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3:30 PM ET, October 19, 2007


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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Comcast blocks some Internet traffic  —  Tests confirm data discrimination by number 2 U.S. service provider  —  NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.
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: IP Democracy and Ars Technica
Karl / DSLreports:
AP Discovers Comcast Traffic Shaping - Talks to our forum user …
Discussion: CNET
Nick / Rough Type:
Twine: a social network with brains  —  Radar Networks has been flying under the radar for a few years now, but on Friday the startup's mastermind, Nova Spivack, unveils its first product, a brainy social network called Twine.  Twine is a digital data dump with structure - what Spivack calls (what else?) a "semantic graph."
Discussion: Radar Networks
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Twine: Color Me Skeptical
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Twine: The First Mainstream Semantic Web App?
John Markoff / Bits:
What I Meant to Say Was Semantic Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twine Launches A Smarter Way To Organize Your Online Life
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Marketing Chief Leaving Yahoo  —  Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Experience Division Cammie Dunaway will be leaving Yahoo on November 2.  —  Yahoo officials confirmed the departure to me and said Dunaway (pictured here) was seeking "new opportunities."
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A new view of NY Times news  —  After spending a day with the old keyword page, and getting bored with it, I came up with a new way to look at news, something I've not tried before, that might be fun and/or useful  — bsp; —  Since it's likely to change again soon, here's a screen shot.
Mathew /
Dave Winer: Something nice this time
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.
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Microsoft's Live Search 411 : Voice Activated Search Results  —  This week Microsoft launched their voice activated local search service, Live Search 411, which harnesses the technology behind Microsoft acquisition Tellme to deliver local, maps, directions and web results to mobile phone users after the ease of a telephone call.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Microsoft's "Me Too" Strategy: Can the Tortoise Beat the Hare?
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.
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.
Anne Broache / CNET
More states join call for extended Microsoft policing  —  In what appears to be a surprise move, four state attorneys general who previously praised the effectiveness of Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the feds are now changing course.  —  In a nine-page court filing …
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 …
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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD's Q3 results show record sales, but company is still in the red  —  I love the smell of a price war in the morning.  Record microprocessor sales and an overall revenue increase of 18 percent versus the previous quarter, 26 percent year-over year, and a 29 percent revenue increase in the graphics segment …
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
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
AT&T's Randall Stephenson: Don't dork up the rules
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Telecoms Outfit Banned From BitTorrent Advertizing
Discussion: Techdirt
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Nintendo's secret best-seller: Wii Play
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Attacks exploiting RealPlayer zero-day in progress
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If You Thought a Half-Hour of TV Was Worth 4 Minutes, Here's Proof
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Nokia: Nokia N810 Hands-On Gallery and Video
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Web 2.0 Summit: J. Craig Venter Can Decode Your Genome For $300,000 …
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Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  That's what I do all day.  Every day.  Dozens of times a day.
Discussion: and Valleywag
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Wal-Mart's Black Friday fight
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis
Discussion: Macsimum News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Copyright Infringement To Skip Commercials?
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will Google Crush The iPhone?
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Media Companies Regain Appetite for Taking Risks in Tech Start-Ups
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Google Q3 2007 Earnings Call Transcript

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