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10:35 AM ET, October 27, 2006

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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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Why YouTube Is Perfectly Legal (And Why Content Companies May Like That)
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
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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 …
Microsoft:
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 Weblogsinc.com, 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: InterMedia and digg
BBC:
'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.
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
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James Ransom-Wiley / Joystiq:
Is Gears of War as good as it gets?
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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 …
Pat McCarthy / Conversion Rater:
Blog Audience Measurement at the Blog Business Summit  —  Being a guy very interested in web analytics, I made it a point to see the Blog Audience Measurement session here at the Blog Business Summit.  The focus is on how we qualify and quantify our efforts blogging or for advertisers sponsoring blogs.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The New Media Audience Measurement Business Model Conundrum
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Windows Vista Blog Gets A Huge Makeover  —  Bookmark This: CyberMark - del.icio.us - 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.
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
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, TechSpot and The Tech Report
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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple says firmware update solves MacBook shutdowns  —  First on AI: Apple Computer on Thursday released a software update for its 13-inch Intel-based MacBooks that it claims will resolve an extremely frustrating issue where some of the notebooks would shut down randomly during use.
Consumerist:
No iPod, Soap!  —  We've all heard of iPod's vaunted "clean design," but this is ridiculous.  —  Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Smalldog.com.  Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.
 
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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)
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Generate High Quantities of Content for Your Blog
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Sony continues to expand GPS line with NV-U51
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AllofMP3 hit by Danish court ruling
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Leak: Google Reorg and AdSense for Audio
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 2.0 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs
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My thoughts about Zune vs. iPod
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