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2:10 PM ET, October 24, 2007

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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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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Gmail gets IMAP  —  It appears that Google is working on integrating IMAP into Gmail.  Download Squad reader eD!  Thomas sent in a tip letting us know he came across the new IMAP setting while snooping around Gmail.  However, it is only appearing in select few Gmail and Google Apps for domains accounts at the moment.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Supports IMAP  —  One of the most requested Gmail features was the addition of IMAP support.  POP is nice, but IMAP is a much better option.  Among the advantages, you're always connected to the server, more clients can connect to the same account, you can obtain the text …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gadgetell and Zoli's Blog
Germano Caronni / Official Google Blog:
Free IMAP for Gmail
Discussion: WebProNews and InsideGoogle
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.
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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 …
Discussion: TechWag and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's PageRank Update Goes After Paid Links?
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Drops PageRank For Many Sites : Paid Links or New Algorithm?
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Microsoft, Google Has Already Won Facebook War  —  The Post suggests that our prediction of a month ago is coming true: Either Google will run off with Facebook, leaving a jilted Microsoft (MSFT) fuming at the altar, or Microsoft will have to pay a king's ransom to win the bidding war—just as it did with aQuantive:
Discussion: Joe Duck
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Facebook about to be bought?
Discussion: broadstuff
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Is Close to Choosing Microsoft or Google for Deal
Discussion: GigaOM, Between the Lines and Bits
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nielsenmedia.com:
The Nielsen Company and Google Establish Strategic Relationship  —  Nielsen to Provide Demographic Data for Google TV Ads  —  Gary Holmes at The Nielsen Company: +1 646 654 8975  —  The Nielsen Company and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the companies have established a multi-year, strategic relationship.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to buy Nielsen data
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Let open access reign: Verizon relents on legal challenge to FCC  —  In a surprise move, Verizon has dropped its lawsuit challenging the open access requirement for next January's 700MHz spectrum auction.  Earlier this week, the telecom filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss the case filed …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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cabel.name:
Panic + Leopard  —  Hooray!  Leopard is almost upon us!  It's the next great update to Mac OS X, which, to be honest, I'm genuinely excited about, and that you will be probably installing onto your very Mac sometime around exactly 6:04 PM on Friday.  Am I rite?  —  Of course, Panic is all about these things.
Nick / Rough Type:
Platforms want to be free  —  The network effect is being repriced to zero.  —  On October 18, eBay cut its "insertion fees" - the fees it charges sellers to list products on its site - by 33% or more across the board.  The discount remains in effect through November 5 and is …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Analyst Day: Jonathan Rosenberg On Search, Apps; New Version Of iGoogle Launches  —  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 …
Discussion: Bits
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
What's wrong with Facebook  —  Doc Searls is complaining that Facebook takes too much time.  He's right.  The problem is that Facebook is annoying because that's what works.  Facebook's success depends on bothering you incessantly and creating things for you to do.
 
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Business Wire:
Cablevision Announces Preliminary Vote Results from Special Shareholders Meeting
Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:
IBM Launches Deluge of New Storage Products
Discussion: CNET News.com
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Play the Videogame, Buy the Car
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Elcomsoft turns your PC into a password cracking supercomputer (gulp)
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Time to clear up the murk about Oink
Discussion: p2pnet and John Bracken
Staska / PC JOINT:
Dell XPS One A2010 all-in-one desktop PC outed by FCC
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Tech Blog
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The future is bright: Mozilla revenues up 26 percent, Google deal is gold
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
AT& T, IBM, Intel, Microsoft . . . Google?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Judy's Book To Shut Down. …
Dieter Bohn / TreoCentral:
Is the Treo 800w Coming Soon?
BBC:
Anti file-sharing laws considered
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
Jess Lee / Official Google Blog:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Porn Set Free: Age Record Keeping Deemed Unconstitutional
Discussion: Valleywag and Techdirt