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8:20 PM ET, November 12, 2006

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Drew / Dembot:
Zune  —  I just sent this letter to Microsoft.  It was a very difficult thing to do:  —  Sunday November 11, 2006  —  Hey Paul, we are going to back out of the Zune.net promo that is supposed to launch [deleted date].  —  I have been losing sleep over it and decided this is just not going to be right for Rocketboom.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
If a reporter wants to plant a foot in the future and burn some bridges with the past, a simple project would be to build a network model for who gets quoted by which reporters at which publications.  —  This is fairly conspicuous in Markoff's reporting in the Times.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Web 2.0 isn't dead, but Web 3.0 is bubbling up  —  Nick Carr was at this best synthesizing the week that was-the Web 2.0 Summit-and he wasn't even there.  I agree with other bloggers, commentators, writers, reporters, pundits, podcasters, vloggers, journalists and user generated content creators …
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Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
There is no Web 3.0, part, uh, 2  —  John Markoff writes in the NY Times that Web 3.0 is coming.  Apparently he missed my post last week, for There is no Web 3.0.  The funny thing about my summation last year (Web 2.0 is Made of People!) is the web has always been that way — and always will.
Josh Bancroft / TinyScreenfuls.com:
Video: Unboxing the Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)  —  Video: Unboxing the Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC  —  Watch Now:  —  Unboxing the Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC: Play Now |  Play in Popup |  Download (5)  —  Having been lovingly introduced to the world of the Ultra Mobile PCs (hereafter UMPCs) …
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Matt Faulkner / GottaBeMobile.com:
Asus R2H UMPC Usability InkShow  —  Here is the second installment of the Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC InkShows.  In this InkShow, I get up close and personal with the R2H, focusing on usability of the UMPC.  I give an overview of some of the Asus Utilities that are installed on the device.
Reuters:
Google CEO: Free cellphones for all, if...  Schmidt says consumers would get the device without cost - provided they accepy targeted advertising.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Web search leader Google Inc.'s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers …
Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Wii console manual reveals its secrets  —  Since all four of us can't play Zelda at the same time, we passed the Wii-less hours by poring over the 69 page "systems and settings" manual that came with the Wii (not to be confused with the 105-page, trilingual "system setup" manual that's also included).
Discussion: digg
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Dude, where's my cursor (Wii annoyance #1)  —  For the most part, we've been impressed with the responsiveness and stability of the Wii remote as pointing device.  The whole pointer system fails, though, when your remote hand wavers a bit and the pointer goes off the screen.
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
A Struggle Over Dominance and Definition  —  GOOGLE: mate or menace?  That is the burning question of the week — heck, probably of the year — for ye olde media companies.  —  In the last few weeks an enormous swarm of activity has been coming out of the Googleplex beehive in Mountain View …
Google Blogoscoped:
How to Increase the Gmail Font Size  —  I always found Gmail's font size for mails a bit too small for comfortable reading - and since I read a lot in Gmail, I wanted to optimize it.  While I can adjust the font size in Firefox using View -> Text size -> Increase, I don't like to change all web pages.
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Mobile Marketing Has Finally Arrived  —  I was asked to submit an article to a forthcoming edition of Admap, published by World Advertising Research Center which is the "leading supplier of information, knowledge, insight and data to the global marketing, advertising, media and research communities."
Discussion: Cost Per News and Mike Rowehl
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Looking for a Library on Google Local  —  Back in July, I wrote about a patent application from Google that may have described how Google attempts to find the web pages that should be shown with local search results, Authority Documents for Google's Local Search.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Listen To Podcasts On Any Phone  —  We've been testing two new services, Fonpods and Podlinez, that allow users to listen to podcasts directly from any telephone.  Unlike existing service VoiceIndigo, which requires users to listen to podcasts on a cell phone through downloaded software …
Discussion: digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Stores selling Zunes early  —  We don't know exactly how many stores are now accessory to the heinous crime of pre-launch gadget sales, but it looks like Microsoft is one customer closer to overthrowing the nation of iPod courtesy of the Zune-gun-jumping Best Buy at Union City Landing shopping centre.
Discussion: Steve Newson DOT net
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FLX / FLX-Tech:
Zune on early sale at BestBuy
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited, TechBlog and digg
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Let It Be Gang  —  I'm in Washington for a workshop on attention and gestures.  In the cab on the way to the hotel I called in to the Gillmor Gang recording, as did Mike Arrington, Jason Calacanis, Robert Anderson, Hugh MacLeod, Dan Farber, and Doc Searls.  There's a lot of nice moments …
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Symbol and Palm OS part ways
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Top YPN Exec Leaving Yahoo At End Of November; Deputy Leaving, Too
Discussion: GigaOM
Associated Press:
New Zealand students may 'text-speak' in exams
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Chocolate covered Mac Classic
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Apple getting creative on album pricing
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Enterprise 2.0 and Culture Change
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