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11:25 AM 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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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:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Reader steps it up with new version  —  The Google Reader team unveiled a revamped version of their online feed reader today and no one can say it's not a real RSS reader anymore.  They even took Robert Scoble's advice and made a demonstration video!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New-look Google Reader Is Stunning!
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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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 …
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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Tariq Malik / SPACE.com:
Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo Interior Concept  —  NEW YORK - Future passengers aboard Virgin Galactic spaceliners can look forward to cushioned reclining seats and lots of windows during suborbital flights aboard SpaceShipTwo, a concept interior of which was unveiled by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson Thursday.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Slashdot and digg
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear and GottaBeMobile.com
Mike Shields / mediaweek.com:
Facebook Creates Sponsored Stories Ad Unit  —  Facebook plans to unveil a new ad unit in the coming weeks that the company says uniquely harness the site's social networking dynamic.  —  The new placement, dubbed Sponsored Stories, appears within Facebook's News Feed platform.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Webtown
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 …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and digg
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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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
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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De-centralized Intelligence Agency
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sigma's Rotino: "world's smallest" laser travel mouse
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why The New .Mac Webmail Is Important
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Jemima / paidContent.org:
MySpace Video Streams Outstrip YouTube; Or So They Say
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Reuters:
HP says it agrees to buy gaming PC maker Voodoo
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
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Reuters:
Craigslist founder says he won't cash in
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Leo Laporte on Monetizing Podcasts
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BuzzLogic wants to identify influential blogs, raises $1.5M
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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Associated Press:
Google won't hand data to Brazil judge
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