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7:15 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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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 …
Discussion: SearchViews and Micro Persuasion
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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
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?
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Mike / Techdirt:   What's The Point Of Putting WiFi On A Device If You Can't Use It?
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.
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 …
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
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
Chris / LiveSide:
Codename Nemo: Windows Live meets Media Center  —  Codename Nemo is designed to be an add-on for Windows Vista (Home Premium and Vista Ultimate editions), that integrates Spaces, Messenger and Live Call into a UI designed for large monitors and TVs.  Nemo essentially creates a Windows Live Media Center …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and PVR Wire
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
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
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
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Music player Songbird gets $1M, releases cross-platform version  —  Songbird, the San Francisco start-up that has made a smart music player that searches and plays music on your desktop and on the Web, has raised about $1 million from Atlas Ventures and big name venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital.
Discussion: alexmoskalyukblog
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
To Protect Our Ports, We've Now Banned Online Gambling
Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
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Dave Rosenberg / Open Sources:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gaming Google  —  Ahh, PayPerPost gathers $3 million from the VCs.
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Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
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Discussion: Valleywag, digg and Slashdot
Brad Linder / PVR Wire:
Mobile TV viewers have short attention spans
Discussion: The Pomo Blog and Netscape.com
Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
Facebook follower gets 'unfaced'
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Why Online Video Sites Are Hot Targets
Discussion: IP Democracy, Webtown and digg
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
Introducing PhishTank  —  Thanks to some great PR information …