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2:25 AM ET, September 27, 2006

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John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
$10 million in venture capital to help Wallop build social network  —  Wallop, the social networking startup that was spun out of Microsoft Research Labs earlier this year, has landed $10 million in venture capital that it will use to create a new competitor to MySpace, Friendster and Facebook.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Paid Social-Networking Model Doesn't Pack Much Of A Punch
Discussion: CNET News.com
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel pledges 80 cores in five years  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Intel has built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second.  —  CEO Paul Otellini held up a silicon wafer with the prototype chips before several thousand attendees at the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday.
Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?  —  ThinkSecret reports that the much-rumored-about iPhone from Apple is coming and will be available exclusively through Cingular.  If true, it would mean that Apple has decided to take a position on what phone stack it is willing to support and has come out on the side of GSM.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
Apple iPhone to be Cingular-exclusive at launch  —  Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US' largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple's forthcoming phone, sources report.  Apple's iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
MySpace trumps YouTube in video  —  Commentary: Talk is cheap with videos, and cell phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — It didn't take long for MySpace to rule the digital video world.  —  The social networking juggernaut, owned by News Corp (NWS : , , ) was the No. 1 video site in July …
Ryansingel / 27B Stroke 6:
Report: TrustE Sites Twice As Likely to Be Bad Actors  —  Ben Edelman, a researcher working on his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, has posted a study showing that sites certified through Truste are twice as likely as similar, but uncertified sites to deliver spyware, adware and spam.
yhoo.client.shareholder.com:
Yahoo! and OMD Research Shows Resurgence of Traditional Values Among Today's Tech-Savvy Families  —  'Family 2.0' Relies on Multi-tasking with Technology to Stay Close, Better Manage Busy "43-Hour" Days  —  Global families today are harnessing pervasive technology and media to help …
Kevin / seattleduck:
The Facebook Overreach  —  I actually started writing this a few weeks back, when news first broke of Facebook branching out from an exclusive membership model, presumably to take on that Wild West of social networks, MySpace.  But given the news that this move is a reality, today …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The New Ning Thing ... Videos & Biz Model  —  Ning, a Palo Alto, California based start up that has has made irregular appearances on this blog, is one of the most enigmatic start-ups in the valley.  Ning is close to announcing new features, including video and photo sharing services …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Weblogs, Inc/Blogsmith goes mobile!  —  Here is the internal AOL message I just sent to everyone...  Team AOL,  —  We are blessed to have the greatest, kick-ass, take no prisoner, samurai, rouge, dev team on the planet working for us at Blogsmith/WIN/Netscape.
Discussion: Engadget and Monkey Bites
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Firefox 2 reaches RC1  —  Today, the Mozilla organization is preparing to release the first release candidate for version 2 of their popular Firefox web browser.  Firefox 2 RC1 is available in binary form for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X (the latter a Universal Binary for both PPC and Intel systems).
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Cancelling Vonage Difficulties  —  I thought I would share my interesting experience with cancelling my Vonage service.  I recorded the entire call, including the traversal over their IVR to reach an agent.  Surprisingly, I was connected pretty quickly to an agent.  I was expecting a much longer hold time.
ShanghaiDaily.com:
Report: Tom.com to buyout eBay China, PayPal  —  HONG Kong-listed Tom.com is going to announce its takeover of eBay's China division and its PayPal service, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing a well-informed source.  —  Tom Group is the distributor of Skype, eBay's online telephone service in China.
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Photowalking with Thomas Hawk  —  Thomas Hawk shows up at many Silicon Valley geek events and he makes some of the best images I've ever seen.  —  This video came about because I wanted to learn more about how he does it.  —  It's remarkable video where you'll learn a lot about the creative process …
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Buzzwords say all the wrong things  —  Our industry is addicted to bulls**t buzzwords.  Emails are full of "I'm an insider" jargon, blog posts brim with tech duckspeak, and resumes are loaded with meaningless action verbs.  Everyone's always implementing or enabling or optimizing or leveraging.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TiVo Series3 + plasma TV = big problems  —  So you just paid $800 for your brand new Series3 TiVo ($1,000 if you transferred your lifetime subscription), waited patiently as the morons from the cable company tried to get their heads around installing CableCARDs in a non-TV device …
Discussion: PVRblog, PVR Wire and Lost Remote
BBC:
Mobile web shake-up gets started  —  The mobile web is about to receive the biggest shake-up in years with the start of open registration for mobile phone-specific website addresses.  —  The general public can now register websites ending with .mobi (dotmobi) as the backers of the mobile net hope to overturn consumer apathy.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
New Slingbox AV at Best Buy.  Symbian Support!  —  I was somewhat doubtful when I read yesterday that someone had picked up a new Slingbox, but I figured what the heck and headed over to Best Buy (Fairfax, VA) during lunch.  Low and behold, about half a dozen AV Slingboxes were on the shelf next to the original Slingbox.
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire, Gizmodo and digg
Gameworld Network:
The Guts of the Wii Nunchuk  —  Home : News : Nintendo Wii : News Story  —  It appears someone has already pulled apart the Wii's Nunchuk, and the thing isn't even out yet!  It was bound to happen eventually.  Check out these 10 photos.  —  Nintendo Wii - Related news stories
 
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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Greenpeace creates mock Apple homepage
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Netgear Digital Entertainer EVA700 announced
Discussion: Shop Talk, Gadgetell and PVR Wire
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Have you received any "traceable" PattyMail recently?
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wal-Mart passing on Wii demo units due to safety?
Nokia:
All the music, imaging and Internet functionality of Nokia Nseries …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
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Realtime, Real's desktop feed reader and site
Terry Heaton / The Pomo Blog:
More competition for local video news
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Windows Genuine Advantage worse than we all feared
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Judgment for the plaintiff: 1,000 hours of AOL FREE!!!!!
Adam Frucci / SCI FI Tech:
Info rings save us from hassle of human interaction
Discussion: Gizmodo, technology filter and digg
New York Times:
Two Involved in H.P. Spying Are Summoned by Congress