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3:55 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.
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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 News.com
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
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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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Twine: The First Mainstream Semantic Web App?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Marketing Chief Leaving Yahoo  —  Chief Marketing Officer and head of its Customer Experience Division Cammie Dunaway will be leaving Yahoo Nov. 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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's "Me Too" Strategy: Can the Tortoise Beat the Hare?  —  Microsoft has lifted the lid this week on a number of products that compete to various degrees with popular Google services.  While Google fans and blogosphere cynics have derided the Microsoft offers as "me too" knock-offs …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   Microsoft's Live Search 411 : Voice Activated Search Results
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.
BBC:
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 …
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.
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 …
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  That's what I do all day.  Every day.  Dozens of times a day.  I try to reply to every email from every entrepreneur who sends us an investment opportunity.  I don't achieve that goal and sometimes I don't even get close.  —  But at least half the time, probably 2/3 of the time …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
First Glance: The Nokia N810 Linux Internet Tablet Doesn't Make Sense  —  I had an opportunity to play with the new Nokia N810 Internet Tablet for about five minutes last night, and came away confused.  It seems pretty darn expensive for a machine with limited usefulness.
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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Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Inside The Matrix for Mobiles
Discussion: Engadget and ...about mobility
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Anonymous "good samaritans" produce Wikipedia's best content, says study
Discussion: WebProNews and The Chronicle
Natasha Lomas / CNET News.com:
Analyst: Social networking faces uncertain future
Discussion: silicon.com
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
AT&T's Randall Stephenson: Don't dork up the rules
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Telecoms Outfit Banned From BitTorrent Advertizing
Discussion: Techdirt and heise online
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Nintendo's secret best-seller: Wii Play
Discussion: Kotaku
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Attacks exploiting RealPlayer zero-day in progress
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
AMD's Q3 results show record sales, but company is still in the red
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More states join call for extended Microsoft policing
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: J. Craig Venter Can Decode Your Genome For $300,000 …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Virtual Earth offers 3D building capability
Parija B. Kavilanz / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart's Black Friday fight
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Copyright Infringement To Skip Commercials?
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will Google Crush The iPhone?
 

 
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