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11:40 PM ET, October 22, 2006


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Neville Hobson /
It's time to unveil crayon  —  The teasing is done and it's time to get specific about the new company I'm now part of alongside founder Joseph Jaffe, veteran communicator Shel Holtz and podcasting pioneer CC Chapman.  —  The new company is called crayon and will be fully open for business …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Crayon Claims To Be First SecondLife Company  —  Virtual reality service SecondLife must be loving all of the positive press it's receiving lately.  After raising another $11 million in funding earlier this year (bringing their total to $19 million), they celebrated their third birthday …
Fred / A VC:
Do You Have To Go To Mecca?  —  Randall Stross suggests in today's New York Times that Silicon Valley remains "mecca" for tech startups.  And he cites data that Silicon Valley has consistently drawn about 1/3 of all venture capital dollars in a given year.  Randall is right that Silicon Valley …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
'Click Fraud' Threatens Foundation of Web Ads  —  Google Faces Another Lawsuit by Businesses Claiming Overcharges  —  From her home surrounded by cornfields in Dow City, Iowa, Jackie Park spends hours each day on her computer, earning half a penny every time she clicks on an Internet advertisement.
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Searching the Vlog Ad Model — FM's Chas Edwards Sorts it Out and Says Rocketboom's Got it Right......CNET Launches Videoblog with Honda as Sponsor  —  Here's my second interview with Chas Edwards, VP at Federated Media, the new company started by John Battelle that links advertisers with bloggers and community sites.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Bloggers Blog
Harry Fuller / Crave:   Crave, in living color
Oh My Goodness Gracious  —  In a recent piece on the new Project Blackbox, I used some coarse language, in an idiomatic way, not giving it much thought.  The consequences were surprising.  —  Nick Carr wondered about this, then an obviously-bored Martin Veitch had a little fun with the episode …
Miguelcarrasco / Miguel Carrasco's Real World:
10 Biggest Computer Flops of all time  —  Over the years, computers have changed the way we live today!  In order to get us there, many hardware and software companies have pushed the envelope to create what we use today.  Although we currently live in an age of amazing hardware and software achievements …
Clarifying Thoughts on High Definition Game Rendering  —  I was talking to Bruce Dawson, one of our senior software design engineers here, about some questions I had around 1080i and 1080p.  Frankly, I was particularly curious about why Sony has continued harping on 1080p as being "TrueHD" …
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Midwest Startups Unite for Second TECH cocktail  —  The second TECH cocktail rocked Chicago on October 12 at the Gramercy.  TECH cocktail - highlighted previously on TechCrunch - is a quarterly event co-hosted by Eric Olson and Frank Gruber that focuses on better connecting the local technology community.
Roughly Drafted:
Why Apple Failed  —  Apple's recent quarterly earnings report blew past all expectations.  More importantly, dramatic unit sales growth shows the company is executing a working strategy for building the Mac platform.  That raises the obvious question: why has Apple's market share historically been so low …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Neal Weinberg /
Billions will be overspent on networks: Gartner  —  Savvy forecasting, careful buying and getting more value from vendors are the keys to reining in budgets, analysts say  —  ICT spending decision-makers will waste an estimated US$100 billion (NZ$150 billion) during the next five years …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE CHECKOUT SAYS NO TO ZE FRANK  —  Ze Frank decided to help monetize his vlog by letting readers buy digital rubber duckies and other things on his pages, but Google did not approve.  The idea was viewers could pay $50 for large duckies, $10 for wittle duckies, and $5 for "jewels" …
Discussion: Know It All and Guardian Unlimited
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Don't bother tonight, see Gamestop's Gears video here  —  Select Gamestop stores are hosting a special Gear of War event tonight after closing up shop.  Why didn't we tell you about this earlier?  There are two reasons.  First, they're only showing video of the game, it won't be playable …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
A Messy Age for Music  —  Confusion Reigns In the Expanding Digital World  —  Ah, progress.  It used to be that you just went out and bought a compact disc and you didn't have to worry about whether it would work on your player.  —  These days, in the age of digital distribution, we don't need to buy CDs anymore.
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Next OQO handheld PC could have cellular capability
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: Mass Effect Coming To PC?
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 Earlier Items: 
Martin Geddes / Skype Journal:
Gizno  —  I could do a long critique of every softphone out there …
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MSN-Mainichi Daily News:
Recording engineer develops everlasting glass CD
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Melissa Harris / Baltimore Sun:
Former delegate gets purported Diebold code
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Steve Jobs declares 2007 to be "one of the most exciting" in Apple's history
Discussion: digg
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
3G Mobile Video Calls: success or failure ?
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Freeware Search application from Nokia!?
Discussion: Darla Mack