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2:20 PM ET, October 21, 2006

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Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Building a 'Googley' Workforce  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — To understand the corporate culture at Google Inc., take a look at the toilets.  —  Every bathroom stall on the company campus holds a Japanese high-tech commode with a heated seat.  If a flush is not enough, a wireless button on the door activates a bidet and drying.
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Nick / Rough Type:
The metabolic thing  —  The Washington Post today has an expose on the restrooms in Google's headquarters: "Every bathroom stall on the company campus holds a Japanese high-tech commode with a heated seat.  If a flush is not enough, a wireless button on the door activates a bidet and drying."
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If You Use PhotoShop, Check Out Paint.net  —  If you use Photoshop regularly, check out the just released version 3.0 of Paint.NET (download it here).  It is 3.6 MB download that handles most of the basic (and many of the advanced) functions of Photoshop.  It's free, and even better it loads …
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Lokeuei / MSDN Blogs:
No Photoshop?  No worry.  —  There's Paint.NET :) Yes that's right, almost 100% written in MANAGED CODE.  I remember using this application when it was released as version 1 on my Windows XP.  Although a novel idea at that time, the performance was very sluggish.  Perhaps written without optimizing the .NET code.
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Removes 30,000 Files Amid Japanese Copyright Concerns  —  A WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP  —  TOKYO — The popular U.S.-based video-sharing Web site YouTube has deleted nearly 30,000 files over copyright concerns after being asked by a group representing Japan's entertainment industry.
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Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Arcade: Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3  —  Xbox Live Members can now download 'Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3' demo from the Xbox Live Arcade.  The full version of the game can be purchased for 800 points.  —  Here are some game details:  —  Enter the world of ULTIMATE Mortal Kombat 3 …
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SunbeltBLOG:
Walmart gets slammed for sneaky blogging...but this is only the tip of the icebeerg  —  There's revelations coming out that mega PR firm Edelman created three "independent" blogs for WalMart (called "flogs").  The first one that was outed was "Wal-Marting Across America" …
Ross / Zimbra - Blog:
IE 7 vs IE 6  —  Back in April I wrote an entry complaining about IE's performance as a Web 2.0 platform: … I am happy to say that I was wrong.  —  Microsoft's IE team has clearly been hard at work on improving their browser's memory management and JavaScript performance.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
University to teach students to implement BitTorrent and Web 2.0 in business  —  With the help of IBM, the University of Arizona will put together a course designed to essentially teach people how to apply Web 2.0 services like BitTorrent, blogs, wiki's and social networks in a business setting.
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
MIT student hacks his dorm room door lock  —  Dheera Venkatraman, a crafty MIT student, has just completed the latest iteration in a series of upgrades to his dorm room door lock.  Now because MIT's administration doesn't like it if you hack the door locks or the strike plates …
Discussion: digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Loma Linda .... Fiber Town, USA  —  Loma Linda, a town of 20,000 residents wedged between Riverside and San Bernadino in Southern California, says it was the first city in the U.S. to mandate a building code for residential and commercial structures to include fiber optics.
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Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
Scrybe: Online Organiser with true Offline support  —  Scrybe is an online organiser that looks t  —  oo good to be true, and some are dying to try.  —  Some core features are:  — Offline Support: Go to "work offline" and it just works?  It even synchronizers up when you get online again.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires SpaceShipOne?  —  Categorize this as another unsubstantiated Google rumor, but the word on the street is that Google has acquired SpaceShipOne and is putting it inside building 43 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  No word on the purchase price …
The Older Gamers Paradise:
Hands On The Zune  —  Today, I had an opportunity to listen to a few songs and a radio station on the Zune here at the Microsoft Campus in Seattle.  —  All Zune colors were present, brown, white (or off-white) and black.  The brown design was by far my favorite color of the three.
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider Blog:
BATTERY LIFE  —  Ok, I've got some battery life numbers to share:  —  Zune has a battery life of up to 13 hours, when listening to music.  Oh. . . and that's with the wireless turned on.  When you turn the wireless off, Zune has up to 14 hours of battery life when listening to music …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and MSTechToday
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Will the smartphone kill the PC?  —  The quotes coming out of London this week had me wondering: Is Symbian's management insane?  Or are they just posturing?  —  Here's what they said:  —  "The personal computer as we know it will soon be dead, replaced by rapidly growing demand for smart mobile devices …
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
David Pescovitz / Boing Boing:
Complete Works of Charles Darwin now online for free  —  Yesterday, the Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online officially launched, bringing 50,000 pages of searchable text and 40,000 images to the public for free.  Presented by the University of Cambridge and other collaborators …
Mike / Techdirt:
The Boy Scouts Now Have An MPAA Merit Badge In Misleading Arguments  —  from the lucky-them dept  —  Chris writes in to let us know that the MPAA's latest effort in brainwashing kids to their one sided argument is that they've convinced the Boy Scouts of America to offer a merit badge for …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   Boy Scouts shill for MPAA with copyright merit badge
 
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Official Google Blog:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Steve Hargreaves / CNN:
Security analysts: Mac attacks rare but may rise
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