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1:50 AM ET, October 16, 2007


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David King / Official Google Blog:
Latest content ID tool for YouTube  —  A few months ago, we announced the initial development of a highly complicated technology platform — content identification tools for YouTube.  Today, we are pleased to launch, in beta form, YouTube Video Identification.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google unveils YouTube antipiracy tool  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Google says it has a new system for identifying pirated video on YouTube as it gets uploaded, but the system puts the burden on movie studios and other content owners to provide YouTube copies of the content first.
David Kaplan /   YouTube Copyright Protection Tool Launches Finally; Initial …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   YouTube Announces Tool For Angry Copyright Holders
Virtual Earth:
New Live Search Maps Features Coming  —  At Searchification a couple of weeks back, the new features coming in Live Search Maps were shown for the first time to some press and bloggers in anticipation of the release.  The bits are finally aligned and in the hands of our ops team for deployment this week.
Microsoft Releases New Search Services for Internet and Mobile Customers  —  Latest releases complete fall updates for Live Search service, including voice search and location-aware technology.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the final updates to the fall release of its Live Search service …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:   Live Maps to incorporate Birds Eye view into 3D maps
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Releases New Maps, Local And Mobile Upgrades
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google's sneak attack?  Adsense for Facebook  —  Is Google-the-Goliath sneaking into the Facebook building — via the basement?  —  Google is actively recruiting third-party developers with applications on Facebook to run Adsense ads within applications pages, VentureBeat has learned.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook: Three term sheets to the wind  —  By all rights, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ought to be feeling drunk with power right now.  He has, I'm told, term sheets in his hands from the three giants bidding for a small piece of his startup: Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iTunes Plus DRM-free tracks expanding, dropping to 99 cents  —  It's been a while since Apple launched iTunes Plus, its version of DRM-free tracks sold through the iTunes Store.  Only EMI tracks were sold as 256kbps, DRM-free AAC files through the iTunes Store in May, and in June …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Reader Stats are Bulls**t (With Proof)  —  Google Reader stats, in case you don't know, are bulls**t.  In fact, all Feedburner stats for most top blogs are bulls**t due to the effect of default feeds.  Want 80,000 free subscribers?  How about 200K or more?  Read on.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why RSS is "Broken"
Discussion: Mashable!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Hatebook Embraces the "Evil" Side of Social Networking  —  We all have bad days (or weeks/months) but many of us may be wary of venting our frustrations online using Facebook, especially since our parents and bosses can now see our status updates and wall posts.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Layoffs Letter From CEO Randy Falco  —  More to come on this story, but AOL will lay off 2,000 employees.  Here is the letter to AOL employees that went out at 11 a.m. EDT today from CEO Randy Falco:  —  Dear AOL colleague,  —  Just over a year ago, AOL embarked on an incredibly complex …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Another 2,000 Heads Roll at AOL
Discussion: Associated Press and Digital Daily
Karl / DSLreports:
DirecTV Hits 72 HD Channels - Still insists 100 by year's end...  With the addition of six new channels today (including Cartoon Network and Fox Business Channel) DirecTV says they're now offering 72 HD channels.  The company continues to promise they'll offer 100 HD channels by the end of the year …
Nick / Rough Type:
Caterpillar: Web 2.0 giant  —  There may well be a time when Facebook, YouTube, Digg, and the other Web 2.0 fashion plates make some real money, but for the moment their results pale in comparison to those of the most unexpected beneficiary of the web's recent evolution, the industrial-age stalwart Caterpillar.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Verizon Says It Turned Over Data Without Court Orders  —  Firm's Letter to Lawmakers Details Government Requests  —  Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities …
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News: Reverses: Allows Critical Ads on Google  —  The left-leaning political advocacy group,, is backing down in a flap over the use of its name in online advertisements, permitting an influential Republican senator to criticize the organization in a reelection ad on Google's search engine.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Scribd a Porn Document Network?  —  Please note that this post is NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW).  While I have not embedded any offending images, some of the content and links is objectionable.  —  One of the most popular services for bloggers is called Scribd, a so-called "YouTube for Documents".
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Two Men Get Five Years For Sending Pornographic Spam
Discussion: Techdirt
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broadcom touts new "3G phone on a chip," could show up in 3G iPhone
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Appeal in RIAA case to focus on "unconstitutionally excessive" punishment
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Review: Apple Wireless Keyboard (aluminum)
Discussion: Digg
Bloomberg:'s Hong Kong IPO May Raise $1.3 Billion
Discussion: TechCrunch and
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Discussion: Mashable!
BBC online to go free over wi-fi
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Partners with BBC on Streaming Video
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Julie Sloane / Epicenter:
CurrentTV Re-Launches Its Website To Boost User Generated Content
Discussion: Bits and Podcasting News
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Secret manual shows Comcast (gasp!) protects customers' privacy
Discussion: DSLreports and Ars Technica
Will / New Scientist Invention Blog:
Microsoft mind reading
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Twitter: show me the money!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
AdBrite: Full Page "Skip This Ad" Units Now Available for Everyone
Hitachi hatches a humongous hard drive
USA Today:
Google's GPhone strategy could keep user costs low