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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
If it's not MP3, is it still podcasting?  —  Yesterday's coverage of the Audible announcement exposed a conversation that was coming, and it boils down to the question in the title of this piece.  The answer — if you're not using MP3, you're probably trying to make podcasting into a replay of previous media.
Mitch Ratcliffe / RatcliffeBlog:
Measuring podcasts: The right first step
Discussion: Scripting News and
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Government Enters Fray Over BlackBerry Patents  —  Agencies Depend on Devices, Lawyers Say  —  Some people make jokes about Washington wonks being attached to their BlackBerry e-mail devices, but the U.S. government takes the service very seriously.  —  The Justice Department has filed …
Discussion: Engadget
K.C. Jones /
Murder Suspect's Google Searches Spotlighted In Trial  —  4:54 PM EST Fri.  —  Prosecutors claim a Mac specialist on trial in connection with the killing of his wife did a Google search for the words: "neck snap break" and "hold" before she was killed.  —  Robert Petrick …
Discussion: Things That and Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld /
The Flickrization of Yahoo  —  If social search pans out, it could give Yahoo a much-needed edge over Google.  Google takes an automated approach to search, throwing armies of Ph.D.s and thousands of servers at the problem.  It wants to make search more relevant by creating better algorithms.
Whatshisface / The Post Money Value:
The New VC Handbook  —  Sorry for the all quiet on the western front thing going on here; it has been a busy couple of weeks.  —  Recently, I had an opportunity to listen to a couple of VCs who are, by all accounts, rock stars.  These are the 100 million dollar to each partner type rock stars.
Lora / What Is New:
What do you use a PC for anyway?  —  What do you use a PC for anyway?  —  This evening I was reading a few articles about Windows Vista and one alluded to how people are in search of killer applications for Tablet PCs while another said the killer app is really a killer scenario, such as using the Internet.
Troy Norcross / Mobile Marketing & SPAM:
Faster and faster - Carnival of the Mobilists 5 - Week 46  —  Welcome to Carnival of the Mobilists #5  —  The carnival is rapidly gaining speed and momentum and going ever faster and faster - and this is a good thing!  One of the great things about this is that there are a growing number of submissions every week.
Rob Bushway / Tablet PC MVP:
Tablet Guy give away contest  —  You've seen all the blog entries about the famous Tablet Guy.  Well, I'm running a contest and will be giving away at least one Tablet Guy.  —  Here is the contest:  —  Write a short story that involves the Tablet Guy.  Use your imagination.
Robert X. Cringely /
Paper War  —  Microsoft Is Leaking Internal Documents to Make Us Think They Have a Plan  —  Oscar Wilde said that the only thing worse than people talking about you is people NOT talking about you, and it must have been with this in mind that Microsoft recently "leaked" …
Don Phillips / New York Times:
Flight of Boeing's 777 Breaks Distance Record  —  LONDON, Nov. 10 — In a trip that included two sunrises, a new long-range Boeing 777 flew more than halfway around the world nonstop on Thursday, breaking an aviation distance record set by a B-52 bomber 43 years ago.
Oliver Starr / The Mobile Technology Weblog:
Verizon May Have "The Network" but the Customer Cares About Content  —  Watching Verizon's recent advertising campaign you'd think "The Network" was the holy grail of mobile telephony.  What else can explain the tens of millions of dollars that the company is obviously spending on promoting …
Discussion: MobHappy
Ellie Gibson /
Epic proportions  —  Mark Rein has been in the news more than he'd perhaps like lately.  The Epic Games vice president is a man who likes to talk, and a man who's passionate about games - a combination which can sometimes get him into trouble.  —  First he was accused of saying next-generation games …
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Infendo and Kotaku
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Full Metal Jacket  —  I have, for several years, subscribed to the theory that those who are mostly desk-bound should buy the cheapest laptop they can get by with and the most expensive desktop system they can afford.  One reason is the idea that laptops — slower and more fragile — aren't really worth a big investment.
Walter S. Mossberg /
Tempted by the Apple?  —  Add this column to your News Alerts (New!)  —  APPLE'S MACINTOSH COMPUTERS claim only a tiny share of the overall PC market, but they are getting more consideration from Windows users thinking of switching than at any time in many years.

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