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12:10 PM ET, November 1, 2006


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Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch Bashing Heats Up  —  The last two weeks has brough a fresh wave of TechCrunch hate.  I've learned to avoid responding to this stuff in the past because it just draws more attention to it, but tonight a reporter from the Syndey Morning Herald named Asher Moses emailed me and said …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Scrybe Syncing Calendar Has Launched In Beta  —  Scrybe, the online/offline calendar and organizer with the awesome YouTube demo video we wrote about earlier this month, has launched into beta tonight.  We've kicked the tires and can report that the parts of the service available now do deliver as advertised (see video again below).
Discussion: Download Squad and Changing Way
Wired News:
Wired Digital Acquires Reddit  —  Wired Digital has purchased the personalized social news aggregation website Reddit, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  —  Reddit, which has four full-time employees, will move from Boston to Wired Digital's headquarters in San Francisco.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Mobile Content Startups: Easy Money  —  Venture firms and investors seem to be pouring more and more money into startups that create or enable mobile content.  In September over $150 million in venture funding was invested in companies in the mobile content industry.
Business Wire:
Thumbplay Announces $15 Million in New Funding
Discussion: Mr Wave Theory
Pieter Hintjens / Free Software Magazine:
What's wrong with software patents?  —  I know that many people come to the FFII—as I did—because they feel a deep sense of injustice at how the smaller players in IT are consistently squashed by special interests and monopolists.  But I'm going to look at our core concern—software patents …
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Charles River Ventures Goes For Angel Market  —  On Wednesday Charles River Ventures will announce a new project called "Quick Start" (link should be live in the next few hours) which is designed break away from traditional venture capital investing models and get small amounts of capital …
Discussion:, Net and Gabor's Blog
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Charles River Ventures introduces friendly "convertible" seed round
Discussion: Redeye VC and A VC
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
It's the content, not the icons  —  What's with all the social bookmarking icons at the bottom of every single friggin' blog post out there?  —  Given the Ebola-like spread of these things they must be really effective, right?  Not so much.  Zero out of Technorati's top 10 blogs feature those icons.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Logo Now Appearing Web-wide  —  Facebook is infiltrating sites across the web, decorating everyone from the Washington Post to the Onion to IMDB with its new little "f" logo.  The social networking site over the last week has been introducing features allowing members to collect content …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Business Wire:
Facebook® Enables Users to Share Video, Photos, News …
Discussion: Mashable!
Sony Vaio G1: Sub 2-Pounder, Carbon Fiber Goodness  —  Sony's smashed the 2-pound barrier with its Sony Vaio G1, a 1.98-pound carbon fiber laptop that the company calls "the lightest fully usable notebook ever produced."  Despite that feather weight, it still has a 12.1-inch display, 1.5GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and I4U News
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Elephants and Evolution - How the Landscape is Changing for Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Adobe  —  Written by John Milan and edited by Richard MacManus.  John is Senior Software Architect and founder of TeamDirection.  —  The days of purely desktop-based applications are clearly numbered …
Discussion: JD on EP and Slashdot
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Viacom, YouTube Strive for Accord  —  NEW YORK After Viacom sent YouTube a letter last week asking the video-sharing site to remove some of its copyrighted content, the two companies appear to have reached an understanding.  —  The letter requested that YouTube remove some Viacom proprietary content …
Live Search's WebLog:
Add Search to Your Site with the Live Search Box  —  (And, yes, it supports Firefox too!)  —  Today, we're proud to announce the launch of the Live Search Box, to bring the power of search to your Web site or blog through a cool widget.  Check it out:  —  When the user enters a query …
IAC Reports Q3 Results  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) released third quarter 2006 results today, reporting over $1.6 billion in revenue, an 11% rate of growth over the prior year, and $172 million of Operating Income Before Amortization, reflecting a similar growth rate.  Adjusted EPS was $0.35, compared to $0.32 in the year ago period.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computing, 2016: What Won't Be Possible?  —  Computer science is not only a comparatively young field, but also one that has had to prove it is really science.  Skeptics in academia would often say that after Alan Turing described the concept of the "universal machine" in the late 1930's …
Discussion: David Card
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb: Launches New Features - Including Flash Player, Events and Free MP3s  —, one of my favorite online music recommendation and listening services, today announced a website relaunch.  The London-based company has added four new features: Events system (e.g. concerts), Free MP3s, Flash player radio, and a Taste-o-meter.
Discussion: Mashable! and digg
Dan Bricklin's Log:
Full-featured wikiCalc beta release 0.96  —  I've just posted a new beta release of wikiCalc: Version 0.96.  This is hopefully the last beta version before 1.0.  It has all of the localization work (moving strings into a few easily customizable files, etc.), all of the functions, final UI, etc.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Skyhook AIMs at Location Market  —  WiFi location startup Skyhook Wireless, which has the marketing-friendly browser plug-in Loki, has been making some pretty good progress since we last spoke to them in June.  The Boston-based startup, which has raised $8.5 million from Bain Capital Ventures …
Discussion: All Points Blog
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AdSense Money Machine? …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
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Todd Chanko:
Comcast's "Killer" App: Fearnet
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Pioneer's BDP-HD1 Blu-ray player also delayed until December
Discussion: Gizmodo
Municipal Report: Bogus Experts, Bogus Concern
Discussion: Slashdot
Evan Orensten / Cool Hunting:
Telefonplan Tower  —  Standing proudly in the Stockholm suburb …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
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Cote / People Over Process:
Google Buys JotSpot: The Nickel Tour Analysis
Carlo / Techdirt:
Shocker: Radio Station That Gives Listeners What They Want Grows Its Audience
Washington Post:
To the Media, YouTube Is a Threat and a Tool
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage, Shaken & Stirred, Again
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
There's Still Room for More and Better Social Networking …
Ed Cone / Know It All:
PodShow interview