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4:10 PM ET, October 3, 2006

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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia unveils Bluetooth rival  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Cell phone market leader Nokia unveiled a new short-range wireless connection on Tuesday that is smaller and more energy-efficient than current Bluetooth technology and can be used in devices such as watches.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Carlo / Techdirt Corporate Intelligence:
No, This New Wireless Spec Doesn't Threaten Bluetooth, Either
Discussion: MocoNews.net
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
At the hands of Nokia's Wibree, could Bluetooth be on the ropes?
Discussion: Engadget
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Who Killed TiVoToGo?  —  Digital Cable and Satellite DRM Harms TV Fans and Innovators  —  It's the latest digital media murder mystery: TiVo Series2's TiVoToGo1 enabled limited portability of recorded content to PCs and other devices, but the TiVo Series3 HD did not include this feature …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Zatz Not Funny and PVRblog
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: SYNTAGMA and Joe Duck
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.
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Calculating the ROI of blogging  —  One issue that keeps coming up over and over again is how to measure the ROI of blogs.  I've written about this in the past and have been stewing over how to go beyond the intangible "blogging is good for your business" exhortations to quantify blogging's benefit to organizations.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE RUNNING SEARCHMASH  —  Google is running an alternate search engine called SearchMash, which includes some useful and "out there" features that might not be right for Google.com, but could make a really interesting search engine.  Of course, if any of the features turn out to be huge hits, who knows?
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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.
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
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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.
Chris Morris / CNNMoney.com:
Changing the way video games are made  —  Longer titles may become less common as developers adopt a 'Saturday matinee' model.  —  Game Over is a regular column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The days of the Saturday matinee may have long faded from the local cinema …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and digg
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Zune Won't Kill the IPod  —  Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Zune MP3 player is a sure-fire iPod killer — if you believe what you been reading in the press recently.  —  There's nothing the press likes more than a good fight, and the Zune looks like a worthy contender for the iPod's heavyweight crown.
Discussion: Netscape.com
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Report Shows H.P. Sought Expert to Help Find Leak  —  Hewlett-Packard sought the advice of a well-known intelligence specialist, Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation, on how to find the source of a boardroom leak, according to a report compiled by H.P.'s law firm and provided to a House subcommittee.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 8: Party In New York  —  Our seventh TechCrunch party, held at August Capital two months ago, was a blast.  Over 800 attendees sipped wine, checked out some new companies and watched a nearly naked man streak through the more fully dressed attendees.
Fred Stutzman / Unit Structures:
Selling Social Networks  —  One of the interesting sessions I attended at BarCampNYC involved the monetization of social networks.  The golden rule of sales is knowing your audience; as social networks are dynamic, the level of complexity in monetizing social networks proves to be rather high.
Discussion: Message, Dan Blank and Valleywag
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
New Jersey to start taxing digital downloads, including iTunes
cedmagazine.com:
Inside DOCSIS 3.0
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
October 3, 2006: DRM lovers' day of reckoning?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CastTV Will Revolutionize Video Search
Discussion: SearchViews
Cedric / Otaku, Cedric's weblog:
DYNAMIC LANGUAGE, REFACTORING IDE. PICK ONE.
Kotaku:
PS3 Controller's Name Revealed
Discussion: Gizmodo and Aeropause
Oatmeal / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
How to Convince a Client their Site Doesn't Need Music
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Panasonic's Word Gear e-book reader in the wild
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sony's BDZ-V7 and BDZ-V9 Blu-ray and hard drive recorders
Discussion: CrunchGear and Tech Digest
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
The King is in your Xbox 360  —  Whereas some games, we predict …
Mary Jordan / Washington Post:
New Conductors Speed Global Flows of Money
Gizmodo:
GPS Fails, Police Give Away a Car
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Amazon.com Drops Search Engine Features
Mike / Techdirt:
To Protect Our Ports, We've Now Banned Online Gambling
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google takes a bigger bite of Big Apple