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1:10 AM ET, October 26, 2006

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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).
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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
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 …
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Media Club Initiative on Blogging Ethics
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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
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
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: Things That and Micro Persuasion
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
Brett Thomas / bit-tech.net:
A porting shot  —  Okay guys (and girls), I'm going to start this off with a disclaimer.  I want to be full of piss and vinegar.  I want to rail against Sony and all of its pseudo-monopolistic might.  I want to rant, to scream, and to weep for Lik-Sang like a dead sibling.
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