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11:40 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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Verizon:   Verizon Provides New Financial and Operational Details on Its …
Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
Verizon Opens the FiOS Kimono
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Do they want their FiOS TV
Joe / Techdirt:
Lack Of Broadband A Drawback To Country Living  —  from the lack-of-ethnic-food-no-fun-either dept  —  The seemingly poor broadband penetration in the United States, compared to that of other developed economies, is obviously cause for some consternation.  There's a lot of debate about what it means …
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Rural Areas Left in Slow Lane of High-Speed Data Highway  —  CANAAN, Vt. — For most businesses, the goal is to attract as many customers as possible.  But in the fast-changing telephone industry, companies are increasingly trying to get rid of many of theirs.  —  Bill and Ursula Johnson are among the unwanted.
Discussion: Cloudy Thinking
Kotaku:
Doom Is Live on Xbox Live Now  —  As you read this the original Doom, that's right the original DOOM should be available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points.  —  Don't freak if it isn't there when you check, Microsoft said they weren't sure if it would be up during or right after their X06 press conference today.
Discussion: Zune Insider Blog and digg
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BBC:
Intel offers prize for sexiest PC  —  Intel is offering $1m in prizes to designers and manufacturers who can come up with sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box".  —  The Intel Core Processor Challenge is looking for smaller, more stylish multimedia PCs.
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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) …
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
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Between the Lines Of HP's Spy Scandal
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 …
Associated Press:
Judge: StreamCast Induces Piracy  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge ruled Wednesday against the distributor of the Morpheus online file-sharing software, finding the firm encouraged computer users to share music, movies and other copyright works without permission.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
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 …
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) …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
A New Wave of Web Addresses  —  An Irish company is registering new names with a mobile-friendly dot-mobi extension.  But who's signing up and why?  —  More than a century after the U.S. government held a race to settle Oklahoma, the World Wide Web is hosting its own land rush to claim uncharted domains.
Discussion: Techdirt
AUBlog:
10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website  —  These are the top 10 things I learned from attending the Future of Web Apps Conference 2006 in San Francisco earlier this month.  The summit was hosted by Carson Systems and included speakers like Kevin Rose, Mike Arrington, Mike Davidson, and more.
Discussion: Dan Blank and digg
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 …
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp:
Suzuki Unveils Prototype Fuel Cell Electric Wheelchair  —  Suzuki Motor Corp. has developed "MIO," an electric wheelchair with a fuel cell unit.  It has been designed based on Suzuki's previous electric wheelchair "Senior Car" operable with a handlebar.  It is a motor-driven wheelchair …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
New York Times:
Super Bowl Glory for Amateurs With Video Cameras  —  Five amateur Super Bowl ads in a contest will be posted on Yahoo.  A vote will help determine which one should be shown during the game.  —  By LOUISE STORY  —  IT was only a matter of time before a homemade commercial appeared during the Super Bowl.
Discussion: Techdirt and Fast Company Now
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE VIDEO DELIVERING BERKELEY COURSES  —  Google Video has struck a deal to provide videos of University of California at Berkeley courses and symposia, over 250 hours of video.  They've got their own page featuring their videos, divided up by course.  Right there on the front page …
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Jajah and Rebtel: my thoughts  —  Jajah and Rebtel seem to be two VoIP services about which the buzz over the blogsphere is growing more and more.  —  I already gave my thoughts on Jajah in the past, but now, since they have gone mobile, I would like to go in deep trying to verify what's really happening around this VoIP service.
 
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