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Mike / Techdirt:
SBC: We Own The Internet, So Google Should Pay Up  —  from the uh-oh.—trouble-coming.  dept.  —  It's become pretty clear that Kevin Martin's FCC has no problem considering "competition" in the broadband space to mean incumbent telcos vs. incumbent cable companies.
Discussion: IP Democracy and The Stalwart
Amy Gardner /
iTunes Music Store Sells One Million Videos in Less Than 20 Days  —  CUPERTINO, California—October 31, 2005—Apple® today announced that iTunes® Music Store customers have purchased and downloaded more than one million videos since they debuted on October 12.
Sprint Launches the First Instant, Over the Air Music Download Service in the U.S.  —  Sprint Music Store Fact Sheet  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) customers will be the first wireless customers in the U.S. to download full songs over-the-air.  Today Sprint announced the opening of the Sprint Music Store …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
Staci /
Google Ad Plans Move Far Beyond The Computer : It's absolutely no secret that Google's ad plans aren't limited to the PC.  The company is already trying out the print waters in a smallish trial, ads are placed against book searching and chatter about TV has been getting louder.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google throws bodies at OpenOffice  —  Google plans to hire programmers to improve, a demonstration of its affinity for open source initiatives and one the company believes also shows sound practical sense.  —  OpenOffice has its roots in Sun Microsystems' StarOffice suite of programs.
Ken Yarmosh / TECHNOSIGHT:
AN OPEN LETTER TO TECHCRUNCH'S MICHAEL ARRINGTON  —  Michael-  —  I really appreciate what you've done for Web 2.0 and the larger tech community.  In many ways, you have given Web 2.0 a face it previously didn't have.  TechCrunch is one of my 'must read' blogs and I'm always excited …
Discussion: ben barren and Tinfinger
Mike / CrunchNotes:   Conflicts of Interest  —  Ken Yarmosh, a paid consultant …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Ken feels Blogniscient isn't getting a fair shake
Discussion: Download Squad
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Print Debate on Farber's IP List  —  Over the past couple of days, there have been quite a few interesting postings about the Google Print controversy over on Dave Farber's IP List.  There's a lot of the usual back and forth, but a couple of postings that give some background on possible legal precedent.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Podtech / Comments from the PodTech Gallery:
PodTech Exclusive: Steve Forbes, CEO & Editor in Chief, Forbes Inc. - Transcript  —  Here is the transcript of PodTech's exclusive podcast with Steve Forbes in his first ever podcast.  Steve Forbes' first ever podcast in a PodTech exclusive.  I travelled to New York City to sit down with Steve …
Telefonica buys UK's O2 for £18bn  —  Mobile phone group O2 has agreed a takeover offer from Spanish telecom company Telefonica.  —  Telefonica is to pay £17.7bn ($31.6bn) for the firm in order to get a foothold in two of Europe's largest mobile phone markets - the UK and Germany. snags three ONA awards  —  Look for our "Best of the Best" interactive feature later this week.  —  Read the full article  —  Close: Online media can foster community  —  Mainstream media has lost its heart and ability to connect the community, said veteran ethnic media advocate Sandy Close.
Discussion: ONA 2005
Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
Windows Vista: Death to Menus?  —  For three months now, I've been cheerfully doing something that virtually nobody, including Microsoft, thinks is a good idea: using beta versions of Windows Vista to do actual work on my primary office PC.  Which means that I've already logged hundreds of hours with the new OS.
Tom Hume:
Mobile games  —  Sounds like a buckleys_mobhappy/2005/10/austin_games_ co.html">good rant: "Mobile game guru Greg Costikyan, formerly with Nokia Research but now head of Manifesto Games, highlighted a number of problems facing the mobile games industry, and developers in particular.
New York Times:
To Battle the Telephone Giants, Small Internet Providers Choose Wi-Fi as a Weapon  —  With cable providers and the Bell telephone companies dominating the market for residential high-speed Internet service, smaller Internet access providers are desperately trying to find a new way to connect with consumers.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Gizmodo
Dan Goodin / Wired News:
Public Enemy Takes It to the Net  —  In 1988, Public Enemy released It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and unleashed one of the biggest changes in popular music since the arrival of Bob Dylan.  Its searing critique of American culture and the rhyming anthems of black nationalism …

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