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1:25 AM ET, October 23, 2006


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Gartner Analysts: Good News For 2.0 Companies  —  A story out of Australia regarding some statements by two Gartner analysts and Cisco's John Chambers seems to point in the right direction for some 2.0 type companies, including some my agency represents.  —  In reading the Computerworld article …
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 …
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
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
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards  —  AMHERST, Mass. — They call it the "Johnny Carson attack," for his comic pose as a psychic divining the contents of an envelope.  —  Tom Heydt-Benjamin tapped an envelope against a black plastic box connected to his computer.
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity
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.
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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Finance gives us a new chart  —  In what seems to be an attempt to catch up to Yahoo! Finance, Google has rolled out a new version of their stock chart.  The new version has a couple new features — but nothing new if we're looking at existing products.
Discussion: digg
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
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google News a Step Closer to Integrating Blogs
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Treo 680 headed to Cingular
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Next OQO handheld PC could have cellular capability
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: Mass Effect Coming To PC?
Discussion: Joystiq, You NEWB and
Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Handed Out User Data
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Recording engineer develops everlasting glass CD
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Miguelcarrasco / Miguel Carrasco's Real World:
10 Biggest Computer Flops of all time