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10:55 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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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 …
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: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
AOL PICTURES LAUNCHES WITH NEW FEATURES  —  AOL Pictures, the online photo site by AOL, launched today to offer a number of new features and a totally new look.  AOL Pictures now allows users to share picture gallery photos openly on the web which is a huge stride in the right direction …
Discussion: Technology Evangelist
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   AOL Pictures goes social and it's not pretty
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) …
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 …
AUBlog:
10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website  —  These are the top 10 things I learned from attending the Future of Web Apps Conference 2006 in San Francisco earlier this month.  The summit was hosted by Carson Systems and included speakers like Kevin Rose, Mike Arrington, Mike Davidson, and more.
Discussion: Dan Blank and digg
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
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Jajah and Rebtel: my thoughts  —  Jajah and Rebtel seem to be two VoIP services about which the buzz over the blogsphere is growing more and more.  —  I already gave my thoughts on Jajah in the past, but now, since they have gone mobile, I would like to go in deep trying to verify what's really happening around this VoIP service.
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
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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