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4:50 AM ET, October 22, 2007

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Louise Story / New York Times:
How Many Site Hits?  Depends Who's Counting  —  How many people visited Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W magazines, last month?  Was it 421,000, or, more optimistically, 497,000?  Or was the real number more than three times higher, perhaps 1.8 million?
Ivar Ekman / New York Times:
Google's Purchase of Jaiku Raises New Privacy Issues  —  Google's acquisition of Jaiku, a small Finnish start-up active in the obscure field of microblogging — a word most often associated with the better-known company Twitter — might not appear to be an earth-shaking event.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Has The MySpace To Facebook Switch Begun?  —  If hype was the only indicator of marketshare in social networking, Facebook would be the winner by a mile, and yet for all the talk of Facebook's greatness, MySpace remains the most popular social networking destination.
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Julian Lee Marketing / Sydney Morning Herald:
MySpace slips to middle-of-road as Facebook surges ahead  —  MYSPACE, the website that redefined the meaning of friends in cyberspace, is showing signs of fatigue, with latest figures indicating that Australians - or at least hip ones - are deserting it for rival Facebook.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
How To Bypass Comcast's BitTorrent Throttling  —  Comcast is using an application from the broadband management company Sandvine to throttle BitTorrent traffic.  It breaks every (seed) connection with new peers after a few seconds if it's not a Comcast user inside your community boundary.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast traffic blocking: even more apps, groupware clients affected  —  Last week, we reported on mounting evidence that Comcast is targeting and disrupting BitTorrent traffic on its network.  Further digging by interested parties has turned up more indication that BitTorrent …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Online Video: NBC pulls YouTube channel  —  NBC pulls YouTube channel  —  NBC Universal has quietly pulled the official channel on YouTube the two companies established last June.  Of course, that was a long time ago, in Internet years, and the relationship had run its course.
Sam Zuckerman / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yes, some blogs are profitable - very profitable  —  In 2005, when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Arrington started TechCrunch, his popular blog on Internet startups, he saw it mainly as a chance to indulge his obsession with young technology companies.  —  But it turned out that Arrington had latched onto something big.
MSFTextrememakeover:
What if Microsoft wasn't a screwup?  —  I had coffee with a friend last week who is ex-MSFT.  He follows my blog and asked why I hadn't posted recently.  I told him that I'd actually penned three different posts but decided not to publish any of them.  —  The first touched on Vista's challenges …
David Kravets / Wired News:
Exclusive: I Was a Hacker for the MPAA  —  Promises of Hollywood fame and fortune persuaded a young hacker to betray former associates in the BitTorrent scene to Tinseltown's anti-piracy lobby, according to the hacker.  —  In an exclusive interview with Wired News, gun-for-hire hacker Robert Anderson tells …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Core of "Windows 7" taking shape: meet the "MinWin" kernel  —  Eric Traut, one of Microsoft's chief operating system design engineers, gave a fascinating demo (WMV) recently at the University of Illinois, where he talked about where the Windows core is going and ended with a sneak peek …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace original series 'Roommates' debuts Monday  —  MySpace.com is testing out the director's chair with a new Web-based series, Roommates, which debuts Monday at 1 p.m. PDT.  Through December 21, a new three-minute episode of the show will be available each weekday on the MySpaceTV portal and through the Roommates profile page.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Mashable!
Computerworld:
IBM Uses RFID to Track Conference Attendees  —  IBM used RFID technology to track the movements of attendees at its Information on Demand conference in Las Vegas.  —  SERVERS & DATA CENTER / more stories...  Experts say proposed security standards for power grid not enough
Damien Mulley:
Facebook stats for Ireland - 131,660 Ireland based people on it now?  —  Using the live details from the advanced flyer option in Facebook, you can see some stats and facts on people on Facebook.  —  Update: This makes Techmeme already?  —  From location Ireland we get the below stats.
 
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