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4:45 PM ET, October 20, 2006

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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Dissecting Sony's PS3/Xbox 360 price comparison  —  Over at sister site Engadget, they've noticed that a recently released Sony fact sheet (relevant section pictured above) uses some pretty interesting math to make the Xbox 360 look more expensive than the PS3 once all the extras are added in.
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Michael White / Bloomberg:
Sony May Not Meet PlayStation 3 Shipment Targets (Update2)  —  Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) — Sony Corp., which slashed its profit forecast yesterday, said it may not reach this year's shipment target for the PlayStation 3 game console because of a parts shortage in the Blu-ray high-definition disc drive.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Joystiq, Siliconera and Kotaku
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Web 2.0 as a metaphor for 'rip-off'  —  In one of those delicious ironies that history occasionally dishes up, quasi-socialist Europe turns out to be leagues ahead of the capitalist United States when it comes to protecting intellectual property on the Internet.  —  Pardonnez-moi?
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Mike / Techdirt:   News.com Editor Explains Why Google Is Immoral
Bruce Schneier / Forbes:
Casual Conversation, R.I.P.  —  The political firestorm over former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's salacious instant messages hides another issue, one about privacy.  We are rapidly turning into a society where our intimate conversations can be saved and made public later.
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Blocks Vista Rootkit Exploit  —  Microsoft has blocked the attack vector used to slip unsigned drivers past new security policies being implemented in Windows Vista, according to Joanna Rutkowska, the stealth malware researcher who created the exploit.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
ASP.NET AJAX Beta 1 Released  —  Last month I posted about the official new name for "Atlas," and discussed the roadmap plan for shipping a free, fully-supported, v1.0 release that works on top of ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.  —  Today I am very pleased to announce the first official Beta release of Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX v1.0.
Michael Fleming / Variety:
'Halo' pic loses its studios  —  Vidgame adaptation rumored to be too pricey  —  It's game over for Universal's and Fox's participation in the feature adaptation of Microsoft's "Halo."  —  Both of the studios that agreed to co-finance the screen adaptation of the popular Microsoft game have abruptly backed out of the picture.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Profit Doubles at Google as It Continues to Expand  —  Google just doesn't stop.  —  The world's largest search engine said yesterday that its third-quarter profits nearly doubled from a year ago, as it maintained a torrid growth rate that is highly unusual for a company of its size.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Zombies try to blend in with the crowd  —  Hackers are trying harder to make their networks of hijacked computers go unnoticed.  —  Cybercrooks are moving to new Web-based techniques to control the machines they have commandeered, popularly referred to as "zombies."
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
SL Adds Web to Beta Profiles, Login Screen  —  Download the new beta test client for the virtual world of Second Life and you can now browse the Web from a new "Web" tab in your profile, or load the Web pages that other users have set as their home page when you view their profiles.
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony Delays Sale of LocationFree TV Box  —  TOKYO — In yet another embarrassment, Sony on Friday postponed the rollout of a product promised for next week to do more tests, a day after lowering its earnings forecast because of a massive battery recall and manufacturing delays.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny, PVR Wire and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
JibJab's "Great Sketch Experiment"  —  If you have no idea what JibJab is, turn the volume up on your computer and start with their original parody cartoon of the 2004 U.S. presidential election called "This Land," which has been viewed more than 80 million times.  Then go watch all of their other original cartoons here.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
The real reason that Google bought YouTube?  —  The $1.65 billion purchase of the video-sharing site could actually be a boon for traditional TV ads.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — When Google spent $1.65 billion for 19-month-old online video phenomenon YouTube, it was portrayed as a sign of the triumph of online video.
Discussion: Download Squad and B2Day
Ian Kallen / The Technorati Weblog:
Blog Claiming with OpenId  —  Blog claiming enables a blog author to associate their identity with their blog.  Technorati has long supported a number of different ways for members to verify that they can author on a blog:  — Logging into it programmatically with a username and password (AKA "quick claiming")
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
The Satellite iPod Returns (Apple Patent)  —  Perhaps this explains yesterday's rumor - today Apple filed for a patent application (PDF) for a method of saving media from various sources for later purchase.  It's an ingenious method of grabbing snippets of audio, identifying the song …
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Scrybe - the online productivity suite I'm dying to try  —  In this era of worshipping at the temple of "The David" (Getting Things Done), there is no shortage of offline and online productivity suites.  With that in mind, I rarely get all that excited about the new Web 2.0 offerings that get a bit of buzz here and there.
Discussion: Business Logs and digg
 
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Google:
Google Announces Third Quarter 2006 Results
Roblord / Songbirdnest.com blogs:
Songbird 0.2 Released  —  Birdonauts to Ground Control:
Discussion: Download Squad
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL to offer Web API for its IM
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Giveaway: Check out this amazingly small form factor Windows Mobile Smartphone
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
GameDaily:
Analyst: New PSP Coming Next Spring
Discussion: You NEWB, Kotaku, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Video 1st Look - HP iPAQ rx4540
Discussion: Engadget and PVR Wire
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Pepper Pad 3 scores a review
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to replace PS3 controllers
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
How to Catch a MySpace Creep
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Interview with Adam Sah of Google
Discussion: Joe Duck
BBC:
Single on memory stick for Keane