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9:45 AM ET, October 1, 2006


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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: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
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 and Realtime Community
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.
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.
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
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.  —  Netvibes says in their blog entry that the new release "will change the way you use and view the web" and includes user interface enhancements as well as a bunch of new modules.
Discussion: digg
Tariq Krim / Blog:
Sneak Peek of Cinnamon: the Netvibes 2.0
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Watch Out Google, Vertical Search Is Ramping Up!  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  This week at DEMOfall I saw two vertical search applications that made me think that this area is getting mature and ready for prime time.  Pluggd and Retrevo launched technologies …
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
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: Bloggers Blog
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Tphi / N-Europe:
News: Nintendo Confirm Console Specific Code
Steve Boxer / MCV:
Kutaragi laughs off rivals
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and Joystiq
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Keep it moving, folks — gels and liquids in the bin, Sony batteries …
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
What do we lose when YouTube sells out?
Discussion: digg
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New in 10.4.8: Zoom Using Scroll Wheel
Discussion: TechBlog and digg