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7:50 AM ET, October 25, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Does The Acquisition Dance With News Corp.  —  San Francisco-based startup Digg has been in recent acquisition discussions with a number of companies, including News Corp., according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.  However, the company was unable to land an offer …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Like Yahoo, Google Adds Customized Search Engine  —  Google introduced a tool Monday that allows Web sites and blogs to offer visitors a customized version of its search engine, narrowing down its vast index so the results are more relevant for users.  —  Called the Google Custom Search Engine …
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Zooie / zooie's blog:
Google Co-op — An Intro & Some Insider Hacks  —  So what is it?  It's called Google Co-op, a platform which enables users to build their own vertical search engines and make money off the advertisements.  It provides a clean, easy interface for simple site restrictions (like what Yahoo! …
Microsoft:
Microsoft, Industry Partners Offer Early Holiday Gifts to PC Buyers Around the World  —  Microsoft working with PC manufacturers and system builders to provide holiday PC buyers with low-cost upgrades to Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced programs …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Vista, Office 2007 holiday coupons coming this week
Alex Davis / Courier-Journal:
MySpace.com ads work  —  Local companies find site helps them connect with clients  —  A growing number of Louisville businesses are turning to the social-networking Web site MySpace.com to connect with customers, promote events and, ultimately, make money.
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
MySpace.com Profiles Working for Local Internet Marketing
Discussion: Screenwerk
Fred / fredericiana:
FROM REDMOND WITH LOVE  —  The Microsoft Internet Explorer Team sent us a cake for the release of Firefox 2!  —  A big thanks to Redmond, Washington!  —  P.S.: No, it was not poisoned  —  Trackbacks & Pings  —  ×"×" ×'×"×'×"...
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Microsoft Zune in depth  —  [...] Last time I was at Microsoft I met with the Zune team and got this in-depth look at Zune (the iPod competitor).  [...] Original post by ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers and software by Elliott Back [...]
Rocketboom / Dembot:
Ze Errors  —  After some discrepancy, Ze Frank has laid into me because he doesn't believe how he could only have a fraction of the audience size of Rocketboom.  —  I was pretty surprised because we have had some friendly emails recently and he has asked me about my stats but apparently didn't believe me.
Discussion: Mark Evans
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
This PC wants to save the world  —  Nicholas Negroponte's much-hyped $100 laptop is going into production, but skeptics, including Intel, see weaknesses in his plan.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — "Nicholas, it looks like a science project," Apple (Charts) CEO Steve Jobs said to Nicholas Negroponte …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Crave
Joe Critchley / Google Blogoscoped:
Joe's Google Redesign: Search Efficiency  —  Joe Critchley (aka Mambo), now age 17, got his first computer when he was 8, and started making web pages when he was 11.  He's currently working as freelancer doing stuff like HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL, as well as web design.
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Gizmodo:
Rumor: Zune to Pay You For Sharing Songs?  —  The Microsoft Zune may pay you for sharing a song with others if they end up buying that song themselves.  As you probably know, the Zune's WiFi capability will let you send a song to another Zune user, and then that user can listen to it three times …
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo means great deals on yesterday's MacBook Pro Core Duo  —  Here's a savvy shopper tip for those of you not impressed enough with the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros to pay full retail - visit Apple's refurb section [US store link] to save 22%-37% on the portables that were top of the line just yesterday.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple releases MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Eric Nagourney / New York Times:
Hazards: A Study Gauges the Risks for Ears With iPods  —  Avid iPod users who wonder if they are putting their hearing at risk may find some relief in a new study that tries to arrive at guidelines for safe listening levels.  —  The key to avoiding hearing damage, the researchers say …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
Constance Loizos / Mercury News:
Isn't one start-up enough?  —  Juggling appointments can be tough enough for a busy start-up founder, but that isn't stopping a growing number from a more extreme balancing act: launching a second company — and sometimes a third — while still working on their first.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
The New Mozilla Recommended Add-ons List: The Winners and the Losers  —  In anticipation of the imminent release of Firefox 2.0, Mozilla has relaunched its "recommended add-ons page" this afternoon.  (Update: FF 2.0 has officially launched.)  The page lost its beta status and gained a picture of a flaming motorcycle (see below).
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony denies responsibility for closure of Lik-Sang  —  Accuses retailer of "sour grapes"  —  In a statement issued to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony has denied any responsibility for the closure of Lik-Sang - accusing the online retailer of "sour grapes".  —  The statement begins by observing …
 
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Bernaisesource:
Open Post to All Marketers - Why Blogging Matters
Discussion: CCUCEO and cgm
Om Malik / GigaOM:
DSL Slowdown in US?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile becomes the first to combine cell and WiFi
Michael Zhang / Folksonomy.org:
Interview with FeedBurner  —  Dick Costolo is cofounder and CEO of FeedBurner.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
SGI sues ATI for patent infringement
Discussion: Techdirt
IP Democracy:
AT&T: U-Verse Had 10% Penetration in June
Stevenberlinjohnson / stevenberlinjohnson.com:
INTRODUCING OUTSIDE.IN  —  So it's an exciting time around here at SBJ headquarters.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Closes $5 Million Series A Financing
 Earlier Items: 
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Opera Mini, Now For Treos and Blackberries
Discussion: Crave and jkOnTheRun
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Whatever Happened to P2P?
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
Starship Netflix You Are Cleared For Liftoff
Gizmodo:
Linux Computer Shrinks in Size
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe tries again with e-books
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and TeleRead
Kevin Laws / VentureBeat:
The Google Myth goes "pop"
Discussion: Scobleizer
Peter Poffenberger / VoIP Lowdown:
33 Reasons why VoIP is Destroying Traditional Telecoms