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6:40 PM ET, November 7, 2007

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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios  —  NEW YORK—In his keynote speech on Wednesday morning at the Media and Money conference hosted by Dow Jones and Nielsen, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner talked about writers as though they were a minority group that he didn't particularly understand well.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Media & Money: Keynote: Michael Eisner: Strike is 'Insanity …
Redsock / The Joy of Sox:
If You Purchased MLB Game Downloads Before 2006, Your Discs/Files Are Now Useless; MLB Has Stolen Your $$$ And Claims "No Refunds"  —  Just bumping this to the top for awhile.  —  Great to see non-baseball sites like Boing Boing, Wired, Slashdot, Techdirt and others posting about this.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
MLB rips off fans who bought DRM videos  —  Allan Wood (a baseball megafan who has written a book about Babe Ruth) purchased over $280 worth of digital downloads of baseball games from Major League Baseball, who have just turned off their DRM server, leaving him with no way to watch his videos.
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Fans shafted as Major League Baseball revokes DRM licenses
Discussion: Mashable!
Brad Stone / Bits:
Log Off and Get to Work  —  Turns out your bosses don't want you updating your social networking page at the office.  —  Web security firm Barracuda Networks polled 2,400 of its own customers and found that 50.2 percent block access to social networks MySpace and Facebook.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb, WebProNews and Valleywag
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Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Ads  —  Today we announced an entirely new advertising solution for Facebook.  Right now, we want to make clear what's changing—and what's not—for you.  —  First of all, what's not changing:  — Facebook will always stay clutter-free and clean.  — Facebook will never sell any of your information.
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
AMAZON TO HOST RED HAT LINUX ONLINE  —  Update: I added a lot more detail about Red Hat's ambitions and other moves.  —  Red Hat on Wednesday announced a significant departure from its current business plan, saying its flagship Linux product will be available on Amazon.com's Elastic Computing Cloud online service.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
AOL's New Plan: It's Not Working  —  Randy Falco is betting the entire AOL franchise on building up its advertising network.  The Time Warner results released this morning show that the horse that the head of AOL is betting on is slowing down.  —  AOL sold $540 million in ads in the third quarter …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and robhyndman.com
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Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the 20%'ers  —  At Google, 20% time is core to our culture and today's Reader release incorporates features developed by two engineers in their 20% time.  Those two engineers would be us!  —  Steve Lacey: As a blogger I like to include a blogroll on my site so that friends …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Russian Business Network: Down, But Not Out  —  A major Russian Internet service provider whose client list amounted to a laundry list of organized cyber crime operations appears to have closed shop.  But security experts caution that there are signs that the highly profitable network …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:   Russian hacker gang goes dark to relocate; may be moving to China
Associated Press:
Google maps find their way to gas pumps  —  The Internet giant will join with another firm to give directions at service stations.  —  Lost drivers soon will be able to Google for help at the pump.  —  As part of a partnership to be announced today, the online search leader …
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
10 Things to Know When Buying an HD Camcorder [Shooting High-Def]  —  Looking for an HD camcorder?  They're proliferating like bunnies, but is it a good time to buy one yet?  Not only are there lots more HDTV camcorders on the market now than there were last year at this time …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Engadget HD
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Business Wire:
HP to Seek New Business Model for HP-branded Cameras  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it will seek an alternative business model for its HP-branded cameras and shift resources toward its Print 2.0 growth initiatives.
Johansch / my.opera.com:
The power of the Web with Opera Mini 4  —  After three betas we're proud to release the shiny new Opera Mini 4 to the world.  —  We've done a lot with this new Opera Mini.  For example, we rewrote the entire code for Opera Mini 4 and added lots of improvements and new features to make the browser even better.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran  —  Exclusive Yahoo! and Microsoft have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services as stronger US sanctions against the Islamic republic begin to bite.  —  Google has kept Iran as an option on the Gmail registration page, however.
Reuters:
Time Warner Cable says wireless demand is 'tepid'  —  Time Warner Cable Inc, the second-largest U.S. cable television operator (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said on Wednesday that it was seeing "tepid" demand for new wireless phone services sold in its package of video, high-speed Internet and fixed-line phone access.
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Digg close to a $300 million sale?  [Rumormonger]  —  Digg is close to announcing its sale to a major media player for $300 million to $400 million, according to sources close to the company, I hear.  When I floated this rumor that Digg was up for sale, my friends scoffed: "When isn't Digg up for sale?"
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: NWS: Murdoch: MySpace Rocks, Facebook 'Similar To A Phone Book'
Discussion: Valleywag
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Once and for all, proof that Macs are cheaper than PCs
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP stuffing Penryn chips into xw8600 / xw6600 workstations
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Electronista and WinBeta
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Da-Lite intros 184-inch HDTV screen
Discussion: Gizmodo
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CNET Buys FindArticles From Looksmart For $20.5 Million
Discussion: Reuters
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is Philips clock radio/digital photo frame a potential sleeper hit?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Paramount and Warner Bros. market $3 DVDs in China
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco bests estimates in first quarter
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Martin Veitch / Inquirer:
Intel mulled buying Nvidia, ATI
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Introduces Bloglines Top 1000 List
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Whole Foods Board Decides Common Sense Ain't Common Enough …
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Online Fossett Searchers Ask, Was It Worth It?
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
The verdict: Leopard spanks Vista, continues OS X's reign of excellence
Darren Waters / BBC:
Symbian dismisses Google Android
 

 
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