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12:10 PM ET, October 28, 2006

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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 …
I, Cringely:
Shameless Self-Promotion: Bob's Disk Drive  —  For nine years and 492 columns I have described new companies and new technologies always with the qualification that I own no shares and have no financial stake in them.  This statement is for two reasons: 1) I am poor and can't afford to jump …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
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Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Why Ze Frank is Right and Wrong About Rocketboom
Discussion: Scobleizer
Kotaku:
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, 4 color rebellion and digg
GameDaily:
Opinion: Why Sony Won't Lose the Next-Gen War  —  No console maker has ever dominated three consecutive platform generations.  Will Sony pull it off?  We think so.  Here's why the PlayStation 3 will assume the PS2's throne in the next few years...  Let's face it; Sony's seen better days.
Discussion: Kotaku, Go Nintendo, Joystiq and Siliconera
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Why IBM's patent suit against Amazon could be bad news for the entire Web  —  For years, there have been a handful of companies trying to figure out how to erect a toll booth on the Web, if not the Internet altogether.  In other words, they've been looking for some way to ensure that the Internet …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Economist:
Playing a different game  —  Does Nintendo's radical new strategy represent the future of gaming?  —  IF TALK of synergistic processing elements, parallel floating-point shader pipelines, vector units and 1080p high-definition video sets your pulse racing, you are probably looking forward …
Discussion: Joystiq and 4 color rebellion
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Bookmarking and social sharing trends  —  The ability to save a URL has been around since Mosaic 0.2 but is currently experiencing a transformation as we learn more about the pages and content behind the pointers and share our findings with others through social networks.
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 3  —  Finally, Part 3 of the "Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0" series is here.  During the last few weeks I have researched possible scenarios and real case studies of Web 2.0 in education in hopes to show others where we are with today's education and where it could be.
Discussion: digg
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
A New Advertising Engine  —  Google Expands Its Web Reach to Madison Avenue  —  NEW YORK — At Google Inc.'s new office near the Hudson River, Volvo's top U.S. advertising manager has just flown in from California to talk about next year's launch of a new car, aimed at the hip, 20-something crowd.
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity and The Blog Herald
Consumerist:
Get Applecare Executive Customer Service  —  Here's how to obtain the highest levels of Apple Executive Customer Service.  These people are empowered to perform magic, like replacing your machine or free out-of-warranty repairs.  —  Use but do not abuse this knowledge, please.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
If You Dislike Microsoft's Windows Antipiracy Checks, Look Out  —  Next up: Microsoft Office joins the software validation program.  —  If you don't like the mandatory antipiracy checks that Microsoft now enforces for Windows, brace yourself.  The Microsoft Office productivity …
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Reuters:
Skype founders plan to launch Web TV service: paper  —  FRANKFURT/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The founders of file-swapping service KaZaA and Internet calling program Skype plan to launch advertising-supported Internet television shortly, Skype co-founder Janus Friis told a Danish newspaper.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Treo 680 and Cingular 8525 price and release!  —  Ah yes, this is what we've been so eagerly awaiting.  Enough pussyfooting around with the Palm Treo 680 and HTC Hermes / 8525 coming to Cingular — we know they're due.  We need prices, we need dates.  And according to what appears …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Cryptos gather for 30th anniversary of public-key cryptography  —  Some of the world's top crypto minds shared the stage at the Thirty Years of Public-Key Cryptography anniversary event at the Computer History Museum last night.  NYT reporter John Markoff, who has covered Silicon Valley for 30 years …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The case of the vanished iSight indicator
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Pluck RSS Reader Shuts Down: Consumer RSS Readers a Dead Market Now
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Facebook sharing features are live
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What did Microsoft learn from Vista?
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Cox demonstrates political nature of open source
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Maya's Mom Raises Angel Round, Launches
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Who will buy TiVo? Google, Yahoo or Microsoft?
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Web Site Offers To 'Fix' Elections - For A Price
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