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6:15 PM ET, November 13, 2006

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Valleywag:
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Valleywag guy Nick Douglas gone — Will Wired snag him?  —  We were wondering why Valleywag, the Silicon Valley gossip site some people hate and others love, wasn't reading as witty as usual.  We saw author Nick Douglas (pictured here) at Web 2.0 last week — suggesting he was back from vacation …
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Nick Douglas Leaving Valleywag
Bambi Francisco / Bambi Franciso:
Nick Denton on ValleyWag
Discussion: Federated Media …
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."
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Bill Gates, 1; Scoble, 0
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Bill Gates says we're back in a bubble — kind of
Cary Sherman / CNET News.com:
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 and Slashdot
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Carlo / Techdirt:
When The RIAA Hates You This Much, You Must Be On The Right Track  —  from the gold-star-for-you dept  —  We've noted for some time that one problem in the ongoing battle between Hollywood, technology companies and consumers over intellectual property issues is that consumers don't have a group …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Pre-Roll May Be Easiest Online Video Ad Option But It's Not The Best
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.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360's HD DVD drive already functioning on PCs
Discussion: The Tech Report and PaidContent
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 …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Merge Historical Maps With Current World In Google Earth  —  Google Earth in 4D from Googling Google is a very nice catch about how Google Earth now allows you to view historical maps within the software.  Want to see how people thought the world used to look, before all those satellites were taking pictures?
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 …
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.
Valleywag:
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 HipMojo.com
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 …
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Start me up: The sound of Vista  —  Long process results in short Windows clip you'll hear a million times  —  SEATTLE - Some musicians spend 18 months working on a whole album.  At Microsoft Corp., that's how long it took to perfect just four seconds of sound.  —  Of course, this isn't just any four-second clip.
 
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TVonics DVR-150 eco-friendly PVR
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Microsoft says Gmail is a virus
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Reuters:
Google's video service faces suit
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Google chief sez: "Your mobile phone should be free"
James Brightman / Business Week:
Predatory Packaging  —  Are expensive bundles of next-gen consoles …
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Mark Anderson / Wired News:
A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web
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Apple's $7 Billion Christmas Quarter To Be Paced by iPod Sales
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Nick Bradbury:
Web 3.0 Does Not Validate
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Samba Team Asks Novell to Reconsider
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Vista RTM cracked by pirates before release
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