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1:30 PM ET, October 8, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Strange Things Afoot at the Google Blog  —  A bunch of people noticed a very odd post on the google blog tonight that suggested they were cancelling their click-to-call service (see below, captured by John Resig).  Just a month ago Google expanded the click-to-call program into the UK.
Discussion: Open Culture
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Click-to-Call Cancelled?  —  This is one of the stranger messages appearing on the official Google Blog - note the last line of this unsigned post (update: that post has been removed now):  —  Google Click-to-Call project cancelled  —  After concientiously considering …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Click To Call Cancelled?  —  Not sure what to make of this, but Glenn tipped us off to this curious bit on information that got stuck in his RSS reader. … Is this the much ballyhooed agreement with eBay over Skype?  Damn, that didn't take long?  We have pinged the PR team at Google and eBay to find out what is going on.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Maximal / Official Google Blog:
Google Click-to-Call project cancelled  —  After concientiously considering, Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project.  The project has been in the media on last days because of the notice of Google agreement with e-Bay.  We finally consider click-to-call agreement …
David A. Utter / Top News:
Google, EBay Hang Up Click-to-Call
Discussion: Googling Google
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Kink in Venture Capital's Gold Chain  —  The high-risk, high-return venture capital business may have turned into all risk and no return.  —  That, in a nutshell, is the message that a prominent venture firm delivered yesterday to its investors when it told them that it could not continue …
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Fred / A VC:
Is The "Traditional Venture Capital Model" Broken?  —  According to The New York Times, Sevin Rosen has decided not to raise Fund X (ie their tenth fund) because: … That is an opinion not to be taken lightly.  Sevin Rosen is a quality firm with a ton of experience doing venture deals over almost 30 years.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Some thoughts on Youtube and Google  —  Would Google be crazy to buy Youtube.  No doubt about it.  Moronic would be an understatement of a lifetime.  —  Would Google be stupid to do a deal with Youtube.  Not at all.  Would Youtube be smart to do a deal with Google.  Thats a different answer.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
RIM & T-Mobile-Why Does It Have To Be So Hard  —  When a client calls me and asks to change words in a press release, adjust the time of a briefing or do something that is in their best interest we do everything to make them happy, unless it is something requiring divine intervention (or if the other party just can't change).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllofMP3 Outsources Marketing to U.S. Government  —  AllofMP3 is a Russian web service that sells digital music at very low prices without any copy protection.  The service, which would clearly be illegal in the U.S. and many other countries, continues to operate apparently legally under Russian law.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii retail details: markup and endcaps  —  Looks like peoples in the retail industry are getting pretty stoked about the Wiis about to make it into their respective stores.  We got our hands on the CompUSA hardware / software markup sheet for Nintendo's new console, as well as some spy pics …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Leo Laporte wants to rebrand podcasts as 'netcasts' - I agree  —  If you're a TWiT fan (or a listener of almost any of Leo's other 200 podcasts), you might have heard in the past couple of weeks that he's pushing to change the term 'podcast' to 'netcast.' He's even gone so far as to start using …
Discussion: robhyndman.com and digg
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Hack your Mac Pro SuperDrive for fun and profit  —  It's not uncommon for computer manufacturers to swap and switch out various components for similar or near-identical parts during a production run, and Apple has been known to partake in this practice in the past.
Discussion: digg
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Windows Vista RC2 doesn't work on Macs via Boot Camp?  —  It appears the just-released Windows Vista RC2 and the latest Boot Camp 1.1.1 don't play well for some reason.  I just tried installing it to round up that Vista + Intel Mac post I've been working on, but the Vista installation process kept telling …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Older Demos Get Social  —  The old people are crashing the party at social networking sites.  Despite conventional wisdom that sites like MySpace are entirely the domain of the young and wireless demographic, the vast majority of users logging on to some of the most popular social networking sites …
 
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