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8:20 AM ET, September 28, 2006

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Figuring FiOS  —  Will it really cost Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board) more than $9,000 to bring fiber to your home?  —  Yes, it could.  And bear with me, please: I'm about to attempt some FiOS math.  —  The company today said it plans to pass 18 million premises with its fiber network by the end of 2010.
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Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
Verizon Opens the FiOS Kimono  —  Historically, Verizon (VZ) has held it's FiOS FTTH subscriber numbers close to the vest, and has not provided detailed information about penetration rates or success metrics.  Today, they opened the kimono.  —  Here are the highlights:  — 375k broadband subscribers today.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Barbarian / Forever Geek:
Debunking the MySpace Myth of 100 Million Users  —  The hype around the 'web 2.0' buzzword continues to grow and grow.  From bulls**t statements like 85% of college students use Facebook (umm no, that was when less than half of US colleges were supported, yet everyone continues to cite that magical number) …
Rafat / MocoNews.net:
Major Change Coming At Mobile ESPN; Winding Down Likely, Possibly Being Sold  —  Exclusive: [by Rafat Ali & Staci Kramer] We have heard from numerous sources that MobileESPN, the ambitious yet doomed MVNO effort from Disney, is in for a big change this week: either a phased winding down/transition …
Discussion: MobHappy and GigaOM
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paidContent.org:   Major Change Coming At Mobile ESPN; Winding Down Likely …
Kotaku:
X06 News Shocker Summary  —  It sounds like X06 was quite an amazing press conference, filled with the sort of surprises and delights befitting a regular carnival of gaming.  —  We've posted all of the news on the site, but I thought it would be best to summarize it somewhere for those not into browsing, or reading.
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Daily Mail:
Apple go to war over 'pod'  —  Apple is waging war against companies that use the word "pod" in product and company names, arguing customers will be confused by what brand they are buying.  —  The action has been fuelled by Podcast Ready, a 13-employee company, which has developed software …
Discussion: LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION and digg
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Three Conspiracy Theories (and One Black Helicopter) Concerning Comcast and Google  —  When I posted that bit about Comcast and Google yesterday, I swear I didn't think many folks would care.  But all of a sudden I started getting these quacky e-mails about how Comcast was intentionally blocking Google …
Discussion: IP Democracy and digg
Gizmodo:
iTunes 7.0.1 Has Buttloads of Mobile Phone Mentions  —  Normally, an iTunes update wouldn't be much news.  But this one has lots of mentions of a "mobile phone" that can play video and display pictures.  As far as we know, the ROKR and RAZR V3i can't do that.  —  Here's a taste of the strings:
Discussion: digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel's next-gen notebooks to feature Nokia chip  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Intel's next-generation notebook will have an integrated 3G chip from Nokia and improved graphics support for Microsoft's Windows Vista, the company announced Wednesday.  —  Nokia's HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) …
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
VideoEgg Gets a Jolt of VC  —  With $12 million from the Starbucks chairman's venture capital firm and other investors, the startup capitalizes on the rise of Web video  —  Seeing riches in the Web's sudden emergence as a mainstream vehicle for video, a venture capital firm co-founded …
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
Good Agile, Bad Agile  —  Scrums are the most dangerous phase in rugby, since a collapse or inproper engage can lead to a front row player damaging or even breaking his neck.  — Wikipedia  —  When I was growing up, cholesterol used to be bad for you.  It was easy to remember.  Fat, bad.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Second HP employee issued probe warning  —  A second Hewlett-Packard employee warned others at the company that the tactics being used in its leak probe might be illegal, CNET News.com has learned.  —  In a Feb. 7 e-mail, HP security official Vincent Nye told the company's head of security …
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
SJSU: Campus OK's Skype, for now  —  Absent any immediate threats, and after Monday's conference call with eBay's government affairs people, San Jose State University 's University Computing and Telecommunications department (SJSU UCAT) said they will not ban Skype.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AOL Pictures goes social and it's not pretty  —  The new version of AOL Pictures came out of beta today and it's thoroughly underwhelming.  The new features are basically all the social things that are standard from a Web 2.0 perspective but none of them are done particularly well.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Valleywag:
Geek out: Revision3 Launch Party  —  Last night, Digg founder Kevin Rose and pals celebrated the relaunch of his Revision 3 online TV network with a party at Mighty, a San Fran venue currently sporting sculptures of flying underwear (really.  Don't know why).  Thomas Hawk and Scott Beale provide the photos below.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
iPhone Rumors  —  Everyone's always asking me when Apple will come out with a cellphone.  My answer is, "Probably never."  —  I have friends who worked on the Palm Treo.  And to this day, my gut churns to recall the hell they went through.  —  The problem is that when you build a cellphone …
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Nokia 5300 XpressMusic headlines a fresh lineup of new music handsets
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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
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Donald Melanson / Engadget Mobile:
Mercora launches "M" music service for Windows Mobile
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Three New Slingboxes Formally Announced
Lifehacker:
One phone number to rule them all
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Live from DEMOfall: Lirix innovates in music advertising
Discussion: Chip Griffin and Changing Way
Writer Zone:
New Release!  Windows Live Writer 1.0 (Beta) Update with Windows Live Gallery
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AOL CEO Miller: The long tail is real, but only a handful are cashing in
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