Linked[In the News] is a weekly series featuring news articles culled from mainstream media and the blogosphere that covers relevant topics on professional networking and LinkedIn. Here’s our top five news articles for the week in no particular order. Enjoy your weekend!

* BBC News: The Power of Play on the Internet

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BBC News technology reporter Maggie Shields wrote a recap piece on CMP Media‘s Web 2.0 Expo which took place this week in San Francisco. In the piece, Shields noted that social networks are one of the “most persuasive forces on the net.” LinkedIn was one of the networks that Jennifer Pahlka, co-chair of the conference, called out during her interview with Shields.

* CIO: Innovation, Disruption and Riding the Waves of Change: CIO’s New Partnership with LinkedIn

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CIO Magazine‘s editor-in-chief, Abbie Lundberg, wrote a lengthy post about the new partnership that has taken place between CXO Media and LinkedIn. Lundberg does a great job of explaining the partnership and detailing the many conversations that took place in the editorial department before the partnership was created. This is a great read if you want to learn more about what LinkedIn is doing in conjunction with CXO Media.

* Chicago Daily Herald: Are You LinkedIn Yet?

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Daily Herald reporter Jamie Sotonoff wrote an article this week which featured a number of LinkedIn’s Chicago users. Tracy Price-Lynch talked about how she uses LinkedIn to do research and “mine for sales opportunities.” David Rudduck, the press secretary for Governor Rod Blagojevich, was also mentioned in the article as using LinkedIn as part of his job. Geri Kleeman, also of Chicago, was quoted as saying that LinkedIn helped her find new clients by working her connections.

* U.S. News & World Report: Take Your Resume and Shove It

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Liz Wolgemuth of U.S. News & World Report did a piece on Aaron Strout, the VP of Mzinga. In the article, Strout talks about how he used a variety of Web 2.0 tools like LinkedIn to find, research and hire employees for Mzinga.

* The Blogging Times: LinkedIn Appoints Ellen Levy as VP for Corporate Development and Strategy

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Blogger Pete Paz of The Blogging Times wrote a piece about Ellen Levy who just joined the team here at LinkedIn as our VP of Corporate Strategy. The article details a few of the many exciting careers that Ellen had prior to joining us here at LinkedIn.