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4:26 AM ET, September 27, 2006


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John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
$10 million in venture capital to help Wallop build social network  —  Wallop, the social networking startup that was spun out of Microsoft Research Labs earlier this year, has landed $10 million in venture capital that it will use to create a new competitor to MySpace, Friendster and Facebook.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Intel pledges 80 cores in five years  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Intel has built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second.  —  CEO Paul Otellini held up a silicon wafer with the prototype chips before several thousand attendees at the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday.
Boston Jon / Bostonist:
It's not Firefox, it's Comcastic  —  It appears that there is a disconnect between Google and Comcast going on right now (breaking news?).  We've gotten a number of field reports from users of Comcast's cable internet service across the state who are unable to connect to Gmail, Google, and Blogspot.
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
MySpace trumps YouTube in video  —  Commentary: Talk is cheap with videos, and cell phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — It didn't take long for MySpace to rule the digital video world.  —  The social networking juggernaut, owned by News Corp (NWS : , , ) was the No. 1 video site in July …
Yahoo! and OMD Research Shows Resurgence of Traditional Values Among Today's Tech-Savvy Families  —  'Family 2.0' Relies on Multi-tasking with Technology to Stay Close, Better Manage Busy "43-Hour" Days  —  Global families today are harnessing pervasive technology and media to help …
Report: to buyout eBay China, PayPal  —  HONG Kong-listed is going to announce its takeover of eBay's China division and its PayPal service, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing a well-informed source.  —  Tom Group is the distributor of Skype, eBay's online telephone service in China.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is eBay Bailing out of China?
Ryansingel / 27B Stroke 6:
Report: TrustE Sites Twice As Likely to Be Bad Actors  —  Ben Edelman, a researcher working on his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, has posted a study showing that sites certified through Truste are twice as likely as similar, but uncertified sites to deliver spyware, adware and spam.
Tristan Louis / The weblog:
Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?  —  ThinkSecret reports that the much-rumored-about iPhone from Apple is coming and will be available exclusively through Cingular.  If true, it would mean that Apple has decided to take a position on what phone stack it is willing to support and has come out on the side of GSM.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH GOOGLE'S MATT CUTTS  —  Matt is the man who the SEO/SEM world looks to for answers around most things Google related.  Over the past month Melanie and I have been having a wide-ranging email exchange with him on spam, the role of humans at Google, and other things.
Carolyn Abram / Facebook Blog:
Welcome to Facebook, everyone.  —  Mark would have written this post himself, but is busy helping out with everything going on right now, so I've been asked to explain why we're launching this expansion.  —  You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again; here at Facebook, we want to help people understand their world.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Firefox 2 reaches RC1  —  Today, the Mozilla organization is preparing to release the first release candidate for version 2 of their popular Firefox web browser.  Firefox 2 RC1 is available in binary form for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X (the latter a Universal Binary for both PPC and Intel systems).
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The New Ning Thing ... Videos & Biz Model  —  Ning, a Palo Alto, California based start up that has has made irregular appearances on this blog, is one of the most enigmatic start-ups in the valley.  Ning is close to announcing new features, including video and photo sharing services …
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
Blogger's Block #4: Ruby and Java and Stuff  —  Part 4 of a 4-part series of short posts intended to clear out my bloggestive tract.  Hold your nose!  —  Well, I held out for a week.  Then I read the comments.  Argh!  Actually they were fine.  Nice comments, all around.  Whew.
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Cancelling Vonage Difficulties  —  I thought I would share my interesting experience with cancelling my Vonage service.  I recorded the entire call, including the traversal over their IVR to reach an agent.  Surprisingly, I was connected pretty quickly to an agent.  I was expecting a much longer hold time.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Will the Sony Reader be the Edsel of E-Ink?  —  In Peggy Sue Got Married, the Kathleen Turner character ridicules her dad for driving an Edsel.  —  Wikipedia describes the Edsel, unveiled for the 1958 model year, as "one of the most spectacular failures in the history of the United States automobile industry."
Gameworld Network:
The Guts of the Wii Nunchuk  —  Home : News : Nintendo Wii : News Story  —  It appears someone has already pulled apart the Wii's Nunchuk, and the thing isn't even out yet!  It was bound to happen eventually.  Check out these 10 photos.  —  Nintendo Wii - Related news stories
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Weblogs, Inc/Blogsmith goes mobile!  —  Here is the internal AOL message I just sent to everyone...  Team AOL,  —  We are blessed to have the greatest, kick-ass, take no prisoner, samurai, rouge, dev team on the planet working for us at Blogsmith/WIN/Netscape.
Discussion: Engadget
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Buzzwords say all the wrong things  —  Our industry is addicted to bulls**t buzzwords.  Emails are full of "I'm an insider" jargon, blog posts brim with tech duckspeak, and resumes are loaded with meaningless action verbs.  Everyone's always implementing or enabling or optimizing or leveraging.
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