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4:20 AM ET, October 29, 2006


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Thomas Goetz / Wired News:
Reinventing Television  —  Wake up, television executives of America: Jon Stewart - the wiseacre host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show - knows more about your business than you do.  Sure, The Daily Show may just seem like a smart comedy program on basic cable; nothing more than good political satire …
Mike / Techdirt:
NPR Sick Of Howard Stern Butting In; Wants FCC To Recall FM Modulators  —  from the interference-problems dept  —  A few years back, the UK decided to ban certain FM modulators such as the "iTrip" device that would let you broadcast your iPod a short distance at a low frequency on your radio …
Discussion: Engadget
Frank D. Roylance / Baltimore Sun:
Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars  —  Citing widespread interference on broadcast frequencies used by its member stations, National Public Radio has asked the Federal Communications Commission to order recalls of millions of FM modulators that drivers use to play satellite radios and iPods through their car stereos.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Wikipedia leaves $100M on the table (or "PLEASE Jimbo, reconsider—media philanthropy could change the world!")  —  Update: Story is now on digg.  —  While on the subject of media philanthropy....  I sat next to Jimbo at a Wikipedia dinner over the summer.
Bot nets likely behind jump in spam  —  Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus 2006-10-27  —  A significant rise in the global volume of spam in the past two months has security analysts worried that bot nets are increasingly being used by spammers to stymie network defenses erected to curtail bulk e-mail.
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 …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
FBI returns to "Fake Boarding Pass" guy's home, seizes computers  —  (Story background here).  Christopher Soghoian today blogs that the FBI returned to his home last night in his absence with a search warrant, and seized computers and other belongings.  The 24-year old computer science student …
Jonathan Silverstein / ABCNEWS:
Web Site Lets Anyone Create Fake Boarding Passes
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Would You Rather Have Sex With Marilyn Monroe or Take Photographs of Her?  —  Update: Ok, so the combination of a few drinks and zero sleep has muddeled my memory at bit.  Maryam Scoble points out that it was actually her that asked the Marilyn Monroe question while we were talking to Tara.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
My CarsDirect Experience  —  A couple of months ago I decided I was going to buy a new car, but there is almost nothing I like less than negotiating with car salespeople.  The first thing they do is try to get your name and phone number.  They will then begin calling you a day or two after you leave …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Mobile, Behind the Scenes  —  Last week when Skype announced that it had seen five million downloads for the Pocket PC platform, I was suitably impressed.  Why?  Because it showed that there is clearly a demand for a Skype-type solution on the mobile phones.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Red Hat won't cut prices because of Oracle: CEO  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Linux software distributor Red Hat Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT - news) will not cut prices even though bigger rival Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:ORCL - news) is launching similar services for half the price, Red Hat's chief executive said on Friday.
Discussion: Open Sources
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Search Startups Are Dead, Long Live Search Startups  —  Echoing Debra Chrapaty's comment that "in the future, being on someone's platform will mean being hosted on their infrastructure", Bill Burnham has an interesting entry on why search is dead as a category for VCs:
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 …
Discussion: Hot Stories and digg
Tony Smith / The Register:
TomTom to track phones for real-time traffic info  —  Vodafone and route-planning specialist TomTom will next year deploy what they believe will be the world's first commercial traffic data system based on tracking thousands of mobile phones in real-time, the pair said today.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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Wikipedia Mulls Copyright Purchase Plan
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The case of the vanished iSight indicator
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Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 3
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firefox 2 million  —  I like how Mike Beltzner puts it:
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Why IBM's patent suit against Amazon could be bad news for the entire Web
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Cryptos gather for 30th anniversary of public-key cryptography
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Get Applecare Executive Customer Service
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