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8:50 PM ET, September 30, 2006


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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
YouTube's Video Poker  —  Chad Hurley effects a calm, almost detached demeanor, even as the Web site he runs,, 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 …
Fred / A VC:
Stop The YouTube Hating!  —  I love YouTube.  It is the single best thing that has happened to the Net in the past several years.  Nobody is going to convince me otherwise, no matter how hard they try.  Calacanis won't.  Cuban won't.  Doug Morris won't.
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: digg
Bob / Lefsetz Letter:
Mark Cuban/YouTube  —  Mark Cuban is a crybaby.  —  Selling at the height of dot com frenzy, he wants to shut the door behind him, exclude all those who don't play by the rules.  He wants to see the death of YouTube, since they're stealing the content and he's investing money …
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
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
Mike / Techdirt:
Another Judge Says There's No Trademark Violation In Selling Ads …
No Enemies:
TAGGING SONGS SEP 29  —  I was browsing around backstage and looking at random songs, and I noticed in particular that list of categories that make up the song's "Musical DNA."  I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to have something like this, but for iTunes?"
Ted Wallingford / Download Squad:
Mac VoIP/Video tools: new features just keep comin'  —  With all the hoopla surrounding video in recent weeks, thanks to the video-centric Fall VON trade-show in Boston, it's no surprise that the folks making VoIP communications tools for the Mac have embraced video-conferencing.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Want To Be A Video Star?  —  MTV has issued a casting call on line for their hit show "Total Request Live" that now features SightSpeed.  —  At VON in Boston Jeff Pulver talked a lot about disrupting the process of content distribution and how new uses of video will emerge.
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Pod People Ponder Litigation  —  ONTARIO, California — Apple Computer's recent legal threats to rivals using the terms "pod" and "podcast" met with giggles and kvetching among podcast entrepreneurs and enthusiasts gathered here to discuss the future of the industry.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Slashdot
Info / Podcasting News:
Leo Laporte Keynote: You Can Sell Out, But Don't Piss Off Your Listeners
Peter Galli /
Just One More Release Before Windows Vista Goes Gold  —  Microsoft will release just one more build of Windows Vista for testing before the code goes gold, said Brad Goldberg, the general manager for the Windows client business group.  —  That build will be made available to a limited group …
Discussion: TechSpot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Vista availability update straight from the horse's mouth
Famitsu Polls Japanese Retail, Says Wii Wins Xmas  —  Cash-for-game-reviews sham Famitsu asked Japanese retailers (we assume places like Sofmap, Yodobashi Camera, Laox, etc.) how they thought the next generation of consoles would fare this holiday season.  They asked about the ones that matter anyway—PlayStation 3 and Wii.
Discussion: Gizmodo, DS Fanboy and Go Nintendo
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: Scobleizer
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
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" …
CRN Breaking News:
Lenovo Recalls Sony-Made Battery Packs For ThinkPads
Discussion: Slashdot
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Opinion: Why Microsoft's Zune scares Apple to the core  —  Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. plans to launch a competitor to Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod, a wireless media player called the Zune, just in time for the holidays.  —  Apple fans point and laugh at Microsoft's entry into a market totally dominated …
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Peter Galli /
Gartner: Linux Not About to Do Damage to Windows  —  PHOENIX—Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of the Linux operating system over the next five years, Gartner analyst George Weiss told attendees at the Gartner Open Source Summit here September 28.
Discussion: Open Sources and AC/OS
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