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6:45 PM ET, October 3, 2006

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Nokia:
A unique radio technology extending local connectivity to small devices  —  Helsinki, Finland - Nokia today introduced Wibree technology as an open industry initiative extending local connectivity to small devices.  This new radio technology developed by Nokia Research Center complements …
Discussion: textually.org
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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
Carlo / Techdirt Corporate Intelligence:
No, This New Wireless Spec Doesn't Threaten Bluetooth, Either  —  Bluetooth, for one reason or another, has been slated time and time again ever since it was launched, labeled as a failure and its death predicted many times.  In spite of all that, Bluetooth has been quite a success, and is poised to ship in its billionth product.
Discussion: MocoNews.net
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
At the hands of Nokia's Wibree, could Bluetooth be on the ropes?
Discussion: Engadget
Google:
Now You Can Have Google Gadgets on Your Webpage  —  Google Gadgets for your webpage can help make a site dynamic and rich with content.  Google Gadgets, which have long been available for users to add to the Google homepage and Google Desktop, are now available for webpage owners to add to their own webpages.
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Discussion: InsideGoogle and TechBlog
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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: Blogging Stocks and Netscape.com
Sprint:
Sprint Announces Upcoming Availability of MOTOKRZR™, MOTORAZR™ AND MOTOSLVR™ with Advanced Power Vision Capabilities  —  Sprint will be the only carrier to offer Motorola's popular trio of devices on a high-speed EVDO network with exclusive content and live television
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog and Phone Scoop
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
New Jersey to start taxing digital downloads, including iTunes  —  The Governor of New Jersey is becoming an increasingly popular guy these days, first with insane budget deficits and now with taxes up the yin yang on little things here and there.  In addition to increasing sales tax from 6 to 7 percent …
Kotaku:
PS3 Controller's Name Revealed  —  Well, Luke called it.  Sony's wireless PS3 controller has been dubbed SIXAXIS.  The Bluetooth supported, USB outfitted controller will be packaged with the PLAYSTATION 3 or can be purchased in Japan for 5,000 yen (US $43) starting November 11th.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Aeropause and digg
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
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.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
The Truth About a Claimed Firefox Exploit  —  A colorful duo of young hackers at the Toorcon security conference presented evidence Saturday that suggested a previously undocumented flaw in Mozilla's Firefox Web browser is actively being exploited to compromise machines of users cruising the Web with the browser.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
October 3, 2006: DRM lovers' day of reckoning?  —  Through its domestic and international Web sites, the Free Software Foundation is calling those who oppose digital rights management (DRM) technologies (eg: technologies found in products that are put out by Apple, Microsoft, and others) …
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
Oatmeal / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
How to Convince a Client their Site Doesn't Need Music  —  I've lost count of how many clients have requested that music be playing in the background of their website.  As a professional web developer with a few too many years of implementing ridiculous requests, I've acquired quite a knack …
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
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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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
The King is in your Xbox 360  —  Whereas some games, we predict …
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