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5:00 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
iPod at 5: The little gadget that could
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
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" …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
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Sam Harrelson:
Google Checkout Drops ZeFrank's "GimmeSomeCandy" Micro-Promotion
Discussion: The Pomo Blog and ReveNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SpaceShipOne Mystery Solved  —  Late last night I posted on a rumor that Google had acquired SpaceShipOne and was putting it in building 43 at Google HQ in Mountain View.  More information started coming in immediately from commenters.  One reader emailed to tell me Larry Page is on the Board …
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
New York Times:
A Student's Video Résumé Gets Attention (Some of It Unwanted)  —  With his name and image on Web sites and his appearance on the "Today" show, Aleksey Vayner may be the most famous investment-banking job applicant in recent memory.  —  Mr. Vayner's curious celebrity came …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Searching the Vlog Ad Model — FM's Chas Edwards Sorts it Out and Says Rocketboom's Got it Right......CNET Launches Videoblog with Honda as Sponsor  —  Here's my second interview with Chas Edwards, VP at Federated Media, the new company started by John Battelle that links advertisers with bloggers and community sites.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Steve Jobs declares 2007 to be "one of the most exciting" in Apple's history  —  During last week's conference call in which Apple announced preliminary 4th Q earnings, Mr. J apparently also declared 2007 to be "one of the most exciting new product years in Apple's history."
Discussion: digg
 
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Gizmodo:
Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player Gets Delayed. Again.
Discussion: Kotaku, Bloomberg and digg
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rumor: Mass Effect Coming To PC?
Discussion: Joystiq, You NEWB and Neowin.net
Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Handed Out User Data
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Martin Geddes / Skype Journal:
Gizno  —  I could do a long critique of every softphone out there …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Eyes Future of Teleconferencing with RoundTable
 Earlier Items: 
I4U News:
LG shows Small Touch Screen Portable Media Player
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
News From Symbian Smart Phones World:
Freeware Search application from Nokia!?
Joi Ito's Web:
Is YouTube "Web 2.0"?  —  Lawrence Lessig has a thoughtful post …
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Getting Down To Business: YesNoMayB
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Alex Ritman / Variety:
UK-based studio Anton raised €100M led by BlackRock-managed funds and accounts to expand its feature film and TV series development and production

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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