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5:40 PM ET, October 23, 2006


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Joe / Techdirt:
Lawsuits Against Google Only Make It Stronger
Robert Levine / Fortune:
Unlocking the iPod  —  Jon Johansen became a geek hero by breaking the DVD code.  Now he's liberating iTunes - whether Apple likes it or not.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Growing up in a small town in southern Norway, Jon Lech Johansen loved to take things apart to figure out how they worked.
Mercury News:
Happy birthday, iPod
Discussion: TechBlog and IP Democracy
Cisco unveils HD video conferencing system  —  Network equipment maker Cisco Systems on Sunday unveiled a high-definition video conferencing system that it says can grow into a billion-dollar business in five to seven years.  —  Named TelePresence, the product is the latest move by Cisco …
Discussion: Kevin Maney and 1080eye
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jingle gets $30M to grow its free directory assistance service  —  (Updated below with comments from chief executive George Garrick)  —  Jingle Networks, a Menlo Park start-up which provides free phone directory assistance, has raised a whopping $30 million more in venture capital — upping the ante in what is now a crowded field.
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 …
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Adjusts Hiring Process As Needs Grow  —  Google Inc.'s recruiting process is legendary in Silicon Valley.  Tales abound of job candidates who suffered through a dozen or more in-person interviews, and applicants with years of work experience who were spurned after disclosing they had so-so college grades.
Kanguru $1k Drive Not For the Poor  —  We always make it a point of carrying around a spare USB drive, and as much as we'd love to bump up from our 3GB drive to a 32GB drive, $1,499 is a smidgen over out budget.  But if you've got that kinda dough, the 32GB Flash Max Drive has a rugged aluminum exterior …
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
News On My Plans For Next Year  —  I'm currently on vacation, which is a bad time to announce some of my plans for 2007.  But I reached an agreement with Incisive on Search Engine Strategies literally minutes before leaving, which I can now talk about.  In short, I'll be chairing the SES NY 2007 show …
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Found: 1 black 30 GB video iPod.  Is it yours?  —  If this isn't a test for how the blogosphere can get things done, I'm not sure what is.  As a part of this test, if you happen to read this blog entry and you have a blog, please spread the word and let's see if the viral nature of the blogosphere can help this iPod find its owner.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Putting blogs to work for Wall Street  —  Collective Intellect has a goal: Make bloggers work for The Man.  —  The company has created a service that combs through thousands of blogs, news sites, chat rooms and other Web sites every day and then surfaces rumors and news reports that might …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
AOL Fraud Prosecutors Stop Short Of the Top  —  Time Ran Out Before Cases Could Be Made  —  One of the government's most highly touted accounting-fraud investigations — into questionable advertising deals at America Online Inc. around the time it merged with Time Warner Inc. …
Nick / Rough Type:
Web 2.0lier than thou  —  Jaron Lanier recently called the Web 2.0 movement "digital maoism."  Now, as if on cue, the Cultural Revolution has begun.  —  Lawrence Lessig, in a post titled "The Ethics of Web 2.0," suggests that some Web 2.0 companies are not fit to wear the Web 2.0 label.
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
No plans?  Meet New People via Activities  —  No plans this week?  Or, ever found yourself with an extra ticket to a concert or sporting event, but didn't have anyone to go with?  In the past, your solution was wading through Craigslist postings or calling all your friends.
Discussion: Online Dating Insider
Damien Mulley:
How odd - my Thinkhouse PR blog post is banned from Google  —  My post about Thinkhouse PR seems to have been blacklisted or banned from Google.  Previously I was 3rd in google for the phrase "Thinkhouse pr" and now nothing.  Other bloggers who pointed to my post are still there.  Kind of odd isn't it?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Vista ready?  Microsoft testers weigh in  —  Microsoft officials obviously believe Windows Vista is ready, given that it is set to release it to manufacturing within weeks, if not days.  But what do some of its toughest testers think?  —  With millions kicking Windows Vista's tires …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Deal of the Day: TiVo With 1yr Service, $125
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple should offer option of .Mac as separate services
Preston Gralla / Computerworld Blogs:
Has YouTube gone over to the dark side?
Mark Evans:
Mesh is Back!  —  We've been bursting at the seams to tell you …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
OMG!! The Feds Launch Their Own MySpace Clone
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Kay Withers / BBC:
Mobiles have 'key role for young'
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Discussion: CrunchGear
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture capitalists open spigot — especially for Web 2.0 & energy
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I've now had HD for about a month now, and it's a life-changer.
John Evans / SYNTAGMA:
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The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea
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