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10:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: ben barren, Mark Evans and A VC
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
Mike / Techdirt:
Apple Settles Yet Another iTunes Interface Patent Suit  —  Hot on the heels of Apple's decision to settle with Creative over a patent on the basic interface for finding music on your iPod, Apple has also settled another patent claim concerning a patent for a computer-based system and user interface for media playing devices.
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 …
Al W / Tech Digest:
IFA 2006: USRobotics Skype DECT Phone  —  Yet another company is joining the race to get every home using Skype.  This is USRobotics' Skype compatible USR9630 cordless phone.  It has one obvious flaw already - other companies, such as Philips, are cutting out the middle man and making DECT Skype phones that work independent of a PC.
Discussion: Webtown and Gadgetell
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
MySpace to sell music from nearly 3 million bands  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - MySpace, the wildly popular online teen hangout, said on Friday it will make its first move into the digital music business by selling songs from nearly 3 million unsigned bands.  —  MySpace is the latest company …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Welcome to MySpace Records
Clocke / all noise all the time:
you snooze, you win  —  z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z...  But seriously, folks, you owe it to yourself to check out this hot new — and hysterical — Web 2.0 parody site, The New New Internet.  I was Rolling on the Floor Laughing My F**k*** Ass Off.  Favorite line: "Gain a Deep, Non-Technical Understanding of Web 2.0." …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Archive Search  —  The first thing I thought of when I saw domains like (registered Friday) was the WayBackMachine.  If my gut instinct is correct, it won't be long before Google launches a similar service that lets us peer into the history of the web.
VoIP Blog:
Alcatel Acquires 3G Assets from Nortel  —  Today Nortel announced it has shed its 3G UMTS radio access assets and sold them to Alcatel.  On a conference call with financial analysts and the media, Nortel President and CEO Mike Zafirovski was quick to point out that his company remains committed …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
An Open Challenge to David Maynor and Jon Ellch  —  When I play poker, I will occasionally place or call bets that I expect to lose.  Sometimes it's a simple matter of pot odds — a bet that's a mathematically sound long shot.  Occasionally, though, I'll throw away money on a bad bet simply because I want to see an opponent's cards.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
CrunchGear's Back to School Cheat Sheet  —  September is here and maybe you or someone in your household-you know, the kid upstairs with the headphones who listens to that demon hippity-hop music?-might be in the market for some back to school technology.  Here's a quick rundown of our favorite picks from the past few months.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Jobs might deliver a keynote, updated MacBook Pros on September 12th?  —  Egads, the rumor engine has caught on fire and September 12th is to blame: HardMac cites anonymous sources (i.e. - take it with a grain of salt) that Steve Jobs still won't be present in Paris for the upcoming Apple Expo …
Discussion: digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands-on with the Sony Mylo  —  Holy hot damn, we got us a Mylo up in this piece.  Yes, unfortunately it's only a late prototype (we haven't actually heard of anyone getting a final production unit yet) but here she is, Sony's ever-hopeful ace in the hole to get a foothold in the pockets …
Discussion: PSP Fanboy
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat is back  —  We launched early yesterday morning, but an overwhelming spike in traffic, a subsequent server crash and no fallback combined to shut down the Web site for a whole day.  —  We've learned some lessons.  —  1) It is hard to launch a start-up.
Discussion: PR 2.0 and Bloggers Blog
Make your own "official" seal  —  Web site Says-It's Official Seal Generator lets you design your very own seal with customized text.  —  I'm really not sure how "official" you can consider your completed seal (I guess it's official if you say so), but they are kind of cool.
Samsung's 4G  —  Fourth-generation wireless technology (4G) was in the news this week as Samsung demonstrated 100 Mbps while moving in a bus.  NTT DoCoMo, the giant Japanese-based telecommunications company and Korean-based Samsung are both testing 100 Mbit/s mobile technology.
Discussion: and Slashdot
Ismael Ghalimi / IT|Redux:
About a Chap  —  Once upon a time, there was a chap who liked computers, databases, and cool little widgets that can be displayed in a web browser.  He started writing about it, gave it yet-another-two-dot-zero-name that people could make fun of, and got a couple more chaps reading what he had to write about it.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Meet Zazoox, a new Internet café gaming kiosk  —  You know, if you could use proper names in Scrabble, Zazoox would be a good one to play.  We hadn't heard of them until today, when we read in the trade publication Kiosk Marketplace that Zazoox is a new pay-for-use game café kiosk …
MSN Search's WebLog:
Windows Live QnA beta goes public!  —  In addition to the testing we're doing you may have seen the news we launched Windows Live QnA beta this week!  A link to it is also showing up in the search bar on our recent testing.  —  For all of you still new to our question-and-answer service …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Trailfire: Building Vannevar's Memex  —  There are a plethora of bookmarking sites out there and only a few of them have become very successful - and Stumbleupon are two that spring to mind.  Trailfire is a bit different from your average bookmarking site, because they don't just allow …
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Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
A Day of Google  —  I love working from my kitchen table …
Discussion: digg
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Still Feels Entitled To Scour Everyone's Hard Drives
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
One sure sign of a bubble is the meta-ness of the excitement.
Discussion: Know It All and ben barren
Ina Fried / CNET
Hackers crack Apple, Microsoft music codes
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
myTunes: the simplified iTunes DRM stripper for Windows
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Wasabi  —  I think some people thought I was joking earlier today …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Partystrands aims to be + Digg for the jukebox
Discussion: GigaOM and digg