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8:40 AM ET, September 30, 2006


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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.
ESPN Mobile Failure: Bad News for Mobile Media in U.S.
Discussion: Got Ads? and Gizmodo
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
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 …
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 …
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:
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
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
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.
Discussion: Web Strategy and digg
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Mark Cuban loves YouTube  —  Mark Cuban is a colorful, engaging, businessman and speaker.  In a speech yesterday he said "Only a moron would buy YouTube".  Hmmm... and only a genius would buy for $6 Billion.  Mark started back in the 90s, recorded $14M in revenue its best quarter, then sold it for $6B.
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
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
Tom Krazit / CNET
HP to acquire Voodoo PC  —  update Voodoo PC has agreed to be acquired by Hewlett-Packard, Voodoo founder and Chief Technology Officer Rahul Sood announced on his blog Thursday.  —  Details of the transaction were not released.  Rahul Sood and his brother Ravi, currently the CEO of Voodoo …
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1  —  With the start of the new school year, many teachers and students are seeking new products and technologies to help them through their upcoming academics.  With the increase of teachers using blogs and wikis, and students networking …
Discussion: and digg
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
Ted / Signal to Noise:
Ken SCATHES Rebtel and Jajah; I pile on  —  I'll take a liberty here and say that Ken Camp has an "old-school" telecommunications background.  That's not a bad thing.  It just means he knows HOW we got to WHERE we got.  And I appreciate that.  There are some younger VoIP bloggers …
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.
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."
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I'll Drink To That  —  SCI FI Tech comes up with a very funny …
Discussion: Valleywag and SCI FI Tech
Zack Stern / Joystiq:
Proposed legislation: ESRB must complete every game
Discussion: Aeropause and digg
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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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
SightSpeed on MTV's Total Request Live
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Dell's no-excuse recycling program begins
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Bezos on Amazon's utility
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Superstar VC Roger McNamee Says Effective Search is the Imperative for Online Video
Microsoft Security Advisory (926043)
Joe / Techdirt:
If The Map Is Wrong, You Have Nobody To Blame But Yourself
Discussion: All Points Blog
Guest post: Yahoo Finance employees flee for their lives
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Creative unveils MuVo V100
Discussion: Gizmodo
Apple looks towards flash-enabled notebooks