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9:50 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 …
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: Webware.com, Mashable! and ParisLemon
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.
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.
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 …
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Online Advertising on a Rocket Ride
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Video Series nextNYers to Interview New York Startups  —  A new weekly web series called nextNYers will be filming five-minute-long interviews with tech startups based in New York City.  The company behind the production of nextNYers, For Your Imagination, aims to give better exposure …
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 …
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
The verdict: Leopard spanks Vista, continues OS X's reign of excellence  —  This story caps off a truly comprehensive wave of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard coverage from Computerworld.  Our readers have asked for more operating system coverage, and we're delivering.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.5.1 9B13 to Developers
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Whole Foods Board Decides Common Sense Ain't Common Enough: Bans Execs From Web Postings  —  from the common-sense-ain't-what-it-used-to- be dept  —  Over the summer, there was some press coverage over the news that the CEO of Whole Foods had, for years, been posting to Yahoo message boards about his company under a fake name.
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:   Whole Foods Muzzles Executives' Online Chatter
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Buys Clipmarks, RealClearPolitics Stake  —  Forbes Media, as long rumored, has acquired Clipmarks, a tool that lets people share Web content like text and images.  Forbes has also acquired a 51% stake in RealClearPolitics.  Update: In a (what else) Clipmarks post …
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.
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 jailbreakme.com from updating their software and enhancing your jailbreaking experience.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Russian hacker gang goes dark to relocate; may be moving to China  —  Infamous Russian Business Network 'down, not out,' says researcher  —  The Russian Business Network (RBN), a notorious hacker and malware hosting organization that operates out of St. Petersburg, Russia, has gone off the air, security researchers said today.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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Christopher Null:
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
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Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Earnings: NWS: Murdoch: MySpace Rocks, Facebook 'Similar To A Phone Book'
Discussion: Valleywag
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP stuffing Penryn chips into xw8600 / xw6600 workstations
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Electronista and WinBeta
Reuters:
Time Warner Cable says wireless demand is 'tepid'
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is Philips clock radio/digital photo frame a potential sleeper hit?
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Paramount and Warner Bros. market $3 DVDs in China
Business Wire:
HP to Seek New Business Model for HP-branded Cameras
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Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
A Story of Surveillance  —  Former Technician 'Turning In' AT&T Over NSA Program
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Intel mulled buying Nvidia, ATI
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