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4:10 AM ET, October 26, 2006

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evhead:
The Birth of Obvious Corp.  —  I'm very excited to announce something that I've wanted to do forever.  —  Odeo has been acquired by a new company called Obvious Corp. Obvious Corp was started by myself, with help from long-time collaborator, Biz Stone, and other Odeo people.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Odeo RIP, Hello Obvious Corp
Discussion: Valleywag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Odeo Bought Back From Investors
Dave Dargo's Blog:
Bull*&#%!  —  Sometimes you just have to call bull*&#% on something and Oracle's announcement on Linux is as great a candidate as any I've seen lately.  Most of the pundits and analysts will focus on what this means for Red Hat and their valuation.  In fact, Red Hat's stock price was off 15% …
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Matt Asay / Open Sources:
With friends like these....  (Oracle goes after Red Hat)  —  I'm here at Oracle "Open" World, and am a bit shocked by what I'm seeing.  Oracle, longtime partner to Red Hat, is rolling out the next phase of its Unbreakable Linux program, designed to kill Red Hat and Novell (whatever Larry Ellison might say to the contrary).
Steve Hamm / Tech Beat:
Oracle Drops the Bomb on Red Hat
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, Laughing Squid and digg
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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.
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 …
Chris Heuer / Social Media Club:
Talking About Disclosure - A Social Media Club Roundtable  —  I think about disclosure or talk about it with someone almost every day.  Often it is in regards to whether or not I am able to disclose something because it has to do with advice I am giving clients, which happens all the time if you write about the field in which you work.
Discussion: hyku | blog
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Media Club Initiative on Blogging Ethics
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Michael Krantz / Official Google Blog:
Do you "Google?"  —  Q: What do zippers, baby oil, brassieres and trampolines have in common?  —  A: No, the answer isn't that they're all part of the setup for a highly inappropriate joke.  In fact, the above list (along with thermos, cellophane, escalator, elevator, dry ice and many more) …
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Veeker Launches Today- Mobile Video Will Be Changed Forever: a MobileCrunch Exclusive  —  Veeker, the San Francisco based company that has been in high profile stealth mode for some time finally launches today and promises to change the way we use the video capability in our camera phones.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Beet.TV and Slashdot
vanderwal.net Off the Top:
Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta (or Alpha)  —  Yahoo! has released it fourth or fifth public bookmarking site, Yahoo! Bookmarks Beta to go along with Yahoo! Bookmarks, del.icio.us, and two versions of Yahoo! MyWeb.  This new version seems aimed at being a long needed replacement for the relatively ancient Yahoo! Bookmarks.
Seán Captain / New York Times:
Need a Tuneup?  Become a Hacker  —  BRAWN beat brains in the old days of automobiles.  To make cars faster, people bolted bigger air intakes, carburetors and exhaust pipes onto giant muscle car engines.  Tuning adjustments were simple, requiring only screwdrivers and wrenches.
Discussion: digg
Phillip Ryu / My Dream App:
The Results Are In... BOOM!  —  Thanks to today's sponsors: Pzizz, the critically acclaimed nap enhancer and creativity booster, Candybar, the excellent, juicy iconset tool, EarthDesk, the Earth-starring dynamic desktop, Cha-Ching, the personal finance manager with style, Insanely Great Tees …
Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
A "Napster Moment" for TV Downloads  —  The "Tape it off the Internet" project is currently in the final stages of the closed Beta program.  TIOTI might very well be a realistic representation of what the future of TV will look like.  —  The TIOTI project approach to socialize and optimize your TV Download experience.
Discussion: alarm:clock and Valleywag
Heather Greenfield / MSNBC:
Political bloggers coordinate 'Google Bombs'  —  Readers are urged to 'fight fire with fire'  —  The 2006 campaign is about to be "Google-bombed."  Both liberal and conservative bloggers have embarked on plans to manipulate the Google search engine so that negative articles about the candidates …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Getty images: a photo business under pressure  —  I'm sitting here listening to Jonathan Klein talk with a variety of bloggers.  Thomas Hawk, CEO of Zooomr, and Kristopher Tate, Founder of Zooomr, a photosharing site are here too.  So is Marshall from TechCrunch.
Ed Bott / ZDNet Blogs:
Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?  —  A lot of hardware and software companies, including Microsoft, are betting big bucks that they can take over the living room and be your hub for digital media.  So who are the contenders?  I've been looking at the digital media landscape …
 
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The Definitive Guide to Airline WiFi Access
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
AMD, Intel trim processor pricing
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Facebook Beta Testing Social Bookmarking
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Google Page Creator removes new feature
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Adobe ponies up for Apollo
hp.com:
HP and Cingular Keep Business Customers Connected with New HP iPAQ Handheld
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Cultivating Server Farms
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Unisys Pitch Finds the I in Niche
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Telecom: Bulking Up to Take On Cable
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