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10:35 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
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: IP Democracy and paidContent.org
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
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 …
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.
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.
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: InsideGoogle and paidContent.org
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.
Paul Thurrott / windowsitpro.com:
Exclusive: Here Comes Windows Vista RC2  —  Microsoft this Friday will ship the final pre-release version of Windows Vista and, unexpectedly, will name the release as Release Candidate 2 (RC2).  Previously, Microsoft had publicly asserted that it would not ship an RC2 milestone release of Windows Vista.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Mike / Techdirt:
To Protect Our Ports, We've Now Banned Online Gambling  —  from the say-what?  dept  —  A bunch of politicians have been pushing for this for quite some time, but this weekend, it surprised many people when the Senate was able to squeeze in an anti-gambling bill with an unrelated bill on port security.
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 …
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
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
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.
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
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
One Small Step for the Blogosphere...  I've been an officer of a public company for a while, and I've had access to confidential information for a good while longer.  And I'm used to holding my tongue on issues that'd be deemed material to Sun's financial performance.
Discussion: IR Daily and Scobleizer
 
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Gregory Heller / DefectiveByDesign.org:
Ten things you can do today
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny and digg
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
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
What's The Point Of Putting WiFi On A Device If You Can't Use It?
Wendy Boswell / Lifehacker:
Technophilia: Craigslist for power users
Discussion: digg
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Economic impasse: Attention attention deficit syndrome
Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Spam? Actually, we just messed up. Sorry!
Discussion: seattleduck and Epeus' epigone
Gizmodo:
Skygenie Combined Mouse and Skype Speakerphone, World's First
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bold start-up, Powerset, about to raise $10M to take on Google
Discussion: Mark Evans and OnoTech
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gaming Google  —  Ahh, PayPerPost gathers $3 million from the VCs.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
How the Wii was born
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Orkut + Dodgeball: Why Google Will Merge Them
Chris / LiveSide:
Codename Nemo: Windows Live meets Media Center
Matt Jones / Matt's Wikimapia Blog:
Wikimapia Invades Google Earth!
Discussion: Ogle Earth and digg
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad

Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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