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4:50 AM ET, September 24, 2006

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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Apple to trademark Podcast? (or "How to fight the good fight")  —  In perhaps the worst trademark enforcement decision—ummm—ever, it seems Apple is trying to get people to NOT use the term Podcast/Podcasting in the names of their companies.  Podcasting for those of my readers who are non-technical, is best defined two ways:
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Leo Laporte / TWiT.TV:
A Cast By Any Other Name...  According to Wired News's Listening Post blog, Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to Podcast Ready claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe on Apple's trademarks, and that they cause confusion among consumers.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Some VoIP services surpass traditional phones  —  A large-scale VoIP study from Keynote Systems concludes that VoIP audio quality is improving, and in some cases exceeds that of the traditional phone network—so long as you're making calls within the US.  More than 100,000 people a month …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VOIP - The Details Kill The Fun  —  A bunch of VOIP services have launched to help people make cheaper calls from normal phones.  None of them are compelling for the mass market.  —  VOIP is great when you initiate calls from VOIP phones or software (Skype, Vonage, etc.).
Discussion: Naked Conversations
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Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
With a Rebtel Yell, Swedish Startup Raises $20 Million  —  I got a call this morning on my cell phone, which showed a local New York number with a 646 area code.  But it wasn't a local call at all.  On the other end was Hjalmar Winbladh, CEO of Swedish mobile VoIP startup Rebtel.
Esther Dyson / Release 0.9:
Click fraud - here we go again  —  Yet another piece on click fraud, this time from Businessweek - which of course is an "old medium" itself.  What amazes me is the elephant in the room: This is not an intractable problem.  (Ask me about intractable: I just came back from the Middle East!)
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
HostGator: cPanel Security Hole Exploited in Mass Hack  —  HostGator says hackers compromised its servers using a previously unknown security hole in cPanel, the control panel software that is widely used by hosting providers.  "I can tell you with all accuracy that this is definitely due …
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG and Slashdot
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
The Internet Address Book - Social Networks in One Place  —  The Internet Address Book, which launched this week, is a new service from the Netherlands that brings together all your online identities in one place - social networking URLs, instant messaging IDs and web addresses.
Discussion: engtech and digg
Tim Arango / New York Post:
RETAIL-IATION  —  WAL-MART WARNS STUDIOS OVER  —  DVD DOWNLOADS  —  Worried about its massive DVD sales, retail behemoth Wal-Mart has told some of Hollywood's biggest players it will retaliate against them for selling movies on Apple's iTunes.  —  Last year when Disney announced …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Venture Investing as a Strategy, Not to Make Money  —  Like most technology investors, companies that made heavy bets on venture capital during the dot-com boom spent the last several years licking their wounds.  Now they're getting back in the game, investing in start-ups from telecommunications to biotechnology.
Discussion: Valleywag
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista: fitted and nearly-finished  —  Vinny Pasceri, the Aero Program Manager for Windows Vista, has the daunting task of oversighting the user experience development project.  Many people and especially Microsoft enthusiasts do not understand why Windows has so many legacy …
New York Times:
Chairwoman of H.P. Resigns; 2 Others to Leave  —  Hewlett-Packard today announced the immediate resignation of its chairwoman, Patricia C. Dunn, the first casualty inside the company over the disclosure of its internal spying operation.  —  Ms. Dunn will be replaced by Mark V. Hurd, the computer giant's chief executive officer.
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Advertising's New Idea: Don't Push the Product; Pull the Consumer Instead  —  NEW YORK To see the future of the advertising industry, climb the stairs of the three-story walk-up on Greene Street in SoHo to the U.S. headquarters of London's Naked Communications.
Discussion: Techdirt and media landscaping
Valleywag:
Yahoo pulls a Scrooge with forced unpaid holiday vacation  —  Several Yahoos confided their frustration to me when the company sent an all-hands memo this week, forcing all employees to take the Christmas-to-New-Year week off, either unpaid or using their allotted vacation days.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New fitness center targets teens with games  —  Walk through the malls and high school halls in America, and you'll quickly notice that kids in the US could use a few good workouts.  A new fitness center opening this Saturday hopes to lure kids in with a combination of a "fitness arcade," …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm confirms low-end Treo, "680" device rumored  —  We're still not sure when Cingular is going to get that 750 hotness, but it doesn't look like us Stateside peeps will have to wait too terribly long to get some antenna-free Treo action.  Palm, in a recent earnings call …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl and CrunchGear
 
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
One Web Day - Invitation, Celebration, Gratitudination
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Boy Genius drops shots of the BlackBerry 8800!
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and digg
Voipgirl / TheVOIPGirl.com:
VOIP Services for Canadians
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James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Metal Slug rolling onto XBLA
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Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Talk with MSN Messenger contacts
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Blake Snow / Joystiq:
Sony: Nintendo is losing audience, not expanding it
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
DRM is old and busted, according to BitTorrent cofounder
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Update on Ability to Mute the Windows Vista Start-up Sound
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