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1:25 PM ET, November 4, 2006


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Jeff Howe / Wired News:
Gannett to Crowdsource News  —  The publisher of "America's newspaper" is turning to America to get its news.  —  According to internal documents provided to Wired News and interviews with key executives, Gannett, the publisher of USA Today as well as 90 other American daily newspapers …
Jack Loftus /
Open Source News:  —  Red Hat: We will be here in one year, Novell will not … Has Linux won?  —  Mark Webbink: Between last week and this one, it is clear that the two largest software vendors in the world perceive Linux to be at least on the same plane as them.  They have got to respect what we have done.
Discussion: Slashdot
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost  —  As with the iMac, next-generation chip bolsters laptop's performance  —  Like the iMac before it, Apple's MacBook Pro underwent an upgrade highlighted by a chip swap—the Core Duo processor that used to power Apple's pro laptop is gone, replaced by the next-generation Core 2 Duo.
Discussion: Engadget, Slashdot and digg
Light Reading:
Google Gets Orkut Users Talking  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) will soon announce that its Google Talk instant messaging and VOIP service will be built into its social networking site Orkut, Google's version of MySpace.  —  The company says its Google Talk and Orkut development teams …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Digg Users Feeling Snubbed  —  Digg continues to grow, claiming 20 million visitors per month and an increasing amount of mainstream attention.  But as traffic to Digg has grown, the incentive to "game" the site to get stories to the home page has also increased.
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
Windows XP Zune theme  —  The new Windows XP Zune theme is here, and it is hot.  You might mentally compare this theme to Royale Noir, it does look a bit like it, but it's not.  This theme is of course to commemorate the launch of Microsoft's alleged iPod-killer in a few weeks.
Microsoft Zune Theme for Windows XP 1.0
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amazon's vision?  What vision?  — chief executive Jeff Bezos is an impressive entrepreneur, given the success he achieved at Amazon.  Skeptics had assumed Amazon would go belly up after the Internet bubble burst.  —  But Amazon's stock price has drifted slowly downward since late 2003 …
Discussion: Tech Beat
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I do long videos and tell mass audiences to go elsewhere  —  Andrew Bourland notices that the way to build an audience is to do short videos.  Beet.TV is kicking my a&&.  —  But, as Kathy Sierra teaches us, it's not all about size of audience.  I used to get that request over at Microsoft all the time.
Discussion: Beet.TV and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meebo IM Goes 1.0 with slick enhancements  —  Meebo, a web based instant messaging service, after spending nearly a year in "alpha," has quietly gone to a full release, skipping the "beta" phase all together.  We stumbled upon their new look web instant messaging client early this morning, when we logged in to the service.
Discussion: meeblog and .:UNEASYsilence:.
I, Cringely:
The $200 Billion Lunch: We're switching to IPv6, dontcha know, and it might be worth it.  —  Remember Y2K?  If you worked in Information Technology in the waning days of the last millennium, you probably remember Y2K as a combination of Christmas and the hardest workday of your life.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Rich Sherlund is Leaving the Microsoft Building  —  There are lots of ways to read the news that Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund, historically the "axe" on Microsoft, is leaving the firm and looking to get into money management (read: hedge funds).  —  One straight up view …
Caroline McCarthy / ZDNet:
Zango reaches settlement with FTC  —  Adware manufacturer Zango has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in response to charges that it breached federal law by deceptively installing advertising software on consumers' PCs without a clear means of removal.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Voxilla On Fonality's IP PBX Play  —  Little did I know this morning that I was onto something when it came to Fonality having more up their sleeve than has been announced.  —  If I read between the lines of Marcelo's post today there is clearly more to it than meets the eye with Fonality and what they mean to the enterprise.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
BrightRoll serving contextual ads in video  —  BrightRoll, a San Francisco company that places relevant advertising in vidoes, has launched with an expected $1 million in funding (we'd reported this when the company was still called PostRoller).  —  Announcement is here, with full list of investors …
Discussion: and Clickety Clack
JJ Hawkins / PVR Wire:
TiVo with a Twist: Ways to Enhance the TiVo Experience  —  If you've read any of my posts since I started writing for the site, it's no secret I love TiVo.  Over the course of the last 42 months the company has milked $543.90 in subscription fees out of me and another $250 for the cost of a Series2.
Discussion: Thomas Hawk's Digital … and digg
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Getting from here to there  —  So, a few times a day, I hear from a reader who wants my advice on how to be Google.  Or Reddit.  Or Scoble.  —  There is a good place to be.  There is traffic and attention and influence and profitability.  Here, on the other hand, is nothing special.
Winston / The Next Phase:
Greasemonkey Script: Gmail and Reader Integrator  —  GMAIL AND READER INTEGRATOR  —  I wrote a Greasemonkey script that integrates Gmail with Google Reader.  —  Features  — Spilt-window view of Gmail and Reader on a single page  — Links to collapse|  expand either Gmail or Reader
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 Earlier Items: 
Tevslin / NewAssignment.Net:
Tom Evslin: "The Internet may need citizen journalists to keep it open and useful."
Will Wright's bibliography  —  The recent New Yorker piece …
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Make a ringtone from any MP3
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
FBI Tracks Down Big Phish
Discussion: CNET
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
VMWare's Fusion begins private beta

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