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4:00 PM ET, October 25, 2006

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Yahoo! Search blog:
Better Bookmarks, Better Toolbar  —  We're here to introduce the new beta versions of the Yahoo! Toolbar (for IE) and Yahoo! Bookmarks.  —  Bookmarks first appeared on the Yahoo! Toolbar in 1999.  Back then, the big virtues of online bookmarks were backup and portability - Yahoo! …
Discussion: Download Squad and Ajaxian
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Yahoo Updates Toolbar and Bookmarks  —  Yahoo is releasing a new version of its toolbar with a powerful new bookmarking feature that integrates seamlessly with Yahoo web search, and features a "radical" new user interface.  —  The new Yahoo toolbar has an improved search function that uses …
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 …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Amazon to Curtail Its Spending  —  Going into the critical holiday shopping season, Amazon.com said yesterday that it would slow its investment in new technology in a bid to start reaping the rewards of its continuing growth.  —  Amazon, the huge online retailer based in Seattle …
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phx.corporate-ir.net:
Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Financial Results — Net Sales …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Sues Amazon.com Over Patents
Discussion: Valleywag
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
New audience metric needed: engagement  —  I was just reading Jeneane Sessum's post about the latest Ze Frank/Rocketboom dustup and she's right, we need to measure stuff other than just whether a download got completed or not.  She says we need a "likeability" stat.  I think it goes further than that.
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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.
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Adobe ponies up for Apollo  —  Adobe Systems plans to spend $100 million in venture funding to promote its software development platforms, with a particular focus on Apollo, which allows people to run Web applications without a browser.  —  Company executives at Adobe's Max developer conference …
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and SitePoint Blogs
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 …
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 [...]
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
MAKE GUARANTEE'S PROMISE CLEAR  —  This afternoon, Microsoft finally announced the long-anticipated Windows Vista coupon program (a.k.a., Technology Guarantee); yes, there is one for Office 2007, too.  —  Under the programs, consumers purchasing Windows XP and/or Office 2003 on PCs …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft readies new transfer tool for XP-Vista migration
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: I4U News, Om Daily and Slashdot
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 …
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Telecom: Bulking Up to Take On Cable  —  Consolidation has allowed AT&T, BellSouth, and others to achieve the national scale and scope that will enable them to compete  —  The new AT&T has been on a tear.  A year after SBC Communications completed its acquisition of AT&T, the new AT&T (T) …
Discussion: IP Democracy and dailywireless.org
hp.com:
HP and Cingular Keep Business Customers Connected with New HP iPAQ Handheld  —  HP and Cingular Wireless today announced that beginning Oct. 31 Cingular will be the first carrier in the United States to offer a new HP iPAQ handheld device with five wireless communications technologies.
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Cultivating Server Farms  —  SEATTLE — Over the last six years, Internap Network Services has survived hundreds of layoffs, a tumbling share price and a delisting threat from Nasdaq.  Until this year, it had never been profitable.  Still, it was fortunate to be in a business …
Discussion: Deep Green Crystals
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.
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.
Nick / You NEWB:
Wal-mart selling PS3's for $300!  Thank you lord!  —  It looks like Wal-mart is really looking out for the consumer nowadays by offering us PS3 for only $299!  You know how every one was worried about dishing out $599?  Forget that.  Wal-mart, the retailer that gives us "rolling back prices" …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
 
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Brian Steinberg / Wall Street Journal:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
How-To: Craft an analog control stick for your Sony PSP (part 2)
Discussion: Joystiq and You NEWB
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Windows Defender Leaves Beta
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Blatant Facebook Rip-Off Gets Acquired
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Vista kernel fix 'worse than useless'
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
T-Mobile launches HotSpot @ Home service in selected areas
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Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Search Weather Update and Support for 'NOODP'
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
Analyst Says Xbox 360 Could Do Better
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
MusicForMe cracks AllOfMP3's MusicForMasses DRM
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
This PC wants to save the world
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Crave
Eric Nagourney / New York Times:
Hazards: A Study Gauges the Risks for Ears With iPods
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Like Yahoo, Google Adds Customized Search Engine
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