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10:55 PM ET, October 26, 2006

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Tris Hussey / The Tucows Blog:
Annecdotes from Jason Calacanis on Weblogs Inc. and blogging  —  Jason Calacanis, love him or hate him, is a poster boy for making money from blogs.  Weblogs Inc, now owned by AOL-TimeWarner of course, is one of those storied parts of the blogosphere.  I think (I hope) there is going to be …
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Keynote from Blog Business Summit  —  Someone just told me this is the best keynote they ever heard in four years.  Frankly, I was tired and didn't know what to say since the business of blogging is so well established... so I just told my story.  —  "Overall, an intersting talk with some funny anecdotes and refreshing honesty."
Wil Harris / bit-tech.net:
Microsoft clarifies Vista activation to bit-tech hacks  —  Microsoft today talked to bit-tech in a bid to reassure the enthusiast community about the licensing terms of Windows Vista.  —  We previously read that Vista could prove to be a nightmare for enthusiasts who upgrade often …
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Welcome to Our New Team Blog!  —  Welcome to the new and improved Windows Vista blog.  A few months back, I pushed our team to bring the blog from the blogging Dark Ages into something a little more modern.  The blog back then wasn't quite doing the job.  Postings were infrequent, and the site wasn't particularly helpful.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A New Campaign Tactic: Manipulating Google Data  —  If things go as planned for liberal bloggers in the next few weeks, searching Google for "Jon Kyl," the Republican senator from Arizona now running for re-election, will produce high among the returns a link to an April 13 article from The Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Vox Lifts Off and You'll Love It  —  Six Apart announced last night the launch of its newest social networking site, Vox (Vox announcement here).  The company that owns LiveJournal, Moveable Type and Typepad has done a lot of things right with this new site.
Discussion: Neowin.net and seattleduck
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Team Vox:
Happy Vox Launch Day!  —  It's been a long time in the making, but the day of the official Vox launch is here.  —  Drawing Vox by Marc John … In anticipation for this event, we asked all of you guys to share what aspect you most appreciate or like about Vox.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun CEO sets open source Java time frame  —  San Francisco (InfoWorld) - SAN FRANCISCO — Demonstrating a perhaps more aggressive path than anticipated, Sun Microsystems is set to announce the open-sourcing of the core Java platform within 30 to 60 days, Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Browser Faceoff  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  The last few weeks have been packed with browser action and the two market leaders, Internet Explorer and Firefox, have launched major new versions.  So to round out our recent browser coverage …
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
A Tale of Two Web Browsers
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Nick / Rough Type:
Larry Ellison and the business of social production  —  As open-source software programs mature and become commercial products, the work of developing them naturally shifts, to one degree or another, from the original community of unpaid volunteers to professional programmers who are employed …
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Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Internal Company Goals  —  A company paper* Google published internally earlier this year and which I got hold of outlined some of Google's big goals and directions for 2006.  The list included several items, for example:  — Google wants to have an improved infrastructure to make their engineers more productive.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My thoughts about Zune vs. iPod  —  So, you've seen the Zune video.  Here's my thoughts about whether Microsoft is going to be successful.  —  I'll come at it from a number of different angles:  —  THE FUNDAMENTALS  —  Box design: good.  As good as iPod.  —  Look and feel and overall hardware quality: good.
Joe / Techdirt:
Is MLB.com The Next YouTube?  —  from the did-someone-say-.com?  dept  —  With online video being so hot this year, one company that's getting attention is MLB Advanced Media, better known as MLB.com, the official site of Major League Baseball.  The league's done far more to use the internet …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:   Baseball's (on-line) field of dreams
Hitwise US:
Second Life Takes Off, Gains Interest of Older Generation  —  Last week Reuters announced it opened a bureau inside the multiplayer game Second Life.  This continues a trend of real-world companies joining Second Life - currently Adidas, Reebok, Toyota, Nissan, IBM and Starwood Hotels are among …
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Cellphone Costs $1,275.  In Love Yet?  —  Want to have some real fun the next time you're in a room with geeks and gadget freaks?  Here are two words that when uttered aloud will not only get their attention, but set off hyperventilation, pupil dilation and drooling: " Apple phone."
Neilio / BeatnikPad:
Optimized Firefox 2.0 for G4, G5, and Intel Macs  —  Dans "mozilla and firefox", jeudi, le 26 octobre 2006, à 10:54 AM EST.  —  <br>For those of you who somehow missed the news, the long-awaited release of Firefox 2.0 is finally here, and so are optimized builds!
Consumerist:
No iPod, Soap!  —  We've all heard of iPod's vaunted "clean design," but this is ridiculous.  —  Reader Sean bought what he thought was a box-fresh iPod from Smalldog.com.  Imagine his surprise when he ripped off the shrink-wrap and instead found inside two bars of Irish Spring soap and a package of cheap batteries.
Roy Furchgott / New York Times:
Phones for That Other System  —  MAKING phone calls using voice-over-Internet protocol seems not only inexpensive, but so very modern.  Known by the zippy acronym VoIP (rhymes with practically nothing), it lets you make voice calls over the Internet to anywhere in the world for pennies; no old-fashioned phone company required.
Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
From the Gears of War Hollywood launch party  —  12AM PST on a Wednesday night.  Most people are sleeping, but on Santa Monica Boulevard Microsoft is busing in gamers for the Gears of War launch party.  After a truck ride to the crypt and playing a couple of multiplayer rounds I had a conversation …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, Go Nintendo and You NEWB
 
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How To Get Around Xbox 360's Country Lock
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Why So Little Attention to Botnets?
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Making Money With Domain Names
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