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10:45 PM ET, October 15, 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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   YouTube Announces Tool For Angry Copyright Holders
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.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why RSS is "Broken"  —  I've been thinking about RSS a lot over the last few weeks/months and with all the hub-bub about RSS stats this past weekend, I thought it is a great time to talk about why I think RSS is "broken" and in it's current form isn't sustainable over the long-term.
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.
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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.
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 …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL to layoff 2000 employees, starting tomorrow
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Another 2,000 Heads Roll at AOL
Discussion: Associated Press and Digital Daily
Microsoft:
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 …
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Live Maps to incorporate Birds Eye view into 3D maps
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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phx.corporate-ir.net:
DIRECTV INVESTOR RELATIONS
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
DE.LICIO.US + GOOGLE WEB HISTORY = HOOEEY  —  Hooeey is a new bookmarking and tracking service for your browsing habits.  You install a small toolbar in your browser, and it will quietly keep tabs on all your tabs, including which sites you're going to, how long you're staying at each one, and when you're doing it.
Discussion: Mashable!
Will / New Scientist Invention Blog:
Microsoft mind reading  —  Not content with running your computer, Microsoft now wants to read your mind too.  —  The company says that it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers.
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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Matt Peckham / Game On:
The Sims Creator to Become BAFTA Fellow
Discussion: CNET News.com
BBC:
BBC online to go free over wi-fi
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Mashable!
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
MoveOn.org Reverses: Allows Critical Ads on Google
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Partners with BBC on Streaming Video
Julie Sloane / Epicenter:
CurrentTV Re-Launches Its Website To Boost User Generated Content
Discussion: Bits and Podcasting News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Secret manual shows Comcast (gasp!) protects customers' privacy
Discussion: DSLreports
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Tipsheet: Information security on the cheap
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Twitter: show me the money!
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
AdBrite: Full Page "Skip This Ad" Units Now Available for Everyone
Salon:
Hitachi hatches a humongous hard drive
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Yet another Ajax toolkit: Eclipse RAP 1.0
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Attention - NewsGator and Bloglines Join APML Workgroup
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Supreme Court dumps Microsoft, Best Buy appeal
USA Today:
Google's GPhone strategy could keep user costs low
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Pirates take over anti-piracy website
John Markoff / Bits:
Bill Gates Presents the One (Really Big) Ringy Dingy
 

 
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