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10:20 AM ET, October 2, 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 …
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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) …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Yahoo Hack Day  —  I spent this weekend at Yahoo's open Hack …
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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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.
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.
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nakama.ca Makes it Easy to Be Seen and Heard.  Another MC Exclusive  —  Toronto based Nakama.ca (don't be confused, it's dot "ca" for Canada the dotCom isn't them) has a new take on making it easy to share your images, video and even your thoughts (via voice recordings).
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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.
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.
Discussion: Mark Evans
Softwarepirate / The Software Pirate:
The PS3's worst enemy  —  Sony's had a lot of problems stirring up excitement with the PS3.  Manufacturing problems, launch shortages, high prices, lackluster launch titles (Metal Gear Solid 4 isn't worthy a $660 investment) are just a few of the issues that have made gamers pretty nervous about getting Sony's Grey Goose of a console.
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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.
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Being On The Inside  —  Jeff Pulver has made some very valid points …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
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
Frank Barnako:
Rocketrboom's ad price: $80K a week  —  Andrew Baron seems to have shaken off the heartbreak of separation and gotten down to business.  While Amanda Congdon, with whom he co-founded Rocketboom, is on a coast-to-coast trip in a Ford Hybrid, Baron is newly-focused.
ResourceShelf:
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 …
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.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Second third-party fix out for Windows bug  —  For the second time in as many weeks a group of security professionals has released a third-party fix for a Windows flaw that is actively being used in cyberattacks.  —  The group, calling itself the Zeroday Emergency Response Team, or ZERT …
Discussion: TechBlog
 
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