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11:30 PM ET, September 24, 2006


 Top Items: 
Google's dirty little secret  —  ... AND HOW IT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR SEARCH ENGINE TRAFFIC  —  Most traffic to websites nowadays comes through search engines.  In Europe, this means mostly Google.  However, Google segments their traffic based on location.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and digg
Nik Cubrilovic / TalkCrunch:
Episode 12: Featuring Om Malik, Robert Scoble and Michael Arrington  —  Episode 12 of TalkCrunch features Robert Scoble at Scobleizer, Om Malik at Gigaom and Michael Arrington at TechCrunch.  They speak for just over an hour about their favorite startups and the hot news this week in tech.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
TalkCrunch, VoIP Start Ups and Digg
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Mark Evans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Podcast with Om Malik and Robert Scoble
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Evan Blass / Engadget:
With "pod" on lockdown, Apple goes after "podcast"  —  Now that Apple's lawyers have scared the pants off of small entrepreneurs selling products like the Profit Pod and TightPod — items that have nothing to with portable audio in any way, mind you — it seems that the next targets are companies …
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Trademark Office docs point to REAL reasons for" Podcast" controversy  —  When I first learned that Apple was sending "infringement"-claiming cease and desist letters to Podcasters such as Podcast Ready my first reaction was: OK, iPod has been around for [two] five years …
Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet II  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists, and analysts shows that a majority agree with predictions that by 2020:  — A low-cost global network will be thriving and creating new opportunities in a "flattening" world.  — Humans will remain in charge of technology …
Zack Stern / Joystiq:
Free CDX adventure game released with BBC tie-in  —  The BBC History website has launched the first episode in its multi-part adventure game, CDX.  Acting as a companion to the current BBC series, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, the game's story follows a character who supplies a Roman dagger to the BBC TV production.
Discussion: Wonderland
Jay / Jay is Games:
CDX  —  Just launched by the BBC History team along with the design and technical prowess of those amazing Preloaded folks (wasn't I just pining for something new from them?), CDX is a brand new multi-episode adventure game that uses real actors and video segments to spin a tale of mystery …
Discussion: digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Googleyness: Inside The Google System  —  For some great weekend reading, check out this Fortune magazine article that gets inside the great Google brain.  Some extracts that I enjoyed...  Later in the article it states that Google has released "at least 83 full-fledged and test-stage products" …
Alexander Gratz / TamsPalm-the Palm OS Blog:
A true x86 emulator for Palm - first facts and pics  —  A few days ago I got a mail from the developer who ported an emulator that lets you use real PC apps on a Palm.  It's the Palm OS port of the well-known DOS emulator DOSBox.  It doesn't only emulate an x86 CPU but also a DOS environment …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Post-RC1 Vista build temporarily available  —  Microsoft has quietly released a build of Windows Vista that is more recent than Release Candidate 1 (build 5600), which debuted at the beginning of this month.  The new build is numbered 5728, and comes with a number of caveats.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Vista: fitted and nearly-finished
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Cool Tools:
Roomba Vacuum  —  It finally happened, an off-the-shelf household robot that works and pays back even the early-adopter price.  —  For less than $200 you get a vacuum cleaner the size of coffee-table book (though round) which has robotic smarts and its own battery.  The main thing is, it works.
Discussion: Listics
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bandwidth, Its Getting Cheaper  —  High speed cable and DSL connections are getting a bandwidth boost, along with per month bills.  Verizon and Cablevision have both introduced consumer broadband packages with speeds in excess of 30 megabits per second, and have also boosted the upstream speeds.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Light Reading:   10 Meg Is Here!  —  6:00 AM — I just boosted my bandwidth again, this time to 10 Mbit/s.
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
TGS06: Wii or PS3?  Japanese Gamer Video Poll  —  We asked a handful of completely random gamers which they played to buy at launch: the PS3 or the Wii.  Some of them wanted a PLAYSTATION 3.  Some wanted a Wii.  Some twitched and ran into the toilet.  The results?  They might surprise you.
Discussion: Wonderland
Randall Stross / New York Times:
The Big Gamble on Electronic Voting  —  HANGING chads made it difficult to read voter intentions in 2000.  Hotel minibar keys may do the same for the elections in November.  —  The mechanics of voting have undergone a major change since the imbroglio that engulfed presidential balloting in 2000.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Darren Stevens / DigitalBattle:
1 Million Wii Units At Launch In North America  —  Speaking to Mackenzie Financial, Nintendo of Canada VP and GM Ron Bertram spoke about the Wii launch numbers North America.  According to him, there will be 1 million consoles available at launch, compared to 400,000 PS3 consoles.  From the interview:
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, Joystiq and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
The Boy Genius Report: The BlackBerry 8800  —  Well, now that the pearl's out and about, it's time we focused once more on RIM's utilitarian bizphone lineup — except now the Boy Genius has gotten a hold of some pictures of the BlackBerry 8800.  You guys remember the one, don't you?
Discussion: A VC, CrunchGear and digg
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Novac's NV-HV355 Mobile Video HDD
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
What Voice over IP means for Flash
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog and JD on EP
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Advertising's New Idea: Don't Push the Product; Pull the Consumer Instead
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Venture Investing as a Strategy, Not to Make Money
Discussion: Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm confirms low-end Treo, "680" device rumored
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
Esther Dyson / Release 0.9:
Click fraud - here we go again
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VOIP - The Details Kill The Fun