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5:55 AM ET, October 26, 2006

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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).
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
Oracle move a worry for Red Hat  —  Don't call it Oracle Linux!  The database vendor won't be packaging its own distribution of the open source OS, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced at Oracle OpenWorld this afternoon that his company will be offering full support for Linux under a new "Unbreakable Linux" campaign.
Discussion: GrokLaw and tecosystems
Steve Hamm / Tech Beat:
Oracle Drops the Bomb on Red Hat
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Odeo Bought Back From Investors  —  Odeo as we know it is gone.  After announcing itself in February 2005, the company raised a $5 million venture financing with Charles River Ventures and a bevy of angel investors.  After a private beta period, the company launched in July 2005.
Discussion: digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Odeo RIP, Hello Obvious Corp
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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Lifehacker:
Yahoo serves up new bookmarking tools  —  Yahoo Bookmarks is like an upscale Del.icio.us, allowing you to store, share, tag, and organize your bookmarks within an attractive interface.  Currently in beta, the new version of the online bookmark service offers drag-and-drop organization …
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  —  I am a blogger with a lot of opinions, and because of that I've been involved in a number of heated discussions around journalistic integrity and ethics.  Mainstream media defines journalistic integrity as a lack of financial interest in the subject matter of their reporting.
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.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
New Media Frets Over "Engagement" …
Discussion: Dan Blank
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 …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0
Gizmodo:
Cingular Rolls Out TeleNav GPS Navigator Service  —  Along with its shiny new HP iPAQ hw6920 it launched today, Cingular also rolled out its version of the TeleNav GPS navigation service, barking out turn-by-turn directions without requiring you to buy a separate receiver.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
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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.
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: Beet.TV, TechCrunch and Slashdot
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 …
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
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 …
 
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