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10:55 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
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.
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.
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 …
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
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
New Conductors Speed Global Flows of Money  —  Cellphones Make Transfers Faster, Cheaper  —  MANILA — It was 10:33 p.m. when Dulce Amor Bandoy's cellphone beeped with her favorite kind of message.  —  "You have received 1,321.00 of G-Cash," read the text on her phone's glowing screen.
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.
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.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Hidden Labels in Gmail  —  If you enable saving your chat history in Gmail, your conversations from Google Talk are saved as standard emails.  To make them stand out from the rest of messages, Gmail adds two labels: chat and chats.  —  If you want to search your chats, you just have to add label:chat to your query.
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
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 …
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
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Goes Prime Time
Discussion: Random Culture and PVR Wire
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Logitech launches diNovo Edge
Discussion: Ubergizmo and CrunchGear
Gregory Heller / DefectiveByDesign.org:
Ten things you can do today
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny and digg
Kassia / Medialoper:
YouTube and Orphaned Art
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
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
One Small Step for the Blogosphere...
Discussion: IR Daily and Scobleizer
Dave Sifry / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Spam? Actually, we just messed up. Sorry!
Discussion: seattleduck and Epeus' epigone
 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo:
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
Neil Craven / Bloomberg:
PartyGaming, Sportingbet Plunge on U.S. Gambling Law (Update7)
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bold start-up, Powerset, about to raise $10M to take on Google
Discussion: Mark Evans and OnoTech
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
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

 
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