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2:55 PM ET, October 23, 2006

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Reuters:
Cisco Joins Video - Conference Foray  —  NEW YORK ( Reuters) - Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO.O) on Sunday unveiled a high-definition, video conferencing system that it says can grow into a billion dollar business in five to seven years.  —  Named TelePresence …
Discussion: Kevin Maney, 1080eye, 21talks and VoIP Blog
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video Conferencing... Its' hot again  —  Video conferencing, after fading into the background for a while, is back in news again.  Microsoft, last week let us know about their new video conferencing system called RoundTable that is likely to debut in mid-2007.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Web Worker Daily
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:   Gartner Analysts: Good News For 2.0 Companies
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:   VoIP's future: not just the phone call, but the applications
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
We're Google.  So Sue Us.  —  Google attracts millions of Web users every day.  And, increasingly, it's attracting the attention of plenty of lawyers, too.  —  As Google has grown into the world's most popular search engine and, arguably, the most powerful Internet company …
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Joe / Techdirt:   Lawsuits Against Google Only Make It Stronger
Andrew Murray-Watson / Telegraph:
AOL chief says Time Warner demerger 'becomes interesting'  —  Time Warner, the giant US media group, is considering the sale or demerger of AOL, the internet business it merged with in 2000, at the height of the last stockmarket boom.  —  In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Jingle gets $30M to grow its free directory assistance service  —  (Updated below with comments from chief executive George Garrick)  —  Jingle Networks, a Menlo Park start-up which provides free phone directory assistance, has raised a whopping $30 million more in venture capital — upping the ante in what is now a crowded field.
Discussion: GigaOM and Screenwerk
CNET News.com:
Google to unveil election mashup  —  Google is expected to unveil on Sunday night a mashup that combines its popular Google Earth mapping program with information about the U.S. congressional races coming up in two weeks.  —  The Google Earth 2006 election resource tool indicates …
Discussion: Lifehacker, Monkey Bites and digg
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Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New US Elections 2006 Layer, Larry Page visit
Discussion: TechBlog, Ogle Earth, digg and Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
Web 2.0lier than thou  —  Jaron Lanier recently called the Web 2.0 movement "digital maoism."  Now, as if on cue, the Cultural Revolution has begun.  —  Lawrence Lessig, in a post titled "The Ethics of Web 2.0," suggests that some Web 2.0 companies are not fit to wear the Web 2.0 label.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea  —  THE tragically backward, sometimes absurdist hallmarks of North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-il, are well known.  There is Mr. Kim's Elton John eyeglasses and strangely whipped, cotton-candy hairdo.  And there is the North Korean "No!  Yeeesssss ... No!
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
News On My Plans For Next Year  —  I'm currently on vacation, which is a bad time to announce some of my plans for 2007.  But I reached an agreement with Incisive on Search Engine Strategies literally minutes before leaving, which I can now talk about.  In short, I'll be chairing the SES NY 2007 show …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I've now had HD for about a month now, and it's a life-changer.  I know it sounds weird, but you look at the world differently.  The Discovery channel has really jumped on HD, they have a channel called HD Theater that is at least partly a travelogue, they sent crews around the world to take pictures in all kind of exotic places.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Putting blogs to work for Wall Street  —  Collective Intellect has a goal: Make bloggers work for The Man.  —  The company has created a service that combs through thousands of blogs, news sites, chat rooms and other Web sites every day and then surfaces rumors and news reports that might …
Damien Mulley:
How odd - my Thinkhouse PR blog post is banned from Google  —  My post about Thinkhouse PR seems to have been blacklisted or banned from Google.  Previously I was 3rd in google for the phrase "Thinkhouse pr" and now nothing.  Other bloggers who pointed to my post are still there.  Kind of odd isn't it?
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards  —  AMHERST, Mass. — They call it the "Johnny Carson attack," for his comic pose as a psychic divining the contents of an envelope.  —  Tom Heydt-Benjamin tapped an envelope against a black plastic box connected to his computer.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Found: 1 black 30 GB video iPod.  Is it yours?  —  If this isn't a test for how the blogosphere can get things done, I'm not sure what is.  As a part of this test, if you happen to read this blog entry and you have a blog, please spread the word and let's see if the viral nature of the blogosphere can help this iPod find its owner.
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
 
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Kay Withers / BBC:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture capitalists open spigot — especially for Web 2.0 & energy
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Happy birthday, iPod
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Wikipedia's $100 Million Dream
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