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5:50 PM ET, November 10, 2006

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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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Bradley M. Kuhn's Letter to the FOSS Development Community Regarding Microsoft's Patent Promise  —  Last Thursday, Novell and Microsoft announced a new collaborative effort involving both licensing and technology.  The Software Freedom Law Center has been following the situation, and as its CTO …
Discussion: Ted's Radio Weblog and Slashdot
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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 …
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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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Gizmodo:
Wii and PS3: Complete and Synchronized Unboxing  —  An event that happens less than Neptune colliding with Uranus: two consoles arriving on our doorstep simultaneously.  Actually now that we think about it, it's only happened once...ever.  The Wii and PS3 have landed, and only Gizmodo …
Discussion: digg
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.
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
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" …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Competitors of PodTech that I love, er, going to the Content Mall  —  Ever go to a content mall?  Well, there sure are a lot of them being built.  It's where the VC's are seeing some potential cash, at least in part because that's what Jason Calacanis did when he built Weblogs Inc. and sold …
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
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.
 
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HURRY: Trick To Get A Windows @Live.com Email Address
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When Microsoft conspiracy theories spin out of control
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Amazon.com and the fabless semiconductor industry
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BlogMailr - email posts to your blog
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Camrivox First To Support Google Talk In VoIP Hardware
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W3C Proposes Widget 1.0 Standard
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Globalstar GSP-1700 satphone also loaded with EV-DO
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Stikkit, the new web app from Rael Dornfest's Values of N startup …
Jonathan Berr / PaidContent:
Pressure Building on NYTCO From Morgan Stanley; Wall Street Sees Sale as Unlikely
Discussion: Virtual Economics
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Slashdot Posting Bug Infuriates Haggard Admins
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Boxbe: Get a Cut of Your Email Spam
Discussion: Download Squad
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
ESA Threatens Kotaku
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Google... the OS for Advertising
 

 
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