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2:50 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: Marc's Voice and The Blog Herald
Bruce Schneier / Forbes:
Casual Conversation, R.I.P.  —  The political firestorm over former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's salacious instant messages hides another issue, one about privacy.  We are rapidly turning into a society where our intimate conversations can be saved and made public later.
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 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.
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
Gizmodo:
PlayStation 3 to Miss November 17 Ship Date?  —  Sony is in a heap of trouble.  First the exploding batteries, and now it looks like that could turn into a cascading problem.  Our beloved blood brothers at Kotaku point us to a quote where Sony Computer Entertainment America co-chairman Jack …
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Profit Doubles at Google as It Continues to Expand  —  Google just doesn't stop.  —  The world's largest search engine said yesterday that its third-quarter profits nearly doubled from a year ago, as it maintained a torrid growth rate that is highly unusual for a company of its size.
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.
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Web 2.0 as a metaphor for 'rip-off'  —  In one of those delicious ironies that history occasionally dishes up, quasi-socialist Europe turns out to be leagues ahead of the capitalist United States when it comes to protecting intellectual property on the Internet.  —  Pardonnez-moi?
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Discussion: Joe Duck
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Labels Profited Directly from YouTube Buy  —  Turns out the quick succession of YouTube deals last Monday — first with music labels Universal and Sony BMG, then with Google — was not a coincidence.  The New York Times reports that YouTube gave each label an equity stake that just hours later …
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, Kotaku, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL to offer Web API for its IM  —  AOL, a division of Time Warner, will make its AIM instant messaging network web-friendly, making web-based application programming interfaces (API) and widgets available to anyone who wants to incorporate AIM functionality right into their Web sites and online communities, company executives say.
 
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Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Scrybe - the online productivity suite I'm dying to try
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Songbird 0.2 Released  —  Birdonauts to Ground Control:
Discussion: Download Squad
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Giveaway: Check out this amazingly small form factor Windows Mobile Smartphone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Walking Partner Robot helps old ladies cross the street
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JR tests fuel cell hybrid train
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Video 1st Look - HP iPAQ rx4540
Discussion: Engadget and PVR Wire
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Pepper Pad 3 scores a review
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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Screenshots from the latest Leopard build
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to replace PS3 controllers
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
How to Catch a MySpace Creep
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
First 500K PS3s get Blu-ray Talladega Nights
Discussion: You NEWB and Press The Buttons
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Blacklisted AllofMP3 slams 'capricious' Visa and Mastercard
Discussion: Valleywag and Techdirt
BBC:
Single on memory stick for Keane
Discussion: Techdirt and ringtonia.com
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NBC Universal Unveils "NBCU2.0″; Stresses Digital; Will Slash Expenses, Staff
 

 
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