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4:40 PM ET, October 29, 2006

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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
In Teens' Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year  —  Teen Web sensation MySpace became so big so fast, News Corp. spent $580 million last year to buy it.  Then Google Inc. struck a $900 million deal, primarily to advertise with it.  But now Jackie Birnbaum and her fellow English classmates …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Are Hot Web Sites Like Hit TV Shows?  —  The Washington Post's Yuki Noguchi has this article today about how teens may be turning away from MySpace, raising the prospect that hot Internet properties are like fads that fade.  —  She talked to DC-area teens who have moved on from MySpace to Facebook and other social networking sites.
Darmano / Logic+Emotion:
No Blog Zone?  —  Greg Verdino recently wrote: … Now after recently going to a Forrester conference where blogging was encouraged, this puzzles me.  I'm assuming that they have a good reason, but as Greg states in his post: … It is a valid question I think.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Should Conferences Ban Blogging?  —  Dave Armano is watching an interesting thread started by Greg Verdino.  Apparently blogging was banned at this week's Nielsen BuzzMetric client-only conference on consumer generated media.  —  Greg says: "So how can you host an event about consumer generated media …
Doc Searls Weblog:
More on modulators Bill Gerrard writes , I can⊃1;t comment ...  I can¹t comment on the technical merits of NPR¹s case, but I do know that it has become common for the NPR station on my car radio to be drowned out for a second or two by a completely different broadcast as another car passes by in the opposing lane.
Discussion: StrayPackets and Mickeleh's Take
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The Doc Searls Weblog:
Hearing things  —  Baltimore Sun: Public radio seeks recall of FM devices used in cars.  Specifically, … And, … On the one hand, NPR has a case.  I've noticed that my Sirius satellite radio puts out a signal strong enough to hear up to 30 or 40 feet away, while my Belden TuneCast II …
Mike / Techdirt:
NPR Sick Of Howard Stern Butting In; Wants FCC To Recall FM Modulators
Discussion: Engadget
Bite Communications / bitemarks:
Pluck RSS reader going, going, gone?  —  It's a sad Friday morning for me.  I logged in this morning, Starbucks in hand, signed on to Pluck, my trusty RSS reader for nearly two years now, and started reading my news feeds.  Suddenly, I saw the following message:
Michael Hampton / Homeland Stupidity:
FBI raids creator of fake boarding pass generator  —  Exposing flaws in airport security by talking about them will get you watched closely by government agents.  Hi, guys.  —  Creating a compelling demonstration of just how stupid the federal government is, though, will get you a less …
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Ryan Singel / 27B Stroke 6:
FBI Raids Boarding Pass Maker's House, Seizes Computers
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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
FBI returns to "Fake Boarding Pass" guy's home, seizes computers
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Andrew / Treonauts:
Cingular Treo 680: Pricing & Launch Date Leaks + Treo 750w Possibly Coming to Cingular Soon  —  I have to admit that at this particular moment I feel as if Santa had arrived early this year thanks to the latest leak of a Cingular "Government Sales Team" PowerPoint presentation for the …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Someday search will be old too  —  Many years ago, when the Internet was still the domain of geeks, researchers and college students, the smart folks often said that the opportunities for new software companies were over, it simply required too much scale to compete in an industry dominated by Lotus, Microsoft and Ashton-Tate.
Aimee Weber / Second Life Insider:
3D Weather Data Visualization in Second Life  —  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with Aimee Weber Studio just unrolled a sneak preview of their educational project in Second Life (due to open in mid November).  This appetizer of things to come features …
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Under Fire, Soldiers Kill Blogs  —  Some of the web's more popular "milblogs" — blogs maintained by present or former active duty military personnel — are going quiet following a renewed push by U.S. military officials to scan sites for security risks.  —  Ten members of a Virginia National Guard unit …
Graham Bowley / Financial Times:
The high priestess of internet friendship  —  In January 2003, Danah Boyd moved to San Francisco just as a new internet phenomenon was taking off: online social networking sites.  They were virtual meeting places where people could log on to their computer, meet friends and talk.
Discussion: Edge Perspectives …
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Warm Tea: The Bully boy-on-boy kiss goes mainstream  —  Reuters reported on Bully's boy-on-boy kissing, brilliantly dubbed "Warm Tea," by Sex in Video Games author Brenda Brathwaite.  It's only a matter of time now before the Associated Press picks up the story and news outlets across the country jump into the fray.
Discussion: GamePolitics.com and Cathode Tan
Tim Finin / UMBC eBiquity:
Google to partner with researchware firm comScore  —  The Washington Post has an article on how Google is expanding its Web reach to Madison Avenue. … The most interesting part of the article, at least to me, talks about Google's plans to team with the "researchware" fim comScore …
Dean Takahashi / AEI:
Console Wars: A Look At the Financial Results  —  Earnings results have a way of shedding light on the reality of the video game console wars.  They scrape away the rhetoric that tends to obscure the real picture on the ground.  Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all offered glimpses of the console battle …
Discussion: Game|Life, Kotaku and 4 color rebellion
macintouch.com:
/RANT OFF/  —  They have become the old Quark.  And like Syquest before them they shall feel the pain of customers leaving.  Maybe they are awfully like Microsoft?  —  The inability to address the basic problems of CS2 apps and Intel Macs has formed resentment and anger.
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 …
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SecurityFocus:
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.
Kevin O'Keefe / Real Lawyers:
Grapes on a plane  —  LexBlog - Building Blogs For Lawyers  —  LexBlog Blog  —  I Liked Lawyer Blogging So Much, I started The Company, LexBlog.  —  Grapes on a plane  —  As a wrap up to this week's Blog Business Summit a group of the speakers are headed to Washington's wine country on the other side of the state.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Halley's Comment
 
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Email with a journalist...  Another email with a journalist writing a …
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Reuters:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
My CarsDirect Experience  —  A couple of months ago I decided …
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