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3:05 AM ET, October 28, 2006

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Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Why Ze Frank is Right and Wrong About Rocketboom  —  It turns out that Ze Frank is right in doubting Rocketboom's numbers.  Rocketboom doesn't dish up 300,000 downloads a day.  In October, it's averaging around 211,000 daily downloads.  —  But that also means that Ze is wrong in speculating …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom: Almost 10X Ze Frank's Downloads  —  Videoblogger Ze Frank is in what he calls a nerd fight with Rocketboom producer Andrew Baron.  Frank says that Baron's numbers are inflated and make it difficult for he and other video bloggers to sell advertisements with much lower numbers to offer.
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
Timbl / Decentralized Information Group …:
Reinventing HTML  —  Making standards is hard work.  Its hard because it involves listening to other people and figuring out what they mean, which means figuring out where they are coming from, how they are using words, and so on.  —  There is the age-old tradeoff for any group as to whether …
Steve Maich / macleans.ca:
Pornography, gambling, lies, theft and terrorism: The Internet sucks  —  They're all still down there, out of sight and all but out of mind — hundreds of millions of miles of hair-thin strands of glass, strung beneath the streets of every city, under farm fields, suburbs, deserts, and strewn across the ocean floor.
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Web Site Offers To 'Fix' Elections - For A Price  —  A Web site called fixavote.com, which appears to be satire, claims to "guarantee" e-voting results.  —  That's the mantra of Election Partners, whose slick Fixavote.com Web site offers such services as "real-time voter correction," and "enhanced retrospective tallying."
primezone.com:
MySpace Founder Acquires Majority Stake in Leading Video Search Engine Flurl.com  —  First Major Acquisition for LiveUniverse  —  Fast Growing Flurl.com Breaks Top 125 Alexa Traffic Ranking  —  PRIMEZONE) — Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com …
Discussion: digg
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Founder Acquires Flurl.com
Discussion: Monkey Bites and alarm:clock euro
Kotaku:
Here It Is... Japan's Wii Kiosk  —  You can look, but not touch.  The Japanese Wii kiosk has the console, Wii-mote and nunchaku under glass.  A big white Wii-V plays those instructional ads into infinity.  Hit the jump for more up close and personal pics (along with an "OMG the DS Lite is still selling out in Japan!" photo).
Discussion: Gizmodo, 4 color rebellion and digg
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Journal:
YouTube.com & Video Spam  —  This MediaPost piece discusses a Wendy's "campaign" on YouTube — commercials that "masqueraded" as videos on the site.  There was considerable exposure apparently, with some users responding positively and others critical of the spots.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Underage Finnish BitTorrent admins fined $60,000 each  —  Four out of eight administrators of the Finnish BitTorrent tracker "Finreactor" have been declared guilty in court and have to pay damages totalling 60,000 dollars each.  —  The lawsuit against Finreactor has just come to a close (Finnish report).
Discussion: Valleywag and Neowin.net
Economist:
Playing a different game  —  Does Nintendo's radical new strategy represent the future of gaming?  —  IF TALK of synergistic processing elements, parallel floating-point shader pipelines, vector units and 1080p high-definition video sets your pulse racing, you are probably looking forward …
Discussion: Joystiq and 4 color rebellion
Duncan Graham-Rowe / NewScientistTech:
Surveillance system spots violent behaviour  —  Smart surveillance systems capable of automatically detecting violent crimes could soon be available.  —  A computer vision system developed in the University of Texas in Austin, US, can already tell the difference between friendly behaviour …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Smart surveillance systems may soon detect violent behavior
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Acer: Vista Home Basic is a lemon  —  Microsoft is effectively smuggling through a price hike for Windows Vista - by making the entry-level version so poor that no-one will want to use it.  So says Jim Wong, senior veep at Acer, the world's number four PC maker, who told UK hack Jon Honeyball …
Discussion: TechBlog and digg
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PC Pro:
PC maker fumes at Vista price hike
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Who will buy TiVo?  Google, Yahoo or Microsoft?  —  There is no doubt in my mind that the internet will enter the living room and become a standard form of entertainment on our TV sets.  —  This is happening already today and being fueled by the explosion of video content appearing online.
Lunapark6:
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Review  —  As of October 26, Ubuntu has released their latest Linux operating system, version 6.10 aka Edgy Eft, which can be downloaded here.  Ubuntu has been the up and coming star company in the Linux O.S. scene for the last couple of years.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What did Microsoft learn from Vista?  —  After Bill Gates, the man whose name is most closely associated with Windows is Jim Allchin.  Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services business, is in his final months at Microsoft.  As previously announced …
Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google AdSense for Audio Coming  —  Google plans to release Google AdSense for Audio to monetize podcasts sometime this quarter, according to sources.  —  I've been sitting on this news for months out of deference to a colleague's wishes, but today Seeking Alpha has some information on it too, so I thought I might as well post.
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, ByeSpace?  —  Some Users Renounce Social Sites as Too Big  —  Social-networking Web sites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com have helped link millions of friends.  But now they have a new enemy: 20-year-old Jenny Thompson.  —  After Ms. Thompson created a MySpace page two years ago …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Cox demonstrates political nature of open source  —  This week, Alan Cox offered a quick primer on just how political open source remains.  —  Speaking at the London Linuxworld conference, he said something quite obvious.  Open source is not inherently more secure than other software.
Discussion: Open Sources
 
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Microsoft Profit and Revenue Up 11% on Strength of Games and Servers
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