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7:40 PM ET, October 22, 2006

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Randall Stross / New York Times:
It's Not the People You Know.  It's Where You Are.  —  FIBER networks cross the world.  Data bits move at light speed.  The globe has been flattened, and national boundaries obliterated.  Yet in Silicon Valley, the one place that is responsible more than any other for creating …
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Fred / A VC:
Do You Have To Go To Mecca?  —  Randall Stross suggests in today's New York Times that Silicon Valley remains "mecca" for tech startups.  And he cites data that Silicon Valley has consistently drawn about 1/3 of all venture capital dollars in a given year.  Randall is right that Silicon Valley …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Neville Hobson / NevilleHobson.com:
It's time to unveil crayon  —  The teasing is done and it's time to get specific about the new company I'm now part of alongside founder Joseph Jaffe, veteran communicator Shel Holtz and podcasting pioneer CC Chapman.  —  The new company is called crayon and will be fully open for business …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Crayon Claims To Be First SecondLife Company  —  Virtual reality service SecondLife must be loving all of the positive press it's receiving lately.  After raising another $11 million in funding earlier this year (bringing their total to $19 million), they celebrated their third birthday …
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
'Click Fraud' Threatens Foundation of Web Ads  —  Google Faces Another Lawsuit by Businesses Claiming Overcharges  —  From her home surrounded by cornfields in Dow City, Iowa, Jackie Park spends hours each day on her computer, earning half a penny every time she clicks on an Internet advertisement.
Miguelcarrasco / Miguel Carrasco's Real World:
10 Biggest Computer Flops of all time  —  Over the years, computers have changed the way we live today!  In order to get us there, many hardware and software companies have pushed the envelope to create what we use today.  Although we currently live in an age of amazing hardware and software achievements …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE CHECKOUT SAYS NO TO ZE FRANK  —  Ze Frank decided to help monetize his vlog by letting readers buy digital rubber duckies and other things on his pages, but Google did not approve.  The idea was viewers could pay $50 for large duckies, $10 for wittle duckies, and $5 for "jewels" …
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Sam Harrelson:
Google Checkout Drops ZeFrank's "GimmeSomeCandy" Micro-Promotion
Discussion: The Pomo Blog
Ozymandias:
Clarifying Thoughts on High Definition Game Rendering  —  I was talking to Bruce Dawson, one of our senior software design engineers here, about some questions I had around 1080i and 1080p.  Frankly, I was particularly curious about why Sony has continued harping on 1080p as being "TrueHD" …
Roughly Drafted:
Why Apple Failed  —  Apple's recent quarterly earnings report blew past all expectations.  More importantly, dramatic unit sales growth shows the company is executing a working strategy for building the Mac platform.  That raises the obvious question: why has Apple's market share historically been so low …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Frank Gruber / TechCrunch:
Midwest Startups Unite for Second TECH cocktail  —  The second TECH cocktail rocked Chicago on October 12 at the Gramercy.  TECH cocktail - highlighted previously on TechCrunch - is a quarterly event co-hosted by Eric Olson and Frank Gruber that focuses on better connecting the local technology community.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Don't bother tonight, see Gamestop's Gears video here  —  Select Gamestop stores are hosting a special Gear of War event tonight after closing up shop.  Why didn't we tell you about this earlier?  There are two reasons.  First, they're only showing video of the game, it won't be playable …
MSN-Mainichi Daily News:
Recording engineer develops everlasting glass CD  —  A Japanese recording engineer has developed the world's first glass CD guaranteed not to warp, distort and of a beautiful design, according to its maker.  —  Music critics who have tried out the CD said that it's outstanding and virtually like listening to a live performance.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
3G Mobile Video Calls: success or failure ?  —  I'm really happy to see that the discussion on 3G mobile video calling became hot more and more.  —  After my first "provocatory" post "Why 3G video calls are useless", I've asked for comments to bloggers and professionals …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
A Messy Age for Music  —  Confusion Reigns In the Expanding Digital World  —  Ah, progress.  It used to be that you just went out and bought a compact disc and you didn't have to worry about whether it would work on your player.  —  These days, in the age of digital distribution, we don't need to buy CDs anymore.
Frankie / bungie.net:
Bungie Weekly Update  —  Ha, so you saw the movie news did you?  As a story in Hollywood newspaper Variety noted, Universal and Fox wanted to renegotiate the Halo movie deal at the 11th hour and Microsoft and its partners, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh refused.
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy, Neowin.net and digg
Melissa Harris / Baltimore Sun:
Former delegate gets purported Diebold code … Diebold Election Systems Inc. expressed alarm and state election officials contacted the FBI yesterday after a former legislator received an anonymous package containing what appears to be the computer code that ran Maryland's polls in 2004.
 
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Next OQO handheld PC could have cellular capability
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Searching the Vlog Ad Model — FM's Chas Edwards Sorts it Out and …
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: Mass Effect Coming To PC?
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Martin Geddes / Skype Journal:
Gizno  —  I could do a long critique of every softphone out there …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Steve Jobs declares 2007 to be "one of the most exciting" in Apple's history
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Freeware Search application from Nokia!?
New York Times:
A Student's Video Résumé Gets Attention (Some of It Unwanted)
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SpaceShipOne Mystery Solved