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10:15 AM ET, September 30, 2006


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Elinor Mills / CNET
Judge sides with Google in dispute over keywords  —  A federal court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Google over its practice of allowing companies to buy search-related ads that are displayed when people type in the name of a competitor.  —  In early 2005, computer repair company …
Mike / Techdirt:
Another Judge Says There's No Trademark Violation In Selling Ads On Trademarked Keywords  —  from the understanding-trademark-law dept  —  It seems that companies never stop suing over this particular issue.  Despite numerous cases before it, including from Geico and American Blinds …
Wall Street Journal:
Mobile ESPN Will End Venture, Seek New Strategy  —  ESPN, a unit of Walt Disney Co., plans to pull the plug on its sports-themed mobile-telephone venture later this year but hopes to expand its wireless presence by licensing its Mobile ESPN application to other providers.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Keep it moving, folks — gels and liquids in the bin, Sony batteries in the big asbestos box … Looks like the game of Russian roulette Sony's playing with its lithium-ion battery packs is a nasty variant in which the gun arrives fully loaded — six-bullet Russian roulette, as "Family Guy's" …
CRN Breaking News:
Lenovo Recalls Sony-Made Battery Packs For ThinkPads  —  1:34 PM EDT Thu.  —  Lenovo is recalling 168,500 ThinkPad notebook battery packs in the United States and another 357,000 worldwide, saying the lithium-ion batteries can "cause overheating, posing a fire hazard to consumers."
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's BBAuth Will Allow Better Mashups  —  Yahoo has released a new product called BBAuth just in time for its open HackDay today and tomorrow.  It's a mechanism for non-Yahoo applications to access Yahoo's authentication mechanism and user data in a secure manner.
Discussion: Dan Theurer and Blogging Stocks
Dan Theurer:
Launching the Un-Launch-Able
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Yahoo opens its identity system
Ellen Sheng / Wall Street Journal:
As Internet TV Gains Popularity, Cable Firms Bulk Up Offerings  —  With Internet video gaining popularity, pay-TV companies are pondering a future in which they will have to share the spotlight with online video providers.  —  Video in all forms including first-run movies and television shows …
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
Why Alexa Is Worthless  —  Alexa is a tool that many webmasters and advertisers used to gauge the size of a website.  The Alexa ranking is based on a three month running average.  The number shown is where a site ranks on the internet.  For example, The TechZone has a ranking of 23,005.
Daniel Raffel / O'Reilly Emerging Telephony:
Microsoft Messenger for Mac 6.0  —  A few days ago Microsoft recently released a long overdue version of Microsoft Messenger for Mac 6.0.  After a few days poking around with it I gotta say it feels like a checkbox in a product matrix and not a quality release.  —  The pro's:
What do we lose when YouTube sells out?  —  (Psst.  Digg this.)  —  It's the place you go for Family Guy clips and last night's Jon Stewart interview.  For now, media companies keep their hands off YouTube and cut deals with the site instead.  But some day, if it doesn't die first …
Discussion: and digg
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New in 10.4.8: Zoom Using Scroll Wheel  —  Here's a new feature in the Mac OS X 10.4.8 mouse preferences panel:1 "Zoom using scroll wheel":  —  [UPDATE: The same feature is also available for trackpad users who have the "Use two fingers to scroll" option turned on.]
Discussion: digg
Noahmax / Defense Tech:
'INVISIBILE' BOOMERANG 'BOT  —  It's nice to have a set of robotic eyes in the sky.  But surveillance drones tend to be loud, and rather obvious, as they keep watch above a Middle Eastern city.  Many guerilla types know by now to avoid the things.  —  That's why a small company out of Minneapolis …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Quanta Storage seeking patent license from others besides Philips  —  Quanta Storage, the largest producer of slim-type optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, reportedly may partner with Sony for licensed use of ODD patents.  In response to the news, Quanta Storage on September 29 indicated …
Discussion: Joystiq and TechSpot
Rick /
I'll Drink To That  —  SCI FI Tech comes up with a very funny web2.0 drinking game, sure to be a hit at the next launch party.  Including: … So now we add to this noble list with the Michael Arrington TechCrunch OpenHype Bar game. … Take a drink when Michael calls something 'killer'.
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and Valleywag
Richard / Aeropause:
The Wii - What Real People Think  —  I have been writing about and reviewing games for a little while and I fear that I will become overly bias and way too picky when it comes to my job.  That is why I decided to give a few young gamers I meet at the Wii Fusion Tour a chance to speak their minds …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE READER EASTER EGG  —  Google Reader has one other cool new feature: A "Next" bookmark.  Just add it to your browser toolbar, and clicking it will bring you to the next article in your reading list, automatically.  Build a large enough RSS feed collection, add the bookmark …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Reader Redesign
Reggie To Hand-Out First U.S. Wiis  —  Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told ABC News that he would be on hand in New York to personally hand-out the first Wiis in the U.S. … While Gamespot guesses that the store he will be hanging at will be the Nintendo Word Store in Rockefeller Plaza …
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple using shoddy up-sampling for some iTunes vids?  —  When Apple announced the new VGA res for all iTunes videos the other week — including new versions of their current QVGA catalog — we were definitely stoked to be getting 4x the pixels for our video dollar, even if we were a bit miffed …
Discussion: Slashdot
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MyWorld: eBay Becomes MySpace  —  eBay is joining the hordes of existing businesses that are trying to become more like MySpace.  Their new MyWorld product, which appears to have gone live last week, lets you create a profile page with a photo, your feedback score, interests, bio, eBay blog, items for sale, store items and more.
Nick / Rough Type:
Bezos on Amazon's utility  —  In an interview with Technology Review's Wade Roush, chief executive Jeff Bezos discusses the company's rapidly expanding effort to sell utility computing services.  One reason it makes sense for Amazon to provide data storage and processing as metered services …
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Zack Stern / Joystiq:
Proposed legislation: ESRB must complete every game
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hello, Mom? It's Skype. I got accepted at San Jose State!
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Microsoft Security Advisory (926043)
Joe / Techdirt:
If The Map Is Wrong, You Have Nobody To Blame But Yourself
Discussion: All Points Blog
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1
Discussion: and digg
Guest post: Yahoo Finance employees flee for their lives
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Creative unveils MuVo V100
Discussion: Gizmodo