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6:20 PM ET, October 25, 2007

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Facebook Rumors: Making Friends with More investors  —  Two hedge funds from New York have apparently jumped into the Facebook deal.We've got our ear to the ground to figure out who it is but each put in about $250 million—for $500 million total—at the same valuation as Microsoft Corp.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Perspective: Facebook Is Now 5th Most Valuable U.S. Internet Company  —  Yesterday came news that Microsoft invested $240 million into Facebook, valuing the company at $15 billion.  —  How much is $15 billion?  It's hard to understand how much money that really is.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Taps Into Hedge Funds For $500 Million More?
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft reports impressive fiscal first quarter
Investor Relations:
CNET Networks Announces Sale of Webshots to American Greetings  —  CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNET), a leading interactive media company, today announced the sale of its Webshots business to American Greetings, effective immediately, for approximately $45 million in cash.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CNET Sells Off Photo Sharing Site Webshots To American Greetings, For $45 Million
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Wsus / WSUS Product Team Blog:
WDS revision update, expanded applicability rules, auto-approve revisions  —  Some customers have reported that update package for KB917013 was being deployed to WSUS clients without having approved the update for installation on their WSUS servers.  The original update release …
Discussion: Computerworld, BetaNews and Neowin.net
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos: Please Stop Pissing Off People Over Amazon Prime  —  from the pretty-pretty-pretty-please dept  —  Back in May, we tried to alert you to a serious customer service problem that your company is facing concerning the way you are marketing Amazon Prime.
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
Apple's payoff on Leopard upgrade Family Packs  —  John Gruber at Daring Fireball has some great statistics about Apple Leopard upgrade Family Packs, which allow customers to install Leopard on up to five machines in a household.  He also has data about which versions of Leopard that his readers are ordering through his Web site:
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Computerworld:
In Depth: Apple's Leopard leaps to new heights
Discussion: rexblog.com and Macworld
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Yahoo Executive Joins Nintendo  —  Nintendo of America is underlining its commitment to trying to broaden the market for video games beyond the traditional younger, male player by hiring a sales and marketing chief with extensive experience with mainstream brands.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Apple in a Fight for Rights to TV Shows  —  Apple's Steve Jobs helped save a sinking music industry, with his iPod and iTunes digital music store.  Struggling record labels swallowed hard and accepted his 99-cents-per-song pricing because they had little choice.
Paul Stokes / Telegraph:
Oink founder: We're just like Google  —  An IT consultant suspected of operating one of the world's biggest pirate music websites from a Middlesbrough bedsit said he had done nothing wrong.  —  Alan Ellis, 24, was arrested on Tuesday as part of an Interpol-led operation to shut …
Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Blogger Enables Subscribe to Comments via Email  —  Just yesterday it seems (okay, to my knowledge it really was yesterday) that the only way to subscribe to comments on a Blogger or Blogspot blog was to click on the link posted at the bottom of all post pages:
Discussion: Mashable!
Business Wire:
CNET Networks Hires Former Dennis Publishing Executive to Lead Entertainment and Lifestyle Brands  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNET - News), a leading interactive media company, today announced that Stephen Colvin, former President and CEO of Dennis Publishing …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shares Some Link Love From Its Homepage
Discussion: ParisLemon
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla can live without Google's money, Baker says
Daily Mail:
'Picture-passwords' for people who struggle to remember their PIN numbers
Discussion: CrunchGear and Switched
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Leopard backpedals again: No more iPhone note syncing
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wired News
Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Trend Micro to Snap Up Provilla for DLP
CNN:
NBC-Fox Online Video Joint Venture Hulu Attracts Critics
Blake Robinson / TechCrunch:
Patent Monkey Joins Deadpool, Only To Rise Again as Patents.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comcast feeling the heat from competition
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
LAPTOP Magazine reviews then new Asus Eee PC 701
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Ben Worthen / WSJ.com:
Is Google Causing Microsoft to Drop its Prices?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Google's Cerf: Deep space Web decades out
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe Creative Suite 3 sales 'on fire'
Discussion: Macsimum News
Guardian:
Google Earth used to target Israel
Bill Ray / The Register:
How many $$$s does Apple make from an iPhone?
Discussion: Bits
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Why Microsoft Needed Facebook & Google Didn't
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
At the Top of Google  —  I haven't met two small business owners …