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9:05 AM ET, November 2, 2006

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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Google Updates Mobile Services: New Downloadable Application Speeds Up Gmail  —  Google has just announced an upgrade to their suite of mobile services, and for the first time Gmail will have an on-device helper application that dramatically improves the user experience.
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
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Craigslist Sex Ad Scammer Seeks to Silence Critics
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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 …
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
MobiTV Raises Another $30 Million; Adds Hearst and Adobe As Investors  —  Mobile TV firm MobiTV, which raised a big $70 million in third round earlier this year in July, has added another $30 million to that round, topping it off at $100 million.  Interesting is the new investors behind the extra money: Hearst Corp. and Adobe Systems.
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.
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 …
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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, MarketWatch.com and Barron's Online has been using Brightcove's service on its sites in beta …
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   DJ-Brightcove To Develop Media Players For Publishers; Partnering On Video Channels
KLTV-TV:
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 …
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Wss / Netcraft:
November 2006 Web Server Survey  —  There are now more than 100 million web sites on the Internet, which gained 3.5 million sites last month to continue the dynamic growth seen throughout 2006.  In the November 2006 survey we received responses from 101,435,253 sites, up from 97.9 million sites last month.
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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 iLounge.com  —  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:
Darren Waters / BBC:
Microsoft considers China policy  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, Athens  —  A senior executive for Microsoft has said the firm could pull out of non-democratic countries such as China.  —  Fred Tipson, senior policy counsel for the computer giant, said concerns …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Exploit Released for Unpatched Apple Wi-Fi Flaw  —  Update, 4:35 p.m. ET: Lynn Fox over at Apple called back with the following statement:  —  "We were recently made aware of this security issue in our first generation AirPort card, which has not shipped since October 2003.
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 News.com:
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
ongoing:
Zend/PHP Conference  —  I spoke Tuesday morning at the Zend/PHP Conference & Expo in San Jose.  I was kind of overloaded and only had four hours among the PHP gang, but it was instructive, particularly in the context of my recent RubyConf experience.  —  The conference was exhaustively blogged …
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Forgent Settles Patent Case; Ends Up With Over $100 Million For No Innovation
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
The Aftermath  —  On Halloween, everything seems a little weird.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Firefox Kid's New Start Up, Parakey
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Digg makes it harder to get dugg
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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Lifehacker:
Napster launches 'free download of the day'
Aaron Delwiche / Terra Nova:
Are we really ready for a global conversation about virtual worlds?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is there an IPTV boom in the making?
Discussion: Network World and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 hands-on preview (with video!)
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft, Systems Integrators Team Up to Help Customers Prepare …
 

 
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