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Michael Graves /
Weblogs 2.0  —  Word is out, and it's true: VeriSign has acquired the assets of Dave Winer's  I'm sure Dave will have plenty to say on the subject, but this past year has reached a point where Dave needed to either a) invest significant capital into the development of Weblogs 2.0 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What a day!  —  These notes were written on the flight from Cincinnati to Greensboro, early yesterday evening.  —  Today was a travel day, an interesting one for sure, unique in many ways.  It was the first time I began a trip in the East Bay, and I learned a ton about getting from Berkeley to SFO for an 11AM weekday flight.
Staci / Details Starting To Emerge; Price Tag $2.3 Million : Updated at 11:50 p.m. eastern to include interview with Dave Winer: VeriSign moved quickly tonight to shift the story from reports of a sale to what the company will do with its new acquisition from Dave Winer. sold to Verisign  —  Boy, the scent of money is in the air these days.  The latest report is that Dave Winer has sold to Verisign (~$5 million is the figure being bandied about).  This is an interesting one because it seemed crazy (see below) when I first heard about it …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dave Winer gives rest of the story on sale
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Confirmed: Verisign buys
Discussion: Techdirt
Staci /   Report: Winer Sells To Verisign : Updated …
Tsunami appeal site 'hacker' found guilty … A computer consultant has been fined for gaining unauthorised access to the Disaster Emergency Committee's fundraising Web site  —  A computer consultant has been convicted of gaining unauthorised access to a Web site collecting donations …
Discussion: iBLOGthere4iM
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Guy who was busted "for using lynx" found guilty
Business Week:
Daggers Drawn Over DVDs  —  How Sony gained an edge in its fierce battle with Microsoft over video formats  —  Every July, 400 of the most powerful media and tech industry chieftains meet at investment banker Herb Allen's conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, for what are usually convivial discussions of megatrends and megamergers.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Patrick Ross / CNET
Here's a surefire way to stifle innovation  —  During the Grokster debate, we frequently heard those opposed to the content industry's position chant, "Don't stifle innovation!"  —  Now that the Grokster decision has been handed down and innovation still appears to be among us, it's important to continue the fight for new ideas.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The next free ebook (Squidoo!)  —  Everyone's an Expert (about something).  —  How do you get more people to visit your site?  —  or buy your product?  —  or donate to your charity online?  —  How do you get your ideas to spread?  —  If you work on the web, this is one of the biggest questions you wrestle with.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
WeblogsInc: More  —  : I asked my friend Nick Denton whether he had comment on the WeblogsInc/AOL deal.  And he said: … : Just saw Tina Sharkey, the AOL exec who made the deal to buy WeblogsInc.  Usual "very excited" soundbites.  She says it will be run as a separate company keeping separate URLs …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Driving under the influence of Web maps  —  It was a nearly cloudless, sunny day in San Francisco as I set out on my Wednesday drive.  My goal: Test the accuracy and timing of the maps and driving directions provided by Yahoo, Google, MSN and America Online's MapQuest.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Yahoo publishes RSS usage report  —  Yahoo just released a whitepaper on RSS usage and came out with a publisher's guide to RSS too (both are on their guide to RSS page).  —  Of the big three companies (Google/Microsoft/Yahoo) Yahoo is definitely getting RSS the best.
Steve Ballmer Details Microsoft's Security Strategy  —  Microsoft announces new product to help protect business customers, collaborates with governments and industry on evolving threats.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 6, 2005 — Today in Munich, Germany, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer …

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