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8:45 PM ET, October 25, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Mark: BoomTown Is Baaaack and We're Still Dubious!  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Well, we're glad it's done, our conflict of interest shoved aside by the hey-big-spenders at Microsoft and we can again resume our incredulous analysis of the insane $15 billion valuation of Facebook.
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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook roundup: Hedge funds invest $500 million, and more
Discussion: Valleywag
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft's $30 Billion Vista Bump  —  It turns out someone does like Windows Vista, along with Office and the other stuff Microsoft sells.  Indeed, the company sold $1.1 billion more of that stuff in the second quarter than analysts expected.  The company's profits rose by 23 percent.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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: Macworld, rexblog.com and Slashdot
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Apple's Leopard Falls Prey to Torrent Feeding Frenzy
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
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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.
Rob Greenlee / Zune Insider:
Zune 1-Click Podcast Subscriptions  —  Podcasters can now plan to display a Zune icon or chicklet graphic on their websites to enable an easy "1-Click Podcast Subscription" process for podcast listeners or viewers.  This 1-Click process will launch the new Zune Marketplace software and place …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Leopard backpedals again: No more iPhone note syncing  —  Looks like Apple now believes that it has said a little too much with the new Leopard feature pages.  Yesterday it backpedaled on letting us use an AirPort Disk with Time Machine, and now it appears as though all references to the iPhone …
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.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC's Copps Calls for News Corp.-Wall Street Journal Inquiry  —  FCC Commissioner Cites Cross-Ownership Rule  —  Democratic Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps asked FCC chairman Kevin Martin to open an inquiry into News Corp.'s purchase of The Wall Street Journal.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
British Lord: Virtual worlds should teach real-world values
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CNET's Shiny New $250 Million Credit Line: What Will They Use It For?
Gary / ifoAppleStore:
New Store Greeter Position Posted
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
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
Discussion: WebProNews
Daily Mail:
'Picture-passwords' for people who struggle to remember their PIN numbers
Discussion: CrunchGear and Switched
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
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Vonage settles patent flap with Verizon
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
LAPTOP Magazine reviews then new Asus Eee PC 701
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Google Maps And Twitter Are Essential Information Resources For California Fires
Discussion: DSLreports and Portfolio.com
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Apple in a Fight for Rights to TV Shows
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe Creative Suite 3 sales 'on fire'
Discussion: JD on EP and Macsimum News
Guardian:
Google Earth used to target Israel
Paul Stokes / Telegraph:
Oink founder: We're just like Google