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12:25 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).
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Charles River Ventures introduces friendly "convertible" seed round  —  Charles River Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, has launched a new investment strategy, offering rapid but tiny $250,000 checks to Internet start-ups.  —  The program, called QuickStart, recognizes times have changed …
Discussion: Redeye VC, and A VC
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, Gabor's Blog and Blogspotting
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 …
Washington Post:
To the Media, YouTube Is a Threat and a Tool
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
USA Today:
AT&T cable plan includes wireless  —  SAN ANTONIO - Mobile phones figure prominently in AT&T's (T) attack plans as it prepares to take on the big cable TV operators.  —  "Wireless is at the top of our list," says Scott Helbing, AT&T executive vice president of entertainment …
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
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.
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
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.
Business Wire:
Facebook® Enables Users to Share Video, Photos, News, Blogs and More From Anywhere on the Web  —  Leading Websites Tap Into the Viral Sharing Among Facebook Users  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Facebook, the Internet's leading social utility, today announced that for the first time people …
Discussion: Mashable!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Logo Now Appearing Web-wide
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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
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.
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
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
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There's Still Room for More and Better Social Networking …
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