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5:45 AM ET, October 25, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Microsoft to Pay $240 Million for Stake in Facebook  —  Microsoft has won a high-profile technology industry battle with Google and Yahoo to invest in the social networking upstart Facebook.  —  The two companies said on Wednesday that Microsoft would invest $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook.
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Three Reasons Microsoft Underpaid For Facebook  —  It's official — the truth is less profitable than fiction.  Facebook has secured the cornerstone of its $15 billion valuation with today's Microsoft alliance.  But at $240 million, that's only a 1.6% slice of a much larger pie.
PR Newswire:
Facebook and Microsoft Expand Strategic Alliance  —  Microsoft to take equity stake in Facebook; companies expand advertising deal to cover international markets.  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. and REDMOND, Wash. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Facebook® and Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Live Search Almost Certainly Coming To Facebook  —  During this afternoon's Microsoft-Facebook conference call the question was asked whether the new deal would include paid search.  Microsoft's Kevin Johnson and Facebook's Owen Van Natta declined to directly answer the question …
Discussion: LiveSide
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes the Microsoft Money And Runs.  —  While the storyline would have been more dramatic if Facebook had spurned its current ad-serving partner Microsoft for Google, it is confirmed that Microsoft has won the deal.  It will invest $240 million in Facebook and expand its existing relationship …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Source: Microsoft wins Facebook bid battle
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bets On Facebook Stake And Web Ad Boom
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   FSJ: Facebook Has Raised Another $500 Mil.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Oh snap! Faceberg raises another $500 million
Discussion: Valleywag
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft wins Facebook bid? Here's the insider scoop on why...
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Facebook Call: Live Updates
Discussion: Valleywag
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple Offers New Goodies in Leopard System  —  If you're a computer company, what on earth do you add to the sixth annual version of your operating system?  —  It's not as though there are any glaring holes left.  Nobody is still crying out for a better way to organize photos.
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USA Today:
Leopard, Apple's new Mac operating system, hits all the right spots  —  When Steve Jobs unleashes Mac OS X Leopard on Friday, Mac fans and others considering an Apple computer for the first time will have questions.  Is the new Leopard operating system worth the $129 upgrade price?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Leopard: Faster, Easier Than Vista  —  Upgrade of Apple's OS  —  Isn't Revolutionary,  —  But It Beats Microsoft's  —  The Mac is on a roll.  Apple Inc.'s perennially praised but slow-selling Macintosh computers have surged in popularity in the past few years, with sales growing …
Discussion: Wired News and The Mac Observer
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Leopard reviews coming in, usual suspects agree: it's all gravy  —  It's not like we really expected scathing, Apple-coring criticism from the likes of the same motley crew Apple supplied pre-release iPhones to (namely: Walt Mossberg of WSJ, David Pogue of NYT, and Ed Baig of USA Today …
Discussion: Valleywag
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
PodTech: RIP  —  Well, they've had a good run but apparently the Casa de Scoble is heading for the big sleep.  Or is it the dirt nap?  I can never remember.  No announcement yet but we hear it's imminent.  Word is that Scoble was planning to bail in January anyway but now he won't have to.
Stephen C. Miller / New York Times:
Copy Video From Your PC, and Then Watch It on Your TV  —  SanDisk's Sansa TakeTV is aimed at people who want to take digital video from their computers and watch it on their TVs, without getting too high-tech about it.  —  The heart of TakeTV is a U.S.B. flash drive that can store videos copied from your computer's hard drive.
Discussion: The Mossberg Solution
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:   Cable Operators Might "Throttle Joost," Keith Kocho Tells Beet.TV
Nick / Rough Type:
The science of blog reading  —  The problem of detecting contaminants in a public water system is analogous to the problem of figuring out what's going on in the blogosphere, write a team of Carnegie-Mellon researchers in an award-winning paper called Cost-effective Outbreak Detection in Networks:
Discussion: broadstuff and Tech IT Easy
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Synchronize Your Browsing Habits with Opera Link  —  Scandinavian web browser provider Opera will be announcing today a new feature that allows users to access their bookmarks and favorite websites list (called "speed dial") wherever they go.  —  Out of Opera's three consumer offerings …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
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.
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Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Sun fights back with patents of their own against NetApp  —  Jonathan Schwartz is not spoiling for a fight, but he's not shying away from one either.  That's the takeaway message in today's blog entry from Sun's spunky CEO.  —  On September 5th, Network Appliances filed a lawsuit …
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:   ZFS Puts Net App Viability at Risk?
 
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Friendster Announces Developer Platform; Can You Say "Commodity"?
Discussion: Today @ PC World and VC Circle
Dan Goodin / The Register:
More gnashing of teeth after Microsoft update brings PCs to a standstill
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google funds hold Firefox fate (for sure)
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Al Gore's Current: Re-defining TV, Using the Web
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Deutsche Telekom Prepares for Two-Tier Internet
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
BricaBox to be like the Wordpress of structured data & mashes 3rd …
Discussion: innonate
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Is GOOG Shafting Its AdSense Partners?
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CNET News.com:
Is Google's PageRank algorithm changing?
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Microsoft buys Facebook stake for $240M
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
US Senator In Favor Of Exporting US Copyright Law... Without …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Analyst Day: CEO Eric Schmidt
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Internet Trends With Vint Cerf And Alan Eustace
Discussion: MobHappy
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The Future Of Aviation: Boeing Successful Hydrogen Engine Test …
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