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2:00 PM ET, October 17, 2006

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Bryan Gardiner / PC Magazine:
MPAA: Frustrated Consumers Will Pirate  —  The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) isn't known its leniency when it comes to the distribution of copyrighted material.  —  So it was no surprise on Thursday at the Digital Home Developers Conference that Brad Hunt …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Smaran / Torrentfreak:
MPAA: Piracy is the outcome of DRM complications  —  Last week at the Digital Home Developers Conference Brad Hunt, the MPAA's executive vice president and chief technology officer said that piracy is the inevitable outcome of the music and movie industries' inability to provide a simple, inter-compatible and non-intrusive DRM solution.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
It Pays to Have Pals in Silicon Valley  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal co-founder, went on to start Clarium Capital, a hedge fund.  He also runs a venture firm with other PayPal alumni.  —  Every now and then, a group of former PayPal employees get together to catch up on life and work.
Discussion: the daily j.d.a. and Valleywag
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sequoia Goes PopSugar
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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Reuters:
Google to create largest U.S. solar-powered campus
Discussion: digg
John Markoff / New York Times:
It's a Shipping Container.  No, It's a Data Center in a Box.  —  Sun Microsystems has developed a novel "data center in a box" in an effort to transform the fundamental economics of corporate computing.  —  The expandable computer system, called Project Blackbox, is based …
ninemsn:
The geeks shall inherit the earth  —  Australian entrepreneurs are being forced to leave home in search of the funding they need to become the next YouTube in the Web 2.0 dotcom boom.  Joshua Gliddon reports  —  Cameron Reilly has $5000 in the bank and a plane ticket.
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.
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Is the Botnet Battle Already Lost?  —  It's dress-down Friday at Sunbelt Software's Clearwater, Fla., headquarters.  In a bland cubicle on the 12th floor, Eric Sites stares at the screen of a "dirty box," a Microsoft Windows machine infected with the self-replicating Wootbot network worm.
Discussion: Mike-O-Matic, OpsanBlog and Slashdot
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Skills Gap Hurts Technology Boom in India  —  Nandan M. Nilekani, the chief executive of Infosys, at its headquarters in Bangalore.  He says India must educate and provide jobs for its youth.  —  TIRUCHENGODE, India — As its technology companies soar to the outsourcing skies, India is bumping up against an improbable challenge.
Discussion: Techdirt and Ramesh Jain's Blog
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Straight Dope on the IPod's Birth  —  Thanks to Apple Computer's penchant for CIA-like secrecy, there are several myths concerning the birth of the iPod.  —  One of these myths is that the iPod has a father — one man who conceived and nurtured the iconic device.
Gizmodo:
First Grope: DS-Xtreme Nintendo DS Media Enhancer  —  I got my hands on the DS-Xtreme media enhancer for the Nintendo DS and DS Lite that we first told you about back in August.  This "enhancer" also has the ability to play game backups and other media files on the DS.
Discussion: Kotaku and CrunchGear
JJ Hawkins / PVR Wire:
Does Anyone Care about Intel's Viiv?  —  Top 5 things Viiv could be but isn't:  —  1. Energy Drink  —  2. Pick Me Up Pills for Truckers  —  3. A new approach to Roman numerals  —  4. Trendy vernacular for Valley Girls ("Like, oh my God Tiffany, that screen on your new Sidekick is like so Viiv!")
International Herald Tribune:
Wireless: Mobile marketing in an ink blot  —  By Eric Sylvers International Herald Tribune  —  The twentysomething with the ponytail races down the steps to the platform to find that she has just missed her subway and will have to wait seven minutes for the next one.  —  She is unperturbed about the unexpected delay.
Doc / Doc Searls' IT Garage:
The art of business vs. the business of art  —  Yesterday I heard from an Apple enterprise customer who had recently bought 80 Macbooks.  Ten of them, so far, have had to bo back for heat, shut-down or freezing problems.  This customer wondered if they were taking a risk buying another 300 of the things.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
CrackSpace - Urban YouTube/MySpace Hybrid  —  No, not a buttock-related social network, but a blend of MySpace and YouTube aimed at hip-hop fans, at least according to a paper copy of Billboard Magazine.  Designed for the "urban youth" demographic, California-based CrackSpace will offer exclusive videos …
paulgraham.com:
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups  —  Oct 18: Deadline for next YC funding round.  —  In the Q & A period after a recent talk, someone asked what made startups fail.  After standing there gaping for a few seconds I realized this was kind of a trick question.
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus and Valleywag
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
Gimme my embedded video!  —  This has been bugging me for awhile, and I've just got to get it out in the open: If I want to put a cool movie trailer, a funny Comedy Central clip, or a news clip on my web site, why do I have to go to YouTube, where some kid has uploaded it in violation …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sanyo-Epson announce 7.1-inch 1080p LCD: by far the world's smallest
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Joe / Techdirt:
Could Investigating Sexual Predators Be Automated?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Practical Instruments joins solar gold rush, raises $8M
Web Advertising Blog:
How to Promote Your Adsense Niche Site
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Newsweek:
The Power of iPod  —  Apple's music player weighed six ounces.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Joining the Party, Eager to Make Friends