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9:20 AM ET, September 28, 2006

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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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Verizon:
Verizon Provides New Financial and Operational Details on Its Fiber Network as Deployment Gains Momentum  —  Company Sees Positive Economic Returns; Customer Demand Proves Strong for FiOS Internet and TV Services, and Network Provides Platform for Innovation  —  Media Contact:  —  Peter Thonis, 212-395-2355
Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
Verizon Opens the FiOS Kimono  —  Historically, Verizon (VZ) has held it's FiOS FTTH subscriber numbers close to the vest, and has not provided detailed information about penetration rates or success metrics.  Today, they opened the kimono.  —  Here are the highlights:  — 375k broadband subscribers today.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Do they want their FiOS TV
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 …
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) …
Associated Press:
Judge: StreamCast Induces Piracy  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge ruled Wednesday against the distributor of the Morpheus online file-sharing software, finding the firm encouraged computer users to share music, movies and other copyright works without permission.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Techdirt
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 …
New York Times:
Super Bowl Glory for Amateurs With Video Cameras  —  Five amateur Super Bowl ads in a contest will be posted on Yahoo.  A vote will help determine which one should be shown during the game.  —  By LOUISE STORY  —  IT was only a matter of time before a homemade commercial appeared during the Super Bowl.
Discussion: Techdirt and Fast Company Now
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
techon.nikkeibp.co.jp:
Suzuki Unveils Prototype Fuel Cell Electric Wheelchair  —  Suzuki Motor Corp. has developed "MIO," an electric wheelchair with a fuel cell unit.  It has been designed based on Suzuki's previous electric wheelchair "Senior Car" operable with a handlebar.  It is a motor-driven wheelchair …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel's next-gen notebooks to feature Nokia chip  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Intel's next-generation notebook will have an integrated 3G chip from Nokia and improved graphics support for Microsoft's Windows Vista, the company announced Wednesday.  —  Nokia's HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) …
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 …
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look at eight multi-person SMS services  —  The DEMO conference is wrapping up here in San Diego and unlike when it began 16 years ago the conference wasn't dominated by mobile launches.  None the less, there were some very interesting mobile services here like ScanR and Realeyes3D image scanning …
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
 
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