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11:15 PM ET, October 25, 2006


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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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beta Testing Social Bookmarking
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Amazon to Curtail Its Spending  —  Going into the critical holiday shopping season, 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 …
RELATED ITEMS: Announces Third Quarter Financial Results — Net Sales …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Sues Over Patents
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 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
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:, Gear Live and digg
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
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Heather Greenfield / MSNBC:
Political bloggers coordinate 'Google Bombs'
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy Employee PS3 Lock Out
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Eyespot gets $3.7M for video mashing service
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
GotVoice Takes $3M in Series A Funding
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Google Page Creator removes new feature
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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 Blog:
Domain Registration and Mapping
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Blatant Facebook Rip-Off Gets Acquired
John Leyden / The Register:
Vista kernel fix 'worse than useless'
Discussion: TechSpot and digg
Associated Press:
Hacker claims to have cracked iPod restrictions
Discussion: I4U News, Om Daily and Slashdot
Colin Campbell / Next Generation:
Analyst Says Xbox 360 Could Do Better
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Microsoft Zune in depth