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5:05 PM ET, October 31, 2006

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Ken Norton / JotBlog:
We're Googlers now  —  We've always had a hard time keeping secrets, and it's been really tough to keep this one - Google has acquired JotSpot.  Yep, that's right - we're all Googlers now, and we couldn't be more excited.  —  But let's talk about you, our users and customers.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Wiki Collaboration Company Jotspot  —  Google's office strategy just got a whole lot richer with the announced acquisition of the wiki based company Jotspot.  A business oriented service that plugs a long list of different applications like calendars and photo sharing into a wiki framework …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google has acquired JotSpot
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and VentureBeat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking News: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Reddit  —  We just received confirmation that Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, acquired Boston-based Reddit earlier this morning, and will make the announcement later today.  The price is not being disclosed.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Google shares ad wealth with videographers  —  Google has begun sharing advertising revenue with the makers of a popular video clip in a groundbreaking deal that could drive up the costs of competing in the fledgling video-sharing sector.  —  The search company has agreed to turn …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
China: We don't censor the Internet.  Really  —  ATHENS, Greece—While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.  —  Which is why it came as a surprise on Tuesday …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Details of the YouTube deal  —  Mark Cuban shares a Pho List post from a media industry insider about details of the YouTube / Google acquisition negotiations.  The author says some of it is based on discussions with insiders and some is based on speculation, but doesn't identify which assertions are pure speculation.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 fall update in a few pictures  —  Surely so, this morning we flipped the switch on our Xbox 360 and were able to download the fall update which, among other things, enables HD DVD, 1080p support, and Windows Media Connect media sharing.  We were obviously unable to test the HD DVD support …
Discussion: Engadget HD and Michael Gartenberg
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Microsoft:
Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform  —  Companies seek to improve performance, reliability and stability of PHP on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server "Longhorn."
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot  —  Dove's Viral Hit 'Evolution' Is a Real Beauty  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Think dove's "campaign for Real Beauty" generated a ton of buzz for relatively little expense?  You haven't seen anything yet.  —  Traffic spike
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live Will Launch Web Service to Help Small Businesses Attract Customers, Generate Repeat Business  —  Microsoft Office Live adManager Beta and Office Live Business Contact Manager will be available to help small businesses stay in touch with their customers.
Sal Cangeloso / xyzcomputing.com:
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard  —  Razer has been up to some very interesting things lately.  The company successfully made the move into both optical and laser mice and has been expanding their range of products into accessories and audio equipment.  All the while they have done their best …
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World  —  Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta is released.  It is what we call a dot release, the changes are not as major as in a major release (go figure) they are small updates to the existing stuff in Messenger.  —  Important Details:  — Get Messenger 8.1 Beta here
Nick / Rough Type:
Evidence of attraction  —  Over the last few months, I've made a number of observations, starting here, about the growing dominance of Wikipedia over search engine results for common terms.  My findings were anecdotal, drawn from the searches I do day-in and day-out as well as a few dozen random ones …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Scott Berinato / Wired News:
Attack of the Bots … AT FIRST, IT LOOKED LIKE typical network congestion.  So the system administrators weren't too concerned when TypePad blogs and LiveJournal social networks flickered like a light bulb in a faulty socket.  But 15 minutes later, at 4 pm on May 2, 2006, the sites went dark …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and madisonian.net
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
A Home Valuation Web Site Is Accused of Discrimination  —  Zillow.com, the Web site that provides free home valuations, has been accused by a coalition of community activist groups of undervaluing the homes in black and Latino neighborhoods.  —  In a letter sent by the National Community …
Discussion: Inc.com and ProgrammableWeb
Robert McMillan / Network World:
New Windows attack can kill firewall  —  Hackers have published code that could let an attacker disable the Windows Firewall on certain Windows XP machines.  —  The code, which was posted on the Internet early Sunday morning, could be used to disable the Windows Firewall on a fully patched Windows XP PC …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and Slashdot
Brian L. Clark / Gizmodo:
Point: How is TiVo Doing After Launching Series 3?  —  As much as we like TiVo and its new player, the company needs to face reality: Production shortages and an extraordinarily high price have plagued the Series 3's release.  How are they selling?  No sales figures are available for public consumption …
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
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Variety:
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Cracks Down on Counterfeit Software Auctions Worldwide
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Market Wire:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Searching on Zotspot could earn users a 10 spot
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PR Newswire:
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Bob Crabtree / hexus.net:
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Medium Makes Web Browsing Social
Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Picks Its Web Winners — And Its Flagship Isn't One
Eric Taub / New York Times:
Nintendo at AARP Event to Court the Grayer Gamer
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
BBC Plan for Web Ads Draws Fire
Discussion: digg