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6:40 PM ET, September 29, 2006

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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
Google Blogoscoped:
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."
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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.
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
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's BBAuth Will Allow Better Mashups  —  Yahoo has released a new product called BBAuth just in time for its open HackDay today and tomorrow.  It's a mechanism for non-Yahoo applications to access Yahoo's authentication mechanism and user data in a secure manner.
Discussion: Dan Theurer
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Dan Theurer:
Launching the Un-Launch-Able  —  Opening up Yahoo! I've been looking forward to this day and writing this exact post for quite some time now!  So this is it!  Wow, this feels great!  We just pushed Browser Based Authentication (BBAuth) out the door.  —  Let's start this post with what BBAuth is and what it can be used for.
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 …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Open Culture
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 …
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.
AppleInsider:
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.
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
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: Joystiq, Opposable Thumbs 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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (925984)  —  Vulnerability in PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of limited "zero-day" attacks using a vulnerability in Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 …
 
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USA Today:
Report: Local info may save papers
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1
Discussion: digg
Valleywag:
Guest post: Yahoo Finance employees flee for their lives
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Creative unveils MuVo V100
Discussion: Gizmodo
SearchViews:
ESPN Mobile Failure: Bad News for Mobile Media in U.S.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Got Ads?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
LicketyShip's four hour gadget delivery service goes live
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo teams up with HP on search engine
Discussion: Engadget and InsideGoogle
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Data launchpads of the cloud wars
Discussion: seattleduck
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
SHIFT: The Web 2.0 Drinking Game
Discussion: Supr.c.ilio.us, Scobleizer and digg
Lifehacker:
IE7 still handles feeds better than Firefox 2.0
Discussion: A Whole Lotta Nothing and digg
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hewlett's Hunt for Leak Became a Game of Clue
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
A tour of Adobe's Apollo project with Kevin Lynch
Discussion: JD on EP and Ryan Stewart
Tariq Malik / LiveScience:
New Power Suit Amplifies Human Strength
Discussion: Slashdot, CrunchGear and digg
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Meet the second generation of UMPCs, shoulda been 1st
Zephoria / apophenia:
Facebook is open
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