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10:05 PM ET, October 12, 2006


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Palm Unveils New Slim, Sleek Treo Smartphone  —  MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:  —  For people who are ready to move up to a full-featured mobile phone that includes everything needed to stay organized, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced the Palm(R) Treo(TM) 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:   Hands-on with the Treo 680  —  It was a total mob scene …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Live from Palm's Treo announcement at DigitalLife
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Oprah and Bono to unveil Product Red iPod nano tomorrow  —  Exclusive: Activist and rock singer Bono, with help from Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities, is partnering with Apple Computer on a red-colored iPod to promote his new charity aimed at battling AIDS, AppleInsider has learned.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's Talks With Facebook Get Bogged Down  —  Days after Google Inc. announced a $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube Inc., rival Yahoo Inc.'s efforts to extend its Web reach through an acquisition of Facebook Inc. aren't making much progress, say people familiar with the matter.
Asack / A Sack of Seattle:
What's been hard at Judy's Book  —  Following up on my post yesterday, below are answers to the question of what's been harder than expected at Judy's Book.  —  Achieving critical mass in local  —  Momentum in any one location doesn't transfer to others - you have to fight the same fight over and over.
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Xbox 360 granted Good Design Award  —  A truly international design wins over Japan's judges.  —  Japan's Good Design Awards are handed out each year to well-designed products across a wide range of industries.  Past winners in the game industry have included Nintendo's DS lite and Game Boy micro and Sony's PlayStation 2 and PSP.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple MacBook owners organizing class action lawsuit  —  Owners of Apple Computer's new 13-inch MacBook notebooks, whose systems are plagued by intermittent shutdown issues, have become fed up with extended repair times and inadequate resolutions to the problem, and are now organizing a class action lawsuit against the Mac maker.
Todd Weiss / Yahoo! News:
Could a 30-in. monitor help you do your job faster?  —  Providing employees with 30-in. computer monitors can boost worker productivity at companies where 17-in. or 19-in. monitors are typically used, according to a French consultant hired for a study sponsored by Apple.
Microsoft Partners to Offer New Windows Vista-Ready Products for Holidays  —  Windows Vista logo program designed to help encourage compatibility and performance in partner software and hardware.  —  Today at DigitalLife 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the holiday availability of PCs …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft and Adobe developer/designer death match  —  I was just adding stuff to my linkblog, cause we missed our plane to Greensboro (got another one that leaves at 1 p.m., we'll be spending the night in Chicago) and I saw a couple of things that got me to write about the coming Microsoft/Adobe developer/designer death match.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and JD on EP
Joe Mandese / MediaPost Publications:
Analysts Downgrade Ad Outlook — Again — Detect Shift Vis-A-Vis Economic Growth  —  A WELL REGARDED WALL STREET research team has once again downgraded the outlook for U.S. and worldwide ad spending, and may have uncovered a fundamental shift in the way ad industry growth corresponds to the expansion of the general economy.
Discussion: and Screenwerk
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
With YouTube, Grad Student Hits Jackpot Again  —  For Jawed Karim, the $100,000 or so he would have to spend on a master's degree at Stanford was never daunting.  He hit an Internet jackpot in 2002 when PayPal, the online payment company he had joined early on, was bought by eBay.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's NW-S700/600 series: the best sounding Walkmans, ever  —  Sony Japan just spilled the deets on their new Walkman S series of digital audio players.  The NW-S700 players deliver pretty much exactly what we've already seen: 4/2/1GB of flash memory, 3-line OLED display capable of dishin' albumn art …
Aaron Wall / SEO
Announcing ReviewMe!  —  In April I mentioned that I wanted to create some sort of a social network.  I left that description intentionally broad such as to not tip my hand too much.  But the idea was a social ad network.  —  I had a good idea, but hate the idea of having employees and running a company.
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Mobile Ad Trend Grows  —  Advertisers from telecom provider Verizon to olive oil brand Bertolli are experimenting with new mobile ad offerings from business listings providers Citysearch and, and mobile ad software outfit Third Screen Media.  Coming on the heels …
Akessler / Andy Kessler:
Media 2.Uh-Oh Part 1: Pipe  —  With all this talk of new media, web media, Google as a media company (read the intro to this series) - it's time to go back to basics.  According to, media is defined as: … That's pretty lame.  Even Katie Couric is confused.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ask Mobile Search Launches  — has launched a mobile search product at or  First, Ask Mobile is optimized for mobile devices and uses Skweezer throughout to improve readability and download speed on your mobile device.  Navigating Ask Mobile was a pleasure on my Treo …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
LinuxPhone, For Mobile DIY  —  Benoit Schillings, chief technology officer of Oslo-based mobile software company Trolltech, is frustrated with the mobile phone industry.  Unlike software development for the PC industry, which has reached some level of openness and innovation …
Discussion: Download Squad
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