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11:10 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  —  Nick Denton, the founder of the popular Gawker blog, and Silicon Valley gossip site — ValleyWag — will begin writing for ValleyWag beginning Monday.  The founder says that the 22-year-old writer, who Denton hired to write for ValleyWag since it launched in February, has stepped down from his post.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Nick Douglas Leaving Valleywag  —  Was Semel booed?  - Valleywag Wow, popped up Valleywag this morning to see some kind of crazy scary green new logo staring back at me and then read the most recent article to learn that it's more than just the logo that's changed.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valleywag guy Nick Douglas gone — Will Wired snag him?
Jbat / Federated Media Publishing Inc.:   Ah, "Better" Rumors
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Valleywag: Now with less wag
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Confabb opens to conference attendees, speakers, planners (video)
Discussion: ScobleShow
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Behind the scenes of "zero cost" new startup: Confabb
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats  —  A rising tide lifts all boats.  If there were ever a philosophy that guided our decision making at Sun, it's that - the notion that an internet connected by freely available standards is more valuable, to Sun and our customers, than one defined by dependencies on proprietary technologies.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun's Second Life gimmick
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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.
Carlo / Techdirt:
When The RIAA Hates You This Much, You Must Be On The Right Track
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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."
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Bill Gates says we're back in a bubble — kind of
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 …
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
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
TalkPlus demo : Call to echo123 from a mobile without a Skype client  —  I shot this demonstration on Halloween, 31 October 2006, in the offices of TalkPlus in San Mateo, California.  The video is uncut, no editing at all, including about five seconds in the beginning of Jeff Black, TalkPlus CEO and founder, warming up.
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Installing the Zune... sucked  —  When it comes to the hardware, we're pretty much set; we all now know the Zune inside and out.  But how it interacts with the software, the marketplace, etc. — that's where the magic happens.  Or doesn't.  We really wanted to give the Zune the benefit of the doubt.
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.
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Official Google Blog:
Old world meets new on Google Earth
Tony Ruscoe / Tony Ruscoe's Blog:
Google Calendar: Search Public Events and Internal IP Visible Info?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Aggreg8, Not So Good
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Farecast Selling Airline Ticket Price Guarantees
Discussion: VentureBeat and Screenwerk
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Just Say No To UMG  —  If you are a music device owner, it is time to tell UMG to shut up.
Toshiba Gigabeat P20K and P10K
Discussion: Gizmodo and Anything But iPod
Every wanna-be rocker's fantasy comes true
Andy Merrett / Tech Digest:
TVonics DVR-150 eco-friendly PVR
Discussion: Gizmodo and PVR Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Microsoft says Gmail is a virus
Discussion: Download Squad
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akamai in talks to acquire Nine Systems
Google's video service faces suit
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Ken Elefant / VentureBeat:
The seven strategies for mobile ads, and which ones will work
James Brightman / Business Week:
Predatory Packaging  —  Are expensive bundles of next-gen consoles …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Lycos seeks rebirth as "virtual living room"
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft Counting on a Twist to Make Zune Shine in Shadow of iPod