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3:50 AM ET, October 28, 2006

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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
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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
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 …
Steve Maich / macleans.ca:
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.
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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
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Web Site Offers To 'Fix' Elections - For A Price  —  A Web site called fixavote.com, which appears to be satire, claims to "guarantee" e-voting results.  —  That's the mantra of Election Partners, whose slick Fixavote.com Web site offers such services as "real-time voter correction," and "enhanced retrospective tallying."
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
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 Neowin.net
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Journal:
YouTube.com & 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.
Lunapark6:
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.
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, Siliconera and Joystiq
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.
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 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Smart surveillance systems may soon detect violent behavior
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 …
primezone.com:
MySpace Founder Acquires Majority Stake in Leading Video Search Engine Flurl.com  —  First Major Acquisition for LiveUniverse  —  Fast Growing Flurl.com Breaks Top 125 Alexa Traffic Ranking  —  PRIMEZONE) — Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com …
Discussion: 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
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Taking Wi-Fi power to the people
Reuters:
Skype founders plan to launch Web TV service: paper
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
BBC:
Google quizzed over YouTube plans
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Acer: Vista Home Basic is a lemon
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Facebook sharing features are live
Discussion: Diva Marketing
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is growing headcount by 40% really the best way to catch Google?
Joe / Only UMPC:
Exclusive: Asus R2H Unpacking
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Cox demonstrates political nature of open source
Discussion: Open Sources
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Maya's Mom Raises Angel Round, Launches
Valleywag:
Jason and Jeff Are Jerks
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google AdSense for Audio Coming
MarketWatch:
EMI Music CEO says the CD is 'dead'
Discussion: Gizmodo, Coolfer, TechBlog and Slashdot
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
MySpace Accounts Compromised by Phishers
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Profit and Revenue Up 11% on Strength of Games and Servers
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, ByeSpace?  —  Some Users Renounce Social Sites as Too Big
 

 
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David Carr / New York Times:
Hacking at Sony Over ‘The Interview’ Reveals Hollywood's Failings, Too

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico's Laura McGann Joins Vox To Lead Political Coverage

Adrian Chen / MIT Technology Review:
A group of Swedish journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose trolls, racists, and creeps

 
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