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2:40 PM ET, October 24, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Drops PageRank For Many Sites : Paid Links or New Algorithm?
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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.
Germano Caronni / Official Google Blog:
Free IMAP for Gmail  —  When I joined Google a little over a year ago, I'd been working in the same field for several years and I wanted to do "something different."  It seems I got my wish: together with an excellent team, I helped develop IMAP for Gmail.  And today, we're starting to roll it out on every device, for free.
Discussion: WebProNews and InsideGoogle
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Supports IMAP
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gadgetell and Zoli's Blog
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
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Is Close to Choosing Microsoft or Google for Deal  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. is close to choosing between Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to sell ads for the social networking service outside the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Facebook about to be bought?
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
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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.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google, Verizon & Microsoft on 700MHz wireless spectrum auction  —  The battle for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum has begun.  It is both a business and political battle, while the issues are very technical.  The US governement is holding an auction in January to sell off …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Let open access reign: Verizon relents on legal challenge to FCC
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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 …
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.
 
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Business Week:
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InfoWorld:
Oracle buys operations planning vendor Interlace
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Glenn Fleishman / Seattle Times:
Q&A |  Fake Steve Jobs — how alter ego took over a portion of journalist's life
Associated Press:
Qualcomm launches dual-3G laptop chip
Discussion: Engadget
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Why Enterprise Software Sucks
Yahoo! Tech:
Blu-ray outsells HD-DVD in U.S. for first 9 months
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Storm Worm Botnet Lobotomizing Anti-Virus Programs
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick / Rough Type:
Platforms want to be free  —  The network effect is being repriced to zero.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
What's wrong with Facebook
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: TechCrunch, 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
Tomo / THE TOMO REPORT:
LEAKED! SLINGCATCHER SPY PICS
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Judy's Book To Shut Down. …
Dieter Bohn / TreoCentral:
Is the Treo 800w Coming Soon?