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9:35 AM 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 …
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  —  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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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."
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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Taking Wi-Fi power to the people
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Google quizzed over YouTube plans
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Facebook sharing features are live
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is growing headcount by 40% really the best way to catch Google?
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Cox demonstrates political nature of open source
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Maya's Mom Raises Angel Round, Launches
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Smart surveillance systems may soon detect violent behavior
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Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Who will buy TiVo? Google, Yahoo or Microsoft?
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Underage Finnish BitTorrent admins fined $60,000 each
Discussion: Valleywag and Neowin.net
primezone.com:
MySpace Founder Acquires Majority Stake in Leading Video Search Engine Flurl.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2004 Video Clip: Early Digg Demo By Kevin Rose
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Jason and Jeff Are Jerks
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YouTube.com & Video Spam
 

 
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