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8:20 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 up 24% Year over Year — Expects Record Holiday Season  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2006.  —  Operating cash flow declined 11% to $587 million …
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.
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
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 …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Eyespot gets $3.7M for video mashing service  —  Eyespot, a start-up that lets people make video mashups by giving them tools to overlay images on video, said it has raised a first round of funding of $3.7 million.  —  The round, led by Silicon Valley firm Gabriel Venture Partners …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Friends and Money for Eyespot
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 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) …
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
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
 
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy Employee PS3 Lock Out
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
Ed Bott / ZDNet Blogs:
Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?
Discussion: PVR Wire and InsideMicrosoft
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
GotVoice Takes $3M in Series A Funding
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beta Testing Social Bookmarking
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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WordPress.com Blog:
Domain Registration and Mapping
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
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
trixbox 2.0 released  —  trixbox 2.0 beta will be available for download on Wednesday.
Associated Press:
Amazon says no to Google info request
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Microsoft Zune in depth
 

 
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