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12:50 AM ET, October 3, 2006

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Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Hard-Learned Lesson: Don't Try to Censor A Blogger  —  Memories fade, but the Internet is forever.  —  Murry N. Gunty found that out the hard way this summer.  Well known among Washington financiers, the head of Milestone Capital Management LLC ran afoul of bloggers for an attempt to censor …
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Mark Pincus Blog:
I got skewered today in the washington post!  —  so this writer for the washpost (terrence o'hara) calls me last week saying he wants to do a piece on how my former classmate murry gunty tried to silence my blog and the controversy around it.  and wow.  if you read his story today …
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Carlo / Techdirt:
In A Twist, Now DVD Jon Wants To Give You More DRM
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Analysts don't like YouTube's chances  —  Another Internet research firm has predicted doom for YouTube's business model.  —  Copyright issues that have plagued video-sharing site YouTube since its official launch almost a year ago will mean that "YouTube will get sued.
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Brad Stone / Newsweek:
The Battle Over YouTube  —  The video-sharing site is the hottest start-up since Google.  Is it worth a billion dollars, or is it just another company in need of a business model?  —  Warner Music, the fourth largest music company in the world, has every reason to wage business and legal warfare …
Discussion: paidContent.org and digg
RON / Rondam Ramblings:
Top ten geek business myths  —  Since I've started my new career as a venture capitalist I have become keenly aware of some of the classic mistakes that geeks make when trying to raise money for a new business.  Instead of writing the same comments over and over again I thought I'd try …
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
Google's Growing Grasp  —  To fend off Microsoft and other foes, the search giant is bulking up on partnerships  —  What does Google search for?  Over the past few months, the Web titan has been looking for new partners.  It has teamed with Intuit to enable small-business owners …
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Why Online Video Sites Are Hot Targets  —  As TV viewing habits change, media companies—and advertisers—are looking elsewhere: They've set their sights on a new breed of startups  —  As the Internet snaps to life with homemade movies, TV shows, and other forms of video …
Discussion: IP Democracy, Webtown and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gaming Google  —  Ahh, PayPerPost gathers $3 million from the VCs.  I see a lot of heat and fury on the blogs and on Digg about this, but I don't see anyone asking "why?"  —  Why would any advertiser pay for a post this way?  —  It can't be for the credibility that bloggers have.
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Evan Roberts / Marketing Blog Bent …:
Marketer Pays for Diggs  —  Oh what schemers they are.  Website UserSubmitter.com is offering to pay Digg users to digg stories from advertisers.  The website charges advertisers $20 to have their stories dugg.  —  The company paying to sabotage Digg's attempts at a democratic process …
Neil Craven / Bloomberg:
PartyGaming, Sportingbet Plunge on U.S. Gambling Law (Update7)  —  Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Shares of PartyGaming Plc, Sportingbet Plc and 888 Holdings Plc plummeted, wiping out $7 billion of market value, after Congress passed laws to shut down Internet gambling in the U.S.
Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
YouTube - The Complete Profile  —  Update: You can digg this story or add it to del.icio.us. … One of the companies that would easily classify as a poster-startup for Web 2.0 is YouTube.  Since its launch in February 2005, it's managed to attract crowds, cross milestones, create fads …
Discussion: Valleywag, digg and Slashdot
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune wireless: worthless (for now)  —  So throughout this whole Zune launch thing the whole lot of us have been playing cat and mouse with Microsoft on the finer points.  Will it or won't it be built on PlaysForSure or some variant?  How will it recognize copyrighted vs. creative commons content without opening up piracy loopholes?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google takes a bigger bite of Big Apple  —  Google, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is hoping to make it big in New York City.  —  After a year of speculation, the company on Monday officially opened a new, bigger and more Google-y office in the Big Apple in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Court puts stop on online check firm  —  A federal judge has ordered online payment processor Qchex to cease its current method of online payment processing, which U.S. regulators say facilitated fraud.  —  Qchex let people create and send checks drawn on any bank account without verifying …
Brad Linder / PVR Wire:
Mobile TV viewers have short attention spans  —  Well, maybe it's not so much that you're likely to have a short attention span if you're watching TV on your cell phone as it is that you're less likely to willingly sit through a 30 second commercial while waiting for your program to start.
Discussion: The Pomo Blog and Netscape.com
Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
Facebook follower gets 'unfaced'  —  Rocketboom anchor Amanda Congdon launched a site called Amanda UnBoomed when she allegedly got fired.  But a University of Texas sophomore launched UnFaced.com before he was even kicked off of Facebook.  —  UnFaced is a site that employs technology designed …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bold start-up, Powerset, about to raise $10M to take on Google  —  We've been hearing about a new Palo Alto start-up called Powerset, which says its search technology is better than Google's.  —  The start-up, led by artificial intelligence and natural language expert, Barney Pell …
Discussion: OnoTech
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Wanted: A Way to Profit by Simplifying Web Classifieds  —  Web sites that list classified ads have proliferated, but so far they have mostly made life easier for buyers rather than sellers.  —  First there is the technology hurdle: many people who want to post a classified ad may feel daunted by the mechanics.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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