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6:15 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! …
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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 …
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
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Top Firefox 2 config tweaks  —  The Firefox homepage calls the web browser "fully customizable to your online life," and that's not just marketing claptrap.  Beyond the extensive options available in its menus and dialogs, there's a lengthy set of advanced Firefox preferences …
Discussion: Gizmodo, engtech and digg
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0  —  Mozilla this week unveiled Firefox 2.0, the next generation of its Web browser that includes security enhancements and quite a few new features that make Web browsing a bit more fun and a lot more intuitive.  —  If you've been using Firefox for a while now …
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.
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: Rough Type and Deep Green Crystals
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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 [...]
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
And what about the Aggregator Vendors?  —  Shouldn't they be supporting media feeds by now?  —  Shouldn't their products and services sense a media enclosure and render the audio or video properly or do something special with the photos or imagery?  —  Following up to yesterday's post on …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
AMD, Intel trim processor pricing  —  Fall is here, and so are processor price cuts.  —  Advanced Micro Devices earlier this week lowered prices on notebook processors and a few desktop units, mostly to make way for new products.  —  The TL-60, a dual-core Turion chip for thin notebooks that runs at 2GHz …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Gear Live and digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
GotVoice Takes $3M in Series A Funding  —  Web based voice mail management system GotVoice announced today morning that it closed a first round of funding with $3 million from Ignition Partners, Second Avenue Partners and Cedar Grove Investments.  One representative from each fund will join the GotVoice board.
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.
 
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Ed Bott / ZDNet Blogs:
Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?
Discussion: PVR Wire and InsideMicrosoft
Patrick Cox / TCS Daily:
The Next Big Thing
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Slashdot
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Page Creator removes new feature
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
MAKE GUARANTEE'S PROMISE CLEAR
Nick / You NEWB:
Wal-mart selling PS3's for $300! Thank you lord!
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Brian Steinberg / Wall Street Journal:
Unisys Pitch Finds the I in Niche
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Domain Registration and Mapping
Om Malik / GigaOM:
LiFe without Broadband Not worth it
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: alarm:clock, Social Degree and digg
John Leyden / The Register:
Vista kernel fix 'worse than useless'
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
T-Mobile launches HotSpot @ Home service in selected areas
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
trixbox 2.0 released  —  trixbox 2.0 beta will be available for download on Wednesday.
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
 

 
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Financial Times:
Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran

Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash

 
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