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8:30 AM ET, October 2, 2006


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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Unrepentant PayPerPost Gets Funding  —  Three months after getting slammed by BusinessWeek's Jon Fine, TechCrunch's Marshall Kirkpatrick, and a gazillion bloggers, PayPerPost is crying all the way to bank.  The Orlando-based startup, which matches advertisers with bloggers willing to write …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Controversial PayPerPost Raises $3 million  —  We first covered PayPerPost when it launched three months ago.  —  The service is a marketplace for advertisers to pay bloggers to write about products for a fee.  Commenters to our original post wee polarized into those violently for and those againt the product.
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 …
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) …
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: George Ou, TechBlog and digg
Joris Evers / CNET   Researcher defends Mac Wi-Fi hijack
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
And if You Liked the Movie, a Netflix Contest May Reward You Handsomely  —  Netflix, the popular online movie rental service, is planning to award $1 million to the first person who can improve the accuracy of movie recommendations based on personal preferences.
Discussion: Techdirt, Dan Blank and Hacking NetFlix
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.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Being On The Inside  —  Jeff Pulver has made some very valid points …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google buys garage that launched Internet's top search engine  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Internet search leader Google Inc. has added a landmark to its rapidly expanding empire - the Silicon Valley home where co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented a garage eight years ago as they set out to change the world.
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 …
Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
I'm going to become a Fonero  —  I want WiFi everywhere.  I want to be able to boot up my laptop anywhere and be able to connect from my neighborhood park.  I want to be able to use Skype from the street.  That's why I really like the idea behind FON, a wireless sharing startup, where members share each other's WiFi.
Jake Ludington:
Zune and iPod Photo Comparison  —  I got face time with a Zune this weekend and decided to look at how the form factor compares to the 80GB iPod I picked up a few days ago.  The Zune weighs considerably less than the iPod, although I didn't have a scale on hand to get exact comparison.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Cowon's N2, successor to the A2 throne  —  It's been a hell of a long time since Cowon launched its Engadget Award-winning A2, but we freaking finally have a worthy successor to their flagship media player, and like so many other Korean-built devices it's no slouch when it comes features.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
AIM Light (or "AOL is a brand for elite users... not just your mom")  —  One thing I've been pushing for at AOL since I got here almost a year ago (wow, has it been that long?!??!) is a light version of AIM.  Ted Leonsis, Jim Bankoff, and Jon Miller and I have had countless discussions …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Technorati Intros Smarter Blog Search Feeds  —  Technorati has opened up RSS feeds for keyword and URL searches to all users.  You no longer need to register for an account and set up watch lists.  (Technorati is an Edelman partner.)  You couldn't do this prior to now.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Look For Netvibes  —  Netvibes quietly released an updated look and feel this evening.