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11:25 AM ET, October 26, 2007

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Office and Vista: Can't we give Microsoft some props?  —  Microsoft posts its best fiscal first quarter in years and Wall Street cheers.  But the angst goes on.  — Derrick Shields at SeekingAlpha asks how can Microsoft stay competitive.  The common refrain: The days of Office and Vista are numbered.
Discussion: Business Technology
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft's $30 Billion Vista Bump
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports 27% Revenue Growth; Fastest First Quarter Since 1999
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:   Microsoft Has Blowout Quarter, Stock Up Over $30 Billion
LabRats / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Prism  —  Personal computing is currently in a state of transition.  While traditionally users have interacted mostly with desktop applications, more and more of them are using web applications.  But the latter often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers.
InfoWorld:
Oracle calls BEA's price 'impossibly high'  —  Oracle has rejected BEA Systems' proposed purchase price of $21 per share, calling it "impossibly high" for Oracle or any other company to pay.  —  In a letter to BEA's board dated Oct. 25, Oracle again urged the company to accept its offer of $17 per share …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and New York Times
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Oracle: $21 Is Way Too High.  BEA: $17 Is Way Too Low.  Holders: I'm Outta Here  —  So, just to get you up to speed on the Oracle (ORCL)/BEA (BEAS) saga:  —  Oracle, you will remember, had bid $17 a share for BEA.  BEA said no. Oracle asked again.  BEA said no again.  Oracle asked again.
David Pogue / New York Times:
More Goodies in Apple's New Operating System  —  In today's Times, I reviewed Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard."  I noted that Apple claims to have added over 300 new features.  —  Trouble is, if I tried to describe them all in my 1,280-word column, I'd have 4.3 words to describe and assess each one.
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Apple Core
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senate OKs 7 more years of tax-free Net access, e-mail  —  Scarcely a week before an existing ban on Internet access taxes is set to expire, the U.S. Senate late on Thursday voted to let it live on for seven more years.  —  The compromise bill, which was approved by a voice vote …
Discussion: DSLreports, Reuters and Ars Technica
Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Wants $300 From Wildfire Victim - They didn't think to grab their Dish network receiver...  I was hit hard by the floods in the Northeast last year, having everything I owned destroyed by eight feet of raging mud water.  At the time, I was pleasantly surprised to find that neither …
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
MYSPACE LOVE$ FACEBOOK VALUE  —  If Facebook is worth $15 billion, then MySpace is worth $65 billion.  —  That's the take of RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank, who applied the $357 Microsoft ascribed to each of Facebook's 42 million registered users in Wednesday's deal …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Fastest Growing Facebook Group Now Has A Million Members  —  Unfortunately, the fastest growing Facebook group ever is not a very spontaneous affair; it's part of a US presidential candidate's campaign.  However, the results are quite astonishing.  —  Responding to Barack Obama's Facebook …
New York Times:
Merrill's Chief Is Said to Consider a Bid to Merge  —  Facing billions of dollars in losses from the subprime mortgage crisis, Merrill Lynch chairman and chief executive, E. Stanley O'Neal, floated the idea of a merger with a large bank, a foray that angered Merrill's board and could cost him his job …
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Nintendo rules out Wii price cut  —  TOKYO - Fresh off bumper earnings, Nintendo Co. ruled out a price cut for its smash-hit Wii video game console Friday and announced the company will being selling the Wii in China next year.  —  Profits at Nintendo have surged on the runaway success …
Discussion: Joystiq and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Omniture To Buy Visual Sciences; Sees Q3 Results Above Old Guidance; Both Stocks Jump  —  Omniture (OMTR) late yesterday announced that it will buy Visual Sciences (VSCN), one of its primary rivals in the online business optimization business.  Omniture will pay $2.39 a share in cash and 0.49 shares of OMTR stock for each VSCN share.
Bill Ray / The Register:
UK mobiles not worth stealing  —  Mobile phones stolen in the UK are locked from their own network within 48 hours, and 98 per cent of them are locked from all (UK) networks within 48 hours.  Despite that 800,000 were stolen last year, according to government figures.
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Student's Ad Gets a Remake, and Makes the Big Time  —  The idea that you do not have to be a professional to create a good commercial is becoming widespread, in a trend known as consumer-generated content.  Leave it to Apple to — paraphrasing the company's old slogan a bit — think differently.
 
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The Microsoft Security Response Center:
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
UBS lifts estimates on "halo 2," suggests new iPhone by spring
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
SearchMash, Now in Flash
Discussion: TechCrunch and gSpy
Wsus / WSUS Product Team Blog:
WDS update revision follow - up
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Disallowed On URLs Containing "Google", Google Says
Discussion: Search Engine Land
The Register:
Global mobile penetration to reach 75% by 2011
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Exclusive First Review: Asus Eee PC 701
canada.com:
UBC tracked his 'theft of time'
Discussion: The Chronicle
 Earlier Items: 
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Russians use Geforce to crack Vista passwords
Discussion: Ubergizmo and The Tech Report
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Results Turn Heads
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Roderick Ioerger / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
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Business Wire:
New Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch High Definition Widescreen LCD …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook's Stock Options
Rob Greenlee / Zune Insider:
Zune 1-Click Podcast Subscriptions
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Leopard backpedals again: No more iPhone note syncing