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4:45 PM ET, October 25, 2007

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MEETblog:
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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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft on Facebook: The internal memo from Kevin Johnson  —  Microsoft just bought a small stake in Facebook for $240 million (more than Facebook's 2006 revenues, which is interesting) on a $15 billion valuation.  Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's Platform and Services Division …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Oh snap!  Faceberg raises another $500 million  —  Word up.  Hot on the heels of the big investment by the Borg only a few hours ago, Facebook has now landed another $500 million from two hedge funds in New York.  At the same $15 billion valuation.  It is on, people.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Raises Another $500 Milion  —  Forbes' Elizabeth Corcoran, reporting from the magazine's MEET Conference in L.A., says Facebook raised another $500 million yesterday in addition to Microsoft's $240 million.  The money is supposed to have come from two NYC-based hedge funds …
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?  —  Consider this a rumor at this point.  Forbes' Elizabeth Corcoran is reporting that two NYC hedge funds have each matched Microsoft's investment in Facebook for about $250 million each, at the same $15 billion valuation.
Megan McCarthy / Valleywag:
Jackpot: Mark Zuckerberg, the $5 billion man
Discussion: Digg
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
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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 …
Sadjad's space:
Windows Desktop Search 3.01 in now Mandatory
Discussion: BetaNews and Neowin.net
Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
At the Top of Google  —  I haven't met two small business owners in a meeting where one doesn't ask how to get his or her site to the top of the Google search results list.  There are transparent reasons for wanting to be first: you get more clicks, your business seems important …
Discussion: WebProNews and Alt Search Engines
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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.
Computerworld:
In Depth: Apple's Leopard leaps to new heights  —  A refined look, revamped apps and new options build on an already solid OS foundation  —  It's been two years, five months and 26 days since Apple Inc. last released a new operating system — the longest gap between releases since the company first released Mac OS X six years ago.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacUser
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David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple Offers New Goodies in Leopard System
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Reports of PodTech's demise are bull####  —  It's amazing.  A fake blogger, Fake Steve Jobs, reports that PodTech is closing down.  This is total, 100% bull####.  Not even deserving of a response.  I'm not leaving PodTech.  When, er if, I am you'll read it here on my blog.
Discussion: Valleywag, WebProNews and Mashable!
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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.
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 …
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Google Maps And Twitter Are Essential Information Resources For California Fires  —  The immediate threat seems to have passed for my wife and me here in San Diego, as fires ravage Southern California.  But it's still essential for us to keep an eye on the situation.  The TV news is first-rate for getting an overview.
Discussion: DSLreports and Portfolio.com
Bill Ray / The Register:
How many $$$s does Apple make from an iPhone?  —  Apple's figures came out on Tuesday, revealing that all is going well in Cupertino, but analysts crawling over the details are trying to work out if they reveal anything else besides - such as the revenue cut Apple is getting from every iPhone in use.
Discussion: Bits
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
BEA: We're worth $21 a share  —  BEA Systems' board of directors says it will negotiate with Oracle-or other third parties-with opening bids at $21 a share, $4 a share higher than Oracle's current offer.  —  For those keeping score at home.  Oracle made its offer Oct. 9 and the two have been volleying letters ever since.
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Business Wire:
BEA Board Sets $21.00 Per Share Value Position
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 
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Why Microsoft Needed Facebook & Google Didn't
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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Wal-Mart now selling Toshiba's A2 HD DVD player for $198?
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Comcast:
Comcast Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Congressman to Comcast: Stop interfering with BitTorrent
Opera:
Opera Link: your stuff everywhere
BBC:
Virtual worlds threaten 'values'
Discussion: Wonderland
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Friendster Announces Developer Platform; Can You Say "Commodity"?