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9:30 AM ET, October 3, 2006

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Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Amazon.com Drops Search Engine Features  —  Amazon.com's A9 Search Engine Drops Highly Touted Features  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.'s A9 search engine has dropped some of its most widely touted features, including the ability to remember everything a user has ever searched for and a service …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Deep 6 for A9 Features
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Discussion: PVR Wire, robhyndman.com and NIMBLOG
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:   YouTube to go down the tubes?  —  Last week, at MIT Emerging …
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 …
Dana Hanna / An App A Day:
Day 17 - WPM Tray  —  Tonights application is a Words Per Minute meter in your systray.  The algorithm used to determine a word is VERY simple (a space, tab, or return separated by anything else).  —  It's a green box for 0-99wpm, a gold box for 100-199wpm, and a red box for 200-299wpm.
Discussion: Download Squad, Lifehacker and digg
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
Google's Chief Looks Ahead  —  In an interview with TIME, CEO Eric Schmidt explains what's behind the company's new push for partnerships  —  Google wants new friends.  After signing a series of new partners, CEO Eric Schmidt says the Web giant's spate of recent deals is just a start.
Discussion: Joe Duck
R. Craig Endicott / AdAge:
100 Leading Media Companies Report; Revenue Hits $268 Billion  —  Also: Download the 2006 Media Family Trees Poster  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — Internet and cable were the growth locomotives behind the 6.6% increase in 2005 U.S. media revenue, reaching $268.48 billion for the 100 Leading Media Companies.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
More info on PageRank  —  Every few months we update the PageRank data that we show in the toolbar, and every few months I see a few repeated questions, so let me take a pass at some of them.  Note: I wrote this kinda quickly, so I think this is pretty good, but if I spot something incorrect later, I'll change it.
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 …
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.
Gizmodo:
GPS Fails, Police Give Away a Car  —  Police in Dallas, TX are kicking themselves in the ass after the GPS functionality of a "bait car" has failed and their baited criminal has gotten away, scott-free, with a new car.  Bait cars are cars prepped for the purpose of being stolen.
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: Mark Evans and OnoTech
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Orkut + Dodgeball: Why Google Will Merge Them  —  I've been hearing whispers that Google will integrate their social network Orkut with the mobile social networking app they acquired last year, Dodgeball.  While it's not rocket science to make the connection between the two products …
Discussion: Mashable!, Virtual Economics and digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
How the Wii was born  —  A new direction  —  The Nintendo Wii represents a bold new direction for the company, one that came as somewhat of a surprise.  The integration of a motion-sensitive controller combined with the decision to go with a more modest technological improvement …
BBC:
Video games have 'role in school'  —  Video games could have a serious role to play in the classroom, a survey of teachers and students suggests.  —  The Teaching with Games report was commissioned by games giant Electronic Arts (EA) and carried out by FutureLab.
Discussion: Techdirt
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Economic impasse: Attention attention deficit syndrome  —  In a series of postings running between Steve Gillmor and Doc Searls, talk of attention rolls on.  There's also a push to create an attention profiling markup language (APML, though it doesn't justify capitalization yet we have the acronym already …
Kassia / Medialoper:
YouTube and Orphaned Art  —  So we here at Medialoper have a friend named Joe.  It's not that Joe is a Luddite, but he's maintained for years that this whole Internet thing is a fad.  He's warned us — oh, has he warned us! — not to get too comfortable with this whole online culture.
Discussion: TeleRead, JD on EP and About Last Night
Ben Yoskovitz / Instigator Blog:
5 Things You Shouldn't Spend Money On When Starting a Business  —  Some things are worth spending your money on.  Others aren't.  —  Worth it:  —  Not worth it:  —  When starting a business, here's 5 things you shouldn't spend a lot of money on:  — Fancy shmancy marketing materials.
Discussion: digg
 
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Grant Robertson / The Digital Music Weblog:
DVD-Jon moves to the bay, becomes FairPlay Jon
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Hidden Labels in Gmail
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Mike / Techdirt:
What's The Point Of Putting WiFi On A Device If You Can't Use It?
Discussion: Scobleizer
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pentax X-Change interchangeable lens concept
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: Craigslist for power users
Discussion: digg
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
One Small Step for the Blogosphere...
Discussion: IR Daily and Scobleizer
Mike / Techdirt:
To Protect Our Ports, We've Now Banned Online Gambling
Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Spam? Actually, we just messed up. Sorry!
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Skygenie Combined Mouse and Skype Speakerphone, World's First
Dave Rosenberg / Open Sources:
Q&A with MuleSource CEO and Co-founder
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Music player Songbird gets $1M, releases cross-platform version
Discussion: alexmoskalyukblog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gaming Google  —  Ahh, PayPerPost gathers $3 million from the VCs.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Marvel Goes MMO- but will it work?
Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
YouTube - The Complete Profile
Discussion: Valleywag, digg and Slashdot
Chris / LiveSide:
Codename Nemo: Windows Live meets Media Center
Matt Jones / Matt's Wikimapia Blog:
Wikimapia Invades Google Earth!
Discussion: Ogle Earth and digg