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8:05 AM ET, October 6, 2006

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comScore:
More than Half of MySpace Visitors are Now Age 35 or Older, as the Site's Demographic Composition Continues to Shift comScore Analysis Reveals Demographic Profiles for Selected Social Networking Sites  —  comScore Media Metrix, a leader in digital media measurement, today released an analysis …
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John DeMayo / JohnDeMayo.com:
comScore Media Metrix's analysis of MySpace's average user's age — I don't buy it.  —  Fred Wilson and others note comScore Media Metrix's analysis of MySpace, claiming more then half of their visitors are age 35+.  This just didn't sound right to me, so at first I justified it in my mind …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
MySpace Is Gray, Confirms MySpace
Jemima / paidContent.org:   MySpace - Social Net For Silver Surfers?
istartedsomething.com:
Exclusive look at Windows Vista's viral marketing: Clearification.com  —  Days away from launch, someone has sent in a tip about the official Windows Vista viral marketing campaign called Clearification.  If you loved Demetri Martin in The Daily Show, you'll love him here.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:   Vista marketing gets edgy
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Mod chip seller hit with million-dollar damages  —  Mod chip seller Divineo and two other defendants are on the hook for over $9 million in damages after a federal court judge found that they had violated the DMCA by selling mod chips for consoles.  The defendants were accused by Sony …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Mark Evans:
Jumping into the Blogsphere with b5media  —  A little more than two years ago, I wrote a column suggesting blogs were little more than online diaries for love-sick teenage girls.  I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  As readers of my blog(s) have discovered, I've embraced blogs as an exciting …
Liz Dunn / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Daily Vlog  —  Hooray — here's the very first edition of our Technorati Daily Vlog (well, actually, we'll post every weekday!)  The Daily Vlog is really our view of what's hot on the World LIVE Web each day, bringing you not only the headlines but a little of the context behind the headlines.
Discussion: ResearchBuzz and duncanriley.com
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Technorati Launches a Not-So-Hot Video Blog
Business Wire:
Myspace.com Founder Issues Report Finding News Corp.'s Myspace Acquisition Defrauded Shareholders of More Than $20 Billion  —  Report Calls for Further Investigation into Self Dealing, Insider Trading, Options Acceleration and Unfair Process Related to Purchase
Discussion: Valleywag
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Joe / Techdirt:
Valuation By Hindsight: MySpace Founder Says Company Was Sold Via Fraud
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor  —  I got an email tonight about a possible Google acquisition of YouTube that may be in the final stages before closing.  Rumored price is $1.6 billion.  A quick phone call to a VC confirmed that the rumor is circulating (he also confirmed the price) …
Discussion: Compete Blog, InsideGoogle and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Local review site Yelp raises $10 million from Benchmark  —  Yelp, the Web site offering user-generated reviews of bars, restaurants and other places, has raised $10 million in venture capital from Benchmark Capital.  —  We recently mentioned Yelp's wave-making with its parties.
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Yelp Takes $10 Million from Benchmark
Discussion: paidContent.org
kottke.org:
Google code search  —  Google launched a new code search feature today.  At least two sites already offer this functionality, but a great deal of attention follows Google wherever they go.  —  Code search is a great resource for web developers and programmers, but like the making available …
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges  —  Charges still pending against four other companies accused of pretexting  —  An Internet business that sold people's telephone and credit-card records has agreed to settle charges that it violated U.S. law, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Thursday.
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond  —  Back in August, Ars reported that Sam Ramji, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, invited members of Firefox's development team to the Microsoft campus.  At the time, it was unclear whether the Firefox team would actually accept the invitation.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A missing IE7 feature  —  Browsers crash occasionally.  That's a fact of computing life.  If you have a whole bunch of tabs open, it's a pain to try to recover the group you were working with.  —  You can install Firefox extensions that can handle auto-reopening tabs after a crash …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
PollDaddy Launches  —  Polldaddy, the online poll tool I've been testing out in private beta here on R/WW, has just launched as a public beta.  It has one of the best designs I've come across in a while, with functionality to match.  Not only does it make it simple to create polls to include …
Discussion: Mashable!
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations  —  Briefing.com reports (subscription only) that, according to UBS, 2 million Wii consoles were completed in Q3 (July-September) to support Nintendo's upcoming Q406 global console launch, beginning November 19th in North America.
 
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Comcast Video + Music Download Store Launching Before October 31
Discussion: paidContent.org
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rhapsody hits the big 4.0
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Hava Wireless: a better Slingbox alternative for Windows Media Center owners?
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Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t is the Most Feature Heavy Mouse and Mousepad Ever
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Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
October 2006 Advance Notification
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Adam Thierer / The Technology Liberation Front:
Potential California Regulation of Search Engines?
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's PSP-compatible SRS-U10 universal speaker
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Uncanny Valley 2: Hello Kitty edition
Discussion: The Raw Feed and Tech Digest
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Screenshots Of Google Office (And Other Google Mock-Ups)
Mya Frazier / AdAge:
Wal-Mart Shuts Down the Hub
Russell Heimlich / DV Guru:
Fonts and resources to spruce up your film or DVD
Discussion: digg
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Former CFO Anderson steered Apple through some rough times
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Ex-Leader Among 5 Charged in Hewlett Case
Discussion: Valleywag
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq review: South Park makes love, not Warcraft [update 2]
Discussion: Kotaku, Boing Boing and digg