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4:55 PM ET, November 13, 2006


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Valleywag Release Candidate 2  —  Some changes, today, on Valleywag, in design, personnel, and mission.  Obviously, there's a new design.  Nick Douglas, editor since launch earlier this year, is leaving.  And we're going to change the mix of stories, slightly.  —  1. Design.
Bambi Francisco / Bambi Franciso:
Nick Denton on ValleyWag
Discussion: Federated Media …
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Sun picks GPL license for Java code  —  After years of requests and debates, Sun Microsystems is ready to release Java source code under a Linux-friendly license.  —  On Monday, it plans to put the code for the programming software under the version 2 of the General Public License (GPLv2) …
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
Discussion: Between the Lines and Adam Kalsey
Java Is Free  —  When I took the job at Sun in early 2004 …
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Pre-Roll Not the Answer for Online Video  —  The growth of online video this year has been staggering, but marketers are still struggling to find ways to effectively monetize the channel.  According to a new report from eMarketer, as well as comments of several speakers at the Ad:tech …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Lost Remote
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Pre-Roll May Be Easiest Online Video Ad Option But It's Not The Best
Cary Sherman / CNET
Perspective: The farce behind 'Digital Freedom'  —  perspective Last month, the Consumer Electronics Association and other groups announced a "Digital Freedom" campaign that latches onto the concept of fair use—supposedly to benefit consumers.  —  Seems like a worthwhile effort.
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Carlo / Techdirt:   When The RIAA Hates You This Much, You Must Be On The Right Track
Kevin J. O'Brien / TechNewsWorld:
Gates: Internet Bubble Is Back  —  "We're back kind of in Internet-bubble era in terms of people thinking: 'O.K., traffic.  We want traffic.  We want traffic,'" Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said.  "There are still some areas where it is unclear what's going to come out of that."
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Bill Gates, 1; Scoble, 0
Discussion: Scobleizer
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
Hacking the XBox 360's HD-DVD for the PC  —  Double Double toil and trouble, well more accurately it's Torx 5 Torx 7 toil and lots trouble.  Enticed by the $199 price, we set ourselves on a mission to find out if the Microsoft's XBox 360 HD-DVD player could work on a normal PC.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360's HD DVD drive already functioning on PCs
Discussion: The Tech Report and PaidContent
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft Counting on a Twist to Make Zune Shine in Shadow of iPod  —  The hoopla was still swelling around last November's debut of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's latest entry in the game-console wars, when some on its development team began turning their attention to conceiving a new product.
Google Blogoscoped:
Popular Blog Posts  —  I asked several bloggers about their most popular, or one of their most popular, blog posts - the kind that made an impact on people, had skyrocketing traffic numbers, or triggered a meme or changes.  Here are their answers (please note that I adjusted case for some answers …
Matthew Klam / New York Times:
The Online Auteurs  —  1. Some people were clowns at the kitchen table and in Mrs. Gadjodnick's third-grade class — they've been funny all their lives — and without making a big thing out of it, they've always believed that the world could use them up there on the silver screen.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Lycos seeks rebirth as "virtual living room"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lycos Inc., a U.S. Internet portal that survived the bursting of the late 1990s dot-com bubble, plans to resurrect itself as a teen broadband video channel with a built-in text chat room.  —  Having missed much of the …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Confabb: Find, Track and Review Conferences  —  Confabb is a new service launching today that offers a centralized place to find information about all kinds of conferences.  The site offers everything from speaker and event reviews to photos of the events after the fact through integration with Flickr.
Battelle gets Farked  —  Federated Media Publishing, the ad network run by John Battelle, has lost one of the most popular sites it repped, and another may also leave the stable.  Fark, the heavily-trafficked humor site run by Drew Curtis, has appointed Maxim, the men's internet and magazine title, to sell its inventory.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and
James Brightman / Business Week:
Predatory Packaging  —  Are expensive bundles of next-gen consoles, games and assorted add-ons just one big con?  —  Many GameStop/EB customers may have been alerted this week to an upcoming bundle package for the Nintendo Wii.  Rather than offering a standalone console for purchase online …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Google's video service faces suit  —  Google Inc.'s video service faces at least one copyright infringement lawsuit, the company confirmed, and the Web search leader faces a separate subpoena tied to the service.  —  Copyright infringement has become a hot topic as pirated video from TV …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Mark Anderson / Wired News:
A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet censorship.
Washington Post:
For Ted Leonsis, a Quest to Find Himself Faster Online  —  For a man who's often in the public eye, Ted Leonsis didn't like what he saw when he Googled himself last year.  —  Leonsis — vice chairman of AOL, majority owner of the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Mystics of women's basketball …
Discussion: Things That
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Elaine Thompson / Newsweek:
Tune Into Zune?  —  Microsoft takes aim at the iPod and misses-for now.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Microsoft says Gmail is a virus
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akamai in talks to acquire Nine Systems
Antony Mayfield / Open (finds, minds, conversations):
History isn't what it used to be...  Studying modern history …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
The New Multiply 3.0 vs. Vox
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google chief sez: "Your mobile phone should be free"
Ken Elefant / VentureBeat:
The seven strategies for mobile ads, and which ones will work
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
T-Shirt Turns Air Guitar Riffs Into Actual Sounds: The World Weeps
Discussion: Digital World and Ubergizmo
SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Apple's $7 Billion Christmas Quarter To Be Paced by iPod Sales
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and digg
Nick Bradbury:
Web 3.0 Does Not Validate
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iranians outraged as Google redraws map
Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Customize the Embedded Google Video Player
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Start me up: The sound of Vista