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1:10 PM ET, October 3, 2006

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Paul Thurrott / windowsitpro.com:
Exclusive: Here Comes Windows Vista RC2  —  Microsoft this Friday will ship the final pre-release version of Windows Vista and, unexpectedly, will name the release as Release Candidate 2 (RC2).  Previously, Microsoft had publicly asserted that it would not ship an RC2 milestone release of Windows Vista.
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
Google's Chief Looks Ahead  —  In an interview with TIME, CEO Eric Schmidt explains what's behind the company's new push for partnerships  —  Google wants new friends.  After signing a series of new partners, CEO Eric Schmidt says the Web giant's spate of recent deals is just a start.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Joe Duck
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Hidden Labels in Gmail  —  If you enable saving your chat history in Gmail, your conversations from Google Talk are saved as standard emails.  To make them stand out from the rest of messages, Gmail adds two labels: chat and chats.  —  If you want to search your chats, you just have to add label:chat to your query.
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
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Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
Using Bloglines to snoop on people's private Gmail  —  I was astonished on Friday when I was looking at my Gmail account inbox, and accidently hit the 'Subscribe with Bloglines' bookmarklet on my Firefox links toolbar.  Bloglines then dutifully put up on the screen a whole series of Atom feeds …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
More info on PageRank  —  Every few months we update the PageRank data that we show in the toolbar, and every few months I see a few repeated questions, so let me take a pass at some of them.  Note: I wrote this kinda quickly, so I think this is pretty good, but if I spot something incorrect later, I'll change it.
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Amazon.com Drops Search Engine Features  —  Amazon.com's A9 Search Engine Drops Highly Touted Features  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.'s A9 search engine has dropped some of its most widely touted features, including the ability to remember everything a user has ever searched for and a service …
Discussion: B2Day
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Deep 6 for A9 Features
Discussion: WebProNews
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sony's BDZ-V7 and BDZ-V9 Blu-ray and hard drive recorders  —  Blue laser shortage or not, Sony's hoping to avoid the delay bug with its first Blu-ray disc recorders, just announced at CEATEC 2006 for early December release in Japan.  Both models will record two TV programs at once via their two digital and one analog tuners.
Discussion: Tech Digest and Engadget HD
R. Craig Endicott / AdAge:
100 Leading Media Companies Report; Revenue Hits $268 Billion  —  Also: Download the 2006 Media Family Trees Poster  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Internet and cable were the growth locomotives behind the 6.6% increase in 2005 U.S. media revenue, reaching $268.48 billion for the 100 Leading Media Companies.
Discussion: IP Democracy and paidContent.org
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
One Small Step for the Blogosphere...  I've been an officer of a public company for a while, and I've had access to confidential information for a good while longer.  And I'm used to holding my tongue on issues that'd be deemed material to Sun's financial performance.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE RUNNING SEARCHMASH  —  Google is running an alternate search engine called SearchMash, which includes some useful and "out there" features that might not be right for Google.com, but could make a really interesting search engine.  Of course, if any of the features turn out to be huge hits, who knows?
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
New Conductors Speed Global Flows of Money  —  Cellphones Make Transfers Faster, Cheaper  —  MANILA — It was 10:33 p.m. when Dulce Amor Bandoy's cellphone beeped with her favorite kind of message.  —  "You have received 1,321.00 of G-Cash," read the text on her phone's glowing screen.
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Calculating the ROI of blogging  —  One issue that keeps coming up over and over again is how to measure the ROI of blogs.  I've written about this in the past and have been stewing over how to go beyond the intangible "blogging is good for your business" exhortations to quantify blogging's benefit to organizations.
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Panasonic's Word Gear e-book reader in the wild  —  Now that Sony has run out of its PRS-500 Portable Readers (online, at least), it seems like we'll have to look elsewhere to feed our e-reading jones, and since we're not quite ready to shell out the big bucks for iRex's iLiad, we have may have to resort to a little import action.
Mike / Techdirt:
To Protect Our Ports, We've Now Banned Online Gambling  —  from the say-what?  dept  —  A bunch of politicians have been pushing for this for quite some time, but this weekend, it surprised many people when the Senate was able to squeeze in an anti-gambling bill with an unrelated bill on port security.
Gizmodo:
GPS Fails, Police Give Away a Car  —  Police in Dallas, TX are kicking themselves in the ass after the GPS functionality of a "bait car" has failed and their baited criminal has gotten away, scott-free, with a new car.  Bait cars are cars prepped for the purpose of being stolen.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Analysts don't like YouTube's chances  —  Another Internet research firm has predicted doom for YouTube's business model.  —  Copyright issues that have plagued video-sharing site YouTube since its official launch almost a year ago will mean that "YouTube will get sued.
 
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
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Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Goes Prime Time
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Gregory Heller / DefectiveByDesign.org:
Ten things you can do today
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YouTube and Orphaned Art
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Pentax X-Change interchangeable lens concept
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: Craigslist for power users
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Ben Yoskovitz / Instigator Blog:
5 Things You Shouldn't Spend Money On When Starting a Business
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and digg
Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Spam? Actually, we just messed up. Sorry!
Discussion: seattleduck and Epeus' epigone
Dana Hanna / An App A Day:
Day 17 - WPM Tray  —  Tonights application is a Words Per Minute meter in your systray.
Discussion: Download Squad, Lifehacker and digg
BBC:
Video games have 'role in school'
Discussion: Techdirt
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Court puts stop on online check firm
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google takes a bigger bite of Big Apple
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bold start-up, Powerset, about to raise $10M to take on Google
Chris / LiveSide:
Codename Nemo: Windows Live meets Media Center