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6:30 PM ET, October 18, 2006


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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 …
Touchscreen iPod Comes This December  —  Touchscreen iPod Comes This December  —  The iPod/iPhone rumour mill is something so clouded that as TR News Ed I made the executive decision to circumvent the vast majority of it a long time ago, but yesterday I had a conversation with an extremely well informed exec which I'm going to share.
Staci /
Earnings: YHOO: Semel Promises; Panama Launches; Social Media Delivers
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Universal sues video-sharing websites  —  Universal Music, the world's largest record company, has launched the established media industry's first legal action against user-generated internet sites in the wake of its distribution deal last week with YouTube, the most popular video-sharing website.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust  —  Update: Danny Sullivan disagrees with some of my points, and adds a few other security incidents to the list.  —  Google is pushing full steam ahead with their office strategy, and their hope is to convince a lot of individuals and businesses …
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
T@lkster: A New Voice 2.0 Company  —  The preferred attack point for cellular VoIP plays today seems to be disintermediating mobile long distance from the handset.  For the last few weeks I've been playing with and alpha release of T@lkster, a new Voice 2.0 offering which does exactly that.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog: Using Paid Search On Google As Promotion  —  I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that Advertises on To Promote Search Quality of Engine.  A search on Raccoon brings up an AdWords ad that is marketing's search results.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zimbra: 4 Million Paid Mailboxes and Counting  —  What do Digg, Mozilla, the University of Bern Switzerland and the Times of India have in common?  According to an announcement today, they are all among the 1000+ customers of web based open source communication and collaboration suite Zimbra.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Apple Sells Infected iPods, Blames Microsoft  —  Apple posted a notice that 1% of video iPods shipped after September 12 of this year went out with a little present: the RavMonE.exe worm, which spreads via removable media.  Apparently, one of the computers at the contract manufacturer was infected, and it just spread from there.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Dodgeball goes Gauth, reveals GOOG's masterplan to p0wn your ass  —  Don't say I didn't warn you, but now when you try to log into your favorite neighborhood spyware, you'll be greeted by a prompt to login with either your old skool Dodgeball account credentials or your Gauth account …
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, Infothought and TechSpot
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 …
Robustyoungsoul / Soul Kerfuffle:
The View From the Top  —  The top of what you ask?  The height of World of Warcraft greatness.  —  A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine quit playing Warcraft.  He was a council member on what is now one of the oldest guilds in the world, the type of position coveted by many of the 7 million people …
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Screenshots of SlingPlayer for the Mac  —  We've mentioned that Sling Media, the makers of the TV streaming Slingbox, are planning on a late October/early November release for the OS X version of SlingPlayer.  SlingPlayer is the client that allows you to watch TV streamed from the SlingBox …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
AllOfMP3 loses Visa account, switching to ad-supported  —  AllofMP3, the notorious Russian music-selling site, has lost its Visa account and says it will switch to giving away free, ad-supported music.  The site claims that its activities are legal under Russian law.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Turning your laptop into HDTV  —  reporter's notebook In this age of slick plasma sets and mobile television, a new device marries the high-tech TV experience with a bygone era—a time when getting good reception meant fiddling with rabbit ears.  —  The $179 OnAir GT by start-up AutumnWave …
Discussion: 1080eye, CrunchGear and digg
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Bully game banned from UK shops
Discussion: Techdirt and Washington Post
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Use that Blackberry as a Mac OS X modem
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Nokia to offer GPS solution for 770 Internet Tablet
Sogrady / tecosystems:
ENTERPRISING MYSQL  —  As mentioned in my entry discussing …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
FBI director wants ISPs to track users
BuzzSkyline / Physics Buzz:
Getting a Grip on the World's Smallest Robotic Hand
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Nicola Pytell /
Cornell University Library announces partnership with Microsoft …
Think Secret:
Briefly: Apple to back HD-DVD and Blu-Ray?
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:
Music Companies Sue 8,000 More in Anti-Sharing Fight
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to recall own batteries
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gizmodo UK and TechSpot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toy Quest intros Rip Roar Video Free PMP / PVR for kids
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
Curtis / You NEWB:
Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Aeropause
New York Times:
Battleground for Consoles Moves Online
Discussion: Joystiq
Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
EA clarifies Battlefield 2142's IGA spyware
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 2.0 Review  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Apple's Xserve Xeon: Built to fall apart