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Fred / A VC:
FeedFlare  —  It's a busy day in the web services world.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FeedBurner Integrates Web Services Into Feeds
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Particletree
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Alexa Offers Fee-Based Vertical Search Services  —  I guess I get to be the underwhelmed one about Alexa announcing a new Alexa Web Search Platform that's available to anyone willing to pay a fee.  —  Pay a fee for what?  You can create your own search engine by tapping into the 4 billion web pages Alexa has indexed over time.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Xbox 360 file system de-coded  —  The Xbox 360's DVD file system has been exposed, a coding group calling itself Pi, has claimed.  —  The group said it has posted source code for a utility that allows discs' files to be extracted and displayed as raw data.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Justin Nolan / 360 Insider:
Xbox 360 not designed to play games in vertical position?
Shankar Gupta / MediaPost Publications:
Google Turns To TV Ads  —  IN A MAJOR SHIFT IN promotional strategy, Google—which has long eschewed nearly every form of consumer-targeted brand advertising—quietly began running 15-second sponsorship spots on PBS's science program "NOVA" earlier this year.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Technorati Kitchen: it's what's cooking  —  Technorati just introduced the Technorati Kitchen, an area where we can post projects we have been working on that we do not feel are ready for integration on the main site.  The first project available in the Technorati Kitchen is Explore …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Technorati Weblog
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Star Wars Fans Flee Net Galaxy  —  Players of the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies are feeling a bit like the films' besieged rebel army these days.  To them, LucasArts is the evil Empire, raining down terror in their alternate universe.
Discussion: Things That, Kotaku and Blue's News
Rob Fahey /
"The HD era really only starts when we are on the market" - Harrison  —  PlayStation development boss plays down Microsoft's high definition claims  —  Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison has claimed that Microsoft's Xbox 360 "doesn't have true HD functionality …
Discussion: Kotaku
Jeff Nolan / Venture Chronicles:
Using Social Media at SAP  —  It's been a couple of months since I moved from Ventures into my new role at SAP.  One of the projects I have been leading is our move to embrace social media insofar as our Oracle competitive efforts are concerned.  I don't imagine that the challenges I have faced …
Matt Cutts:
Text link follow-up  —  At this point, it shouldn't be a surprise what I have to say about any particular site (Hi Jeremy!) selling links.  Danny gives a good recap here, and I'm happy that Danny can channel me and say what I would say at this point.  Let's see how succinctly I can say it.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Brooklyn Photographer Don Wiss Threatened if He Doesn't Leave the Country He Will Be Killed  —  PriceRitePhoto's store, photo by Brooklyn Photographer Don Wiss  —  I received a troubling email earlier today from Don Wiss saying that he received a phone call today from someone telling …
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael / WeaKnees Blog:
WeaKnees Offers up to $25,000 for DIRECTV DVR Plus (R15) Upgrade Solution  —  With the release of the DIRECTV DVR Plus, we are looking to develop a stable, reliable upgrade solution for DIRECTV's latest DVR.  In addition to working on the problem in-house, we have decided to open the search …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Tightens IE 7's Security  —  Browser's default security settings will change to match common home, business setups.  —  Microsoft has detailed several changes in the way its upcoming Internet Explorer (IE) 7 browser will classify Web sites for security, aiming to reduce the likelihood …
Discussion: TechSpot and Windows Vista Weblog
New York Times:
Cable Relents on Channels for the Family  —  Yielding to pressure from regulators, lawmakers and interest groups, the country's biggest cable companies say they expect to introduce packages of family-friendly channels as early as the first quarter of 2006.  —  Kyle McSlarrow …
Discussion: Todd Chanko
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Telecoms want their products to travel on a faster Internet  —  Major site owners oppose 2-tier system  —  AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. are lobbying Capitol Hill for the right to create a two-tiered Internet, where the telecom carriers' own Internet services would be transmitted faster …
Susan Kuchinskas /
Unmediated Media  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Jeremy Allaire, CEO of BrightCove, said Internet syndication of video content could lead to profound changes in the broadcast industry — and to new opportunities for producers.  —  Allaire gave a keynote speech at the Syndicate conference, held here today through Thursday.

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