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11:50 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 …
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   TechCrunch Says That Digg is Talking About Aquisitions, Minimum Price $150 Million
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Bookmarks Enters 21st Century.  —  Yahoo is unveiling an entirely new Bookmarks product this evening at new.bookmarks.yahoo.com - 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: Lifehacker and Message
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Better Bookmarks, Better Toolbar
Discussion: Ajaxian
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.
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 [...]
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: Blogspotting and 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 …
Discussion: David Card and Valleywag
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Buy a PC Now, Upgrade to Windows Vista After Launch  —  Today we're announcing something you've all been waiting for — information on the upgrade process for those of you who are planning to buy a new PC in the coming months but prior to the Windows Vista launch.  Well, now you can have both (and Office to boot)!
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Associated Press:
Amazon says no to Google info request  —  OCT. 24 4:19 P.M. ET As expected, online retailer Amazon.com 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.
Associated Press:
Hacker claims to have cracked iPod restrictions  —  SAN JOSE, California (AP) — A hacker known for cracking the copy-protection technology in DVDs claims to have unlocked the playback restrictions of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and iTunes music products and plans to license his code to others.
Discussion: Slashdot
Anne 2.0:
Flash Conceptions and Misconceptions  —  I'll be at the Adobe Max conference in Las Vegas tomorrow and Wednesday.  I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about what Adobe's doing these days, especially in the area of Flash, Adobe's interactive multimedia format and Flex …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Ajaxian
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Sues Amazon.com Over Patents  —  I.B.M., the holder of the largest patent storehouse in corporate America, often finds itself defending itself against patent claims from aggressive plaintiffs, seeking a payout.  —  But I.B.M. became the aggressor yesterday when it filed two lawsuits …
Discussion: Valleywag
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: .:UNEASYsilence:. and digg
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Newsgator says they will do the right thing...  (or "Feedburner to launch RSS-reader?")  —  My pal Greg at Newsgator has (finally!) posted about the shocking appearance of ads in Newsgator on Friday.  Thanks to AdJab for covering this issue as well.  —  Let's face it, web-based RSS readers are—at the end of the day—web pages.
Discussion: Message and Open The Dialogue
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
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
trixbox 2.0 released  —  trixbox 2.0 beta will be available for download on Wednesday.  This release will be Fonality's first big contribution to the trixbox/Asterisk community after the recent Fonality acquisition of trixbox. which certainly caused a stir within the Asterisk community.
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
Alex Davis / Courier-Journal:
MySpace.com 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 MySpace.com to connect with customers, promote events and, ultimately, make money.
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  —  ×"×" ×'×"×'×"...
 
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Plesstv / Beet.TV:
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Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
Analyst Says Xbox 360 Could Do Better
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Open Post to All Marketers - Why Blogging Matters
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DSL Slowdown in US?
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Michael Zhang / Folksonomy.org:
Interview with FeedBurner  —  Dick Costolo is cofounder and CEO of FeedBurner.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
SGI sues ATI for patent infringement
Discussion: Techdirt
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Isn't one start-up enough?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stevenberlinjohnson / stevenberlinjohnson.com:
INTRODUCING OUTSIDE.IN  —  So it's an exciting time around here at SBJ headquarters.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
The New Mozilla Recommended Add-ons List: The Winners and the Losers
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Joe Critchley / Google Blogoscoped:
Joe's Google Redesign: Search Efficiency
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony denies responsibility for closure of Lik-Sang
 

 
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