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4:15 AM ET, October 23, 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 …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
We're Google.  So Sue Us.  —  Google attracts millions of Web users every day.  And, increasingly, it's attracting the attention of plenty of lawyers, too.  —  As Google has grown into the world's most popular search engine and, arguably, the most powerful Internet company …
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 …
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
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Newsgator is not stealing our content (or "One more time: our full RSS feeds are for individual, non-comercial use ONLY."  —  I got a flurry of calls on Friday from our readers because Newsgator suddenly—and without permission—put ads against our blogs in their RSS readers.
Andrew Murray-Watson / Telegraph:
AOL chief says Time Warner demerger 'becomes interesting'  —  Time Warner, the giant US media group, is considering the sale or demerger of AOL, the internet business it merged with in 2000, at the height of the last stockmarket boom.  —  In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and Slashdot
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.
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: IR Daily and digg
Harry Fuller / Crave:
Crave, in living color  —  You know you like it.  You know you want it.  You know you Crave it.  —  But who has time to read the dozens of posts we churn out every day?  Neither do we, and we get paid to do it.  That's why we're giving you the best of Crave in our new weekly video podcast …
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Searching the Vlog Ad Model — FM's Chas Edwards Sorts it Out and …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Bloggers Blog
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Tip/Trick: Cool UI Templating Technique to use with ASP.NET AJAX for non-UpdatePanel scenarios  —  I've been having some fun playing around with the ASP.NET AJAX Beta release this weekend.  —  Usually when I integrate AJAX functionality into my code I just end up using the built-in server controls …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and MSDN Blogs
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.
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.
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 Griffin / johng Blog:
BREAKING NEWS: Mass Effect Coming to PC in 2007  —  Just received my subscribers copy of PC Gamer and was shocked to turn the page and see a Mass Effect preview, previously only confirmed for Xbox 360.  From the article, … Not officially anounced by BioWare yet but you can be safe …
Discussion: Joystiq
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: Mass Effect Coming To PC?
Discussion: You NEWB and
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 …
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" …
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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