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2:30 PM ET, October 22, 2007

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John Markoff / New York Times:
As Apple Gains PC Market Share, Jobs Talks of a Decade of Upgrades  —  It may have dropped the word "computer" from its name, but Apple is certainly selling plenty of Macs.  —  Driven in part by what analysts call a halo effect from the iPod and the iPhone, the market share of the company's personal computers is surging.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
The Vista wow becomes a whisper  —  I wasn't a big fan of the "Wow" campaign around Windows Vista.  But its newest incarnation — "100 Reasons Why Everyone's So Speechless" — might be even worse.  —  The new site lists 100 reasons users should take a closer look at Windows Vista.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Mac OS X 10.5 gets geotagging support
Discussion: TidBITS and Macsimum News
Mossblog:
Free My Phone  —  Suppose you own a Dell computer, and you decide to replace it with a Sony.  You don't have to get the permission of your Internet service provider to do so, or even tell the provider about it.  You can just pack up the old machine and set up the new one.
Erika Brown / Forbes:
Bikinis And Bums On Cue  —  Here's a story line that M.C. Escher could appreciate: Four fresh-out-of-college girls share an apartment in Los Angeles and star in a reality show filmed by a guy who is their friend.  Except—this isn't a reality show.  All the dialogue is scripted.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook: Who needs Google?  Facebook's stealth ad system  —  Facebook, in the midst of a high-stakes negotiation over its future, has just dramatically upped the ante.  How?  The social network is quietly starting to promote its long-rumored ad-targeting system — under a clever costume.
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:   AdWords is Safe! Facebook Flyers NO Google Killer
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bows to EU Regulators On 2004 Antitrust Measures  —  Software Giant Won't Appeal EU Court Ruling  —  BRUSSELS — Microsoft Corp. threw in the towel on its nine-year antitrust fight with European Union regulators, saying it won't appeal a court judgment handed down last month …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Concedes in European Antitrust Case
Discussion: Digital Daily
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web  —  Several major research libraries have rebuffed offers from Google and Microsoft to scan their books into computer databases, saying they are put off by restrictions these companies want to place on the new digital collections.
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 …
Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Cops pull plugs on TV-links, claim 'facilitation of infringement'  —  Copyright or copy-ridiculous?  —  Last week's arrest of a 26-year-old Cheltenham man, and the related closure of the TV-links website, has prompted a flurry of speculation that the very foundations of the internet (linking to stuff) might be under threat.
Discussion: The Open Rights Group
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fact-uk.org.uk:
TV LINKS WEBSITE OWNER ARRESTED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Discussion: Neowin.net
Sandisk:
SanDisk Introduces the New Sansa® TakeTV™ Video Player  —  A Smart, Simple & Seamless Way to Easily Take Videos from a PC to Nearly Any TV  —  MILPITAS, Calif., October 22, 2007- Finally, there's an exceptionally easy way to move video from your PC to your TV.
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Penguin Audio Ends EMusic Deal  —  Last month eMusic, the company that gives Apple's iTunes the most competition in song downloads, announced that it would go up against the market leader on another front: audiobooks.  —  But eMusic has been dealt an early blow.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
New data on Facebook application virality  —  Facebook has unveilved new valuable marketing data to application developers that show which channels inside Facebook lead to the most application installations.  While the stats are not perfect, they do provide new insight into how your Facebook users find and add your application.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and All Facebook
Carmen Nobel / Forbes:
Small Biz Wi-Fi Strategies  —  In the world of computer networking, Selina Lo is an entrepreneurial whiz.  She co-founded Centillion Networks, a switching technology start-up that Bay Networks bought in 1994 for $100 million.  In 1996, she joined Alteon WebSystems, a Web switch company …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Associated Press:
AT&T to Offer Music Downloads From Napster Catalog  —  AT&T is making Napster Inc.'s entire music catalog of more than five million songs available for wireless download starting early next month.  —  The service, which AT&T is unveiling Monday, will expand the company's …
Discussion: Download Squad and Switched
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CNN:
AT&T, Napster To Unveil Direct Mobile Music Download
Aminu Abubakar / Agence France Presse:
Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria  —  KANO (AFP) - Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters from the parts.  —  "It took me eight months …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Comcast TiVo In The Wild!  —  While most folks haven't been cleared to receive the Comcast TiVo and pricing still hasn't been revealed, some lucky New Englanders have the hookup.  —  But before we get to the exclusive pictures, I'd like to pose a series of questions... How much will the TiVo on Comcast service be?
Discussion: DSLreports, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Geist Blog:
Canadian Public Domain Told To Cease and Desist  —  The International Music Score Library Project was a quiet Canadian success story.  Using wiki technologies, it emerged over the past two years as a leading source of public domain music scores, hosting thousands of scores uploaded by a community …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   European copyright law used to threaten Canadian public domain site
 
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Chris Williams / The Register:
BT battens down Home Hub backdoor
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
ManiaTV Cancels User-Generated Content
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Thanko's Charger Bracelet: dorkier than it sounds
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Auctomatic launches better tools for eBay powersellers
Discussion: Mashable!
GamePolitics.com:
Manhunt 2 Leak Came From PlayStation Europe Employee
Mark Ward / BBC:
When work becomes a game
Discussion: Blue's News
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
New Zunes actually confirmed for November 13th
Discussion: The Tech Report and Bink.nu
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Retailers vs. FCC: fines for warning-free analog TVs as ban draws near
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
More than 100 times faster than WiFi?
Reuters:
EU extends Google/DoubleClick inquiry
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Fostering ties for venture capitalists
Nokia:
Get and play music and games on the move
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Core of "Windows 7" taking shape: meet the "MinWin" kernel
Discussion: Digg