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12:30 PM ET, October 18, 2006


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Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules  —  THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.  —  The European Commission proposal would require websites …
Microsoft CEO forecasts $7.5 bln R&D spend in 2007  —  MADRID (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT - News) will spend around $7.5 billion on research and development in fiscal year 2007, $1.3 billion more than previously committed, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
Microsoft and Yahoo Prepare to Battle Google
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
Yahoo! Q3 2006 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Terry S. Semel - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer  —  Susan L. Decker - Chief Financial Officer; Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration  —  Daniel L. Rosensweig - Chief Operating Officer  —  Analysts
Robert Tait / Guardian:
Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence  —  Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links.  —  In a blow to the country's estimated 5 million internet users …
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Ogle Earth and CrunchGear
Sprint Nextel Teams With QUALCOMM and Lucent Technologies to Extend Industry-Leading Push-To-Talk Services with QUALCOMM'S QChat Solution  — Technology to Enable High Performance Push-to-Talk (Walkie-Talkie) Calls On AND Between All Sprint Networks, Beginning in 2008
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
PayPerPost tests your ethics, & Edelman's fake blog for Wal-Mart  —  PayPerPost is a Florida start-up that lets bloggers get paid for writing about products and other companies.  —  It has just got $3 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture firm Draper Fisher Jurveston and others.
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
EA clarifies Battlefield 2142's IGA spyware  —  Electronic Arts launched Battlefield 2142 yesterday and not too many people were happy to find spyware incorporated into the game.  EA is confused why players have an issue with the sheet describing advertising spyware in their copy of Battlefield 2142 …
Discussion: Blue's News and Game|Life
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toy Quest intros Rip Roar Video Free PMP / PVR for kids  —  Joining the seemingly endless amount of toys that adults wish they had as children is a kid-friendly portable media player / PVR designed to keep 10-year olds satisfied while their teenage peers sport iPods.
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
Ina Fried / CNET
Windows virus worms onto some Apple iPods  —  update Apple Computer warned on Tuesday that some of its latest iPods have shipped with a Windows virus.  —  The company said that a small number of video iPods made after Sept. 12 included the RavMonE virus.  It said it has seen fewer …
Spacegirl / Google Blogoscoped:
Weird Post on Official Blogger Blog  —  This is another of those "weird posts by Google" alerts.  The official Google blog covering Blogger just published this (twice, no less):  —  white chocolate sugar skulls  —  Diary of a Crafty Chica: White Chocolate Sugar Skulls  —  i love these!
Curtis / You NEWB:
Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan  —  True this is only the case from apparently this one store, but Microsoft is probably loving to hear about this.  This Japanese blog is reporting that Japanese retailer Edigi sold out of all of the Blue Dragon Xbox 360 bundles they had, within five minutes.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Aeropause
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Introducing Project Blackbox  —  As I've been saying for a while, our customers - more specifically, a segment* of our customers - face a diversity of tough challenges.  What does the CIO in midtown Manhattan do when she runs out of roof space or power?  How does an aid agency deliver basic connectivity …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 2.0 Review  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  Disclaimer: Alex's company AdaptiveBlue has a product called The blueorganizer, which is a Firefox extension.  —  In this post, we take a look at what the Firefox team is going to deliver in their upcoming major release: Firefox 2.0.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and digg
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple's Xserve Xeon: Built to fall apart  —  A couple of weeks ago, Apple invited me to its campus to get a close-up look at Apple's Xserve Xeon.  It is a marvel of physical design, so much so that I find that it implausible that Xserve Xeon and Xserve G5 could have been designed by the same company.
Software Assurance Add-on Delivers Dynamic Desktop  —  Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance streamlines application deployment and management.  —  Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) should have counted its blessings.  Instead of the hundreds of software applications needed …
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Back of Wii retail box  —  The wonderful team at Wiixors was nice enough to let me know of some pics they grabbed from a local EB Games.  They snagged some pics of the Wii retail box, and it has some interesting info!  Click the thumbs below to check them out.  Thanks once again to the Wiixors team!
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq, CrunchGear, You NEWB and digg
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Spamhaus appeals possible shutdown ruling  —  U.S. court ruling threatens to shut down the volunteer organization's database of known spammers  —  The Spamhaus Project has told a U.S. court that it plans to appeal a recent ruling that threatened the volunteer organization with millions …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Zimbra: 4 Million Paid Mailboxes and Counting
Josh Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
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Matt Goyer / Matt Goyer's Media Center Blog:
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Discussion: PVR Wire and eHomeUpgrade
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Goodbye LG Chocolate, hello Shine!
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Xbox HD DVD drive to connect to PCs via USB
Discussion: CrunchGear and
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
'DNA computer' is unbeatable at tic-tac-toe
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fujitsu Ten unveils DREC1000 in-car accident recorder
Discussion: digg
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Turn your MacBook's iSight into a FTP backed up security camera
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