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9:45 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 …
Jim Romenesko /
Gannett introduces "the newsroom of the future"  —  To:  —  Dear co-workers:  —  I'd like to talk about a Gannett innovation called the Information Center.  It's being launched now in some locations around the company, and plans are being made to broaden that rollout across Gannett.  —  What is it?
Discussion: Online News Squared
Jack Loftus /
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
Metaverse / Notes from the Metaverse …:
Update: It's a Virtualization Thing
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 /   Digg to Top Users: QUIT NOW?
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!
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:.
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Hands-on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess  —  10 hours in, is this the best Zelda game ever made?  Matt's impressions inside.  —  IGN Wii's editor-in-chief, Matt Casamassina, recently journeyed to Nintendo of America's Seattle headquarters for an extensive hands-on play session with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Discussion: 4 color rebellion, Go Nintendo and digg
Hands-On, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Discussion: Gizmodo and Go Nintendo
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Off to the Web 2.0 Summit (formally known as Web 2.0 Conference)  —  Tomorrow morning I'm traveling to San Francisco for next week's Web 2.0 Conference, which is to be re-named the Web 2.0 Summit on opening day next Tuesday.  In an email to media explaining the name change, O'Reilly Media said:
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
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Mark Jung Leaves FIM/IGN; No Immediate Replacement As COO  —  Now I really wish I'd started a pool when Mark Jung, co-founder of IGN and CEO when it was acquired by News Corp., took the job as COO of Fox Interactive Media.  Roughly eight months into his tenure, Jung has resigned quietly as COO.
Timbl / timbl's blog:
Blogging is great  —  People have, since it started, complained about the fact that there is junk on the web.  And as a universal medium, of course, it is important that the web itself doesn't try to decide what is publishable.  The way quality works on the web is through links.
Discussion: Raw and Open (finds, minds …
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
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
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.
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.
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy's PS3 Playbook
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Comcast launching user video site
Discussion: PaidContent and PVR Wire
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 menu / interface complete video walkthrough
The Entire Nintendo World Book Just For You
Discussion: 4 color rebellion and Joystiq
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
DVR ratings nearing 20 percent
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amazon's vision?  What vision?  — chief executive …
Discussion: The Gong Show
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Two simple words of passion...
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
BrightRoll serving contextual ads in video
Discussion: TechCrunch and Clickety Clack
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Rich Sherlund is Leaving the Microsoft Building
Joe / Techdirt:
FTC Finally Throws The Book At Zango
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Spacewear fashion show: looking fly in zero-g
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Caroline McCarthy / ZDNet:
Zango reaches settlement with FTC
Light Reading:
Google Gets Orkut Users Talking
Winston / The Next Phase:
Greasemonkey Script: Gmail and Reader Integrator

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