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3:30 PM ET, November 1, 2006

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Charles River Ventures introduces friendly "convertible" seed round  —  Charles River Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, has launched a new investment strategy, offering rapid but tiny $250,000 checks to Internet start-ups.  —  The program, called QuickStart, recognizes times have changed …
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Josh / Redeye VC:
A whole bunch of seed...  I woke up this morning to some interesting news.  Charles River Ventures is now investing at the seed-stage.  This is a smart reaction on their part to several market trends:  — The fact that it costs less to start a software/Internet business these days,
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Charles River Ventures Goes For Angel Market
Discussion: Gabor's Blog
Drivl.com | Front page:
The Seven Phases of Owning an iPod - An Illustrated Journey  —  PHASE 1: This is the "OH MY GOD IT'S SO SMALL AND SHINY" phase.  You marvel at how small and shiny it is, stealing glances whenever you can.  —  PHASE 2: This is the phase where all your friends say "OH MY GOD IT'S SO SMALL AND SHINY" and you're like, totally over it.
Staci D. Kramer / paidcontent.org:
News Start-up Daylife Raises First Round; NYTCO Leads Investors  —  You're reading it here first ... After a year of mostly veiled references and speculation fueled by the involvement of Jeff Jarvis as an adviser and Craig Newmark as an investor, Daylife, the distributed news platform founded …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Scrybe Syncing Calendar Has Launched In Beta  —  Scrybe, the online/offline calendar and organizer with the awesome YouTube demo video we wrote about earlier this month, has launched into beta tonight.  We've kicked the tires and can report that the parts of the service available now do deliver as advertised (see video again below).
Discussion: Download Squad and Changing Way
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Marsha Walton / CNN:
Web reaches new milestone: 100 million sites … (CNN) — Are your Web surfing fingers getting tired?  —  There may be a reason.  Netcraft, an Internet monitoring company that has tracked Web growth since 1995, says a mammoth milestone was reached during the month of October.
KPIX-TV:
Bomb Explodes At eBay PayPal Headquarters In SJ  —  (CBS 5 / BCN) SAN JOSE An explosive device left at the eBay-owned PayPal headquarters in San Jose exploded Tuesday night, shattering a plate-glass window on the four-story building.  —  Some 26 employees were working inside the building at the time of the explosion.
USA Today:
AT&T cable plan includes wireless  —  SAN ANTONIO - Mobile phones figure prominently in AT&T's (T) attack plans as it prepares to take on the big cable TV operators.  —  "Wireless is at the top of our list," says Scott Helbing, AT&T executive vice president of entertainment …
Timboy:
Search engine optimization (SEO) from black to white  —  In one of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits, "Tom Ridge" explains the U.S. terrorist-threat color codes: … Here's my attempt to give SEO's more than just two or three colors.  —  Background: A naive (non-SEO) …
Newsday:
How iTunes saved 'The Office'  —  It takes a lot of love to download a TV show on iTunes.  The process is time-consuming (10 minutes or so for a sitcom).  The screen image - by necessity - is ant-sized.  The picture gets the yips.  And worst of all, the thing hogs a vast chunk of memory.
Pieter Hintjens / Free Software Magazine:
What's wrong with software patents?  —  I know that many people come to the FFII—as I did—because they feel a deep sense of injustice at how the smaller players in IT are consistently squashed by special interests and monopolists.  But I'm going to look at our core concern—software patents …
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cingular teaming with Napster and Yahoo to roll its own music service?  —  According to The Wall Street Journal, those in the know are predicting Cingular to announce a music service for its cellphone network as early as tomorrow.  It seems that despite rampant rumoring of an iPhone …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and digg
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
It's the content, not the icons  —  What's with all the social bookmarking icons at the bottom of every single friggin' blog post out there?  —  Given the Ebola-like spread of these things they must be really effective, right?  Not so much.  Zero out of Technorati's top 10 blogs feature those icons.
Rluzinski / Another Baseball Blog:
Pacman Arcade Costume  —  After being invited to an 80's themed Halloween Party, I spent weeks (OK, minutes) trying to come up with a cool idea for a costume.  Sure, I could go as He-man or Punky Brewster, but I wanted to make it something that had to be built, incorporated some technology and might be a bit of a challenge.
Discussion: Kotaku and Ubergizmo
Gizmodo:
Sony Vaio G1: Sub 2-Pounder, Carbon Fiber Goodness  —  Sony's smashed the 2-pound barrier with its Sony Vaio G1, a 1.98-pound carbon fiber laptop that the company calls "the lightest fully usable notebook ever produced."  Despite that feather weight, it still has a 12.1-inch display, 1.5GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and I4U News
Bill Wise / MediaPost Publications:
How Google Wins By Losing  —  PERHAPS THE BIGGEST HOT-BUTTON QUESTION in search is whether Google will continue rising forever, or if it will bust.  Last week saw indicators both ways.  On Monday, Standard and Poor downgraded Google's ranking from "hold" to "sell," cautioning against …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Spock offers an ambitious "people" search engine  —  Spock, a secretive Menlo Park start-up incubated with $1 million from Clearstone Venture Partners, will unveil a search engine for people by the end of the year.  —  From a demo we've seen, we think it could be a powerful addition.
Discussion: Bourland.com
 
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Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
iHalloween: Turn your iPod into a Ouija board
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ED unveils programmable, home-serving U-ROBO bot with RFID
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Orkut Bigger Than MySpace? Ok, Maybe Not
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Matt / MobileCrunch:
Motorola Prepping Linux-based RAZR Smartphone?
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zooomr Doubles Flickr's Monthly Photo Upload Limits
InterActiveCorp:
IAC Reports Q3 Results
Dan Bricklin's Log:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Elephants and Evolution - How the Landscape is Changing for Google …
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 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
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Discussion: Mashable!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Business Wire:
Thumbplay Announces $15 Million in New Funding
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Mike Shields / Adweek:
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