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11:30 AM ET, October 14, 2007

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The Register:
California court tilts towards mandating web accessibility  —  Target.com out of sight for blind people  —  California law may require websites to be accessible to disabled internet users, according to a ruling in a case against retail giant Target.  Despite recent improvements …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop, RSS and Slashdot
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Websites May Require Visually Impaired Access In California  —  California may require websites to provide access to visually impaired users under ruling made in the long running case of the National Federation of the Blind vs Target.  —  The case centers on Target not providing basic accessibility …
Louise Story / New York Times:
The New Advertising Outlet: Your Life  —  STEVE SAENZ used to run a 10K race in 36 minutes.  But last spring — 20 years, 2 children and 50 pounds later — he found himself seriously out of shape.  A new Web site from Nike, he says, has brought him back on track.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
NewTeeVee Conference lacking substance?  —  The folks over at NewTeeVee just announced its new conference schedule for a conference about NewTeeVee.  —  I find it severely lacking.  —  First, why feature Joost?  They haven't proven that they'll survive in this new TV marketplace.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Announcing the NewTeeVee Live Schedule  —  I apologize to all of you about writing so rarely during the last couple weeks, but I've been spending crazy amounts of time working on our NewTeeVee Live conference, to be held November 14 in San Francisco.  Today we posted our tentative schedule for the event.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Has LinkedIn In Their Crosshairs  —  Facebook may be used for professional networking (particularly in Silicon Valley), but it sure isn't set up to be.  People's profiles are all about their dating status, pictures, videos and other very personal information.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
73 and Loaded With Friends on Facebook  —  WHEN Amy Waldman first signed on to Facebook last year and started to send joking messages about good grammar back and forth with a new 18-year-old friend, Ms. Waldman's 19-year-old daughter, Talia, upbraided her for not revealing that she was actually in her 40s.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why Facebook sucks  —  Another topic Scoble and I talked about today was Facebook.  I said I don't like Facebook, never have, and I finally figured out why.  —  It's another one of those user generated content things, only this time I'm building up an address book that I can look at …
Nick / Rough Type:
The case for Google  —  As investors push Google's stock ever higher and Wall Street analysts, those paragons of rationality, dutifully lift their price targets, reasoned assessments of Google's prospects become all the more necessary and valuable.  So it was good to see, in this morning's New York Times …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
As Its Stock Tops $600, Google Faces Growing Risks  —  Can anything stop the ascent of Google's stock?  —  When the company's shares pierced $600 for the first time last Monday, Wall Street analysts scrambled to jack up their price targets, most to about $700.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
A Site Warhol Would Relish  —  JUSTIN.TV, a San Francisco start-up that provides live video programming on the Web, wants to make you a star as a "lifecaster."  No singing, dancing or storytelling skills are required — only a willingness to broadcast every moment of your quotidian existence in real time.
Discussion: Social Media
Voidstar: blog:
Anouncing Twype.exe  —  I've been playing around with posting Twitter Tweets to my Skype Mood.  The alpha is just finished and you can download it from here.  —  It's a small Windows tray program.  — Once every 5 minutes it checks your Twitter account and grabs the latest tweet.
Discussion: CleverClogs, blognation and Mashable!
Mark Radcliffe / Law & Life:
Patent Troll Fire First Volley at Open Source  —  The recent lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas by IP Innovation LLC (and Technology Licensing Corporation) against Red Hat and Novell may be the first volley in a patent war against open source software.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
'Sneaker Pimps' pimped out NES sneaker  —  Oh wow.  We're looking at what appears to be a working Nintendo Entertainment System built into the bottom of a shoe.  This photo was apparently taken last night in New York City at the end of the Sneaker Pimps' nationwide tour.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
UK to look for ever-elusive link between WiFi and health problems
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INNOVATION: Microsoft receives Patent for a new User Interface for Mobile Devices
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