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2:35 PM ET, October 18, 2006


 Top Items: 
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.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Apple Sells Infected iPods, Blames Microsoft
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
Staci /
Earnings: YHOO: Semel Promises; Panama Launches; Social Media Delivers  —  Yahoo Chairman & CEO Terry Semel didn't exactly say "please, sir, may I have another" during Tuesday's lengthy earnings call but he did start the conversation with a quasi act of contrition.
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google: Security Mishaps and User Trust  —  Google is pushing full steam ahead with their office strategy, and their hope is to convince a lot of individuals and businesses to trust Google enough to store their documents on Google's servers instead of their own computers, or servers under their control.
BuzzSkyline / Physics Buzz:
Getting a Grip on the World's Smallest Robotic Hand  —  The world's smallest robotic hand, which can make a fist that can grasp objects smaller than a millimeter across, has been developed by Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin(CJ) Kim of UCLA's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department .
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Slashdot
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
'DNA computer' is unbeatable at tic-tac-toe  —  A computer that uses strands of DNA to perform calculations has mastered the game tic-tac-toe.  —  MAYA-II, developed by researchers at Columbia University and the University of New Mexico in the US, uses a system of DNA logic gates to calculate its moves.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Rational rants, Slashdot, Got Ads? 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.
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 …
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony to recall own batteries  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp. (6758.T) said on Tuesday it may change its full-year earnings forecast because of costly recalls of its batteries and a price cut for its PlayStation 3 video game console.  —  Sony also said it would recall 90,000 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Congress to look into taxing virtual worlds  —  For at least the past couple of years, one of the biggest questions in virtual world circles has been whether or not the U.S. government would ever get around to noticing the potential tax windfall of the multi-hundred-million-dollar virtual economies of …
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 …
Nicola Pytell /
Cornell University Library announces partnership with Microsoft that will allow global access to its world-class resources  —  ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University Library will soon be able to offer more of its exceptional resources to scholars worldwide, thanks to a long-term partnership …
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Judie / Gear Diary:
The HTC Hermes / Dopod 838Pro Review
Discussion: Gizmodo and Pocket PC Thoughts
Think Secret:
Briefly: Apple to back HD-DVD and Blu-Ray?
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:
Music Companies Sue 8,000 More in Anti-Sharing Fight
Mike / Techdirt:
Removing Features Is Not An Upgrade
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Engadget
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
T@lkster: A New Voice 2.0 Company
Curtis / You NEWB:
Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Aeropause
New York Times:
Battleground for Consoles Moves Online
Josh Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
The Battle of the Ecosystems: SAP vs. IBM vs. Microsoft.  And Then There's Oracle
Discussion: Open Sources
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 2.0 Review  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and digg
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Xbox HD DVD drive to connect to PCs via USB
Discussion: CrunchGear and
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
PayPerPost tests your ethics, & Edelman's fake blog for Wal-Mart
Microsoft CEO sees $7.5B for R&D in 2007
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Back of Wii retail box
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Spamhaus appeals possible shutdown ruling
Discussion: Techdirt
Dave Johnson:
Flex Ajax Dashboard
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Back to the Drawing Board  —  Using Mouse-Made Sketches,