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10:20 PM ET, October 4, 2007


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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Techmeme is officially a cesspool  —  It was intriguing for a day or two, but now it's clear that the Leaderboard was the dumbest idea ever, because now more than ever, people are gaming Techmeme so they can climb the list.  —  Reminds me of something Ted Turner once said about how the Forbes list …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Disincentives For Gaming The TechMeme Leaderboard  —  Every ranking system is at risk for gaming, and the TechMeme Leaderboard is no different, as Dave Winer points out regarding today's pile on to Jason Calacanis Web 3.0 meme.  (Ironically, Jason himself anticipated the problem when the Leaderboard debuted.)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Who Spams Digg the Most  —  On the heels of the recently …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA trial verdict is in: jury finds Thomas liable for infringement  —  Duluth, Minnesota — After just four hours of deliberation and two days of testimony, a jury found that Jammie Thomas was liable for infringing the record labels' copyrights on all 24 the 24 recordings at issue in the case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Jury Finds Minnesota Woman Liable for Piracy, Awards $222,000  —  DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury.  —  Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota …
Defendant owes $222,000 for illegal downloading  —  The federal jury in Duluth just came back with its verdict in Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas, the file-sharing trial I just wrote about below.  Thomas was found liable for infringing upon music copyrights by downloading songs from Kazaa.
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Judge Bars RIAA President Sherman from Testifying
Internet Explorer 7 Update  —  Almost a year ago, we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.  Since then, IE7 is well on its way to becoming the most used browser in the world, and we've seen lots of evidence that IE7 makes it safer and easier to accomplish everyday tasks online.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft: download IE7 without WGA validation
Discussion: InfoWorld
Lisa Vaas /
Critical Security Fixes on Tap for Windows, Outlook
Discussion: The Register
Light Reading:
Level 3 Slashes CDN Prices  —  Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT - message board) is lowering prices for content delivery network (CDN) services to match the same price customers pay for high-speed IP transport.  —  By matching transport prices, Level 3 is doing away with any premium …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Level 3 Throws A Wrench In The CDN Business  —  Level 3 (LVLT) has knocked content delivery networks Limelight (LLNW) and Akamai (AKAM) off their game with an announcement today it will price CDN services at the same rate as normal Internet access.  Shares of Akamai were down $1.06 to $30.01 at market close …
Apple announcements brewing for late October [updated]  —  Apple Inc. has begun preparatory measures for significant announcements to take place during the last full week of October, AppleInsider has been told.  —  While sources have requested that we not go into detail regarding …
Think Secret:
Leopard poised to leap last weekend in October  —  Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard remains on track for an October release on or around October 26, sources report.  —  That date, the last Friday of the month, is similar to the release date of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, which had been said would debut …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Rolls Out Personal Health Records  —  Microsoft is starting its long-anticipated drive into the consumer health care market by offering free personal health records on the Web and pursuing a strategy that borrows from the company's successful formula in personal computer software.
Fred / A VC:
The Fiction of 20%  —  It's a "given" in the venture business that in order to compensate a venture firm for all the time and energy they are going to put into a particular investment, they need to own at least 20% of the company and ideally 30%.  —  I hear it all the time.
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Rules Of Technology VC
Discussion: broadstuff
Paul Graham:
The Future of Web Startups  —  There's something interesting happening right now.  Startups are undergoing the same transformation that technology does when it becomes cheaper.  —  There's a pattern that we see over and over in technology.  Initially there's some kind of device that's …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Report: 10 percent of September iPhones sold to unlocking teams  —  Analysts for investment bank Piper Jaffray recently spent more time tracking unit sales at Apple Inc.'s retail stores and reported Thursday that their observations indicate that as many as 10 percent of the iPhones sold …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google attacks Verizon's attempt to water down 700MHz "open access" rules  —  What is going on at the FCC?  The agency established the rules for the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction back in August, but it turns out that these were not so much "rules" as "suggestions for discussion."
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Jon Healey / Bit Player:
NAB hits the RIAA where it hurts
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Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status
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Apple Fairy: high-def AppleTV content coming soon
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What Does It Mean When Most Mobile Content Execs Don't Use Their Own Services?
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How 2 Guys' Iowa Connection Took Big Telecoms for a Ride
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