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1:30 AM ET, November 2, 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.
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 …
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KLTV-TV:
Ohio Company Sues Internet Video Giant YouTube  —  It's the up and coming Internet portal for personal videos on the Internet, and now a northwest Ohio company has asked a federal judge to make the company pay.  Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation of Perrysburg …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and The Utube Blog
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: UTube Sues YouTube
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.
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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: Boing Boing and digg
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
EFF Sues Michael Crook for Bogus DMCA Claims
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Kazaa Said to Pay $10 Million in Settlement  —  Kazaa, the file-sharing successor to Napster that record companies have been battling for years, has reached a tentative settlement in the last of three major lawsuits against it.  —  Under the agreement with the National Music Publishers' Association …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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: Guardian Unlimited and Traffick
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.
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Automatically download and install your favorite software  —  So many software downloads, so little time.  Who likes to download, launch and click through that installation wizard application after application?  No one, that's who - especially when you've got a computer to get set up and running quick.
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 …
MSDN Blogs:
XNA Game Studio Express Beta 2 Available for Download  —  I hope this past week following our announcement went by fairly quickly for you.  The XNA Game Studio team is pleased to announce that you can now download XNA Game Studio Express Beta 2 from the XNA Developer Center.
Discussion: Kotaku and MSDN Blogs
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 hands-on preview (with video!)  —  We got a brief shred of playtime back at E3 this year, but Sony was kind enough to invite us down to SCEA HQ in beautiful Foster City for a little one on one with some PlayStation3s and execs.  We shot some video (yes, us) …
Discussion: Ryan Block, Joystiq and digg
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
 
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
$100 Laptops Coming in Q1 '07
Discussion: media blog
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iTunes 7.0.2 thinks I've moved to France (and they have no TV Shows there!)
Discussion: digg
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
TechCrunch's Misdirected Rant
Lifehacker:
Napster launches 'free download of the day'
Susi Weaser / Shiny Shiny:
Cellboost to, um, boost your cell
Discussion: Digital World and Tech Digest
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is there an IPTV boom in the making?
Discussion: Network World
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Sixth Generation …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Hitachi to offer auto-encrypting hybrid notebook HDDs in 2007
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Stevens / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
iHalloween: Turn your iPod into a Ouija board
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Orkut Bigger Than MySpace? Ok, Maybe Not
Discussion: Web 2.0 Television
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Spock offers an ambitious "people" search engine
Discussion: Bourland.com
Timboy:
Search engine optimization (SEO) from black to white
Newsday:
How iTunes saved 'The Office'
USA Today:
AT&T cable plan includes wireless
Pieter Hintjens / Free Software Magazine:
What's wrong with software patents?
Discussion: Download Squad and digg