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1:10 PM ET, October 7, 2006

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IEBlog:
IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?  —  The final release of IE7 is fast approaching ... and I mean really fast ... and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it's available for download.  We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there.
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download  —  Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 (RC 2), the latest preview release of the next version of the Firefox browser, is now available for download.  Web application developers, our testing community, and users who want to get a sneak peek …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Kink in Venture Capital's Gold Chain  —  The high-risk, high-return venture capital business may have turned into all risk and no return.  —  That, in a nutshell, is the message that a prominent venture firm delivered yesterday to its investors when it told them that it could not continue …
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Sevin Rosen: Venture Capital is Over  —  In what will be one of the most talked-about moves in recent venture-capital history, the folks at Sevin Rosen, one of the best-known venture capital firms, say they have decided to return all commitments for what would have been their latest fund.
Discussion: VC Circle
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Book sales get a lift from Google scan plan  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publishers are starting to report an uptick in sales from Google Inc.'s online program that lets readers peek inside books, two years after the launch of its controversial plan to digitally scan everything in print.
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Mike / Techdirt:   Turns Out Putting Your Books On Google Does, Indeed, Help Sales
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Books Top 10
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
T-Mobile to Launch Mixed-Signal Phone  —  NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA is set to launch by year's end a new breed of mobile phones that can pass live phone calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, a top executive told The Associated Press on Friday.  —  Robert Dotson, chief executive …
Discussion: IP Democracy and VoIP Watch
Business 2.0:
20 Smart Companies to Start Now  —  Howard Schultz, Steve Case, Vinod Khosla, and other major investors are sharing their best startup ideas.  And they're willing to give a collective $100 Million to the entrepreneurs who can make them happen.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Google in Talks to Acquire YouTube for $1.6 Billion  —  Google is in serious talks to acquire YouTube, the wildly successful online video-sharing Web site, for $1.6 billion in cash and stock, people involved in the negotiations said today.  —  A deal would end an almost yearlong chess game among …
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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Google said in talks to buy YouTube
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cuban speaks  —  Mark Cuban is about the speak at the Online …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
New Hot Spot For Tech Firms Is the Old One  —  Matt Sanchez was just the kind of entrepreneur that the new wave of the Web boom was supposed to spawn: one untethered by geography, able to locate his company anywhere there was broadband Internet connection and a good idea.
Discussion: paidContent.org and GigaOM
Nick Coleman / Agence France Presse:
Russian music Internet site refuses to buckle to US pressure  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian Internet site selling Western pop music at knock-down prices says it will continue its methods even though the United States says it is obstructing Russian accession to the World Trade Organisation.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Pluggd, Woz, and seven minutes of Flock  —  Ever want to look into a podcast, er, netcast without listening to it?  Well, Pluggd.com is your service.  I visted them today and they crawl the Web looking for audio (and soon video) content, like Leo Laporte's TWiT program.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
journalists.org:
Keynote: Adrian Van Klaveren  —  Pioneering BBC News executive Adrian Van Klaveren kicked off the conference by delivering the opening keynote, discussing the BBC's bold new "Creative Future" initiative.  —  Adrian Van Klaveren talks about what the quintessential media consumer needs most from journalists.
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 2  —  This is part two of the "Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0″ series.  In this article, I will cover web-based alternatives to desktop office applications including: word processing, presentations, diagrams, spreadsheets, and more.
Discussion: digg
Bink.nu:
Microsoft Windows Vista RC2 Build 5744-16384 for X86 and X64 Released  —  Microsoft has released Windows Vista Build 5744 on connect!  Login and download it, its the last external test build  —  vista_5744.16384.061003-1945_x86fre_ client-LRMCFRE_EN_DVD.iso, 2,552.57 MB
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Windows Vista RC2 Available to TechBeta Members
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Knocking the exuberance out of employees  —  In an earlier post I said, "If you asked the head of a company which employee they'd prefer: the perfect team player who doesn't rock the boat or the one who is brave enough to stand up and fight for something rather than accept the watered-down group …
Discussion: Harold Jarche and thoughtsignals
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
A List of Amazon S3 Backup Tools  —  In an effort to replace my home backup server with Amazon's S3, I've been collecting a list of Amazon S3 compatible backup tools to look at.  Here's what I've discovered, followed by my requirements.  —  The List  —  I've evaluated exactly zero of these so far.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, Web Strategy and digg
 
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Ted / Signal to Noise:
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Mike / Techdirt:
George Lucas Announces The Death Of The $200 Million Feature Film
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Emily / textually.org:
"SURVIVOR" MOBILE TRADING CARDS
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joshua Jaffe / VC Ratings:
@SVSummit: Why some social networks flourish while others flail
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Bleeding Edge Zune Exclusive: Microsoft Zune Impressions and Demo
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Skype: Nearly Naked
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google News - Porn Edition?
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Mike / Techdirt:
If Mod Chip Firms Get Fined, Should Pep Boys Start Calling Their Lawyers?
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Carlo / Techdirt:
When Does An ISP Cross The Net Neutrality Line?
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Actroid DER2 fembot
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
PureVideo.com : Meta Video Search Engine
Discussion: Mashable!
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple Store Concierge on your own Mac
Discussion: digg
AppleInsider:
Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, CrunchGear and digg
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
EQO Mobile upgraded to offer near-universal IM over cell
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blue Dot Launches Partner Program, Adds DOS's MZ to Advisory Board
Discussion: Scobleizer