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6:30 PM ET, October 1, 2006


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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo allows outsiders to innovate on Yahoo e-mail  —  SUNNYVALE, California (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) is set to allow outsiders to create new services using the world's most popular consumer e-mail program, in the broadest move the Web has yet seen to enlist independent programmers …
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
With Some Startups, "Parents Just Don't Understand"  —  After spending the past week reading various perspectives on some of the recently funded (mostly) mobile focused VoIP startups, I find it amazing how some members of the Blogosphere feel as if they have an inside track to the future success of one or more of these startups.
Discussion: Mr Blog and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Being On The Inside  —  Jeff Pulver has made some very valid points about the blogosphere being a bit less enthusiastic about companies like RebTel (which I like) and Jajah where I just aired my views below.  —  I completely agree with Jeff that lots of very smart people are behind some of these ventures …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
All Women Team Takes Yahoo Hack Day Top Prize  —  Yahoo opened its corporate headquarters to hordes of hackers, press and others on Friday and Saturday for its open Hack Day.  After 24 hours of hacking (with a break for a private Beck concert in the Yahoo courtyard the first evening) …
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   Yahoo! Hack Day
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:
Microsoft: 60,000 Vista biz seats to be deployed on launch day  —  While Microsoft is still over a month away from its expected business launch of Windows Vista, company officials are starting now to make the case for why business customers should upgrade to the next version of Windows.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Vista availability update straight from the horse's mouth
The Word "Mashup" Key to Newly Registered Google Domain Names  —  The new domain names keep pouring out of the Googleplex and this time they all use the word "mashups."  Not for maps or another Google service but search.  —  Like we always do, we'll set aside some space …
Discussion: Googling Google
Joris Evers / CNET
Hackers claim zero-day flaw in Firefox  —  SAN DIEGO—The open-source Firefox Web browser is critically flawed in the way it handles JavaScript, two hackers said Saturday afternoon.  —  An attacker could commandeer a computer running the browser simply by crafting a Web page that contains …
Discussion: TechBlog and Hack A Day
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Look For Netvibes  —  Netvibes quietly released an updated look and feel this evening.  Read about the release on the Netvibes blog here and here.  —  Key additions to the service include:  — Module search  — New web/blog /video search with results within netvibes
Discussion: digg
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
The Ah Ha Caused By JaJah  —  Ted, Alec and others are analyzing JaJah, and in turn the other "minute stealer" and data services enablers.  —  I think this is all good, as the civil discussion about a new technology is certainly always warranted, and sorely needed.
14 Tbps over a Single Optical Fiber: Successful Demonstration of World's Largest Capacity  —  Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President and CEO is Norio Wada) has successfully demonstrated the ultra-large capacity optical transmission of 14 Tera bits per second …
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
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: Realtime Community and VoIP Watch
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.
Info / Podcasting News:
Leo Laporte Keynote: You Can Sell Out, But Don't Piss Off Your Listeners
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
FCC find: Novatel U720 USB EV-DO modem for Sprint  —  Although there have been inklings in the past that Sprint was working on a USB EV-DO modem with Novatel Wireless, recent FCC approval documents have confirmed its existence and given us a first glimpse at what the modem actually looks like.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Ted / Signal to Noise:
Second Life?  How 'bout getting a First Life  —  I've heard a few odds and ends about the Second Life software over the last probably year or so, and I was prompted to try the experience out for myself, especially after having read about its integration with the VON keynote by Jeff Pulver.
Stowe Boyd / Message:
APML - Attention Profiling Mark-up Language  —  A new draft standard for an APML - Attention Profiling Mark-up Language has been proposed, with the involvement of Faraday Media, the developers of Touchstone: … In principle, I am in favor of managing my own "attention data" …
Discussion: A Feed Is Born and Listics
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Elinor Mills / CNET
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Discussion: Dan Blank
Jay Savage / Download Squad:
OpenSSH 4.4 released  —  The OpenSSH team has officially realeased OpenSSH 4.4/4.4p.
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
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Discussion: Preoccupations
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Famitsu Polls Japanese Retail, Says Wii Wins Xmas
Discussion: Gizmodo, DS Fanboy and Go Nintendo
Steve Boxer / MCV:
Kutaragi laughs off rivals
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and Joystiq
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
DAG Ventures leads $15m more for Podshow
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
JVC Develops World's Largest 110-inch Rear Projection System
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and digg