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7:40 PM ET, November 7, 2007


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Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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.
Joseph Weisenthal /
@ Media & Money: Keynote: Michael Eisner: Strike is 'Insanity,' No Profit Online—Yet  —  "Insanity."  That's how former Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO Michael Eisner described the writers' strike during an interview with Neil Cavuto at the Media & Money Conference.
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.
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Major League Baseball's DRM change strikes out with fans
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:, ParisLemon and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Data: U.S. Internet Advertising to Double to $42 Billion Over Next Four Years  —  The latest forecast for Internet advertising is out from eMarketer, which says that in the U.S. it will rise from $21 billion this year to $42 billion in 2011.  During that time period, Web advertising's share …
Online Advertising on a Rocket Ride
Stephen Shankland /
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's Elastic Computing Cloud online service.
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET
Format war fanboys shut down AVS Forum  —  Anyone who's ever visited AVS Forum—probably the largest online forum for audio/visual discussion—knows that people can get carried away.  And anyone who has dared to venture in the HD DVD and Blu-ray forum is well aware of rampant fanboy flame wars …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Crave
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.
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 …
Heritage Foundation:
The Comcast Net Neutrality Controversy: A Discussion  —  On October 25, the Technology Liberation Front, a technology policy weblog, hosted an online discussion[1] concerning recent actions by Comcast Corporation to limit certain types of traffic on its network in order to manage demand.
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
Once and for all, proof that Macs are cheaper than PCs  —  Let's put to rest the myth that an Apple computer will set you back more than a Windows PC.  In fact, it'll cost you less.  —  It's time to buy an Apple computer.  Indeed, it's been that time for the past five years, at least …
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.
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 …
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant iPhone jailbreak site offers many new features  —  Sure, firmware release 1.1.2 is just around the corner — expected to launch along with the European iPhone in just a few days — but that hasn't stopped the guys at from updating their software and enhancing your jailbreaking experience.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
As Google pushes phones, Yahoo zeros in on ad deals  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo mobile chief Marco Boerries is racing to lock down phone distribution deals that could deliver hundreds of millions of advertising customers before Google's own mobile strategy ever takes wing.
Discussion: WebProNews
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File Sharing Opens Users to Identity Theft
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL to buy Quigo as last big advertising deal
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
We're only Human after all: a review of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon
Staci D. Kramer /
Earnings: NWS: Murdoch: MySpace Rocks, Facebook 'Similar To A Phone Book'
Discussion: Valleywag
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Discussion: DSLreports and
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is Philips clock radio/digital photo frame a potential sleeper hit?
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Russian Business Network: Down, But Not Out
Discussion: Computerworld
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Whole Foods Board Decides Common Sense Ain't Common Enough …
Steve Friess / Wired News:
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