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4:15 AM ET, October 25, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Does The Acquisition Dance With News Corp.  —  San Francisco-based startup Digg has been in recent acquisition discussions with a number of companies, including News Corp., according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.  However, the company was unable to land an offer …
Important Notice: Out of Business due to Multiple Sony Lawsuits  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OUT OF BUSINESS NOTICE  —  Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 -, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due …
Ellie Gibson /
Sony denies responsibility for closure of Lik-Sang  —  Accuses retailer of "sour grapes"  —  In a statement issued to, Sony has denied any responsibility for the closure of Lik-Sang - accusing the online retailer of "sour grapes".  —  The statement begins by observing …
Discussion: Kotaku, Engadget, I4U News, Joystiq, digg and Slashdot
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Sony assassinates amazing etailer Lik-Sang
Fred / fredericiana:
FROM REDMOND WITH LOVE  —  The Microsoft Internet Explorer Team sent us a cake for the release of Firefox 2!  —  A big thanks to Redmond, Washington!  —  P.S.: No, it was not poisoned  —  Trackbacks & Pings  —  ×"×" ×'×"×'×"...
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Like Yahoo, Google Adds Customized Search Engine  —  Google introduced a tool Monday that allows Web sites and blogs to offer visitors a customized version of its search engine, narrowing down its vast index so the results are more relevant for users.  —  Called the Google Custom Search Engine …
Alex Davis / Courier-Journal: ads work  —  Local companies find site helps them connect with clients  —  A growing number of Louisville businesses are turning to the social-networking Web site to connect with customers, promote events and, ultimately, make money.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: Profiles Working for Local Internet Marketing
Discussion: Screenwerk
Microsoft, Industry Partners Offer Early Holiday Gifts to PC Buyers Around the World  —  Microsoft working with PC manufacturers and system builders to provide holiday PC buyers with low-cost upgrades to Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced programs …
Rumor: Zune to Pay You For Sharing Songs?  —  The Microsoft Zune may pay you for sharing a song with others if they end up buying that song themselves.  As you probably know, the Zune's WiFi capability will let you send a song to another Zune user, and then that user can listen to it three times …
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Zune to Pay You Back for Sharing Songs?
Discussion: TechCrunch and OhGizmo!
Sprint Launches Nation's First EV-DO Revision A Mobile Broadband Network  —Upgraded network will provide users in San Diego with significantly faster upload speeds and a more robust experience than other mobile data networks  —Revision A-capable device portfolio will expand in November with Sprint Mobile Broadband USB Modem
Rocketboom / Dembot:
Ze Errors  —  After some discrepancy, Ze Frank has laid into me because he doesn't believe how he could only have a fraction of the audience size of Rocketboom.  —  I was pretty surprised because we have had some friendly emails recently and he has asked me about my stats but apparently didn't believe me.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
This PC wants to save the world  —  Nicholas Negroponte's much-hyped $100 laptop is going into production, but skeptics, including Intel, see weaknesses in his plan.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — "Nicholas, it looks like a science project," Apple (Charts) CEO Steve Jobs said to Nicholas Negroponte …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Crave
Joe Critchley / Google Blogoscoped:
Joe's Google Redesign: Search Efficiency  —  Joe Critchley (aka Mambo), now age 17, got his first computer when he was 8, and started making web pages when he was 11.  He's currently working as freelancer doing stuff like HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL, as well as web design.
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Ken Belson / New York Times:
T-Mobile Tests Dual Wi-Fi and Cell Service  —  Yesterday T-Mobile became the first major mobile phone carrier in the United States to begin selling service that allows a single handset to communicate over both cellular networks and Wi-Fi hot spots.  —  The first phones, which are available …
Eric Nagourney / New York Times:
Hazards: A Study Gauges the Risks for Ears With iPods  —  Avid iPod users who wonder if they are putting their hearing at risk may find some relief in a new study that tries to arrive at guidelines for safe listening levels.  —  The key to avoiding hearing damage, the researchers say …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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Stephen Shankland / CNET
SGI sues ATI for patent infringement
Discussion: Techdirt
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Isn't one start-up enough?
Discussion: VentureBeat
IP Democracy:
AT&T: U-Verse Had 10% Penetration in June
Stevenberlinjohnson /
INTRODUCING OUTSIDE.IN  —  So it's an exciting time around here at SBJ headquarters.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
The New Mozilla Recommended Add-ons List: The Winners and the Losers
Discussion: Lifehacker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Closes $5 Million Series A Financing
Feature: The PS3: 24 Things You Need to Know
Paul Miller / Engadget:
More mysterious Nokia GPS handheld pics surface
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Whatever Happened to P2P?
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
Starship Netflix You Are Cleared For Liftoff
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Adobe tries again with e-books
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and TeleRead
Kevin Laws / VentureBeat:
The Google Myth goes "pop"
Business Wire: Lands Funding, Expands Offering
Peter Poffenberger / VoIP Lowdown:
33 Reasons why VoIP is Destroying Traditional Telecoms
Sue Marek / Wireless Week:
T-Mobile to Participate in Hiwire Trial