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6:30 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
Reuters:
YouTube deletes clips on Japanese media demands  —  The online video site removed 29,549 video files after receiving a demand from a group of Japanese media companies over copyright infringement.  —  TOKYO (Reuters) — Google Inc.'s YouTube.com removed 29,549 video files from its popular Web site …
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Why so glum, Chad? Evolution of Dance guy ask you to pull his clip?
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
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.
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.
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
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
Sam Kennedy / 1up.com:
Phil Harrison Talks Downloadable PS1 Games on PS3  —  New details on how backwards compatible games will work.  —  Following today's PS3 press conference in which Sony demonstrated its online PlayStation Store, 1UP was able to speak with Sony's Phil Harrison regarding the PS1 and PS2 titles …
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, Gizmodo and PVR Wire
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Internet video business challenges  —  I'm going to be going to see John Battelle this afternoon (he runs the blogging advertising network, Federated Media) and I'm going to ask him about the challenges of making an Internet content business work.  —  Here's the trouble.
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
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.
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.
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
In2Games' "Fusion" controller spices up next-gen motion sensing
Discussion: CrunchGear and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Labels Profited Directly from YouTube Buy
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
GameDaily:
Analyst: New PSP Coming Next Spring
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Edo / Pink Tentacle:
JR tests fuel cell hybrid train
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Video 1st Look - HP iPAQ rx4540
Discussion: Engadget and PVR Wire
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony to replace PS3 controllers
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
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Nicholas Reville / DEMOCRACY:
Democracy Player 0.9.1 Released!
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Interview with Adam Sah of Google
Discussion: Joe Duck
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
The Satellite iPod Returns (Apple Patent)
Ian Kallen / The Technorati Weblog:
Blog Claiming with OpenId