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2:45 PM ET, October 16, 2006

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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
The Reporter Is Real, but the World He Covers Isn't  —  In preparing to open a Reuters bureau on a bustling island, Adam Pasick has been introducing himself to residents and interviewing entrepreneurs.  After finishing such interviews, Mr. Pasick often levitates for a moment, then flies over buildings.
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Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
US Congress launches probe into virtual economies  —  Booming virtual economies in online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft have drawn the attention of a U.S. congressional committee, which is investigating how virtual assets and incomes should be taxed.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
YouTube vs. MySpace?  —  With millions of dollars in online ad revenue on the line, the two Net superstars could be headed for more conflict  —  Just a few months ago, News Corp. (NWS) landed a crucial deal with Internet leader Google (GOOG).  News Corp. designated Google as the search engine for MySpace …
Discussion: IP Democracy and E-consultancy
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Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
MySpace Makes Subtle Shifts to Emphasize Video  —  We wrote earlier about News Corp's unease with the Google-YouTube acquisition.  For the last few weeks News Corp has been engaging in a one-sided PR war with YouTube - from News Corp. COO Peter Chernin's recent comments that 60-70% …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
MySpace.com Adds Video Space
Discussion: Mashable!
Daily Mail:
One giant step for home entertainment?  —  Is this the way we will all be 'enjoying' our television programmes and computer games in the future?  —  In this astonishing photo, a model is wearing a new gadget, from electronics manufacturer Toshiba, that enables the wearer to experience …
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Real Conversation  —  We all keep talking about the idea of conversations — the "market as a conversation" (as opposed to the companies shouting at us to buy their stuff) and, nowadays, as the blogosphere as the manifestation of this.  The problem is: A conversation between whom and whom?
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
What's a flog — a fake blog?
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them  —  LONDON — Corporations are growing increasingly conscious of the power, and potential pitfalls, of blogging.  A favorable review from an influential blogger can help generate the kind of buzz around a new product that traditional advertising struggles to achieve.
Discussion: GigaOM and Message
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's No. 2 Has Low Profile, High Impact  —  When Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs lured little-known Timothy D. Cook to the company in early 1998, Mr. Cook was charged with straightening out the messy operations of a fallen Silicon Valley icon.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Gains Pay For YouTube  —  Did the YouTube deal pay for itself?  At least for one week it did.  On Friday, October 6, 2006, Google shares closed at $420.50 a share.  With roughly 304.36 million shares outstanding, that meant the company had a market capitalization of $127.983 billion.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Reuters:
Stern freebie kicks off new online radio service  —  Ten months after leaving the commercial airwaves for subscription-based Sirius Satellite Radio, shock jock Howard Stern is out to attract a broad new online audience with his first-ever free Internet broadcast.
Discussion: Hear 2.0, Business Filter and Slashdot
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Exclusive!  Elite Beat Agents Track List  —  Would you believe... Chicago?  The Village People?  —  Cher?  —  It's all true.  As Game|  Life can exclusively reveal this morning, Elite Beat Agents — the feverishly anticipated musical video game for Nintendo DS — will pack nineteen …
Discussion: 4 color rebellion and Kotaku
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wiimote, like for your TV and stuff  —  The Wii controller's resemblance to a TV remote sure hasn't been lost on us — hence the affectionate "Wiimote" moniker that most people have assigned to the unique little controller — but it doesn't look like it's been lost on Nintendo either.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Movie Downloads: iTunes v. The Rest  —  We started testing the various movie download services earlier this summer when rumors of Apple's new movie download store first heated up.  We're now regular customers of three of the services.  Michael Arrington is an iTunes junkie because he likes having movies …
Discussion: Thomas Hawk's Digital … and digg
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Reader feeds in your Gmail  —  Mihai Parprita, the blogger responsible for persistent.info and employee at Google, has created a greasemonkey script to incorporate your Google Reader feeds into your Gmail.  —  I'm happy he decided to experiment by giving Gmail tighter integration with Reader …
Duncan / duncanriley.com:
An open post to Steve Rubel  —  Rather than send this by email, I've decided to post this.  —  Dear Steve,  —  Please don't take this the wrong way.  I've got a poor history when it comes to rubbing people the wrong way, and I'll admit that.  You're someone who I respect deeply.
Discussion: Mark Evans and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Movable Type Enterprise 1.5 Launched  —  Today Six Apart will release a new version of its Movable Type Enterprise edition.  I spoke to Anil Dash (a SixApart VP) and Chris Alden (EVP and GM of Movable Type - formally CEO of Rojo) about the upgrade and to discuss the future of Movable Type.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Shelly Freierman / New York Times:
The Youngsters Aren't Listening as Much  —  Radio listening …
Discussion: Techdirt and Lost Remote
Chron.Com / TechBlog:
Reading on the Reader  —  Spent this afternoon reading a book on the Sony Reader.
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Lifehacker:
Turn Google into your own personal (free) Napster
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Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Interview with Chris Pirillo
Anton Zuiker Filed / BlogTogether:
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