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12:45 PM ET, September 29, 2006

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Ben Darnell / Official Google Reader Blog:
Something looks... different.  —  As of today, Google Reader has a new look — and even more important, a lot of new features that we think you'll like.  We've listened to your feedback, done usability research, and examined all the ways that people consume content on the web, from feed readers to email clients.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Reader steps it up with new version
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New-look Google Reader Is Stunning!
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Hollywood Says Piracy Has Ripple Effect  —  Illegal Film Distribution Decreases Sales, Jobs and Tax Revenue, Study Says  —  Seeking another weapon in its war on piracy, the movie industry hopes to wow lawmakers today with a study that says the economic impact of illegal DVD …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Industry Study: 38% of Film Piracy is on the Internet  —  The Washington Post's Frank Ahrens has this article about a study on film piracy that claims that 38% of all movie piracy occurs on the Internet, with the rest coming from illegally copied DVDs.  Financed by the movie industry …
Zephoria / apophenia:
Facebook is open  —  Facebook is open.  I've already received friend requests from companies selling their wares by creating a Profile.  I am also faced with more contexts that i can deal with.  (Note: i'm not accepting friendships from folks that i know in the blogosphere until i figure …
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Reuters:
Mark Cuban: Only a 'moron' would buy YouTube  —  Billionaire investor and dot-com veteran Mark Cuban had harsh words Thursday for YouTube, the online site that lets people share video clips, saying only a "moron" would purchase the wildly popular start-up.  —  Cuban, co-founder of HDNet …
Tariq Malik / LiveScience:
New Power Suit Amplifies Human Strength  —  NEW YORK—Engineers in Japan are perfecting a wearable power suit that amplifies human strength to help lift hospital patients or heavy objects.  —  Driven by portable batteries, micro air pumps and small body sensors that pick up even the slightest muscle twitch …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Dunn grilled by Congress  —  update A congressional committee on Thursday grilled former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn over why she didn't put a stop to controversial techniques used by the company in an investigation into press leaks.  —  Under questioning, Dunn was asked …
Discussion: Techdirt, robhyndman.com and Valleywag
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CNNMoney.com:
HP under fire on the Hill
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Marco Rosella / Central Scrutinizer:
The "Web 2.0 'exit strategy'" badges  —  About a month and a half from now there will be in San Francisco the third conference dedicated to Web 2.0, a favorable location for a discussion, in pragmatic words, about the existence of not of a "Bubble 2.0".  —  With the definitive affirmation of blogs …
James Boyle / Financial Times:
A view from (under) the long tail  —  I lead a double life.  It gives me something in common with spies, weekend cross-dressers and fugitives from the law, but in my case the reality is much more boring.  As an academic, I spend much of my time thinking and writing about the internet economy …
Discussion: Open Sources, AC/OS and Slashdot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meet the second generation of UMPCs, shoulda been 1st  —  When the UMPC platform was launched at Intel's 2005 IDF we were teased with a $500 or less device on the WWAN running on ultra-low powered chips capable of either 8-hours off battery or putting Vista to sleep for up to a week.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Skype's Mobility Problem  —  Skype for Mobile wants to get on your cell phone, but technical hurdles and tough competitors may stand in the way  —  Concern that Skype's efforts to move into mobile calling may be in jeopardy surfaced on Sept. 28.  That's when a Finnish newspaper published …
Wilson Rothman / Wired News:
Map Quest … SLOUCHED IN AN undecorated cubicle in Lebanon, New Hampshire, sleeves rolled up on his button-down shirt, David Williams is looking for one-way streets.  It's frustrating work.  Williams stares at his email inbox: a solid wall of news alerts from Yahoo and Google.
Discussion: The Map Room
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Fresher query stats  —  Query stats in webmaster tools provide information about the search queries that most often return your site in the results.  You can view this information by a variety of search types (such as web search, mobile search, or image search) and countries.
Official Google Blog:
Now anyone can Talk  —  Last year, we launched Google Talk, a free and easy service for making voice calls and sending instant messages.  It used to be that only Gmail users could use Google Talk but now anyone can sign up for Google Talk.  If you haven't tried the service yet, here are 5 good reasons to give it a try:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why The New .Mac Webmail Is Important  —  Earlier this week Apple announced that a new version of webmail for Mac users is "coming soon."  There was a bit of chatter about this around the blogosphere, with most people concluding that this fresh coat of paint on the inferior .mac product is a bit of a yawn.
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Tao of Mac and digg
Jonathan Miller / IGN:
X06: Assassin's Creed Update  —  The latest on Ubi's next, um, killer game, including controls and potential multiplayer.  —  10,000 plus.  —  That's how many character animations are loaded into Assassin's Creed, 700 of them alone contextual.  To put things into perspective, Prince of Persia …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony issues global li-ion battery recall
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hewlett's Hunt for Leak Became a Game of Clue
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A tour of Adobe's Apollo project with Kevin Lynch
Ken Camp / Realtime Community:
How to fail in the transition from VoIP to Unified Communications
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sigma's Rotino: "world's smallest" laser travel mouse
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Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo Interior Concept
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Zune? It's the Aboriginal word for "loss leader"
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MySpace Video Streams Outstrip YouTube; Or So They Say
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Loyd Case / ExtremeTech:
Core 2 Extreme Quad Performance
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BBC and Microsoft sign memorandum of understanding as BBC seeks …
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Eight Ways to File Transfer Using Skype
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Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider Blog:
ZUNE TO LAUNCH NOV 14, AT $249
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