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1:20 PM ET, October 19, 2007


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Peter Svensson / MSNBC:
Comcast blocks some Internet traffic  —  Tests confirm data discrimination by number 2 U.S. service provider  —  Matthew Elvey, a Comcast subscriber in the San Francisco area who has noticed BitTorrent uploads being stifled, acknowledged that the company has the right to manage its network, but said he disapproves of its method.
Discussion: DSLreports, Slashdot and Digg
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AP tests Comcast's file-sharing filter  —  NEW YORK - To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible.  —  An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Comcast blocks some Internet traffic
Discussion: Between the Lines
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Twine: The First Mainstream Semantic Web App?  —  On Friday Radar Networks is announcing a new Semantic Web application called Twine.  Founder Nova Spivack showed me a demo today of the new app, which he described as a "knowledge networking" application.  It has aspects of social networking …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twine Launches A Smarter Way To Organize Your Online Life
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Twine: A social network built on the semantic web dls interview
Discussion: Rough Type
Mathew /
Dave Winer: Something nice this time  —  As anyone who has read this blog for awhile probably knows, I have been hard on Dave Winer occasionally (and I think with good reason, but I don't want to get into that right now).  —  The fact remains, however, that Dave is a pretty smart guy …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Elinor Mills / CNET
What do 16,000 people 'do' at Google?  —  I'm beginning to think that besides search advertising, hiring is the thing Google does best.  —  On Thursday, the company reported gains of 50 percent or so in quarterly profit and revenue from a year ago, beating analyst expectations.
Darren Waters / BBC:
EA wants 'open gaming platform'  —  Games are exploiting the increasing power of games consoles  —  Rival gaming systems should make way for a single open platform, a senior executive at Electronic Arts has said.  —  Gerhard Florin said incompatible consoles made life harder for developers and consumers.
Bruce Mohl / Boston Globe:
Patriots get StubHub users' names  —  Seeking to enforce their policy prohibiting ticket resales, the New England Patriots have obtained the names of 13,000 people who sold or bought the team's tickets using the online site StubHub Inc.  —  The Patriots obtained the list last week as part …
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Patriots May Cancel Tickets For Using StubHub
Discussion: Ars Technica
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Strange Bedfellows  —  I have been asleep, apparently, at the big switch.  This is according to former Harvard Business Review editor (and technology pundit in his own right) Nicholas Carr, who said as much this week in his very nice blog, Rough Type (look to your right, it's in the links).
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Rough Type
Chris Williams / The Register:
Ballmer: I will buy 20 web companies a year  —  Steve Ballmer has told an audience of foaming Silicon Valley start-up types exactly what they want to hear: he will buy 20 web companies a year for the next five years.  —  The Microsoft boss made the promise at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Launches New Geotagging and Places Pages  —  When I heard that Flickr was making announcements this evening, I assumed it was the long awaited integration of video into the service.  That isn't happening (it will soon, though), but they are making significant upgrades tonight around geotagging …
Om Malik / GigaOM:   New Flickr UI with Geotagging is Very Impressive
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will Google Crush The iPhone?  —  Take one look at the smart-phone market, and it's easy to see a murderer's row.  Apple sold one million iPhones in less than three months this summer.  Palm is rejuvenating its lineup with the cheap, pretty Centro.  Research in Motion's BlackBerry continues to enslave the corporate class.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Krista Bessinger / Seeking Alpha Internet stocks:
Google Q3 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Eric E. Schmidt - Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer, Director  —  George Reyes - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President  —  Lawrence Page - President - Products, Director  —  Sergey Brin - President - Technology, Director
Wall Street Journal:
Google Under Fire Over a Controversial Site  —  Racist Speech, Porn  —  Stir Battle in Brazil;  —  A 'Pandora's Box'  —  SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Google Inc. makes billions marrying advertising to the Web.  Just yesterday, it reported yet another surge in revenue and profit.
Wi-fi security system is 'broken'  —  More holes have been picked in the security measure designed to protect the privacy and data of wi-fi users.  —  The latest attack lets criminals defeat firewalls and spy on where someone goes and what they do online.  —  It comes after a series …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Copyright Infringement To Skip Commercials?  —  A little over a year ago, we wrote about a lawsuit where a bunch of media companies were suing Flying J, the operator of a number of truck stops.  Apparently, Flying J had installed a neat little bit of technology that would recognize …
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Roberto Rocha /
Does this class action suit against Apple have legs?
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Democratic Lawmaker Pushing Immunity Is Newly Flush With Telco Cash
Discussion: DSLreports, Salon and Digg
Smashing Magazine:
Charts And Graphs: Modern Solutions
Discussion: Digg
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  That's what I do all day.  Every day.  Dozens of times a day.
Discussion: Valleywag
Agence France Presse:
Britain to recruit spies from video game
Discussion: Gearlog, Switched and Engadget
Parija B. Kavilanz /
Wal-Mart's Black Friday fight
Stephen Bagg / Compete Blog:
YouTube Revolutionizes Embarrassment
Discussion: WebProNews and Valleywag
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dash Express gets enhanced geo-feeds
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
September NPD numbers: Microsoft at number one on the strength of Halo 3
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis
Discussion: Macsimum News
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Hakia launching new spin on social searching
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Media Companies Regain Appetite for Taking Risks in Tech Start-Ups
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Java: A Retrospective
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Strong Quarter Widens Gap With Rivals
Discussion: IP Democracy
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Robot Cannon Kills 9, Wounds 14

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