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4:35 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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple says some 5.5G iPods shipped with Windows virus!
Discussion: Security Fix, George Ou and 21talks
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.
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.
Discussion: Realtime Community and VoIP Watch
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Goodbye LG Chocolate, hello Shine!  —  LG keeps the hotness comin' with this new looker they've dubbed the Shine.  Otherwise known as the SV420/LV4200/KV4200, this wispy thin 13-millimeter slider is their second Black Label series premium phone and features a new shiny metal design LG hopes …
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.
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
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Sun's Project Blackbox — datacenter in a container
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Judie / Gear Diary:
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Cornell University Library announces partnership with Microsoft …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Congress to look into taxing virtual worlds
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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
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Blue Dragon bundles sell out in Japan
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Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Spamhaus appeals possible shutdown ruling
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