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6:10 PM ET, October 16, 2006


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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
YouTube vs. MySpace?  —  With millions of dollars in online ad revenue on the line, the two Net superstars could be headed for more conflict  —  Just a few months ago, News Corp. (NWS) landed a crucial deal with Internet leader Google (GOOG).  News Corp. designated Google as the search engine for MySpace …
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
MySpace Makes Subtle Shifts to Emphasize Video  —  We wrote earlier about News Corp's unease with the Google-YouTube acquisition.  For the last few weeks News Corp has been engaging in a one-sided PR war with YouTube - from News Corp. COO Peter Chernin's recent comments that 60-70% …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: Adds Video Space
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
The Reporter Is Real, but the World He Covers Isn't  —  In preparing to open a Reuters bureau on a bustling island, Adam Pasick has been introducing himself to residents and interviewing entrepreneurs.  After finishing such interviews, Mr. Pasick often levitates for a moment, then flies over buildings.
Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
US Congress launches probe into virtual economies  —  Booming virtual economies in online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft have drawn the attention of a U.S. congressional committee, which is investigating how virtual assets and incomes should be taxed.
Daily Mail:
One giant step for home entertainment?  —  Is this the way we will all be 'enjoying' our television programmes and computer games in the future?  —  In this astonishing photo, a model is wearing a new gadget, from electronics manufacturer Toshiba, that enables the wearer to experience …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them  —  LONDON — Corporations are growing increasingly conscious of the power, and potential pitfalls, of blogging.  A favorable review from an influential blogger can help generate the kind of buzz around a new product that traditional advertising struggles to achieve.
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Exclusive!  Elite Beat Agents Track List  —  Would you believe... Chicago?  The Village People?  —  Cher?  —  It's all true.  As Game|  Life can exclusively reveal this morning, Elite Beat Agents — the feverishly anticipated musical video game for Nintendo DS — will pack nineteen …
Discussion: 4 color rebellion and Joystiq
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Smart-card DVDs  —  Smart-card discs  —  CDs and DVDs have been around for a while.  Nevertheless, American-Israeli company Aladdin think it can breathe new life into these formats by creating a disc that combines optical storage capacity with an embedded electronic smart card chip.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's No. 2 Has Low Profile, High Impact  —  When Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs lured little-known Timothy D. Cook to the company in early 1998, Mr. Cook was charged with straightening out the messy operations of a fallen Silicon Valley icon.
Stern freebie kicks off new online radio service  —  Ten months after leaving the commercial airwaves for subscription-based Sirius Satellite Radio, shock jock Howard Stern is out to attract a broad new online audience with his first-ever free Internet broadcast.
Discussion: Hear 2.0, Business Filter and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Gains Pay For YouTube  —  Did the YouTube deal pay for itself?  At least for one week it did.  On Friday, October 6, 2006, Google shares closed at $420.50 a share.  With roughly 304.36 million shares outstanding, that meant the company had a market capitalization of $127.983 billion.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
I'll Trade You My 'Titanic' for Your 'Spider-Man'  —  One of the world's oldest forms of commerce has finally gotten a foothold in the newest commercial medium.  —  Online bartering, an idea with many proponents but few successes, is emerging as an e-commerce model, bolstered by a spate …
Discussion: TechEffect and Valleywag
Edelman / Richard Edelman:
A Commitment  —  For the past several days, I have been listening to the blogging community discuss the cross-country tour that Edelman designed for Working Families for Wal-Mart.  —  I want to acknowledge our error in failing to be transparent about the identity of the two bloggers from the outset.
James / Aeropause:
SIXAXIS Is Worst Next Gen Controller  —  IGN was given some time with a Sony rep's debug PS3 and they've scribbled down some early impressions.  The somewhat surprising news that came from their time with the system was that the PS3 controller pales in comparison to the Xbox 360's pad.
Discussion: You NEWB, Slashdot and Kotaku
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon to get its own MOTORAZR MAXX  —  We can almost hear the voices of skeptical readers whispering in unison, "fanboy Photoshop," and we'd normally have half a mind to agree.  After all, the bizarre gray exterior (just a reflection, perhaps?) seems incongruent with the rest of the phone …
Elinor Mills / CNET
What MTV says about Google-YouTube marriage  —  news analysis A recent Google collaboration with MTV Networks may have offered a window into what the combination of Google's online advertising network and YouTube's content will look like.  —  Google began distributing clips from MTV Networks …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Carlo / Techdirt:
Latest McDonald's Giveaway Prize: Spyware  —  from the not-lovin'-it dept  —  McDonald's Japan came up with what it certainly thought was a great promotion recently: print a code on its soft-drink cups, then get users to send in a text message with it to see if they'd won one of 10,000 MP3 players pre-loaded with 10 free songs.
Discussion: digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
McDonald's MP3 players ship with trojan horse
Discussion: CrunchGear and
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Follow-up on the "Muslim community offended by Apple's Fifth Avenue NYC Cube" post
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Burtonator / tailrank:
Tailrank 2.0 is Live  —  After nearly a year of development …
Discussion: GigaOM and Laughing Squid
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is this an iPod Shuffle or an IP-PBX?
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
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Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
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William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
For India's Traditional Fishermen, Cellphones Deliver a Sea Change
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wiimote, like for your TV and stuff
Discussion: CrunchGear
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Meets With FCC, Talks CableCARD
Marjolein Hoekstra / CleverClogs:
OPML Auto-discovery Bookmarklet
Discussion: EirePreneur
First North American PlayStation 3 Commercial: "The Wait"
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Destructoid
Bjorn Carey / Popular Science:
A Floating Chernobyl?
Shelly Freierman / New York Times:
The Youngsters Aren't Listening as Much  —  Radio listening …
Discussion: Techdirt and Lost Remote
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Movie Downloads: iTunes v. The Rest
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Reader feeds in your Gmail