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11:15 AM ET, October 27, 2006


 Top Items: 
Tim Wu / Slate:
Does YouTube Really Have Legal Problems?  —  HOW THE BELL LOBBY HELPED MIDWIFE YOUTUBE.  —  When Google bought YouTube, the conventional wisdom—expressed in op-eds, newspaper articles, and scary editorial cartoons—was that they'd also bought themselves a whole heap of copyright trouble.
Mike / Techdirt:
Why YouTube Is Perfectly Legal (And Why Content Companies May Like That)
Discussion: IP Democracy
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Trumba: Interconnnecting Online Events and Calendars  —  Last week I spoke to Jeremy Jaech, CEO and president of Trumba, whose team is building an innovative online event calendaring system aimed at enterprises.  Jeremy Jaech was also the founder of both Visio and PageMaker …
Discussion: Message
David Galbraith:
The Obvious Corp - Evan and Biz take back Odeo  —  The greening of The Valley, why sustainable companies matter.  —  Evan williams and Biz Stone have taken back Odeo from its backers to form part of a company focused on innovation through multiple products, rather than exit.
Microsoft Reports First Quarter Earnings  —  Microsoft delivers double digit revenue growth  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced first quarter revenue of $10.81 billion for the period ended September 30, 2006, an 11% increase over the same quarter of the prior year.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Jason Calacanis just announced something  —  I'm not going to break this news, cause the company I work for, PodTech, is involved.  But, at about 9:58 a.m. Pacific Time Jason Calacanis, senior Vice President at AOL and founder of, announced something pretty interesting …
Fred / A VC:
Flaky?  —  From Michael Arrington's post on Digg acquisition rumors: … Michael is one of the best bloggers ever and I read Techcrunch every day.  But I think he got this one wrong.  Comscore is not "flaky".  They are a third party measurement service.  They don't always get everything right.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0, InterMedia and digg
'Tower of Babel' translator made  —  A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists.  —  Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another.
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, ByeSpace?  —  Some Users Renounce Social Sites as Too Big  —  Social-networking Web sites like and have helped link millions of friends.  But now they have a new enemy: 20-year-old Jenny Thompson.  —  After Ms. Thompson created a MySpace page two years ago …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Mark Wallace /
Rivers Run Red Bringing TV To Second Life  —  Hot on the heels of Destroy Television comes an announcement from virtual world branding and PR agency Rivers Run Red, which plans to launch a broadband television and content network in the virtual world of Second Life in November.
Simon Pope / Apple:
BMG Japan Catalog Now Available on the iTunes Store  —  Top J-Pop & International Artists Including Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Seamo, Sukima Switch & Suga Shikao Now on iTunes  —  BMG Japan and Apple® today announced the availability of top Japanese and international artists …
Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
From the Gears of War Hollywood launch party  —  12AM PST on a Wednesday night.  Most people are sleeping, but on Santa Monica Boulevard Microsoft is busing in gamers for the Gears of War launch party.  After a truck ride to the crypt and playing a couple of multiplayer rounds I had a conversation …
Discussion: Kotaku, Go Nintendo and You NEWB
James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Is Gears of War as good as it gets?
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Windows Vista Blog Gets A Huge Makeover  —  Bookmark This: CyberMark - - Furl - reddit - Spurl - Yahoo  —  Now I have seen some blog makeovers before but I think this one definitely takes the cake.  The Windows Vista Blog now bears some resemblance to the Windows Vista Homepage …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pando Moves Beyond Email File Sharing  —  New York based Pando has been breaking away from the P2P file sharing pack, which we reviewed in late August.  They claim over 1.5 million downloads of their client software, and move up to 20 TB of data per day between users.  —  Pando is very easy to use.
PC Pro:
PC maker fumes at Vista price hike  —  Leading PC manufacturer Acer has accused Microsoft of ratcheting up the cost of Windows by effectively forcing consumers to opt for the Premium version of Vista.  —  Acer claims that the Vista Home Basic - the new entry-level Windows - is so poorly featured that consumers will simply reject it.
Discussion: TechBlog, The Tech Report and TechSpot
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
Google and the Gradient  —  For a long time it seemed like everything I heard about Google was even cooler than the last.  Wow, it's a great search engine!  Wow, they're not sleazy like other companies!  Wow, they treat their hackers well!  Wow, they are hackers!
Discussion: Epeus' epigone
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
On the Hill and in Court, a Shootout Over Ratings  —  Video game violence has long been a target for politicians, lawyers and parent groups concerned that the slashings and shootouts were having a negative effect on young gamers.  —  It was for that reason that the game industry established …
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Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Site Admin Sent to Prison
Discussion: digg
Apple says firmware update solves MacBook shutdowns
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Index
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple sneaks draft 802.11n card into MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and MacRumors
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nokia 870 surfaces in the wild?
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture (Part Five)
Discussion: Terra Nova
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Generate High Quantities of Content for Your Blog
Discussion: digg
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony continues to expand GPS line with NV-U51
Discussion: and InstaGPS
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Why mobile data centers matter
No iPod, Soap!  —  We've all heard of iPod's vaunted "clean design …
Canonical Launches New Ubuntu Release for Desktops and Servers
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Leak: Google Reorg and AdSense for Audio
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 2.0 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CEO sets open source Java time frame