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12:35 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.
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.
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Taiwan manufacturer gets order for Apple "iPhone" handset
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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huh?  YouTube Sends TechCrunch A Cease & Desist  —  Buried in my email this evening I found a cease and desist letter from an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing their client YouTube.  We've been accused of a number of things: violating YouTube's Terms of Use, of …
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Mike / Techdirt:
YouTube's Lawyers A Little Too Trigger Happy; Could Come Back To Bite Them
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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 …
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.
Jonathan Liss / SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Headlines Aside, Internet Advertising Growth Has Stalled  —  Carl Howe (Blackfriars Communications) submits: The Interactive Advertising Bureau noted yesterday that U.S. online advertising passed $4 billion in the third calendar quarter of 2006 (its eighth straight quarter of positive growth).
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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 …
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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 …
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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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
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 …
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.
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Second Life' faces threat to its virtual economy  —  Groups of Second Life content creators were gathering digitally Tuesday to protest the dissemination of a program they worry could badly damage the virtual world's nascent economy.  —  The controversy gathered steam Monday when Linden Lab …
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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Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Wireless Internet's new target: Seattle homes  —  At Seattle's 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stood as a symbol for what the future would bring.  —  Today, the landmark is signifying something no one would have ever imagined 44 years ago.  —  Clearwire, wireless pioneer Craig McCaw's latest venture …
 
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