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6:20 PM ET, October 23, 2006


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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
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jingle Networks Has Now Raised Over $60 million  —  Like Skype, the main attraction of Jingle Networks is to destroy a fat existing market.  Skype gave users a way to bypass costly telephone calls by routing them over the internet for free.  Jingle Networks, through its 1-800-Free-411 service …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
Joe / Techdirt:
Lawsuits Against Google Only Make It Stronger
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
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Not Planning to Sell U.S. Internet Unit, AOL Says  —  Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — Time Warner Inc. has no immediate plans to sell or separate from its AOL Internet unit, a spokesman for AOL said, disputing an article in today's Sunday Telegraph.  —  The London newspaper said Time Warner …
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.
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 …
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. …
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
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