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5:00 PM ET, October 24, 2007

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Source: Microsoft wins Facebook bid battle  —  Update: 12:30 p.m. see bottom.  —  After weeks of speculation, Microsoft appears to have won a battle with Google over who would get a stake in Facebook, according to a source familiar with the situation.  —  Microsoft and Facebook were close to a deal, according to the source.
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
ONLINE FACEOFF  —  M'SOFT AND GOOGLE DUKE IT OUT OVER HOT SITE  —  Google is threatening to once again beat rival Microsoft to the deal punch, this time in the white-hot Facebook investment sweepstakes.  —  Microsoft and Google are each vying to take a stake of between 5 percent and 10 percent …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook opens developer platform for mobile  —  Facebook has announced that third-party developers can integrate features from web-based applications to work on mobile devices.  —  Most of the world uses mobile devices, and in many countries, people use cell phones more than they do computers.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Gets Bids From Google, Microsoft, People Say
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Facebook goes to Microsoft?
Discussion: WebProNews and Between the Lines
Eric Savitz / Barron's Online:
Google Analyst Day: Ads and Enterprise Panel
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft wins Facebook bid? Here's the insider scoop on why...
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Facebook about to be bought?
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Declares Jihad On Blog Link Farms  —  A major Google page rank update has punished large scale blog link farms and similar sites indulging in heavy cross linking by dramatically cutting their Google page rank scores.  —  There is some suggestion that the changes may be related …
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Andy Beard / Niche Marketing:
Digg Favorites Slapped By Google  —  For a company such as Google with a stock price based extensively on anticipated growth and public sentiment, it doesn't take a huge swing in goodwill to have a dramatic effect on valuation.  Google has just slapped their biggest fans.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's PageRank Update Goes After Paid Links?  —  Seems like there is a PageRank update taking place now that seems to be impacting sites that sell links.  Can't say that we were not warned about this?  Danny Sullivan wrote Official: Selling Paid Links Can Hurt Your PageRank Or Rankings …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger - PageRank 4  —  Wow - this is an interesting one.  —  ProBlogger's page rank is currently at a 4 - and so is Digital Photography School.  —  I'd heard blogs had been penalized in their page rank recently for selling text links - bizarre thing is that neither of these two blogs sell links.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's PageRank Shuffle: Big Sites Say Bye-bye, Traffic?
Discussion: Geek News Central
Daniel / Daily Blog Tips:
Google Changing the PageRank Algorithm?
Discussion: kottke.org
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Drops PageRank For Many Sites : Paid Links or New Algorithm?
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Sync your inbox across devices with free IMAP  —  There are two online petitions I've signed in my life.  One was for a "Xena: Warrior Princess" movie.  The other, which I signed a few months before starting at Google, was for Gmail IMAP.  As some of you know, IMAP is the best way to access …
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Germano Caronni / Official Google Blog:
Free IMAP for Gmail
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Interop: Citrix XenSource Flys as Google Crashes
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Foray Into TV, Google Is to Track Ad Audiences  —  Google, which dominates the market for advertising on the Internet, seems to be hoping to do the same thing on television.  —  The company is set to announce a partnership today with the Nielsen Company, the voice of authority …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Analyst Day: Jonathan Rosenberg On Search, Apps; New Versions Of iGoogle, Gmail And More  —  The first session at Google (GOOG) analyst day is focus on search and apps.  CFO George Reyes is giving the introduction.  He'll be followed by Jonathan Rosenberg on search and apps …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Announces Facebook Platform for Mobile; Facebook for Blackberry  —  This just in - today at CTIA, Facebook is announcing Facebook Platform for Mobile.  With Facebook Platform for Mobile, current Facebook Platform developers will be able to extend their applications to work on mobile phones and devices as well.
Discussion: Computerworld and The Register
PR Newswire:
VMware Reports Third-Quarter Results  —  Delivers Strong Revenue and Earnings Growth During Initial Quarter as a Public Company  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — VMware, Inc., the virtualization software leader, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2007:
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Why Enterprise Software Sucks  —  Khoi, who's consistently one of the best writers on the web, recently took a swipe at enterprise software.  Who can blame him?  We agree. … Then he opines: … The people who buy enterprise software aren't the people who use enterprise software.
Discussion: Basement.org and Micro Persuasion
 
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Security features expected within Mac OS X Leopard
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The Boeing Company:
Boeing Tests HALE Hydrogen Propulsion System Using Ford-Developed Engine
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Social Networking's Explosive Growth to Plateau in Five Years
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Insider Domain Name Snatching Probed
Paula Rooney / The Register:
XenSource preaches the joy of platform virtualization
Discussion: eWEEK.com
InfoWorld:
Microsoft gives interoperability progress report
Discussion: Matusow's Blog
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
JibJab Raises $3 Million
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Andrew / Union Square Ventures:
Tumblr  —  I have many locations on the internet where I can point …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Blu-ray outsells HD DVD nearly 2-to-1... then came Transformers
Discussion: Gadgetell
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Let open access reign: Verizon relents on legal challenge to FCC
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Storm Worm Botnet Lobotomizing Anti-Virus Programs
Discussion: Sophos and WinBeta
Nick / Rough Type:
Platforms want to be free  —  The network effect is being repriced to zero.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
What's wrong with Facebook