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3:15 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 / searchopensource.techtarget.com:
Red Hat: We will be here in one year, Novell will not  —  In the past two weeks, Oracle and Microsoft have fired salvos across — and some would say into — Red Hat's bow.  —  The Novell/Microsoft partnership had the desired short-term effect both companies were looking for: Red Hat stock went down …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Elaine / meeblog:
release XX: one giant leap!  —  Remember when you graduated to riding a real bicycle?  It was a pretty big day!  A year ago, meebo had just put on its training wheels.  Back then, we barely had emoticons and were months away from group chat.  Now, we're taking off the training wheels and coming out of alpha!
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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: Mashable! and .:UNEASYsilence:.
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.
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Joe / Techdirt:   FTC Finally Throws The Book At Zango
Ryan Singel / 27B Stroke 6:
In Message to Industry, Government Fines Adware Purveyor $3 Million (Updated)
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.
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, digg and Slashdot
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 …
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
AOL Executives See Evidence of Success in New Approach  —  It took much internal debate, hand-wringing and number-crunching before AOL made the bold step of flipping its business model toward advertising and away from the subscription revenue that built its business.
Discussion: Frank Barnako
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.
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BetaNews:
Microsoft Zune Theme for Windows XP 1.0
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amazon's vision?  What vision?  —  Amazon.com 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
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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 Bourland.com
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 …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iVue case replaces your iPod's hard outer shell  —  With all the iPod cases out there it's getting hard to stand out in the crowd.  The iVue Crystal Case from iPodMods doesn't try to compete with all those other cases.  It aims to make them unnecessary. the iVue is a see-through shell …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: brightroll.com and Clickety Clack
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.
 
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Spacewear fashion show: looking fly in zero-g
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TiVo with a Twist: Ways to Enhance the TiVo Experience
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