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5:00 PM ET, October 17, 2006

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John Markoff / New York Times:
It's a Shipping Container.  No, It's a Data Center in a Box.  —  Sun Microsystems has developed a novel "data center in a box" in an effort to transform the fundamental economics of corporate computing.  —  The expandable computer system, called Project Blackbox, is based …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
It Pays to Have Pals in Silicon Valley  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder, went on to start Clarium Capital, a hedge fund.  He also runs a venture firm with other PayPal alumni.  —  Every now and then, a group of former PayPal employees get together to catch up on life and work.
paulgraham.com:
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups  —  Oct 18: Deadline for next YC funding round.  —  In the Q & A period after a recent talk, someone asked what made startups fail.  After standing there gaping for a few seconds I realized this was kind of a trick question.
ninemsn:
The geeks shall inherit the earth  —  Australian entrepreneurs are being forced to leave home in search of the funding they need to become the next YouTube in the Web 2.0 dotcom boom.  Joshua Gliddon reports  —  Cameron Reilly has $5000 in the bank and a plane ticket.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Skills Gap Hurts Technology Boom in India  —  Nandan M. Nilekani, the chief executive of Infosys, at its headquarters in Bangalore.  He says India must educate and provide jobs for its youth.  —  TIRUCHENGODE, India — As its technology companies soar to the outsourcing skies, India is bumping up against an improbable challenge.
Bryan Gardiner / PC Magazine:
MPAA: Frustrated Consumers Will Pirate  —  The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) isn't known its leniency when it comes to the distribution of copyrighted material.  —  So it was no surprise on Thursday at the Digital Home Developers Conference that Brad Hunt …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Wikipedia co-founder plans 'expert' rival  —  One of Wikipedia's founders and closest critics is launching an alternative to the free online encyclopedia this week.  —  Larry Sanger, a co-founder of Wikipedia and the site's former editor-in-chief, is launching a rival site called Citizendium.
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Straight Dope on the IPod's Birth  —  Thanks to Apple Computer's penchant for CIA-like secrecy, there are several myths concerning the birth of the iPod.  —  One of these myths is that the iPod has a father — one man who conceived and nurtured the iconic device.
Google Blogoscoped:
Niniane Wang, Googler  —  Niniane Wang (her first name is pronounced like "Vivian," the V substituted) is working at the Googleplex, currently leading "a confidential project."  She's also a regular blogger and photographer.  I've bugged her on her work at Google, life and everything in-between …
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The Register:
Wal-Mart loses case for control of boycottwalmart.com  —  WIPO does not swallow 'confusingly similar' claim  —  The world's largest retailer Wal-Mart has failed in its attempt to gain control of the web address boycottwalmart.com.  An arbitration panel has ruled that it was unlikely …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Media Temple Crushes Shared Hosting  —  Media Temple launched a major new hosting service this morning called Grid Server.  It matches low end shared hosting services in pricing ($20/month) but promises to grow along with the site, manage huge short term traffic spikes without a disruption …
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Is the Botnet Battle Already Lost?  —  It's dress-down Friday at Sunbelt Software's Clearwater, Fla., headquarters.  In a bland cubicle on the 12th floor, Eric Sites stares at the screen of a "dirty box," a Microsoft Windows machine infected with the self-replicating Wootbot network worm.
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Networked Citizen Journalists at Work  —  Dan Gillmor, who wrote the definitive book on the subject, calls it "citizen journalism".  Jeff Jarvis, also an expert on media of all kinds, prefers "networked journalism" on the grounds that even traditional reporters are citizens.  Ethan Zuckerman blogged:
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Defending a Blurred Line: Is It Spam or Just a Company Marketing by E-Mail?  —  When a torrent of unsolicited e-mail arrives with cut-rate promotions for pheromone cologne and mint-flavored Viagra, a volunteer foreign legion of antispam warriors is ready to fight back with its most lethal weapon: blacklists.
 
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Daniel Jacobs / International Business Times:
Apple iPhone Details Unveiled: Analyst
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