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7:15 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
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
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: rexblog.com, MacUser and Slashdot
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Apple's Leopard Falls Prey to Torrent Feeding Frenzy
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
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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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CNET Sells Off Photo Sharing Site Webshots To American Greetings, For $45 Million
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel fires up Penryn production at new Arizona facility
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shares Some Link Love From Its Homepage
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Daily Mail:
'Picture-passwords' for people who struggle to remember their PIN numbers
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Patent Monkey Joins Deadpool, Only To Rise Again as Patents.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comcast feeling the heat from competition
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
LAPTOP Magazine reviews then new Asus Eee PC 701
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Google Maps And Twitter Are Essential Information Resources For California Fires
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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
Staska / Unwired View:
APPLE'S TOUCH SURFACE KEYBOARD WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK
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 …