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1:25 PM ET, October 4, 2006

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Black Voices:
You've got to see it to believe it  —  The new AOL OpenRide™ Beta software helps you do what you want online in fewer clicks and fewer hassles.  No more jumping from one window to the next - everything you need is right there the moment you need it.  —  OpenRide is more than just a browser.
Discussion: ContentBlogger and InsideGoogle
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3  —  Not too long ago, Amazon released their Simple Storage Service (or "S3" for short).  It provides a hosted storage platform which developers can build all sorts of applications on top of.  Smugmug, a popular photo sharing web site, is using it to store and host pictures.
Discussion: StrayPackets, rexblog and greg hughes
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WalMart's MySpace Clone Dead on Arrival  —  TheHub, WalMart's ill-fated attempt at building a social network for kool kidz who just happen to like shopping at Walmart, has gone offline.  The site, which was up for 10 weeks, tried to keep content wholesome, and featured profiles and videos from …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Will Low-Power Wibree Spec Replace Bluetooth?  —  Do we need yet another short-range wireless specification?  Apparently, yes.  —  The new "Wibree" specification may end up being adopted as essentially a low-power version of the Bluetooth specification, to be used in conventional mobile phones …
Candace Lombardi / ZDNet:
Sony plans its own battery recall  —  Sony is planning to announce a massive battery recall of its own, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed.  —  The recall, expected this month, will encompass all possibly defective batteries, including those previously announced …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Javester / MacTelChat:
iPhoto 6.0.5 shows evidence of Google collaboration  —  In the middle of preparing an article speculating what Apple and Google are up to with Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently joining Apple's board, I decided to poke around iPhoto to see if one of my suspicions held water.
1up.com:
Pirates Claim US Final Fantasy XII Leaked  —  Torrent site users saying files are completely legit.  —  UPDATE: Since filing our original report, it appears Square Enix has started asserting legal control.  One popular torrent site, where many others were linking to as an originator …
Discussion: Torrentfreak and Joystiq
Microsoft:
Microsoft's Software Protection Platform: Protecting Software and Customers from Counterfeiters  —  The company announces innovative technology in Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn" to reduce the risk of piracy and software tampering while improving software licensing.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Amie Street Takes Innovative Music Model Into Beta  —  DRM-free music marketplace Amie Street is announcing its beta launch this morning.  We wrote about the company's alpha launch and interesting demand-driven pricing model here in July.  Songs uploaded by artists fluctuate in price according to demand over time.
dlink.com:
D-LINK ANNOUNCES ENTRY INTO MOBILE PHONE MARKET WITH V-CLICK™, AN UNLOCKED, DUAL-MODE GSM / WI-FI® PHONE  —  V-CLICK Makes It Easy to Switch from GSM and Wi-Fi® Modes with a Single Click  —  D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Introducing SlideShare: Power Point + YouTube  —  SlideShare is a new service launching this morning that lets users upload PowerPoint or Open Office presentationi files and share them online through a You Tube-like interface.  —  Power Point documents (or any office documents) …
Davevr / Shell Blog:
Back in Black!  Or rather, back OUT black!  —  Just a quick blog post to update you on an issue near and dear to the hearts of some people.  Well, at least the 1300 or so people so far who have contacted me about this issue.  —  Background  —  In Vista, we are really trying to reduce …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Windows-Now.com
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Engagement Is a Euphemism For Measuring the ROI of Brand Advertising  —  Last week I attended the Consumer Engagement Conference, put on by the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), where I discovered that the word "engagement" …
Discussion: newyorkbusiness.com and Engagement
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
We've got Lenovo X60s Tablet PC specs  —  An anonymous GottaBeMobile.com reader sent us the specs on the yet to be announced Lenovo X60s Tablet PC.  We have every reason to believe that these are accurate and believable; however, official specs will be released when it is announced, which according to our source, is next month.
Discussion: greg hughes and Engadget
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Sponsored Search Comes to the Mobile Web  —  Beta Launch Extends Leadership in Sponsored Search to the  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! today announced the beta launch of sponsored search results on the company's Mobile Web service in the United States and United Kingdom.
Brian Steinberg / Wall Street Journal:
Web-Video Spots Present Dilemma For Advertisers  —  Web video is a regular part of Dima Abelsky's routine.  The 19-year-old University of Georgia sophomore enjoys looking at sports reports and entertainment news, watching as many as seven to eight videos a day.
Discussion: AdJab, Screenwerk and ClickZ News Blog
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Eye-Fi heads to beta this month
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL offers an OpenRide
Discussion: Screenwerk
Fred / A VC:
Google Bling  —  Google launched Google Widgets for the web yesterday.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Security Software Makers Upset Over Windows Vista
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
US Appeals Court Lets Echostar Hit Play On DVR Sales
Gizmodo:
A Reader's MacBook Has Thermal Grease Leaking Onto SO-DIMM Slots
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Renault Twingo concept car goes tech crazy
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
Location Awareness in Hardware
 Earlier Items: 
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Fonality acquires trixbox
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Toshiba shows off external, internal HD DVD drive prototypes
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and digg
Conor / Argolon:
Windows Live Writer Now Supports Microformats
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
How-To: Use your EV-DO Pocket PC phone for internet access
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Robert O'Neill / productdose.com:
Top Ten Geek Wallets
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Valleywag:
Geekout: GigaOM and friends party on Pier 38
James Orry / Pro-G - All Updates:
Ubisoft bringing Mind Quiz to Europe
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Beguiling but Beware: AJAX, VoIP
Discussion: VoIP Lowdown