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11:45 AM ET, October 30, 2007

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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Gmail 2.0 Screenshots  —  Google during the recent Analyst Day announced they want to release an updated version of Gmail that's supposed to be faster than the current one, thanks to a JavaScript back-end rewrite.  Also, the new version aims to improve contacts management.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail's New Version Is Now Available  —  The new version of Gmail I was talking about the other day is already available in some Gmail accounts.  If you see a link to an "older version" at the top of the page, that means you can enjoy the new features: mail prefetching, updated contact manager and other small updates.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Gadgetell
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Code changes to prepare Gmail for the future
Discussion: Lifehacker
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Web Bubble 2.0  —  Well, maybe it is a bubble.  But out in Silicon Valley, they don't think of that as a bad thing at all.  —  T  —  he Silicon Valley venture capitalist Michael Moritz is kinda-sorta the West Coast version of New York's own Steve Rattner.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Web 2.0 World is Skunk Drunk on Its Own Kool-Aid  —  This is a sad time for the web.  It's as almost somber as the time just before the last bubble burst in 2000.  I was working in PR with dot-com startups at the time and the way I feel now is how I did back then.  I wish I didn't, but I do.
Apple:
Apple Sells Two Million Copies of Mac OS X Leopard in First Weekend  —  Apple® today announced that it sold (or delivered in the case of maintenance agreements) over two million copies of Mac OS® X Leopard since its release on Friday, far outpacing the first-weekend sales of Mac OS X Tiger …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple: 2 million copies of Leopard sold
Discussion: Channel 9
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Can a Google Phone Connect With Carriers?  —  Google Inc. is close to unveiling its long-planned strategy to shake up the wireless market, people familiar with the matter say.  The Web giant's ambitious goal: to make applications and services as accessible on cellphones as they are on the Internet.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Plentyoffish: 1-Man Company May Be Worth $1Billion  —  We've written before about PlentyOfFish, a leading online dating site that is run by a single person and is raking in money.  Markus Frind is the singular force behind PlentyOfFish.  At the time of our last review, June 2006 …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Whois database targeted for destruction  —  The long-running attempt by privacy advocates to bin the Whois database will be up for vote at the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles tomorrow.  —  Cheerleaders for the six-year-old "sunset proposal" say people shouldn't be required to give …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Saul Hansell / Bits:   Whois May Be Whowas  —  The little corner of the Internet …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Privacy advocates propose scrapping Whois
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Cookie tracking: How Facebook could be worth $100 billion?  —  When Facebook launches its "SocialAds" advertising product on November 6th, the technology will reportedly rely on cookies — unique identifiers sent to each user's computer from Facebook, and returned to Facebook when they visit sites …
Discussion: Adonomics Blog and PC4Media
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching the Google Adsense Killer
Discussion: Mashable! and Somewhat Frank
BBC:
PC stripper helps spam to spread  —  A virtual stripper is helping to defeat anti-spam security checks.  —  Spammers have created a Windows game which shows a woman in a state of undress when people correctly type in text shown in an accompanying image.  —  The scrambled text images come …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Virtual Art Gets Body  —  A Silicon Valley start-up and MySpace are hoping to move the "user-generated content" revolution off computer screens and into the physical world.  —  Zazzle.com Inc., of Redwood City, Calif., and News Corp.'s MySpace social-networking unit have reached an agreement …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace Gets Some Razzle Zazzle
Discussion: WebProNews, 901am and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
WSJ Publisher: Under NWS, We'll Have The Best-Paid Journalists  —  WSJ publisher Gordon Crovitz steps in for a Q&A with Staci Kramer at the FOBM.  You'll never guess what the first question is...will WSJ.com go free?  —  Gordon, as he always does, notes that News Corp. deal isn't done.
Discussion: paidContent.org and HipMojo.com
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Not All Is Gloomy in Real Estate: A Blog Network Attracts Capital  —  The residential real estate market may be troubled, but property-focused Web sites are still attracting visitors and investors.  —  Curbed.com, a popular real estate blog network with sites in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles …
Zillow MediaRoom:
Zillow.com® Launches Suite of Tools for Advertisers to Target Homeowners in Ways Never Before Possible  —  Zillow Home Direct Ads offers advertisers the ability to reach homeowners on a home by home basis, at the right moment of purchasing intent  —  Leading real estate Web site Zillow …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
The Future of Business Media - Consumer Business Magazines  —  Part 1 coverage here.  —  I grew up reading business magazines: Fortune, Business Week, Economist and to a lesser extent Forbes.  Then the Web's explosion got me to read Fast Company, Business 2.0, Red Herring and company, so I was looking forward to panel #2 with:
Damien Stolarz / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Video download is patent infringement, and there's a price to pay  —  I used to keep a patent watch blog that tracked peer-to-peer (P2P) technology patents.  Basically, when you start a company, you're expected to patent your technology, either offensively or defensively, whether you think it warrants it or not.
Discussion: Open Source
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
McAfee to acquire ScanAlert
Discussion: InfoWorld
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Manage blog comments with Disqus
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Google News Blog:
Get your news fix on your iGoogle page
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Windows XP will double the price of Asustek's Eee PC
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
5,000 radio stations plus MP3s
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Trouble on horizon for 'white box' PC makers
BBC:
Warning over net address limits
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
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Discussion: Search Engine Land
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
@ FOBM: Amid Consolidation, Forbes.com Looks To Further Define Itself …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Snags Open-Source Project Lead
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
BEA Defends Its Rebuff of the Takeover Attempt by Oracle
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
In India, Poverty Inspires Technology Workers to Altruism
Discussion: contentSutra.com
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AdBrite puts spotlight on Facebook application ads
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Internet Now The Primary Local Medium
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Platform Launches With Big San Francisco Party
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Automattic Spurns $200 Million Acquisition Offer
Discussion: AccMan Pro, Valleywag and Rev2.org