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5:10 PM 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 …
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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.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
DVD Jon Fairplays Apple  —  DRM-buster DVD Jon has a new target in his sights, and it's a big piece of fruit.  He has reverse-engineered Apple's Fairplay and is starting to license it to companies who want their media to play on Apple's devices.  Instead of breaking the DRM …
Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Hard-Learned Lesson: Don't Try to Censor A Blogger  —  Memories fade, but the Internet is forever.  —  Murry N. Gunty found that out the hard way this summer.  Well known among Washington financiers, the head of Milestone Capital Management LLC ran afoul of bloggers for an attempt to censor …
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Mark Pincus Blog:
I got skewered today in the washington post!
Brad Stone / Newsweek:
The Battle Over YouTube  —  The video-sharing site is the hottest start-up since Google.  Is it worth a billion dollars, or is it just another company in need of a business model?  —  Warner Music, the fourth largest music company in the world, has every reason to wage business and legal warfare …
Discussion: paidContent.org and digg
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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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Winner Take All Outsourcing: Netflix Will Pay $1 Million To Whoever Improves Their Recommendation Engine  —  from the and-the-rest?  dept  —  The concept of crowdsourcing has been popular lately, but not everything is easily sourced out to the crowd.  Netflix is trying their hand at the game by throwing a little money into the pot.
QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
10 Steps to Guarantee You Make the Digg Front Page  —  As I sit here writing on the world's greatest personal computer (The Mac Pro Quad Xeon 64-bit workstation with dual 30 inch monitors):  —  I can't help but pity you Wal-Mart shoppers who still use software from the Antichrist (Microsoft) …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Blackmarket … I guess this is a sign of the times - a site dedicated to gaming digg, called User/Submitter.  But there's no reason such a site couldn't exist for del.icio.us, or stumbleupon, or netscape - or any site that relies on voting.  Needless to say, I hope this site gets squashed ASAP …
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David Caulton / Zunester:
Zune Sharing explained  —  Some of the comments below indicate that the details of Zune sharing aren't completely clear.  Let me walk through the Zune does and Zune doesn'ts...  Zunes have wireless built in.  Zunes can thus set up "ad-hoc" (Zune to Zune) connections to one another.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune wireless: worthless (for now)
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
Google's Growing Grasp  —  To fend off Microsoft and other foes, the search giant is bulking up on partnerships  —  What does Google search for?  Over the past few months, the Web titan has been looking for new partners.  It has teamed with Intuit to enable small-business owners …
Frank Barnako:
Rocketboom'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.
Discussion: Paul Colligan's …
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
Introducing PhishTank  —  Thanks to some great PR information from Allison Rhodes at OpenDNS, I have learned that PhishTank has launched today, at the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  PhishTank as you can probably guess from its spelling has something to do with online phishing, phishers and malware.
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.
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Beyond question  —  It's funny how a set of instructions - an alogrithm - written by people can come to be granted, by those same people, a superhuman authority.  As if a machine wrought by man should, upon trembling into motion, shed its earthly origin and assume a god-granted imperium, beyond our small-minded
Kotaku:
411 On PSP GPS  —  ITmedia Games has shots, as well as new info, on the upcoming PSP GPS attachment and the software that will take advantage of it.  The (pictured) MAPLUS navigation system will ship in December and have GPS mapping and navigation functions tailored for folks walking, biking …
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and PSP Fanboy
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Why Online Video Sites Are Hot Targets  —  As TV viewing habits change, media companies—and advertisers—are looking elsewhere: They've set their sights on a new breed of startups  —  As the Internet snaps to life with homemade movies, TV shows, and other forms of video …
Discussion: Webtown and digg
 
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Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
Facebook follower gets 'unfaced'
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
All The Cool Kids Are Deep Tagging
Discussion: digg
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Wanted: A Way to Profit by Simplifying Web Classifieds
Discussion: paidContent.org
Lee / theWPFblog:
Understanding WPF, Flex, Apollo, and Flash
Ted Patrick / Ted On Flex:
Yahoo Open Hack - BBAuth meets Flex by Me
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Amazon's A9 Becomes, Well, Sort Of Nothing
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Google's Gmail Learns How to Spot Spam
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sirius Stiletto 100 caught in the wild
Discussion: Orbitcast, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Staci / paidContent.org:
Yahoo's Semel On Defense About Yahoo's Performance
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nakama.ca Makes it Easy to Be Seen and Heard. Another MC Exclusive
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Second third-party fix out for Windows bug
Discussion: Security Fix and TechBlog
Softwarepirate / The Software Pirate:
The PS3's worst enemy
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
I'm going to become a Fonero
Discussion: Mark Evans
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Cowon's N2, successor to the A2 throne
 

 
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