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4:25 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 …
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.
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
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   FSJ: Facebook Has Raised Another $500 Mil.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Source: Microsoft wins Facebook bid battle
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bets On Facebook Stake And Web Ad Boom
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Oh snap! Faceberg raises another $500 million
Discussion: Valleywag
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Microsoft acquires equity stake in Facebook, expands advertising partnership
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Are you surprised? Microsoft beats Google with Facebook deal
Discussion: Rev2.org and 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.
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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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
ProBlogger - PageRank 4  —  Wow - this is an interesting one.
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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
More gnashing of teeth after Microsoft update brings PCs to a standstill  —  Resource-hogging search app sprung on reluctant admins  —  Something seems to have gone horribly wrong in an untold number of IT departments on Wednesday after Microsoft installed a resource-hogging search application …
The 463:
Hi there.  I'm the Internet.  I like romantic dinners, long walks on the beach and....  It won't make you dinner or rub your feet, but nearly one in four Americans say that the Internet can serve as a substitute for a significant other for some period of time, according to a new poll released today …
 
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SCO gets 'potential' $36M offer to sell Unix business
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Local whiz speeds up broadband by 200 times
CNET News.com:
Is Google's PageRank algorithm changing?
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Google Analyst Day: CEO Eric Schmidt
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Insider Domain Name Snatching Probed