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11:40 AM ET, October 9, 2006


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Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Mr. Mike goes to Washington  —  and gets reamed for his trouble.  But he gets a good post out of it, and that's something.  Something really good, in fact.  Because most of this new Blogosphere 2.0 is just crap.  Well designed, timely, Seth Godinesque, crapola.  Even, or especially, this post.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Staci /
@ ONA: Making Noise, Yes.  Sense?  I have a lot left to write …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Google Moves Closer to YouTube Deal  —  Mergers & Acquisitions, Google, YouTube  —  After marathon negotiations over the weekend, Google could announce a deal to buy, the popular video-sharing Web site, for about $1.6 billion as early as Monday afternoon, people involved in the talks said.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will GoogleTube Be Announced This Week?  —  The Google/YouTube acquisition rumors developed quickly over the last few days.  After our initial post discussing the rumor, the WSJ (behind a paywall) and the NY Times quickly followed up with their own articles.  Neither publication contacted me, and I have no idea who their sources are.
Mike / Techdirt:
Will Spamhaus Get Shut Down Over Dispute?  —  from the not-good dept  —  Last month, we wrote about a judge awarding an $11 million judgment against anti-spam organization Spamhaus, after an accused spammer (in Spamhaus's database) sued the organization.  Spamhaus lost, in part …
Discussion: SecuriTeam Blogs
Gadi / SecuriTeam Blogs:
ICANN ordered by Illinois court to suspend  —  Information about this court ruling can be found on Spamhaus's web site, here:  — e360/kocoras_order_6_10.pdf  —  Apparently, at this stage, it is only a proposed ruling.  But I am no lawyer.
Mike / Techdirt:
Lessons To Be Learned From Tower Records: When The Market Shifts, You Need To Shift With It  —  from the end-of-an-era dept  —  Two months ago, in noting that Tower Records had filed for bankruptcy for the second time in about two years, we wondered if it was the final word on the pure play music retailer.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and The Long Tail
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Boom years are over for new chip makers, but experience and a good idea can go far  —  It's getting harder to start chip companies, but venture capitalists are still making bets on seasoned entrepreneurs in the industry that is the bedrock of Silicon Valley.
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Michael Robertson calls out Zune as biggest flop of 2007  —  In our line of work we hear a lot of noise from the talking heads day in and out, but we can't help biting down on this latest hook courtesy of Michael Robertson.  The anti-tech-powerexec is known for founding, Lindows / Linspire …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast getting into movie downloads  —  Comcast has been itching to get into on-demand video downloads and further details on its planned service are emerging.  The service will reportedly launch by the end of October and will allow users to watch movies either on their PCs or on the family room TV via a set-top box.
Discussion: TeleRead and Lost Remote
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
BuzzLogic: Interview with Co-Founder Mitch Ratcliffe  —  BuzzLogic was one of the hits of the recent DEMOfall 06 event.  As Alex Iskold noted in his original post about the company, its software helps marketers track social influence among blogs and other web sites.
Steven Johnson / New York Times:
The Long Zoom  —  Most eras have distinct "ways of seeing" that end up defining the period in retrospect: the fixed perspective of Renaissance art, the scattered collages of Cubism, the rapid-fire cuts introduced by MTV and the channel-surfing of the 80's.  Our own defining view …
Niero / Destructoid:
Attack of the jaggies in Wii Call of Duty 3  —  IGN has posted a batch of new Call of Duty 3 images running on Wii hardware ... and only if you are a graphics whore (and I know some of you are), you are going to have a field day with this.  This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone …
Discussion: and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Zoho Moving Towards A Full Web Office Suite  —  Zoho announced during the weekend the Zoho Single Sign-on (SSO), which allows existing users to merge their different Zoho services accounts into one.  As of now the Zoho Single Sign-on currently covers the following 6 services: Zoho Writer …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Windows Mobile "crossbow" in the wild?
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
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Tropicaljantie / Watching, testing …:
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Discussion: VoIP Blog
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