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6:05 AM ET, September 25, 2006

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Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet II  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists, and analysts shows that a majority agree with predictions that by 2020:  — A low-cost global network will be thriving and creating new opportunities in a "flattening" world.  — Humans will remain in charge of technology …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Googleyness: Inside The Google System  —  For some great weekend reading, check out this Fortune magazine article that gets inside the great Google brain.  Some extracts that I enjoyed...  Later in the article it states that Google has released "at least 83 full-fledged and test-stage products" …
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net|log:
Google's dirty little secret  —  ... AND HOW IT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR SEARCH ENGINE TRAFFIC  —  Most traffic to websites nowadays comes through search engines.  In Europe, this means mostly Google.  However, Google segments their traffic based on location.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and digg
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
'Payphone Warriors' call on New York streets  —  reporter's notebook NEW YORK—In this era of ubiquitous cell phones, I never imagined I'd be so excited about making a call from a pay phone.  —  But thanks to "Payphone Warriors," a game in the Come out and Play festival of street games …
Discussion: SMS Text News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Pluggd to make podcasts chunkier, searchable  —  Seattle based podcast discovery and management service Pluggd is unveiling a major new feature at DEMO this weekend that combines speech recognition and semantic analysis to let users search for and skip to parts of an audio file that are related to topics of interest to them.
Discussion: Raw and Squash
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
In Search Of The Valley: DVD movie released today  —  A new documentary on Silicon Valley premieres today on DVD.  It was directed by my friend Steve O'Hear, who I met over the Web earlier this year and now work with on my corporate blogging project called Micro Media Corp. 'In Search …
Discussion: digg
Zack Stern / Joystiq:
Free CDX adventure game released with BBC tie-in  —  The BBC History website has launched the first episode in its multi-part adventure game, CDX.  Acting as a companion to the current BBC series, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, the game's story follows a character who supplies a Roman dagger to the BBC TV production.
Discussion: Wonderland
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Jay / Jay is Games:
CDX  —  Just launched by the BBC History team along with the design …
Discussion: digg
Neil Patel / Pronet Advertising:
Making your blog popular through content  —  As a blogger one of your goals might be to become popular.  You might be able to do this by optimizing your blog or by using the diverse social mediums out there today.  These methods are great and can really boost your popularity, but they are usually not in your control.
Discussion: digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Attensa 2.0 reads feeds and multimedia in Outlook, for free  —  Enterprise RSS and Attention company Attensa has released version 2.0 of their plug-in for Outlook and there are a number of notable changes that have been made.  Most important, Attensa 2.0 is free.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Post-RC1 Vista build temporarily available  —  Microsoft has quietly released a build of Windows Vista that is more recent than Release Candidate 1 (build 5600), which debuted at the beginning of this month.  The new build is numbered 5728, and comes with a number of caveats.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Farecast expands airfare predictions; just know when to use them.  —  Farecast, the start-up that predicts whether airfares are about to go up or down (earlier coverage here), has expanded predictions for 20 more airport destinations, bringing the total to 75 airports.
Cool Tools:
Roomba Vacuum  —  It finally happened, an off-the-shelf household robot that works and pays back even the early-adopter price.  —  For less than $200 you get a vacuum cleaner the size of coffee-table book (though round) which has robotic smarts and its own battery.  The main thing is, it works.
Discussion: Listics
Evan Blass / Engadget:
With "pod" on lockdown, Apple goes after "podcast"  —  Now that Apple's lawyers have scared the pants off of small entrepreneurs selling products like the Profit Pod and TightPod — items that have nothing to with portable audio in any way, mind you — it seems that the next targets are companies …
Discussion: The Apple Blog
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nobu intros N8 touchscreen in-wall PC  —  So if the JackPC is lacking in the power / functionality department, and you're going for that svelte, in-wall look to complement your flush WiFi installation, Nobu's got just the thing.  Known for its sleek in-wall PC designs, Nobu is busting …
Discussion: digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Tackles Safety Online - Too Late?  —  MySpace will announce an online safety campaign on Monday in partnership with Seventeen magazine, the National School Board Association and the National Association of Independent Schools.  With murder plots and pedophiles dominating …
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Light Reading:
10 Meg Is Here!  —  6:00 AM — I just boosted my bandwidth again, this time to 10 Mbit/s.  Charter Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR - message board), my service provider, charges me a little more because I don't take their TV service along with my bandwidth subscription.
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Bandwidth, Its Getting Cheaper
Discussion: IP Democracy
 
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Reuters:
Google relents, publishes Belgian court ruling
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Parasites in the SEO Biz
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Darren Stevens / DigitalBattle:
1 Million Wii Units At Launch In North America
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, Joystiq and digg
Randall Stross / New York Times:
The Big Gamble on Electronic Voting
Discussion: IP Democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
The Boy Genius Report: The BlackBerry 8800
Discussion: A VC, CrunchGear and digg
Alexander Gratz / TamsPalm-the Palm OS Blog:
A true x86 emulator for Palm - first facts and pics
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
TGS06: Wii or PS3? Japanese Gamer Video Poll
Discussion: Wonderland
Nik Cubrilovic / TalkCrunch:
Episode 12: Featuring Om Malik, Robert Scoble and Michael Arrington