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2:50 AM ET, September 30, 2006

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Wall Street Journal:
Mobile ESPN Will End Venture, Seek New Strategy  —  ESPN, a unit of Walt Disney Co., plans to pull the plug on its sports-themed mobile-telephone venture later this year but hopes to expand its wireless presence by licensing its Mobile ESPN application to other providers.
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ESPN Mobile Failure: Bad News for Mobile Media in U.S.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Got Ads?
Ellen Sheng / Wall Street Journal:
As Internet TV Gains Popularity, Cable Firms Bulk Up Offerings  —  With Internet video gaining popularity, pay-TV companies are pondering a future in which they will have to share the spotlight with online video providers.  —  Video in all forms including first-run movies and television shows …
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
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
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
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Mark Cuban loves YouTube  —  Mark Cuban is a colorful, engaging, businessman and speaker.  In a speech yesterday he said "Only a moron would buy YouTube".  Hmmm... and only a genius would buy Broadcast.com for $6 Billion.  Mark started Broadcast.com back in the 90s, recorded $14M in revenue its best quarter, then sold it for $6B.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE READER EASTER EGG  —  Google Reader has one other cool new feature: A "Next" bookmark.  Just add it to your browser toolbar, and clicking it will bring you to the next article in your reading list, automatically.  Build a large enough RSS feed collection, add the bookmark …
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Richard / Aeropause:
The Wii - What Real People Think  —  I have been writing and reviewing games for quite some time and I always fear that I will become overly bias and way to picky when it comes to my job.  That is why I decided to give a few young gamers I meet at the Wii Fusion Tour a chance to speak …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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 …
DigiTimes:
Quanta Storage seeking patent license from others besides Philips  —  Quanta Storage, the largest producer of slim-type optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, reportedly may partner with Sony for licensed use of ODD patents.  In response to the news, Quanta Storage on September 29 indicated …
Discussion: Joystiq and TechSpot
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1  —  With the start of the new school year, many teachers and students are seeking new products and technologies to help them through their upcoming academics.  With the increase of teachers using blogs and wikis, and students networking …
Discussion: Netscape.com and digg
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
Why Alexa Is Worthless  —  Alexa is a tool that many webmasters and advertisers used to gauge the size of a website.  The Alexa ranking is based on a three month running average.  The number shown is where a site ranks on the internet.  For example, The TechZone has a ranking of 23,005.
Discussion: Web Strategy and digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
HP to acquire Voodoo PC  —  update Voodoo PC has agreed to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Voodoo founder and Chief Technology Officer Rahul Sood announced on his blog Thursday.  —  Details of the transaction were not released.  Rahul Sood and his brother Ravi, currently the CEO of Voodoo …
Valleywag:
Guest post: Yahoo Finance employees flee for their lives  —  Written by a reader.  Fact-checked by your mom.  —  Remember how Yahoo's Q2 earnings plummeted?  They said it was slumping advertising from online finance (plus automotive).  Remember that Nielsen NetRatings gives Yahoo 54% …
Discussion: hotjobs.yahoo.com
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
hotjobs.yahoo.com:
Description  —  Yahoo! Finance, the premier online finance site, is seeking a Managing Editor to manage a team capable of blending the best of exclusive, original and aggregated content, user-generated content and unique multimedia features to create an engaging experience in multiple media.
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
SHIFT: The Web 2.0 Drinking Game  —  Each week Adam Frucci takes a closer look at the latest gadget buzz in his column, Shift.  —  Image by Matt Krueger  —  I'll apologize right now for using "Web 2.0" in the title of this column.  It's a terrible buzzword, but it defines the very sites …
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.
Ted / Signal to Noise:
Ken SCATHES Rebtel and Jajah; I pile on  —  I'll take a liberty here and say that Ken Camp has an "old-school" telecommunications background.  That's not a bad thing.  It just means he knows HOW we got to WHERE we got.  And I appreciate that.  There are some younger VoIP bloggers …
 
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MyWorld: eBay Becomes MySpace
Kotaku:
Reggie To Hand-Out First U.S. Wiis
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Dell's no-excuse recycling program begins
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
Bezos on Amazon's utility
Daniel Raffel / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
Microsoft Messenger for Mac 6.0
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
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Superstar VC Roger McNamee Says Effective Search is the Imperative for Online Video
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Microsoft Security Advisory (926043)
Joe / Techdirt:
If The Map Is Wrong, You Have Nobody To Blame But Yourself
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Creative unveils MuVo V100
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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
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
Jonathan Miller / IGN:
X06: Assassin's Creed Update
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Skype's Mobility Problem
 

 
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Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years

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German publishers grudgingly allow Google to display news snippets in search results without compensation

 
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