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4:35 PM ET, November 10, 2006

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Another committee takes the "soul" out of Robert Fripp  —  Alec Saunders notes that there's not much of Robert Fripp inside the audio in Windows Vista (he was the guitarist who recorded the four notes that you'll soon be sick of.  They'll probably be used in all the marketing and are the startup sound for Vista).
Discussion: Glass House
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
When Microsoft conspiracy theories spin out of control
Discussion: The Register and Windows-Now.com
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Judge orders RIAA to justify its piracy charges  —  $750 for a 75 cent song is taking the Wii  —  A US COURT is forcing the Recording Industry of America to explain why it charges people it catches pirating $750 a single rather than the 70 cents they flog them to retailers for.
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New York Times:
Brands Produce Their Own Shows  —  Marketers have found a new way to try to keep viewers from tuning out: offer them TV shows, movies and online programming created by the marketers themselves, often with help from their advertising agencies.  —  These new offerings, the marketers hope …
Discussion: Techdirt, Beet.TV, PVR Wire and CrunchGear
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Marissa Mayer at Web 2.0  —  Google VP Marissa Mayer just spoke at the Web 2.0 Conference and offered tidbits on what Google has learned about speed, the user experience, and user satisfaction.  —  Marissa started with a story about a user test they did.  They asked a group of Google searchers …
Discussion: Preoccupations
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google's Marissa Mayer: Speed wins
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
The Dress Code Is Relaxed, but the Courting Is Intense  —  Dozens of the world's biggest media moguls and investment bankers, dressed in perfectly pressed suits, mingled in the lobby of the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan yesterday at the annual FourSquare conference.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blog Pimpin  —  Blogs, uhh, good God, what are they good for.....  (sung to the tune of the song War)...  Has anyone noticed lately that more blogs posts are about other blogs, which are writing about whats being reported in other blogs than about something original from the author ?
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
"Music Only" for your iTunes playlists  —  In my MacBreak Weekly capacity as Vice-President in Charge of Digging Pointless Ratholes™, I recently mentioned some tricks that I use to create better playlists in iTunes.  One of these tricks — which is an oldie, and which I'm certain …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New AdWords Algorithm Kicks In; Google Advertisers Upset  —  Earlier this week, we reported that Google will be launching a new landing page quality score algorithm for AdWords ranking and pricing.  It has now been released and Google AdWords advertisers are speaking up.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Oh, the emails you'll get...  A management consultant at Bain wrote me a nice email, that included the following sentence: … I didn't understand a thing he wrote.  The email contained a lot of words ("benchmarking," "outside in," "performance metrics," "best practice," "process and organization" …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Start-Ups, Web Success on the Cheap  —  When Seth J. Sternberg and two colleagues started Meebo, a Web-based instant-messaging service, they didn't go looking for venture capitalists.  Using their credit cards, they financed the company themselves to the tune of $2,000 apiece.
Nick / Rough Type:
More blogs, less weight  —  One thing struck me as I read through the latest State of the Blogosphere report from Technorati boss David Sifry.  It wasn't that the total number of blogs in the known world had leapt once again, to something like 837.4 trillion.
Google Blogoscoped:
New Gmail Features  —  There are a couple of new Gmail features being currently rolled out:  — A design change replaces the "show details" option pane with a dropdown menu at the top right, which now also includes a "Reply" button.  It's interesting to see how close this button …
Josh Goldman / CrunchGear:
Can You Tell The Difference Between 1080i And 1080p?  —  If you said yes, you're lying.  Or maybe not.  —  CNET executive editor David Carnoy did a little informal testing between HDTVs of 1080p, 1080i and 720p resolutions using Blu-ray and HD DVD content.  The verdict: If you've got the money to burn on the 1080p set, go for it.
Discussion: Joystiq and HDBlog.net
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
ESA Threatens Kotaku  —  Last month someone created a genius T-shirt that put a gamer's spin on the age old "yo mamma" bag.  The shirt read "Your Mom's Rated E for Everyone."  Who wouldn't think that's friggin hilarious.  The ESA, that's who.  —  Earlier this week the Entertainment Software Association sicced their lawyers on us.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox HD DVD hands-on  —  Well looky looky here, we landed an Xbox HD DVD drive.  We're already all well aware of what it can and can't do; we just know you want the pics of the unboxing, it sitting next to the Xbox, and maybe a few bonus shots next to a real life HD DVD player.
Discussion: digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Wink Now Searches MySpace, LinkedIn and Beebo  —  Social search site Wink released a new feature called People Search this weekend and I think it's going to be a big move for the company.  Wink People Search searches over the user profiles of MySpace, LinkedIn and Beebo.
Discussion: VentureBeat and HipMojo.com
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Slashdot Posting Bug Infuriates Haggard Admins  —  Last night we crossed over 16,777,216 comments in the database.  The wise amongst you might note that this number is 2^24, or in MySQLese an unsigned mediumint.  Unfortunately, like 5 years ago we changed our primary keys in the comment table …
Toivo Lainevool / AdMoolah News and Views:
ReviewMe Launches  —  The following is a paid review of ReviewMe  —  ReviewMe is now taking registrations for advertisers and bloggers.  —  Overall I think it is a pretty good concept and it seems like an easy way for bloggers to make some money.  The basic idea is that advertisers pay bloggers to write about a product.
Baris Karadogan / VentureBeat:
Amazon.com and the fabless semiconductor industry  —  [VentureBeat criticized Amazon for lack of vision.  Baris Karadogan, of ComVentures, begs to differ and commends the company.]  —  A key theme at the Web 2.0 conference was infrastructure, centered around Amazon's big announcement to offer start-ups all their infrastructure needs.
 
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