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2:30 PM ET, October 30, 2007

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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 web pages …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Launching the Google Adsense Killer  —  Earlier today Lee Lorenzen of Altura Ventures sent me a message referencing a note where he postulates about Facebook's upcoming ad network.  He brought up something that I previously hadn't thought of: the opening of Facebook's ad network.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Social Ad Network: What We (Think We) Know So Far
Lee Lorenzen / Adonomics Blog:   Google Fears Facebook-Enhanced, Open-Source, AdSense Competitor
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MAC Address / heise Security:
Leopard with chinks in its armour  —  A second look at the Mac OS X Leopard firewall  —  Apple is using security in general and the new firewall in particular to promote Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X. However, initial functional testing has already uncovered cause for concern.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple: 2 million copies of Leopard sold
Discussion: Channel 9 and Tech Trader Daily
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Apple: 1 weekend, 2 million copies of Leopard sold
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google Phone News: This Not Just in from the WSJ  —  My feeds were buzzing this morning over a Wall Street Journal article discussing the infamous Google GPhone.  At last-I thought-if the WSJ is talking about it, then they must have something substantial to share.  —  Alas, my hopes were dashed.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Business Wire:
Best Buy Launches Online Video Sharing Service  —  New service, in partnership with Mydeo, provides safe and simple way to share personal videos via the Web - minus the advertising  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy today launched Best Buy Video Sharing, an online-based solution …
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Mydeo scores US deal with Best Buy
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Digital Trends
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
SORRY PR PEOPLE: YOU'RE BLOCKED  —  I've had it.  I get more than 300 emails a day and my problem isn't spam (Cloudmark Desktop solves that nicely), it's PR people.  Lazy flacks send press releases to the Editor in Chief of Wired because they can't be bothered to find out who on my staff …
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 …
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Apple plays with fire, courts iPhone gift card lawsuits  —  Apple set the blogosphere on fire Monday when word leaked of the company's latest effort to limit iPhone unlocking.  Recent media reports reveal that that the company has instituted a two-device-per-visit limit for iPhone purchases …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft talks SOA futures but not dates
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
eyeFi Unveils Local Network Wi-Fi Transfer for Digital Cameras
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
40GB PS3 features 65nm chips, lower power consumption
Discussion: DailyTech and Joystiq
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Listen up: MP3 spam on the rise, despite being utterly stupid
John Leyden / The Register:
FTC demands bigger spyware penalties
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof replaces term papers with Wikipedia contributions, suffering ensues
Discussion: WebProNews
InfoWorld:
McAfee buys Web site security company for $51M
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint set to unleash new $30 BlackBerry data plans
Discussion: Mobility Site
 Earlier Items: 
Javalobby:
So Long Apple. The Party's Over
Chris Williams / The Register:
Whois database targeted for destruction
Discussion: Mashable!
Damien Stolarz / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Video download is patent infringement, and there's a price to pay
Discussion: Open Source
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Windows XP will double the price of Asustek's Eee PC
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
The Future of Business Media - Consumer Business Magazines
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Trouble on horizon for 'white box' PC makers
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AdBrite puts spotlight on Facebook application ads
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

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Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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