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4:10 PM ET, October 20, 2007

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Nick / Rough Type:
The business case for TimesSelect  —  Last month, the New York Times discontinued TimesSelect, the program that required readers to pay a subscription fee to read popular columnists and access the paper's archives.  The news was greeted with whoops and hollers from the members of the web's hallelujah chorus …
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Tim Harford / The Undercover Economist:
Undercover Economist column: Did you pay to read this?  —  Until recently, there were two types of newspaper website: those that made you pay to read many of the articles (The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times) and those that didn't.  —  That is changing.
Mark Boslet / Mercury News:
UN telecom panel endorses Intel's WiMax technology  —  ITU'S SUPPORT COULD HELP OPEN DOOR TO ITS USE IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES  —  Intel's wireless technology WiMax got a boost Friday when a United Nations telecommunications panel approved its use as a third-generation mobile technology.
Discussion: DSLreports and Beet.TV
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Major pirate website shut down  —  One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows.  —  The first closure of a major UK-based pirate site was also accompanied by raids and an arrest …
Discussion: p2pnet, TechWag, Slashdot and Digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
CSI:NY Comes To Second Life Wednesday  —  Second Life is bracing itself for an influx of new members this coming week with the long awaited episode of CSI:NY does Second Life to be shown in the United States on Wednesday.  —  The episode will see Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) …
Discussion: Mashable! and Hightouch
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
RESTING MY CASE (AGAIN)  —  The company that wrote the book on the "walled garden" variety of web experience, AOL, laid off another 1,200 employees this week, a bloodbath by anybody's standards.  And for those media companies out there that continue to cling to the assumption that YOU provide …
Google News Blog:
Google News goes social  —  Whether it is from our homepage, one of our RSS feeds, or on a mobile device, Google News seeks to connect people with the news that matters to them — wherever they may be.  As part of that goal we are pleased to announce the Google News Application for Facebook.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
YieldBuild Will Try To Pay You More Than AdSense  —  Simply slapping AdSense on your site is one of the easiest, but not necessarily best, ways to monetize your website.  There are a lot of factors that go into getting the most out of your ad units.  They range from placement, color, ad network, or even time of day.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Susan Crawford blog:
Comcast Is Pretending to be You  —  This AP story makes clear that Comcast is pretending to be part of online conversations in order to frustrate users who want to use particular online applications.  This happens all the time in the name of "traffic shaping" — it's the kind of thing that China does to interfere with internet use.
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Sleazy Linkers Lose An Ally  —  Seems as if there's a bit of a groundswell building against internal links, which I got all upset about a few months ago.  (internal linking is where you place a link on a word like, say, Google, but instead of actually linking to Google you link to another page on your own blog about Google.)
Arne Hess / the::unwired:
VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on Video of the new Palm Treo 500v Home Screen Navigation  —  While the new Treo 500v doesn't includes too much customized software, as we have seen it before with the Palm Treo 750 and 750v, the Treo 500v features one innovation which is a completely redesigned Home screen layout and menu structure.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Online Ads Will Move Away From Search  —  Well, what do you do when you're the small kid on a basketball team?  Walk away from the game, I guess.  That's my thought after reading a Bloomberg piece this afternoon quoting Microsoft (MSFT) executives as saying that the online ad business …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Clickety Clack
Google Code Blog:
Blogger GData JavaScript client library released with offline Blogger client example  —  Near the end of September we announced the release of a new GData JavaScript client library that allowed you to do full read-write access to Google Calendar from JavaScript.  —  We now have another service for you to have at.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr To Add Online Photo Editing Tools Via Picnik  —  Fotoflexer may be my personal favorite among the many online photo editing tools, but Flickr has chosen Seattle-based Picnik (profile) to handle the long requested photo editing feature for Flickr users.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The New Era of Semantic Apps  —  I'm here at the Semantic Edge panel at the Summit, moderated by Tim O'Reilly and featuring W. Daniel Hillis (Co-Chairman and CTO, Applied Minds), Barney Pell (Founder and CEO of Powerset), Nova Spivack (Twine - see our review here).  The panel starts with demos from each of the three speakers.
 
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Chris Pirillo:
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Discussion: jkOnTheRun and WinExtra
Masaki Suenaga / Symantec Corp.:
RealPlayer Exploit On The Loose
Discussion: TechWeb, The Register and eWEEK.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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AT&T sues Vonage for patent infringement
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Sun starts bidding adieu to mobile-specific Java
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
StubHub Loses in Court, Moral Ambiguity Abounds
Discussion: The Register
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Firefox 2.0.0.8 includes Apple Leopard support
Discussion: PC World
InfoWorld:
AT&T unsure about bidding in 700MHz auction
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Windows gets a 'Mini-Me'
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Exits: A shaken Sue Decker shakes up Yahoo marketing
 

 
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