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2:10 AM ET, November 16, 2006

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New York Times:
Memo: Valleywag Gets Down to Business  —  Gawker Media, the collection of gossipy blogs that includes the New York-based, media-centric Gawker and its Los Angeles-based sibling Defamer, relies on the online public's thirst for cattiness.  But a third Gawker Media blog, Valleywag …
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Jeff Diehl / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Sorry 'Bout That, Nick!  —  We like Nick Douglas.  A lot.  He's funny, playful, unafraid to say crazy s**t.  So we naturally stayed as up-to-date as we could with the situation surrounding his departure from Valleywag.  Little did we know the role we played in his exodus.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System  —  In alphabetical order, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to all support a unified system of submitting web pages through feeds to their crawlers.  Called Sitemaps, taking its name from the precursor system that Google launched last year …
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
Apple thinks different about marketing iPhones  —  [Photoshopped mockups of iPod phones, courtesy of a user at www.ipodlounge.com]  —  Bloomberg.com reports today that Apple has signed with contract manufacturer Hon Hai to make 12 million iPhones next year.
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Forbes:
Taiwan's Hon Hai wins Apple orders for mobile handsets, notebook PCs - report  —  TAIPEI (XFN-ASIA) - Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (2317.TW) has secured contracts from Apple Computer for 12 mln mobile handsets that also function as music players, the Commercial Times quoted industry sources as saying.
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Taiwan manufacturer gets order for Apple "iPhone" handset
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google Adds Public Event Search  —  Google has added public event search within its Google Calendar, a nice little piece of integration that overlaps with what a lot of startups are doing.  —  The event aggregation space has recently been strengthened by outside investment …
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Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Oh Wow!  Blinkx Creates "Chattering Video Wall" Through Search  —  Please be patient while the wall loads - it's worth the wait!  —  This is quite amazing.  I was just sent this code from Suranga Chandratillake, founder of Blinkx, the San Francisco-based pioneering firm in the video search world.
Discussion: AlwaysOn Feed and Lost Remote
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Hot New Video, Calendar and Map Widgets  —  We discovered 3 impressive new widgets today, from Google, Blinkx and 30 Boxes, and we decided to write about all of them in one post.  Widgets are the non-developer's "small pieces loosely joined," they are the hottest example right now of data portability on the web.
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL  —  Randy Falco is the new chairman and CEO of AOL, leaving Jon Miller on the outs after four intense years leading the challenged Time Warner unit.  According to the announcement by TW Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons and COO Jeff Bewkes …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Qihoo raises $20M for new Web 2.0 search engine  —  Qihoo, a fast-growing but controversial Chinese search engine for Web 2.0 content, has raised $25 million more in a second round of venture capital from credible U.S investors.  —  This is significant because Qihoo has launched a new kind of search engine …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PaidContent
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Zune moving at slow tempo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Though Microsoft's answer to Apple Computer's iPod juggernaut officially went on sale nationwide Tuesday, the Zune wasn't exactly flying off the shelves in downtown San Francisco.  —  At two retail outlets, the new media player wasn't even on the shelves.
Anything But iPod:
Pink and Orange Zunes Coming Soon?  —  Yesterday's official launch of the Microsoft Zune can be considered lukewarm at best.  Sure, unboxing ceremonies and in-store photos of the device sprang up in virtual gadget neighborhoods (even though such footage had already been around for awhile), but we didn't exactly hear any "Ding Dong!
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and Blogging Stocks
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
AIM Gets A Major Makeover  —  AOL will on Wednesday make available AIM 6.0, bringing the largest instant messaging client up to speed with the rest of the web.  It's been a long time coming; version 5.0 of the client was released in July 2002.  The new client includes the addition …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AIM 6.0 Goes State of the Art
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Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Low-profile HTC is a powerhouse  —  HTC may be the most successful cellphone company you've never heard of.  —  Like Motorola and Nokia, the Taiwanese company designs, builds and sells wireless devices to carriers around the world.  But its name — short for High Tech Computer …
SketchFactor / bungie.net:
Happy Halo Day  —  Happy Halo Day!  —  Today marks the five-year anniversary of Halo and to commemorate this occasion, Microsoft just revealed a few tantalizing announcements for fans of the franchise.  You may have already read the details online elsewhere but we thought it'd be best …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Skype Beta for Mac is Released  —  Skype has just released Skype 2.5 Beta for Mac that has features such as outbound SMS text messages and 10-way conference calling.  The new software is more in sync with the UI.  It has one cool feature, that I personally like.
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
System76, Linux Hardware for Everyone  —  Last week at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, I spoke with Carl Ritchell, co-founder of System76.  For years I've been seeking the Nirvana of a company that would ship me professional, high-quality, Linux-only hardware.  Various large companies offer half-hearted Linux options.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii vs... the 360 HD DVD drive?  —  We were amusing ourselves fooling around with the Wii today when we realized that Nintendo's biggest competitor this season may not actually be the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3.  It's Microsoft's freaking HD DVD drive.  Think about it: besides …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune review  —  Ok, we had a bit of a rough start after getting open …
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Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
How-To: Turn a standard Xbox 360 video cable into a VGA cable …
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
IGN's Direct2Drive Promise Starting To Pay Off Outside NWS …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
LibraryThing Creates World's Worst Recommendation Engine
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google sets aside YouTube fund, may need more if Howard Stern calls
Jonathan Liss / SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Headlines Aside, Internet Advertising Growth Has Stalled
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Valleywag:
Let Blogger free  —  Google hasn't really cared about Blogger since the start.
Discussion: Scripting News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zuned Out  —  Update: I have opened the box, and set up the Zune …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Phonezoo offers free, extensive ringtone download service
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Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Wireless Internet's new target: Seattle homes
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The LA Riots Videos vs Gootube - The Actual Filing
New York Times:
NBC Official Is Expected to Join AOL
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Physics promises wire-less power
 

 
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