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5:12 AM ET, October 18, 2006


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Andrew Goodman / Traffick:
No Turning Back: Panama Goes Live  —  As of today, the first wave of advertisers are converting over to Yahoo's new Panama ad system.  The system will be made available to all advertisers in the U.S. by year end.  Once they migrate, there will be no opting back for the current Direct Traffic Center …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Releases New "Panama" Search Advertising System Early  —  Yahoo's long-anticipated next-generation search advertising platform, Panama, has now gone live.  I've been at Yahoo for the past two days testing it and understanding how it works from those who built the new system.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Yahoo!'s 'Panama' Goes Live
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google to score ad revenues coup: eMarketer  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Google Inc. is on track in 2006 to become the first company ever to pocket 25% of all U.S. online ad spending in a calendar year, according to a new report from eMarketer, an online ad tracker.
Yahoo! Makes Strategic Investment in Right Media  —  Yahoo! to Join Right Media Exchange to Offer Non-Premium Inventory to Marketers  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & NEW YORK, Oct 17, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Right Media Inc. …
Yahoo! to Acquire AdInterax  —  Yahoo! to Develop Self-Service Rich Media Platform for Marketers  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct 17, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AdInterax …
Universal Music sues two online video sites  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Universal Music Group said on Tuesday it filed lawsuits against online video sharing sites Grouper and for allowing users to swap pirated versions of its musicians' videos.  —  Universal, whose artists include U2 …
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:   Universal Music files suit against Grouper,
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 …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Linkfromdomain from Live Search  —  Yesterday, Live Search released a cool, new operator that allows you search based on links from a domain.  This has a lot of power and is not available on Yahoo! or Google.  It's good for finding content that has been linked to from a blogger or social site.
Terra Soft to Provide Linux for the Sony PLAYSTATION®3.  —  Terra Soft is proud to announce Yellow Dog Linux v5.0 for PLAYSTATION®3 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI).  —  Yellow Dog Linux v5.0, Terra Soft's next generation Linux operating system for Power will support PLAYSTATION 3 …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Turn your MacBook's iSight into a FTP backed up security camera  —  You just shelled out a bucketful of clams for your new MacBook and you want to protect your investment.  What if a sticky-fingered thief eyes your hot new lappie at the coffee shop?
Wired News:
Wired Travel Guide: Second Life  —  Taking a trip to the coolest destination on the Web?  Our guide tells you where to go, what to do - and how to buy sex organs.  —  So you've decided to take a trip to Second Life.  Good choice!  Whether you're coming for the uninhibited nightlife …
Discussion: Clickable Culture and Joystiq
Business Week:
Web Numbers: What's Real?  —  Competing methods of measuring traffic online leave advertisers, investors, and even Net companies almost flying blind  —  Life is good for 27-year-old Seth J. Sternberg.  A year ago, he dropped out of Stanford Business School to work full-time on Meebo Inc. …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Maintenance update and arcade preview  —  I just talked 'e' the Xbox Live Director of Operations (his team is working on today's maintenance) and I am happy to report that things are progressing along nicely.  I don't have an ETA when the service will come back online, or rather he would not give me one.
Discussion: Joystiq, Aeropause and Kotaku
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!
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.
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Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
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Reena Jana / Business Week:
What's On GameTap?  —  Forget the Hollywood blockbuster approach to video games.
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Introducing Project Blackbox
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Tom Krazit / CNET
Wireless USB poised to cut the cable
Niero / Destructoid:
The PS3 network is now officially called... nothing.
Discussion: Game|Life and digg
Logitech MX 3200 Combo Fights the Germies
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows Vista: What's missing?
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Dave Rosenberg / Open Sources:
MySQL goes Enterprise
Google Blogoscoped:
Niniane Wang, Googler
Discussion: Matt Cutts, InsideGoogle and digg
Bryan Gardiner / PC Magazine:
MPAA: Frustrated Consumers Will Pirate