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7:00 AM ET, September 28, 2006

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Light Reading:
Figuring FiOS  —  Will it really cost Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board) more than $9,000 to bring fiber to your home?  —  Yes, it could.  And bear with me, please: I'm about to attempt some FiOS math.  —  The company today said it plans to pass 18 million premises with its fiber network by the end of 2010.
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Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
Verizon Opens the FiOS Kimono
Discussion: IP Democracy
Barbarian / Forever Geek:
Debunking the MySpace Myth of 100 Million Users  —  The hype around the 'web 2.0' buzzword continues to grow and grow.  From bulls**t statements like 85% of college students use Facebook (umm no, that was when less than half of US colleges were supported, yet everyone continues to cite that magical number) …
Discussion: Virtual Economics, Valleywag and digg
Rafat / MocoNews.net:
Major Change Coming At Mobile ESPN; Winding Down Likely, Possibly Being Sold  —  Exclusive: [by Rafat Ali & Staci Kramer] We have heard from numerous sources that MobileESPN, the ambitious yet doomed MVNO effort from Disney, is in for a big change this week: either a phased winding down/transition …
Discussion: MobHappy and GigaOM
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paidContent.org:   Major Change Coming At Mobile ESPN; Winding Down Likely …
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
iPhone Rumors  —  Everyone's always asking me when Apple will come out with a cellphone.  My answer is, "Probably never."  —  I have friends who worked on the Palm Treo.  And to this day, my gut churns to recall the hell they went through.  —  The problem is that when you build a cellphone …
Discussion: digg
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Pogue on iPhone Rumors: Don't Hold Your Breath
Daily Mail:
Apple go to war over 'pod'  —  Apple is waging war against companies that use the word "pod" in product and company names, arguing customers will be confused by what brand they are buying.  —  The action has been fuelled by Podcast Ready, a 13-employee company, which has developed software …
Discussion: LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION and digg
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Three Conspiracy Theories (and One Black Helicopter) Concerning Comcast and Google  —  When I posted that bit about Comcast and Google yesterday, I swear I didn't think many folks would care.  But all of a sudden I started getting these quacky e-mails about how Comcast was intentionally blocking Google …
Discussion: IP Democracy and digg
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
SJSU: Campus OK's Skype, for now  —  Absent any immediate threats, and after Monday's conference call with eBay's government affairs people, San Jose State University 's University Computing and Telecommunications department (SJSU UCAT) said they will not ban Skype.
Writer Zone:
New Release!  Windows Live Writer 1.0 (Beta) Update with Windows Live Gallery  —  This update to Windows Live Writer 1.0 (Beta) features:  — Tagging support  — Support for Blogger Beta  — Improvements to categories  — And more...  (details below)
Gizmodo:
iTunes 7.0.1 Has Buttloads of Mobile Phone Mentions  —  Normally, an iTunes update wouldn't be much news.  But this one has lots of mentions of a "mobile phone" that can play video and display pictures.  As far as we know, the ROKR and RAZR V3i can't do that.  —  Here's a taste of the strings:
Discussion: digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AOL Pictures goes social and it's not pretty  —  The new version of AOL Pictures came out of beta today and it's thoroughly underwhelming.  The new features are basically all the social things that are standard from a Web 2.0 perspective but none of them are done particularly well.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Lifehacker:
One phone number to rule them all  —  GrandCentral is a brilliant new web app that lets you consolidate all of your phone numbers into one number, meaning someone can call you on your GrandCentral phone number and all of your phones (cell phone, work phone, home phone) will ring.  And then it gets interesting.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
VideoEgg Gets a Jolt of VC  —  With $12 million from the Starbucks chairman's venture capital firm and other investors, the startup capitalizes on the rise of Web video  —  Seeing riches in the Web's sudden emergence as a mainstream vehicle for video, a venture capital firm co-founded …
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
11 Best Practices for URLs  —  I could have sworn that someone has already a great post or forum thread on this topic, but I can't seem to find it (no matter how advanced my operators).  I'm sure Mr. Malicoat has it in his bookmarks, but since blog posts are one of my personal systems for public bookmarking, here goes.
Donald Melanson / Engadget Mobile:
Mercora launches "M" music service for Windows Mobile  —  Mercora has joined the burgeoning mobile music fray in what looks to be a fairly big way today, launching its minimally-named "M" service for Windows Mobile 5.0-based devices.  Unlike other mobile music services …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
Kotaku:
X06 News Shocker Summary  —  It sounds like X06 was quite an amazing press conference, filled with the sort of surprises and delights befitting a regular carnival of gaming.  —  We've posted all of the news on the site, but I thought it would be best to summarize it somewhere for those not into browsing, or reading.
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
Good Agile, Bad Agile  —  Scrums are the most dangerous phase in rugby, since a collapse or inproper engage can lead to a front row player damaging or even breaking his neck.  — Wikipedia  —  When I was growing up, cholesterol used to be bad for you.  It was easy to remember.  Fat, bad.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Three New Slingboxes Formally Announced  —  As we've seen over the last week or so Sling has been readying three new boxes.  In my mind, the major difference between the Slingbox Classic and the new models is improved hardware allowing for higher resolutions (up to 640×480) at higher bitrates (up to 8000Kbps).
 
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Second HP employee issued probe warning
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Nokia 5300 XpressMusic headlines a fresh lineup of new music handsets
Valleywag:
Geek out: Revision3 Launch Party
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google Turns Eight
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Viodentia responds to Microsoft, releases FairUse4WM 1.3
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Live from DEMOfall: Lirix innovates in music advertising
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
AOL CEO Miller: The long tail is real, but only a handful are cashing in
comScore:
MySpace Leads in Number Of U.S. Video Streams Viewed Online …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile Readies New Web Phones — And Hangs Up on a Star Pitchwoman