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7:50 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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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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook roundup: Hedge funds invest $500 million, and more
Discussion: Valleywag
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Taps Into Hedge Funds For $500 Million More?
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports 27% Revenue Growth; Fastest First Quarter Since 1999  —  Broad-based strength drives operating income and EPS growth each in excess of 25%  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.76 billion for the quarter ended September 30 …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft's $30 Billion Vista Bump
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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, Macworld 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.
PR Newswire:
Vonage and Verizon Resolve Patent Dispute  —  In June 2006, Verizon Services Corp. brought a lawsuit against Vonage Holdings Corp. to enforce several Verizon patents relating to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.  —  In March 2007, a jury held that Vonage is infringing three valid Verizon patents.
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.
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 …
 
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CNN:
Sony returns to profit in Q2 on weak yen, higher digicam sales - UPDATE
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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
InfoWorld:
Patent reform debate heats up
Discussion: The Register
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel fires up Penryn production at new Arizona facility
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comcast feeling the heat from competition
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LAPTOP Magazine reviews then new Asus Eee PC 701
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Google Maps And Twitter Are Essential Information Resources For California Fires
Discussion: DSLreports and Portfolio.com
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
Sue Polinsky / Download Squad:
At the Top of Google  —  I haven't met two small business owners …
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Congressman to Comcast: Stop interfering with BitTorrent
Paul Stokes / Telegraph:
Oink founder: We're just like Google