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8:25 AM ET, November 2, 2006


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Jeff Diehl / 10 Zen Monkeys:
EFF and 10 Zen Monkeys vs. Michael Crook and DMCA  —  Vote Reddit Story ?  —  Social griefing a la Jason Fortuny and Michael Crook may have finally been taken too far.  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing 10 Zen Monkeys in a civil lawsuit against griefer Michael Crook …
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg
EFF: Breaking News:
Craigslist Sex Ad Scammer Seeks to Silence Critics  —  Baseless Copyright Claims Used to Shut Down Debate Over Privacy Controversy  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the man behind "" — a website that publicized responses …
Discussion: Techdirt
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
EFF Sues Michael Crook for Bogus DMCA Claims
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
MobiTV Raises Even More $$$s  —  The last time mobile video startup MobiTV said they raised $70 million in a third round of funding, we used them as an example of the return of the big VC money.  Now the Emeryville-based company is announcing today that it has raised even more money as part of its Series C …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   MobiTV Raises Another $30 Million; Adds Hearst and Adobe As Investors
Alexander Panetta / Globe and Mail:
Videotron lobbying for Internet 'transmission tariff'  —  OTTAWA — With video and music downloads gobbling up Internet bandwidth at an ever-expanding pace, cable company Videotron is pushing for content providers like movie studios to share some of the cost to expand broadband pipelines.
Marsha Walton / CNN:
Web reaches new milestone: 100 million sites … (CNN) — Are your Web surfing fingers getting tired?  —  There may be a reason.  Netcraft, an Internet monitoring company that has tracked Web growth since 1995, says a mammoth milestone was reached during the month of October.
Wall Street Journal:
Cingular to Launch Cellphone Music Service  —  Carrier Is Teaming Up  —  With Napster, Yahoo;  —  Challenge to Apple's iPod  —  Cingular is expected to begin partnering with some of the biggest online music services, including Napster Inc., Yahoo Inc.'s Yahoo Music and eMusic …
Ohio Company Sues Internet Video Giant YouTube  —  It's the up and coming Internet portal for personal videos on the Internet, and now a northwest Ohio company has asked a federal judge to make the company pay.  Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation of Perrysburg …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Dow Jones Joins Brightcove's Ad and Syndication Network  —  Dow Jones Online has officially joined Brightcove's new video syndication and ad networks.  The publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online, and Barron's Online has been using Brightcove's service on its sites in beta …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   DJ-Brightcove To Develop Media Players For Publishers; Partnering On Video Channels
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
The Word on Warranties: Don't Bother  —  IT may be tempting to buy extended warranties with all those high-tech gadgets on your holiday list, but the experts say they are almost always a waste of money.  —  The experts have done the math, taking into account the odds that a product will break …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Download now: The 2007 iPod Buyers' Guide, by  —  The world's most popular iPod and accessory buyers' guide is back for its third year, and better than ever!  —  Single page, best for printing (21.8 MB ZIP)  —  Double page, best for monitors (21.7 MB ZIP)  —  Alternate Download Links:
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Kazaa Said to Pay $10 Million in Settlement  —  Kazaa, the file-sharing successor to Napster that record companies have been battling for years, has reached a tentative settlement in the last of three major lawsuits against it.  —  Under the agreement with the National Music Publishers' Association …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Blockbuster tries new online rental incentive  —  update Blockbuster has introduced a feature to its online rental service, giving subscribers the option of returning DVDs to stores rather than solely through the mail.  —  Subscribers to any Blockbuster online rental plan can use the new "Total Access" feature.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechEffect
Caliandris Pendragon / Second Life Insider:
Poor communication infuriates residents  —  Over the weekend, rumours flew around the grid about price rises for land and tier fees.  It appeared that Anshe Chung might be in the know, as she raised her tier fees.  Other people speculated upon who might have been told and who might not, and why.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Facebook's Changing Fortunes  —  The social-networking site could have sold for upwards of $1 billion, but declining traffic numbers may have potential buyers waiting for a discount  —  It's crunch time, as they say in college, for Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Discussion: PaidContent and Mr Wave Theory
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
South Park: Waiting for Wii is like "waiting for Christmas times a thousand"  —  TiVo tells me that "Cartman attempts to manipulate his personal time-line to align with the precise release date of the newest, hottest game."  What "game" would that be?  Hint: it's the one with motion controlled controllers.
Discussion: 4 color rebellion and Boing Boing
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
GridNetworks Speeds Streaming  —  A Seattle startup founded by RealNetworks alums launched today, promising to halve the cost of distributing movies online.  The company, GridNetworks, is hoping to sign up content distributors and set-top boxes, and already has a few customers using its distributed network …
Billy T / the cool hunter:
NOKIA's VISION IS CLEAR  —  With a cargo ship load of various portable sound systems and accessories on the market, the battle for the funkiest design has been fiercely fought for a few years now.  One design that certainly stands out is the transparent ghetto-blaster from Nokia.
Discussion: Darla Mack, Engadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Firefox Kid's New Start Up, Parakey
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
$100 Laptops Coming in Q1 '07
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iTunes 7.0.2 thinks I've moved to France (and they have no TV Shows there!)
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Discussion: Network World and digg
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PlayStation 3 hands-on preview (with video!)
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