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7:50 PM ET, November 1, 2006

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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.
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Wss / Netcraft:
November 2006 Web Server Survey  —  There are now more than 100 million web sites on the Internet, which gained 3.5 million sites last month to continue the dynamic growth seen throughout 2006.  In the November 2006 survey we received responses from 101,435,253 sites, up from 97.9 million sites last month.
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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Venture Firm Is Giving Loans a Try  —  Charles River Ventures, one of the nation's oldest venture capital firms, has come up with an unusual program to attract promising entrepreneurs: It will offer loans of up to $250,000 to help them turn their ideas into fledgling businesses.
Discussion: Fractals of Change
Josh / Redeye VC:
A whole bunch of seed...
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNNMoney.com
Wall Street Journal:
Cingular to Launch Cellphone Music Service  —  Carrier Is Teaming Up  —  With Napster, Yahoo;  —  Challenge to Apple's iPod  —  Cingular is expected to begin partnering with some of the biggest online music services, including Napster Inc., Yahoo Inc.'s Yahoo Music and eMusic …
Discussion: Reuters and Phone Scoop
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cingular teaming with Napster and Yahoo to roll its own music service?
Discussion: Global Nerdy and digg
Carlo / Techdirt:
Cingular To Announce Music Plans, But Skips OTA Downloads For Now
Mike / CrunchNotes:
TechCrunch Bashing Heats Up  —  The last two weeks has brough a fresh wave of TechCrunch hate.  I've learned to avoid responding to this stuff in the past because it just draws more attention to it, but tonight a reporter from the Syndey Morning Herald named Asher Moses emailed me and said …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Mr. Arrington "Discloses" Blogging's Heart of Darkness
Discussion: Mark Evans
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 …
EFF: Breaking News:
Craigslist Sex Ad Scammer Seeks to Silence Critics  —  Baseless Copyright Claims Used to Shut Down Debate Over Privacy Controversy  —  San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the man behind "craigslist-perverts.org" — a website that publicized responses …
Discussion: Laughing Squid and Privacy Digest
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.
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) …
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.
Microsoft:
Q&A: Microsoft, Systems Integrators Team Up to Help Customers Prepare for Windows Vista  —  The Windows Vista Application Compatibility Factory helps enterprises assess and remediate their existing applications to ensure Windows Vista compatibility and accelerate rollout.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: UTube Sues YouTube  —  Remember that company Universal Tube that owns the domain UTube.com?  A release on one of the press wires says that UTube is now suing the video sharing site, demanding that YouTube stop using their name.  Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation of Perrysburg …
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 …
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.
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK:
Is it bye bye Microsoft or just au revoir?  —  Due to the nature of TechCrunch (UK), I am forever installing and uninstalling beta software, therefore it was only a matter of time before my Media Center PC crashed.  Luckily I only lost a few days worth of work which I had not backed up. i.e a few new emails …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Ask.com To Power Lycos Search & Search Ads  —  Reuters reports that Ask.com has reached a deal with Lycos to power their search engine and search ads.  Lycos is the 5th "most popular U.S. Web portal."  Ask.com will provide Web search, image search, zoom search and ppc ads for the Lycos Network.
Discussion: Traffick
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
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 hands-on preview (with video!)
Discussion: Ryan Block, Joystiq and digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Sixth Generation …
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Transmission 0.7 Beta - Redefining BitTorrent on the Mac
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Automatically download and install your favorite software
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
iHalloween: Turn your iPod into a Ouija board
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Digg Changes Its Algorithm : Harder to Get on Homepage
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Orkut Bigger Than MySpace? Ok, Maybe Not
Discussion: Web 2.0 Television
Bill Wise / MediaPost Publications:
How Google Wins By Losing
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Spock offers an ambitious "people" search engine
Discussion: Bourland.com
Rluzinski / Another Baseball Blog:
Pacman Arcade Costume
Discussion: Kotaku and Ubergizmo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zooomr Doubles Flickr's Monthly Photo Upload Limits
Gizmodo:
Sony Vaio G1: Sub 2-Pounder, Carbon Fiber Goodness
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, I4U News and CrunchGear
Robin Good / Robin Good's Latest News:
AdSense Money Machine? …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Last.fm Launches New Features - Including Flash Player, Events and Free MP3s
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computing, 2016: What Won't Be Possible?
Discussion: David Card
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
It's the content, not the icons