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1:55 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 …
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
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
Tariq Krim / Blog:
Sneak Peek of Cinnamon: the Netvibes 2.0  —  Here at netvibes we've been working very hard on our new release called Cinnamon. it's live now .  With tons of new features, a smarter user interface, and many more modules of your favorite sites, Cinnamon will change the way you use and view the web.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: A VC and Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
Elinor Mills / CNET
Most reliable search tool could be your librarian  —  Your child wants to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. You might consider consulting a librarian instead of Google, AOL or Microsoft search engines.  —  Using the keywords "Martin Luther King," the first result on Google and AOL …
Discussion: Dan Blank
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
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
Jay Savage / Download Squad:
OpenSSH 4.4 released  —  The OpenSSH team has officially realeased OpenSSH 4.4/4.4p.  The latest updates to the popular ssh server and ssh/sftp client include some extremely advanced features for administrators, as well as the requisite OpenSSH security audits.
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
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Feed reader bonanza - FeedDemon, Google Reader, Bloglines all update  —  Today's release of FeedDemon 2.1 beta seemed like a nice little treat.  After the release of NewsGator Go! last week, it felt like a really solid one-two punch from NewsGator.  Right on!
Discussion: Preoccupations
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
I4U News:
Asian OEM Market Gem: MP4 Wristwatch  —  I found another interesting product in my inbox from an Asian OEM manufacturer.  This time it is a MP4 Watch.  —  Shenzhen Adragon Digitek Co. Ltd. offers a watch that can play MP4 videos on its color screen.  The watch is water-proof and shock proof.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and PVR Wire
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Tphi / N-Europe:
News: Nintendo Confirm Console Specific Code
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Google Wins Keyword Lawsuit—Rescuecom v. Google
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Keep it moving, folks — gels and liquids in the bin, Sony batteries …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Slashdot
What do we lose when YouTube sells out?
Discussion: digg