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9:20 AM ET, October 25, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Does The Acquisition Dance With News Corp.  —  San Francisco-based startup Digg has been in recent acquisition discussions with a number of companies, including News Corp., according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.  However, the company was unable to land an offer …
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Talent Agency Is Aiming to Find Web Video Stars  —  Brent Weinstein, left, heads the new UTA Online.  Its three agents are Jason U. Nadler, right, Barrett D. Garese, seated, and Ryan Reber, rear.  —  One of Hollywood's top five talent agencies has created an online unit devoted to scouting …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Like Yahoo, Google Adds Customized Search Engine  —  Google introduced a tool Monday that allows Web sites and blogs to offer visitors a customized version of its search engine, narrowing down its vast index so the results are more relevant for users.  —  Called the Google Custom Search Engine …
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Microsoft Zune in depth  —  [...] Last time I was at Microsoft I met with the Zune team and got this in-depth look at Zune (the iPod competitor).  [...] Original post by ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers and software by Elliott Back [...]
Alex Davis / Courier-Journal: ads work  —  Local companies find site helps them connect with clients  —  A growing number of Louisville businesses are turning to the social-networking Web site to connect with customers, promote events and, ultimately, make money.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: Profiles Working for Local Internet Marketing
Discussion: Screenwerk
Rocketboom / Dembot:
Ze Errors  —  After some discrepancy, Ze Frank has laid into me because he doesn't believe how he could only have a fraction of the audience size of Rocketboom.  —  I was pretty surprised because we have had some friendly emails recently and he has asked me about my stats but apparently didn't believe me.
Discussion:, ALLIED and Mark Evans
Microsoft, Industry Partners Offer Early Holiday Gifts to PC Buyers Around the World  —  Microsoft working with PC manufacturers and system builders to provide holiday PC buyers with low-cost upgrades to Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced programs …
Associated Press:
Amazon says no to Google info request  —  OCT. 24 4:19 P.M. ET As expected, online retailer Inc. has objected to providing details about its book search feature to rival Google Inc., which says it needs them to fight copyright infringement allegations from a group of authors and book publishers.
Fred / fredericiana:
FROM REDMOND WITH LOVE  —  The Microsoft Internet Explorer Team sent us a cake for the release of Firefox 2!  —  A big thanks to Redmond, Washington!  —  P.S.: No, it was not poisoned  —  Trackbacks & Pings  —  ×"×" ×'×"×'×"...
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Bookmarks Enters 21st Century.  —  Yahoo is unveiling an entirely new Bookmarks product this evening at - new interface, new back-end, the works.  A screencast created by Yahoo developer Tom Chi is here which gives an excellent overview of the service …
Discussion: Yahoo! Search blog and Message
Eric Nagourney / New York Times:
Hazards: A Study Gauges the Risks for Ears With iPods  —  Avid iPod users who wonder if they are putting their hearing at risk may find some relief in a new study that tries to arrive at guidelines for safe listening levels.  —  The key to avoiding hearing damage, the researchers say …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
This PC wants to save the world  —  Nicholas Negroponte's much-hyped $100 laptop is going into production, but skeptics, including Intel, see weaknesses in his plan.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — "Nicholas, it looks like a science project," Apple (Charts) CEO Steve Jobs said to Nicholas Negroponte …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Crave
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
MusicForMe cracks AllOfMP3's MusicForMasses DRM  —  Last week I reported on MusicForMasses, a new program from questionable Russian online music retailer AllOfMP3 that lets you download and listen to every song in their expansive library for free, provide you use their very limited Windows player that requires a net connection.
Discussion: digg
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Search Weather Update and Support for 'NOODP'  —  We strive to show the most useful information in search results.  We look at multiple sources for titles and abstracts, including page content, anchor text in the links to a page, Yahoo! Directory and the Open Directory Project (ODP); and we pick the best based on our algorithms.
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo means great deals on yesterday's MacBook Pro Core Duo  —  Here's a savvy shopper tip for those of you not impressed enough with the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros to pay full retail - visit Apple's refurb section [US store link] to save 22%-37% on the portables that were top of the line just yesterday.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple releases MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
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Discussion: Crave and
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
Analyst Says Xbox 360 Could Do Better
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Open Post to All Marketers - Why Blogging Matters
Discussion: CCUCEO and cgm
Om Malik / GigaOM:
DSL Slowdown in US?
Michael Zhang /
Interview with FeedBurner  —  Dick Costolo is cofounder and CEO of FeedBurner.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
SGI sues ATI for patent infringement
Discussion: Techdirt
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Isn't one start-up enough?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stevenberlinjohnson /
INTRODUCING OUTSIDE.IN  —  So it's an exciting time around here at SBJ headquarters.
Discussion: Boing Boing
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
The New Mozilla Recommended Add-ons List: The Winners and the Losers
Discussion: Security Fix
Joe Critchley / Google Blogoscoped:
Joe's Google Redesign: Search Efficiency
Ellie Gibson /
Sony denies responsibility for closure of Lik-Sang
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Whatever Happened to P2P?
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
Starship Netflix You Are Cleared For Liftoff
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Adobe tries again with e-books
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and TeleRead
Kevin Laws / VentureBeat:
The Google Myth goes "pop"
Discussion: Scobleizer