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2:55 PM ET, October 28, 2006


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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
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.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Pluck RSS Reader Shuts Down: Consumer RSS Readers a Dead Market Now  —  The Pluck RSS Reader is shutting down, according to a message posted on the Pluck website: … Current Pluck users have until 1/5/2007 to export their data into another RSS Reader.  —  It's interesting they put …
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
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
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.
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 …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Small Dog Electronics speaks out on theft-in-transit, credit card fraud and more  —  The other day we told you about the guy who had his (then) newly purchased iPod swapped out for a bar or soap while in transit from Small Dog, a Vermont Apple Reseller.  I was amazed at how many people mentioned …
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
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 …
Get Applecare Executive Customer Service  —  Welcome, Diggers!  Here's some other posts you may enjoy.  —  No iPod, Soap!  —  Be a Customer Service Ninja  —  Every Phone Number For TWC Level 3 Tech Support  —  Here's how to obtain the highest levels of Apple Executive Customer Service.
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
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: Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
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.
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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Wi-Fi Exploits Coming to Metasploit
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
My News Podcast...  In case you missed it, I'm starting …
Discussion: pc4media
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Search Startups Are Dead, Long Live Search Startups
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The case of the vanished iSight indicator
Discussion: digg
Asa Dotzler:
firefox 2 million  —  I like how Mike Beltzner puts it:
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Taking Wi-Fi power to the people
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YouTube Asked To Remove 1,000 Sports Clips
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and digg
Playing a different game
Discussion: Joystiq and 4 color rebellion
Here It Is... Japan's Wii Kiosk
Discussion: Gizmodo, 4 color rebellion and digg
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Flickr Interestingness Rankings Patents Released
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Facebook sharing features are live
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What did Microsoft learn from Vista?