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8:45 PM ET, September 3, 2006

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator  —  Paul Graham believes we're not in a bubble, that startups shouldn't worry about their business models and the best companies are the ones with potential to kill old monopolies.  Graham is a partner at YCombinator, a Mountain View venture capital firm …
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Skeptic / Dead2.0:
Ycombinator says Yprofit?  —  At first I was going to let this one go with a mere comment over on TechCrunch, but I simply can't hold back.  Marshall Kirkpatrick, a swell guy, interviewed Paul Graham, a venture capitalist with Ycombinator.  This is the firm that funded Kiko, Reddit, WuFoo, and coming soon, Loopt.
Redbarren / ben barren:
Fast + Furious Rocket Fuel Startups Should Gauge Probability of Success  —  Paul Graham, the partner in Y'institutionalised angel investing, is one of the kings of the upside down, yet so obvious why didnt you get it soundbite.  —  This one (about a startup needing to get "a lot of subtle …
Fred / A VC:   Paul Graham Talks to TechCrunch
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
The Last Stand of the 6-Percenters?  —  WHEN David and Annette Wolf decided that their family was outgrowing its Seattle area home, they also decided that they did not need much help finding a new one.  —  They combed Internet listings of homes for sale until they spotted a four-bedroom house …
Lisa Gade / mobiletechreview.com:
Palm Treo 700wx for Sprint  —  When the Treo 700w on Verizon came out at the beginning of January 2006, it made quite a stir since it was the first Windows Mobile rather than Palm OS Treo.  The Palm OS Treo line had nearly defined the PDA phone market with it's great ergonomics, ease of use and cross-platform syncing ability.
Discussion: Gear Live and Engadget
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
The New Tastemakers  —  SETH FORD-YOUNG is a professional bass player who performs up to five nights a week with local jazz and rock bands and occasionally lends his talents to recording sessions for artists like Tom Waits.  But these days he has an unusual second gig.
The Register:
Google developing eavesdropping software  —  Audio 'fingerprint' for content relevant ads  —  By Faultline → More by this author  —  Comment The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background …
Discussion: Webtown and Slashdot
Roberto / Torrentfreak:
Mac BitTorrent Clients Reviewed  —  Mac OS X is heralded as the most appealing operating system on the market and one of the most capable as well thanks to its BSD (Unix) core.  —  Sadly, the number of user-friendly, appealing BitTorrent clients available for the platform are very few …
Gizmodo:
The Mysterious Nintendo DS MP3 Player  —  Nintendo's set to release an official MP3 player for the Nintendo DS, making it not only a game machine and a web browser, but a music playing device too.  The above picture was seen in a brocure from the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.
Discussion: Kotaku and DigitalBattle
ResourceShelf:
Yet Another Day and More Google Domain Names,  —  Garett has discovered some newly registered domains from guess who, Google.  It's a busy time.  More new domains here, here, and here.  Garett's post and commentary (always insightful) is here.  GoogleArchives.com is one of the domains.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Getting outside the frothy bubble  —  Thanks to Geek and Poke for the cartoon.  —  When I was eating sushi and chatting with Jeremy Wright, CEO of B5 Media, and Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug, Don, at one point, pointed out that SmugMug had 150,000 paying customers and was profitable.
Discussion: down the avenue
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Google to Give Data To Brazilian Court  —  Google Inc., which refused in the past year to hand over user search data to U.S. authorities fighting children's access to pornography, said yesterday that it was complying with a Brazilian court's orders to turn over data that could help identify users accused …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Bob Dylan and iTunes sell un-rippable music  —  If you buy the latest Bob Dylan album from the iTunes Music Store, be prepared to lose four of the tracks when you burn it to CD.  Four of the tracks on "Modern Times," which is only sold as a whole album on the iTMS, are only made available as video files …
Daniel Greenberg / Washington Post:
The Buzz on Quieter Computers  —  Sometimes, it's the smallest noises that can be most annoying — like crickets chirping outside your bedroom window in the middle of the night.  —  Or those buzzing, roaring, humming and rattling noises that come from inside your computer.
Discussion: StrayPackets
AppleInsider:
Apple settles iTunes software interface lawsuit  —  Apple Computer has settled a lawsuit filed by a Vermont-based business owner who claimed the iPod maker stole his software interface design and used it to create iTunes.  —  The terms of the deal, which were reached following a 15-hour negotiating session …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I continue to have problems with all three of my Macs.
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Shelley / The Bb Gun:
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Heidi Dore / Daily Mail:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Philips lands the 9-inch digital PhotoFrame
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Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog and rexblog
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Still waiting for the World's Incumbent Telephone Companies …
Discussion: Aswath Weblog and VoIP Watch
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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