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1:20 AM ET, October 16, 2006

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Edelman, Wal-Mart and the Loss of Control in Media  —  It's inevitable that a PR firm like Edelman would create a phony blog for one of its clients (in this case Wal-Mart — see Shel Holtz for a great analysis).  For all of the hype over "conversation" as the new media paradigm …
Discussion: rexblog and i-boy
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Blog integrity is important  —  If you don't disclose you're being paid to blog, you're gonna create a mess, like Edelman and Walmart did.  That's why I don't like PayPerPost (which sponsored part of the conference yesterday).  I don't mind PayPerPost on the face of it.
Discussion: i-boy and Life On the Wicked Stage
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
'Good for the Soul'  —  With iPod's fifth birthday around the corner, Steve Jobs discusses the MP3 player's design, the cool factor and the impact on how we listen to music.  —  Paul Sakuma / AP  —  Holistic: Jobs at an Apple media event last month  —  Oct. 23 marks the fifth anniversary of Apple's iPod.
Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
Wallflower at the Web Party  —  JONATHAN ABRAMS was in a spot.  He could take the safe bet and accept the $30 million that Google was offering him for Friendster, the social networking Web start-up he began only a year earlier, in 2002.  Saying yes to Google would provide a quick …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   The Friendster Tell-All Story
Fred / A VC:
Who Should Buy Yahoo!  —  I got this comment on my Buying YHOO post last week: … My first thought was that I had sold too soon.  My second thought was "no, not a carrier".  And the next thing I did was send the comment around to some of my friends who are active in the market.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Paid popularity  —  Inspired by the success of blogging journalist and former staffer Om Malik, Business 2.0 is paying staffers to blog, rewarding them on the basis of traffic.  My newfound friend Dan Shanoff objects at HuffingtonPost, arguing, with merit, that this may cause writers to …
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Blogs, Papers and Irony  —  Nick Carr and Dave Winer are arguing about something having to do with bloggers, Iraq and murdered journalists.  —  I think blogs are important ways to distribute certain kinds of information, but they are not even close to being a substitute for traditional media for certain news topics.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Me and My Mylo  —  After initially dismissing the Mylo from Sony as something half baked, I decided that I really can't judge a book by its cover so I decided to plunk down the $350 at the Sony Style Store in Las Vegas this weekend and take a gamble on it.  —  My first impressions are …
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Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Sony Mylo — First Impressions...
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Price Hikes For Yahoo Music  —  Earlier this week, someone asked me what's up with Yahoo Music, and their Music Match service.  Since, Yahoo is not my preferred source of digital music, I admit, I completely forgot about them, and the fact that they had paid $160 million for Music Match back in September 2004.
Redbarren / ben barren:
The Real T3 : TVrss, Torrents + Ted Get Married.  —  I've never really got the torrents working on the Apple wireless network here using Azureus.  (is this a common problem or just me being a tech idiot ? - just shows vvslow download speeds, close to zero.. something with ports etc ??)
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Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
How to use RSS & BitTorrent to download TV shows
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Planet Google Wants You  —  AS Dan Firger, a law student at New York University, strolls from class to class during the course of his day or pauses for a breather in Washington Square Park, his cellphone is routinely buzzing inside his messenger bag.  He can often guess who it is: Google.
Richard Menta / mp3newswire.net:
iPod Killers for Christmas 2006  —  We have run the iPod Killers for Christmas/Summer series since 2004.  In that time we reported on 149 portable players and NOT one iPod killer from the bunch.  That said, we may actually have a couple of genuine challengers to Apple.
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
PlayStation 3 Wins Kudos At DigitalLife 06  —  DigitalLife, the "ultimate consumer technology, gaming & entertainment event of the year", has announced this year's "best of show" awards, with Sony netting the ultimate award for their PlayStation 3, as well as Best Booth.
Discussion: You NEWB and Destructoid
Jonathan Riddell / KDE Dot News:
KDE Celebrates 10 Years of the Free Desktop  —  Yesterday at 10:00 AM the president of the KDE e.V. Eva Brucherseifer welcomed the audience of the presentation track at the KDE anniversary event at the Technische Akademie Esslingen (TAE) in Ostfildern near Stuttgart, Germany.
Discussion: Slashdot
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
The current state of image search  —  A picture is worth a thousand words, especially to search engines trying to match a brief search query to a set of appropriate visual results.  How can a web search engine collect enough data about a particular image to provide a user with relevant results?
Discussion: dailywireless.org
 
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