love.  OS X Leopard is a triumph of customer-focused engineering  —  Apple's announcement of the impending delivery of OS X Leopard (release 10.5 of Mac and Xserve operating systems) marks the public debut …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Digg
Nick / Rough Type:
Google, Apple and the future of personal computing  —  I confess: My last post, about the Zonbu, was frivolous.  The Zonbu will be lucky to be a footnote in the history of 21st century computing.  Yes, it has the right model, more or less.  What it doesn't have is the muscle.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Even Free Can't Compete With Music Piracy  —  There's been a lot of speculation over the future of the music industry and the conversation has begun to shift from "Can they sell DRMed music" to "Can they sell music at all".  Last week Radiohead ran one of the biggest tests of legally distributed free music …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Free? Steal It Anyway
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Review: Ubuntu's New 'Gutsy Gibbon' Brings Linux Out of the Jungle  —  The familiar old script that Linux is only for geeks has been largely rewritten recently with the arrival of Ubuntu, a version of Linux for the average user.  In its three years on the scene, Ubuntu has quickly gained …
Discussion: Download Squad and Boing Boing
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Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
How Far Behind Is Linux?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's U.S. Mac market share rises to 8.1 percent in Q3  —  Apple Inc.'s share of the U.S. personal computer market for the third calendar quarter of 2007 was 8.1 percent, up from 6.2 percent during the same period one year ago, according to preliminary results released from Gartner on Wednesday.
Discussion: Tech.co.uk, MacNN, WinBeta and Digg
igdmlgd:
AMAZON ONE-CLICK PATENT REJECTED BY THE US PATENT OFFICE AS A RESULT OF MY REQUEST  —  In a recent office action, the USPTO has rejected the claims of the Amazon.com one-click patent following the re-examination request that I filed on 16 February 2006.  —  My review resulted in the broadest claims of the patent being ruled invalid.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Goes Social  —  Another piece from Google's social project has been released: Google Maps becomes social with the addition of user profiles.  Until now, users could create personalized maps and write reviews for local businesses, but they didn't have an identity.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Be careful what you wish for  —  The bad news for the newspaper business is good news for publishers whose shareholders a year ago would have been demanding their assets be sold to the highest bidder.  —  With circulation, ad revenue and profits in freefall - and no bottom in sight …
Discussion: DealBook and Recovering Journalist
 
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
I'm in the mood for a phone or sushi
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung's PIP, 3D mobile phone
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
HP's Tabblo Inks Web-To-Print Deals With Disney, Flickr, and Others
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Congress concerned P2P promotes identity theft, calls for federal investigation
Discussion: TechSpot News and Mashable!
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Will cyberintrusions crash U.S. electrical grid?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Meebo Adds IM to Firefox
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Cafe Latte attack steals data from Wi-Fi PCs
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
US Congress: Bloggers Are Journalists Too
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
RIAA sues Usenet: Wait, you can do that?
Discussion: The Register
Mark Rutherford / Crave: The gadget blog:
The NSA gets its own smartphone
Discussion: PR Newswire and Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate Democrats want to force 'consumer-friendly' wireless practices
Greg Beck / CL&P Blog:
All Criticism of This Website Is Hereby Forbidden
Discussion: Techdirt
Nick / Rough Type:
The casino economy  —  The New York Times technology blog features …
Discussion: Redeye VC, Bits and SmoothSpan Blog