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12:50 AM ET, October 17, 2006


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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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
On Edelman and Wal-Mart  —  As many of you know, over the past few days the blog community has been actively discussing the Working Families for Wal-Mart blog.  As my CEO Richard Edelman explains on his blog, our firm failed to be completely transparent.  I am sorry I could not speak about this sooner.
Reuters opens virtual news bureau in 'Second Life'  —  Reuters is opening a news bureau in the simulation game "Second Life" this week, joining a race by corporate name brands to take part in the hottest virtual world on the Internet.  —  Created by Linden Lab in San Francisco, "Second Life" …
Adam Pasick / Scientific American:
Virtual economies attract real-world tax attention  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Users of online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft transact millions of dollars worth of virtual goods and services every day, and these virtual economies are beginning to draw the attention of real-world authorities.
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Invests in Blog Network Sugar Publishing  —  Blog network Sugar Publishing (the most popular blog in the network is PopSugar) has raised "around $5 million" in a Series A round investment from Sequoia Capital.  Michael Moritz will join the Team Sugar board of directors.
Discussion: digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia Goes PopSugar  —  Mike Moritz, general partner with Sequoia Capital has a habit of investing in high growth consumer Internet properties, putting business model on the backburner and instead focusing on market share.  He did it with Yahoo, and then with Google.  (Okay we won't hold Plaxo against him just yet.)
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
MySpace Predator Caught by Code  —  Yaphank, NY — The computer crimes unit of New York's Suffolk County Police Department sits in a gloomy government office canopied by water-stained ceiling tiles and stuffed with battered Dell desktops.  A mix of file folders, notes, mug shots and printouts form …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Movable Type Enterprise 1.5 Launched  —  Today Six Apart will release a new version of its Movable Type Enterprise edition.  I spoke to Anil Dash (a SixApart VP) and Chris Alden (EVP and GM of Movable Type - formally CEO of Rojo) about the upgrade and to discuss the future of Movable Type.
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MovableType Releases Enterprise Version 1.5
Discussion: StrayPackets
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 …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Joining the Party, Eager to Make Friends  —  To big-name marketers, the teeming mosh pits of social networking sites look like dangerous places for their precious brands.  MySpace: Isn't that full of dirty old men picking up teenage girls?  Facebook: That's where college students post pictures of bawdy frat parties.
Discussion: Valleywag and Beet.TV
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 …
Roy Mark /
AT&T Makes Network Neutrality Concessions  —  AT&T is willing to adhere to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) network neutrality principles for 30 months after the official closing of its proposed merger with BellSouth, according to AT&T's latest filing with the FCC.
Exclusive: Apple seeks rights to iPhone trademark  —  Apple Computer has filed for a trademark on the term iPhone, suggesting the company plans to use the moniker, recently popularized amongst the analyst and blogging communities, as the official name for its highly-anticipated iPod cell phone.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Tech Report and digg
Google Blogoscoped:
Where's Google Going?  —  "Mystic logic, letters whirling in infinite change, is the world of bliss, it is the music of thought, but see that you proceed slowly, and with caution, because your machine may bring you delirium instead of ecstasy ..."  —  I've smoked some heavy (proverbial) …
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Digital rights in question as business model  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Billboard) - If the music industry truly wants to loosen Apple's iron grip on digital music sales, it should start allowing music to be sold without digital rights management protection.  —  That's the theory posited …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Googleplex goes solar  —  Google's headquarters in Mountain View, CA will soon become America's largest solar electric installation on a single corporate site, and one of the largest such projects in the world, according to solar power systems integrators EI Solutions.
Nathan Willis /
The GIMP's next-generation imaging core demonstrated  —  GIMP developer Øyvind Kolås gave a public demonstration of the Generic Graphical Library (GEGL) on Friday at the Piksel 06 festival in Bergen, Norway.  GEGL has long been slated to replace the core image processing framework of the GIMP …
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
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Discussion: Techdirt
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Gaming YouTube for Fun and Profit
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Discussion: Scripting News
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
I'll Trade You My 'Titanic' for Your 'Spider-Man'
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon to get its own MOTORAZR MAXX
Elinor Mills / CNET
What MTV says about Google-YouTube marriage
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is this an iPod Shuffle or an IP-PBX?
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Smart-card DVDs
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Exclusive! Elite Beat Agents Track List
Discussion: 4 color rebellion and Joystiq
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Meets With FCC, Talks CableCARD
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Gains Pay For YouTube
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them