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10:15 PM ET, October 27, 2006


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Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Why Ze Frank is Right and Wrong About Rocketboom  —  It turns out that Ze Frank is right in doubting Rocketboom's numbers.  Rocketboom doesn't dish up 300,000 downloads a day.  In October, it's averaging around 211,000 daily downloads.  —  But that also means that Ze is wrong in speculating …
Discussion: Scobleizer and
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom: Almost 10X Ze Frank's Downloads  —  Videoblogger Ze Frank is in what he calls a nerd fight with Rocketboom producer Andrew Baron.  Frank says that Baron's numbers are inflated and make it difficult for he and other video bloggers to sell advertisements with much lower numbers to offer.
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
Steve Maich /
Pornography, gambling, lies, theft and terrorism: The Internet sucks  —  They're all still down there, out of sight and all but out of mind — hundreds of millions of miles of hair-thin strands of glass, strung beneath the streets of every city, under farm fields, suburbs, deserts, and strewn across the ocean floor.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Underage Finnish BitTorrent admins fined $60,000 each  —  Four out of eight administrators of the Finnish BitTorrent tracker "Finreactor" have been declared guilty in court and have to pay damages totalling 60,000 dollars each.  —  The lawsuit against Finreactor has just come to a close (Finnish report).
Discussion: Valleywag and
Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Site Admin Sent to Prison
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.
Timbl / Decentralized Information Group …:
Reinventing HTML  —  Making standards is hard work.  Its hard because it involves listening to other people and figuring out what they mean, which means figuring out where they are coming from, how they are using words, and so on.  —  There is the age-old tradeoff for any group as to whether …
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Journal: & Video Spam  —  This MediaPost piece discusses a Wendy's "campaign" on YouTube — commercials that "masqueraded" as videos on the site.  There was considerable exposure apparently, with some users responding positively and others critical of the spots.
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Web Site Offers To 'Fix' Elections - For A Price  —  A Web site called, which appears to be satire, claims to "guarantee" e-voting results.  —  That's the mantra of Election Partners, whose slick Web site offers such services as "real-time voter correction," and "enhanced retrospective tallying."
Here It Is... Japan's Wii Kiosk  —  You can look, but not touch.  The Japanese Wii kiosk has the console, Wii-mote and nunchaku under glass.  A big white Wii-V plays those instructional ads into infinity.  Hit the jump for more up close and personal pics (along with an "OMG the DS Lite is still selling out in Japan!" photo).
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google AdSense for Audio Coming  —  Google plans to release Google AdSense for Audio to monetize podcasts sometime this quarter, according to sources.  —  I've been sitting on this news for months out of deference to a colleague's wishes, but today Seeking Alpha has some information on it too, so I thought I might as well post.
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Review  —  As of October 26, Ubuntu has released their latest Linux operating system, version 6.10 aka Edgy Eft, which can be downloaded here.  Ubuntu has been the up and coming star company in the Linux O.S. scene for the last couple of years.
Duncan Graham-Rowe / NewScientistTech:
Surveillance system spots violent behaviour  —  Smart surveillance systems capable of automatically detecting violent crimes could soon be available.  —  A computer vision system developed in the University of Texas in Austin, US, can already tell the difference between friendly behaviour …
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.
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Who will buy TiVo?  Google, Yahoo or Microsoft?  —  There is no doubt in my mind that the internet will enter the living room and become a standard form of entertainment on our TV sets.  —  This is happening already today and being fueled by the explosion of video content appearing online.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What did Microsoft learn from Vista?  —  After Bill Gates, the man whose name is most closely associated with Windows is Jim Allchin.  Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services business, is in his final months at Microsoft.  As previously announced …
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