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1:45 PM ET, October 20, 2006

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Ian Kallen / The Technorati Weblog:
Blog Claiming with OpenId  —  Blog claiming enables a blog author to associate their identity with their blog.  Technorati has long supported a number of different ways for members to verify that they can author on a blog:  — Logging into it programmatically with a username and password (AKA "quick claiming")
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Technorati Announces Support for Open ID
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Michael Fleming / Variety:
'Halo' pic loses its studios  —  Vidgame adaptation rumored to be too pricey  —  It's game over for Universal's and Fox's participation in the feature adaptation of Microsoft's "Halo."  —  Both of the studios that agreed to co-finance the screen adaptation of the popular Microsoft game have abruptly backed out of the picture.
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ZackR / You NEWB:
Halo movie gets trashed [UPDATE]
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and digg
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
More on Lumines Live Premium Content  —  Lots of questions about the release of Lumines Live, so we put together a little more information to help with your purchase decision.  Of course there are fans of the game that love seeing it on Xbox Live Arcade, especially with the addition of multiplayer mode over Xbox Live.
Discussion: Vitalsecurity.org, Kotaku and You NEWB
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Mizuguchi defends Lumines Live
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and You NEWB
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Zombies try to blend in with the crowd  —  Hackers are trying harder to make their networks of hijacked computers go unnoticed.  —  Cybercrooks are moving to new Web-based techniques to control the machines they have commandeered, popularly referred to as "zombies."
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Blocks Vista Rootkit Exploit  —  Microsoft has blocked the attack vector used to slip unsigned drivers past new security policies being implemented in Windows Vista, according to Joanna Rutkowska, the stealth malware researcher who created the exploit.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
JibJab's "Great Sketch Experiment"  —  If you have no idea what JibJab is, turn the volume up on your computer and start with their original parody cartoon of the 2004 U.S. presidential election called "This Land," which has been viewed more than 80 million times.  Then go watch all of their other original cartoons here.
Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
Democracy Player 0.9.1 Released!  —  We have just released a major update to Democracy Player.  Download it here:  —  Democracy Player 0.9.1  —  WHAT'S NEW  —  This version has lots of new features and improvements.  A quick list is below- for more details read these three blog posts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony claims Xbox 360 requires HD DVD, etc., thus costs $700  —  Ok, here's a new one: with Sony's announcements today they've issued a titled "Next-generation Console Comparison Fact Sheet," (downloadable here [DOC]) so let's see some facts.  First up, were you aware that to use …
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Walking Partner Robot helps old ladies cross the street  —  Nomura Unison Co., Ltd. has developed a walking-assistance robot that perceives and responds to its environment.  The machine, called Walking Partner Robot, was developed with the cooperation of researchers from Tohoku University.
Discussion: Engadget and Tech Digest
Conference Call Transcripts / SeekingAlpha …:
Google Q3 2006 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Kim Jabal - Director of Investor Relations  —  Larry Page - Founder and President of Products  —  Sergey Brin - Founder and President of Technology  —  Jonathan Rosenberg - Senior Vice President of Product Management
GameDaily:
Analyst: New PSP Coming Next Spring  —  Sony today cut its PSP shipment target to 9 million units, but that hasn't stopped the company from redesigning its portable, according to American Technology Research analyst P.J. McNealy.  In fact, McNealy expects two flavors of PSP next year.
Discussion: You NEWB, CrunchGear and Kotaku
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
The Satellite iPod Returns (Apple Patent)  —  Perhaps this explains yesterday's rumor - today Apple filed for a patent application (PDF) for a method of saving media from various sources for later purchase.  It's an ingenious method of grabbing snippets of audio, identifying the song …
BBC:
Single on memory stick for Keane  —  Rock band Keane will be the first act to release a single on USB flash drives, their record label says.  —  1,500 of the gadgets will go sale with MP3 copies of the band's latest single, Nothing In My Way, later this month.
Discussion: Techdirt and ringtonia.com
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Interview with Adam Sah of Google  —  Adam Sah on the Google Gadgets team talks about a newer product from Google called "Gadgets For Your Web Page" on the Google Code Blog.  He outlines a few limitations that currently exist in version 1 of the service.
Staci / paidContent.org:
NBC Universal Unveils "NBCU2.0″; Stresses Digital; Will Slash Expenses, Staff  —  NBC Universal Unveils "NBCU2.0"; Stresses Digital; Will Slash Expenses, Staff  Make no mistake, NBC U needs a remake and, my irritation at the overused 2. designation aside, this is a major one that continues …
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Video 1st Look - HP iPAQ rx4540  —  Do remember hearing about the uncoming HP iPAQ rx4540 series last month?  It's here and it's pretty neat!  —  Key features of the smart design include:  — Choose to view digital content in either landscape or portrait mode to maximize the viewing pleasure of videos, photos and games.
Discussion: Engadget and PVR Wire
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Blacklisted AllofMP3 slams 'capricious' Visa and Mastercard  —  'Patently erroneous and without legal merit'  —  Mediaservices, the owner of the controversial music download site AllofMP3, will pursue "every avenue" to overturn the decisions of Visa and Mastercard to stop processing payments to the company.
Discussion: Valleywag and Techdirt
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
First 500K PS3s get Blu-ray Talladega Nights  —  The PlayStation 3's system font isn't the only thing it's borrowing from Spider-Man.  Just like the first one million PSPs came bundled with Sony Pictures' Spider-Man 2, the first half million PlayStation 3 systems will come with Will Ferrell's NASCAR opus …
Discussion: You NEWB and Press The Buttons
 
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Giveaway: Check out this amazingly small form factor Windows Mobile Smartphone
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Edo / Pink Tentacle:
JR tests fuel cell hybrid train
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Pepper Pad 3 scores a review
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Screenshots from the latest Leopard build
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to replace PS3 controllers
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How to Catch a MySpace Creep
Rafat / paidContent.org:
@ MMF: The Prince, Levy, Guccione Jr, Et Al
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Panasonic says that its 100GB Blu-ray discs will last a century
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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google's Authors Guild Suit Drags On. And On. And On.
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Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Getting Listed in News Search Engines
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John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
How To Get Free Stuff At Trade Shows
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Movie Masher launches — but with "for sale" sign
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog: Readers Network Around Their Favorite Blogs
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Looks Within to Design and Test Chips
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Yahoo!'s Big Small Business Opportunity
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