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2:20 PM ET, September 30, 2006

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Judge sides with Google in dispute over keywords  —  A federal court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Google over its practice of allowing companies to buy search-related ads that are displayed when people type in the name of a competitor.  —  In early 2005, computer repair company …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Another Judge Says There's No Trademark Violation In Selling Ads On Trademarked Keywords  —  from the understanding-trademark-law dept  —  It seems that companies never stop suing over this particular issue.  Despite numerous cases before it, including from Geico and American Blinds …
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Wins Keyword Lawsuit—Rescuecom v. Google  —  Rescuecom Corp. v. Google, Inc., No. 5:04-CV-1055 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2006).  You can find the ruling here (WARNING: 1.7MB file)  —  Introduction and the 1-800 Contacts Precedent  —  Last year, the Second Circuit issued a major ruling …
Discussion: The Trademark Blog
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
YouTube's Video Poker  —  Chad Hurley effects a calm, almost detached demeanor, even as the Web site he runs, YouTube.com, has provoked a frenzy of consternation among executives of record labels, TV networks and movie studios.  For millions of Internet users, the site that opened …
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Valleywag:
What do we lose when YouTube sells out?  —  (Psst.  Digg this.)  —  It's the place you go for Family Guy clips and last night's Jon Stewart interview.  For now, media companies keep their hands off YouTube and cut deals with the site instead.  But some day, if it doesn't die first …
Discussion: robhyndman.com and digg
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Keep it moving, folks — gels and liquids in the bin, Sony batteries in the big asbestos box … Looks like the game of Russian roulette Sony's playing with its lithium-ion battery packs is a nasty variant in which the gun arrives fully loaded — six-bullet Russian roulette, as "Family Guy's" …
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techon.nikkeibp.co.jp:
JVC Develops World's Largest 110-inch Rear Projection System  —  Victor Company of Japan, Ltd. (JVC) has developed a 110-inch rear projection system that is to be the world's largest.  The screen measures 243.5 x 137 cm.  The display device employed in this system is JVC's proprietary …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and digg
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.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Yahoo! Hack Day vs. eBay DevCon  —  Just got home from the opening day of Yahoo!'s first open Hack Day.  I thought it might be useful to contrast it with eBay's DevCon.  —  eBay DevCon  —  Yahoo! Hack Day  —  Where  —  Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New in 10.4.8: Zoom Using Scroll Wheel  —  Here's a new feature in the Mac OS X 10.4.8 mouse preferences panel:1 "Zoom using scroll wheel":  —  [UPDATE: The same feature is also available for trackpad users who have the "Use two fingers to scroll" option turned on.]
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
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 …
Discussion: The Pomo Blog and Blogging Stocks
Noahmax / Defense Tech:
'INVISIBILE' BOOMERANG 'BOT  —  It's nice to have a set of robotic eyes in the sky.  But surveillance drones tend to be loud, and rather obvious, as they keep watch above a Middle Eastern city.  Many guerilla types know by now to avoid the things.  —  That's why a small company out of Minneapolis …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
DAG Ventures leads $15m more for Podshow  —  It was just announced that DAG Ventures is leading a $15 million B round for Podshow.  News got out yesterday and though the investors weren't named until today, disbelief was the widespread reaction.  DAG saw its investment in Grouper …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rick / Supr.c.ilio.us:
I'll Drink To That  —  SCI FI Tech comes up with a very funny web2.0 drinking game, sure to be a hit at the next launch party.  Including: … So now we add to this noble list with the Michael Arrington TechCrunch OpenHype Bar game. … Take a drink when Michael calls something 'killer'.
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and Valleywag
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.
 
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Tony Mobily / Free Software Magazine:
GIF is NOW finally free - for real, with a final Unisys joke
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple using shoddy up-sampling for some iTunes vids?
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hello, Mom? It's Skype. I got accepted at San Jose State!
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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MyWorld: eBay Becomes MySpace
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Kotaku:
Reggie To Hand-Out First U.S. Wiis
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
SightSpeed on MTV's Total Request Live
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE READER EASTER EGG
DigiTimes:
Quanta Storage seeking patent license from others besides Philips
Discussion: TechSpot and Joystiq
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
Richard / Aeropause:
The Wii - What Real People Think
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
 

 
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