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4:25 PM ET, September 29, 2006


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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Reader Update : Tags, Sharing, Blogging  —  Google Reader Update : Tags, Sharing, Blogging  —  Google has taken its blog & feed aggregator, Google Reader, to the next level with an across the board update which adds to the service's usability while also adding a more social experience to feed aggregation.
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Google Reader Redesign  —  Google's RSS reader underwent a major redesign (take a look at the video [WMV] to get an impression).  Now, the subscribed feeds and most other navigation items are showing to the left.  Google wants you to think of the new design as "your inbox for the web."
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony issues global li-ion battery recall  —  Sony has finally bitten the bullet and issued a worldwide recall of all Sony-manufactured lithium-ion batteries used in notebook computers.  Earlier in the day, Lenovo/IBM joined the ranks of Dell, Apple, and Toshiba in issuing a recall for all Sony batteries that ship with their notebooks.
Discussion: i-boy, Pocket PC Thoughts and digg
Andrew Simons / MarketWatch:
Sony recall could prompt industry retribution, analysts say  —  LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — The latest installment of Sony Corp.'s (SNE) laptop-battery recall likely taints the electronic giant's name among computer makers and could prompt retribution from the industry, analysts say.
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 …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Industry Study: 38% of Film Piracy is on the Internet
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Skype Blocking/San Jose U. Story Addendum  —  I haven't been commenting directly on this story, where San Jose State University had been pushing to block on Skype on campus, and by extension, other broadband-based applications stood to be at risk.  On that note, I mentioned …
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.
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
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
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 …
Apple looks towards flash-enabled notebooks  —  Intel Corp's plan to incorporate NAND flash memory into its next-generation notebook platform will enable PC manufacturers such as Apple Computer to develop systems that are twice as fast in some operations yet sustain longer battery life.
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot, CrunchGear and digg
IE7 still handles feeds better than Firefox 2.0  —  I said it before and I'll say it again: Internet Explorer 7 handles RSS feeds better than Firefox 2.0.  —  While Firefox 2 RC1 handles RSS feeds very nicely (and has since the beta), IE7 still has advanced feed handling features that Firefox lacks.
Discussion: A Whole Lotta Nothing and digg
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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo teams up with HP on search engine  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) said Thursday it has struck a deal with Hewlett-Packard Co. to plant its Internet search engine on millions of computers, the latest volley in a high-stakes battle with Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
Discussion: Engadget and InsideGoogle
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hewlett's Hunt for Leak Became a Game of Clue  —  They were looking for an academic.  The suspect was conversant in computer chip technology.  And he would have to be the kind of person who used the word "pooped" to mean tired.  —  In a case right out of CSI: Corporate America …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meet the second generation of UMPCs, shoulda been 1st
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