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6:50 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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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: SYNTAGMA and 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
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 …
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Joe / Techdirt:
Could Investigating Sexual Predators Be Automated?  —  from the myspace-mashup dept  —  There's quite a bit of hysteria surrounding MySpace and the presence of sexual predators on the site.  But while it's pointless to say that MySpace, by itself, is dangerous, it's true that the site does …
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: Virtual Economics and 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" …
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: Beet.TV and Valleywag
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
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.
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 …
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) …
Discussion: ben barren
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MovableType Releases Enterprise Version 1.5  —  SixApart released today version 1.5 of their enterprise-scale blogging software MovableType.  Today's release is largely in response to customer requests since the 1.0 release of MT Enterprise in July.  New features include full LDAP integration …
Discussion: StrayPackets
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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
Official Google Blog:
Corporate solar is coming  —  Epic games of beach volleyball, urban indoor workspaces infused with natural light, enthusiasm for the outdoors - at Google, we've always taken advantage of the sun.  And now we're ready to use the sun yet another way: to create clean electricity.
Web Advertising Blog:
How to Promote Your Adsense Niche Site  —  Blog and Ping  —  Create a Blog you can install the blog on your own site or use a free blogger tool like Blogger.com.  Update the blog everyday with content specific to your niche and a link back to your niche site.  Ping the blog using a free pinging service like pingoat.com.
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog and digg
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gigabit DSL: Yes, it will happen
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Practical Instruments joins solar gold rush, raises $8M
Discussion: CNET News.com and Green Wombat
Newsweek:
The Power of iPod  —  Apple's music player weighed six ounces.
Robert Arn / VentureBeat:
Believe it and they will come
Discussion: Clickety Clack
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
 Earlier Items: 
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A tale of two random MacBook shutdown cases
Discussion: Scripting News
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
A Little Piece of the Google Algorithm - Revealed
Mihai / persistent.info:
Import your del.icio.us bookmarks into Google
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Pure Digital allows direct video uploads to Grouper, Google video
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and OhGizmo!
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Follow-up on the "Muslim community offended by Apple's Fifth Avenue NYC Cube" post
Discussion: Forever Geek
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
I'll Trade You My 'Titanic' for Your 'Spider-Man'
Discussion: Valleywag and TechEffect
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Smart-card DVDs
Daily Mail:
One giant step for home entertainment?