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3:05 AM ET, October 17, 2006

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Edelman / Richard Edelman:
A Commitment  —  For the past several days, I have been listening to the blogging community discuss the cross-country tour that Edelman designed for Working Families for Wal-Mart.  —  I want to acknowledge our error in failing to be transparent about the identity of the two bloggers from the outset.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
On Edelman and Wal-Mart  —  As many of you know, over the past few days the blog community has been actively discussing the Working Families for Wal-Mart blog.  As my CEO Richard Edelman explains on his blog, our firm failed to be completely transparent.  I am sorry I could not speak about this sooner.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Invests in Blog Network Sugar Publishing  —  Blog network Sugar Publishing (the most popular blog in the network is PopSugar) has raised "around $5 million" in a Series A round investment from Sequoia Capital.  Michael Moritz will join the Team Sugar board of directors.
Discussion: digg
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia Goes PopSugar  —  Mike Moritz, general partner with Sequoia Capital has a habit of investing in high growth consumer Internet properties, putting business model on the backburner and instead focusing on market share.  He did it with Yahoo, and then with Google.  (Okay we won't hold Plaxo against him just yet.)
Discussion: VentureBeat
Adam Pasick / Scientific American:
Virtual economies attract real-world tax attention  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Users of online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft transact millions of dollars worth of virtual goods and services every day, and these virtual economies are beginning to draw the attention of real-world authorities.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Reuters:
Reuters opens virtual news bureau in 'Second Life'  —  Reuters is opening a news bureau in the simulation game "Second Life" this week, joining a race by corporate name brands to take part in the hottest virtual world on the Internet.  —  Created by Linden Lab in San Francisco, "Second Life" …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
MySpace Predator Caught by Code  —  Yaphank, NY — The computer crimes unit of New York's Suffolk County Police Department sits in a gloomy government office canopied by water-stained ceiling tiles and stuffed with battered Dell desktops.  A mix of file folders, notes, mug shots and printouts form …
AppleInsider:
Exclusive: Apple seeks rights to iPhone trademark  —  Apple Computer has filed for a trademark on the term iPhone, suggesting the company plans to use the moniker, recently popularized amongst the analyst and blogging communities, as the official name for its highly-anticipated iPod cell phone.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, The Tech Report and digg
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: The Blogging Times
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MovableType Releases Enterprise Version 1.5
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Joining the Party, Eager to Make Friends  —  To big-name marketers, the teeming mosh pits of social networking sites look like dangerous places for their precious brands.  MySpace: Isn't that full of dirty old men picking up teenage girls?  Facebook: That's where college students post pictures of bawdy frat parties.
Discussion: Valleywag and Beet.TV
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
AT&T Makes Network Neutrality Concessions  —  AT&T is willing to adhere to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) network neutrality principles for 30 months after the official closing of its proposed merger with BellSouth, according to AT&T's latest filing with the FCC.
Google Blogoscoped:
Where's Google Going?  —  "Mystic logic, letters whirling in infinite change, is the world of bliss, it is the music of thought, but see that you proceed slowly, and with caution, because your machine may bring you delirium instead of ecstasy ..."  —  I've smoked some heavy (proverbial) …
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 …
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
Digital rights in question as business model  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Billboard) - If the music industry truly wants to loosen Apple's iron grip on digital music sales, it should start allowing music to be sold without digital rights management protection.  —  That's the theory posited …
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 …
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Nathan Willis / Linux.com:
The GIMP's next-generation imaging core demonstrated  —  GIMP developer Øyvind Kolås gave a public demonstration of the Generic Graphical Library (GEGL) on Friday at the Piksel 06 festival in Bergen, Norway.  GEGL has long been slated to replace the core image processing framework of the GIMP …
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
 
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EvilDolemite / shacknews.com:
First Post! … So.  In the latest CGW podcast, they received …
Discussion: Neowin.net, You NEWB and digg
Robert Arn / VentureBeat:
Believe it and they will come
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Atari, Chuck E Cheese . . . uWink?
Discussion: Techdirt
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Hating Microsoft After Update Breaks My Computer With svchost.exe Error
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Gaming YouTube for Fun and Profit
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
CBS locals make video deal with Yahoo
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A tale of two random MacBook shutdown cases
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Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
A Little Piece of the Google Algorithm - Revealed
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Import your del.icio.us bookmarks into Google
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Tailrank 2.0 is Live  —  After nearly a year of development …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
I'll Trade You My 'Titanic' for Your 'Spider-Man'
Discussion: Valleywag and TechEffect
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon to get its own MOTORAZR MAXX
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
What MTV says about Google-YouTube marriage
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Smart-card DVDs
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Exclusive! Elite Beat Agents Track List
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