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10:10 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
Kotaku:
Doom Is Live on Xbox Live Now  —  As you read this the original Doom, that's right the original DOOM should be available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 points.  —  Don't freak if it isn't there when you check, Microsoft said they weren't sure if it would be up during or right after their X06 press conference today.
Discussion: Zune Insider Blog and digg
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
X06: Press conference liveblogging [update 28]  —  We're here live at Microsoft's premiere European promotional event, scheduled to start at 7 PM Barcelona time (1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific).  Continue reading and keep refreshing for all the announcements and updates straight from Microsoft.
BBC:
Intel offers prize for sexiest PC  —  Intel is offering $1m in prizes to designers and manufacturers who can come up with sexier alternatives to the "big, beige box".  —  The Intel Core Processor Challenge is looking for smaller, more stylish multimedia PCs.
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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) …
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
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
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
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Second HP employee issued probe warning  —  A second Hewlett-Packard employee warned others at the company that the tactics being used in its leak probe might be illegal, CNET News.com has learned.  —  In a Feb. 7 e-mail, HP security official Vincent Nye told the company's head of security …
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
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 …
 
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