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Michelle Meyers / CNET
Problems surfacing with iPod Nano screen  —  Some owners of Apple Computer's new "impossibly small" iPod Nano are starting to wonder if the device is also impossibly delicate.  —  The most widespread complaint about the otherwise highly praised device seems to be that the color display screen gets scratched extremely easily.
Yahoo! News:
Motorola CEO: 'Screw the nano'  —  Apple Computer's newest MP3 player, the iPod nano, is receiving rave reviews and analy sts believe the device will solidify Apple's dominance in the competitive MP3 player market for at least another year.  However, not everyone praises the device …
Discussion: Techdirt and MobHappy
Jlewin / Podcasting News:
Apple Dogged by iPod nano Complaints
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Microsoft plans to sell search ads of its own  —  Microsoft will unveil Monday its own system for selling Web advertising as it struggles to compete with Google and Yahoo in the expanding Web search business.  The system, to be used by MSN, is meant to improve on those of Microsoft's rivals …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO
MSN TO DEBUTE PAID ADS TODAY?  —  I believe it is going to be a limited beta test open to select advertisers, but...  From the Ingternet Herald Tribune: … Over on the NYT Google is already throwing the privacy card: … while still leaving the demographic door open for themselves ;)
The Power of Defaults … How gullible are Web users?  Sadly, the answer seems to be "very."  —  Professor Thorsten Joachims and colleagues at Cornell University conducted a study of search engines.  Among other things, their study examined the links users followed on the SERP (search engine results page).
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Two strange bedfellows, one new smart phone  —  Microsoft, Palm team up, but stay mum on some details  —  The new Treo, which resembles the current 650, doesn't officially have a model number yet.  —  FREE VIDEO  —  • Unlikely alliance  —  Sept. 26: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates …
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
PubSub to Measure Blog Influence by Category  —  PubSub is today expected to unleash a new site ranking tool, called LinkRanks, that measures the "strength, persistence, and vitality" of links pointing to and from a given Web site.  —  Additionally, PubSub has begun an effort to compile lists …
Matt Reed / Wired News:
IPod Maps Draw Legal Threats  —  Transit officials in New York and San Francisco have launched a copyright crackdown on a website offering free downloadable subway maps designed to be viewed on the iPod.  — is the home of iPod-sized maps of nearly two dozen different …
Global usage share MSN Search has slightly increased according to  —  Amsterdam - September 26 2005 - (, the number one provider of on demand intelligence web analytics, today reported that MSN Search's global usage share has slightly increased …
Discussion: digg
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! as the TV Network of the Future  —  The NY Times story about the next generation media strategy of Yahoo!'s Terry Semel and Lloyd Braun is worth a read.  What first struck me: … My first thought was of Songline Studio's Ferndale, the first soap opera on the net, and Tom Arriola's CrimeScene …
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Gamers Get a Hollywood Makeover  —  Halfway through The 40 Year Old Virgin is a thoroughly remarkable scene.  It's got nothing to do with first-time sex, though.  No, it's about gaming: David and Cal, two of the virgin's twenty-something slacker friends, are sitting in his apartment playing Mortal Kombat: Deception.
Discussion: Kotaku and LiquidGeneration
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
eBay's Bet: The Skype's the Limit  —  Oct. 3, 2005 issue - When I talked to Meg Whitman last week, we used plain old telephones.  But since both of us belong to the 54 million-member Skype community—a global society one joins simply by signing up to use that company's voice over Internet protocol …
: Michael Meeks interview  —  Here's a few of the questions we asked the Novell employee...  LXF: How did you first get involved with Gnome?  —  Michael Meeks: Well, that's quite a long story.  I became a Christian in my gap year.  I'd like to point out I was using Windows exclusively …

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