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4:15 AM ET, November 8, 2006

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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Spaceland, 3-D Maps in the Browser  —  Yesterday, Microsoft released an amazing, computer-generated 3-D mapping site via the Virtual Earth team.  Spaceland, as it's called, is quite beautiful and available in 15 cities.  It can be used for driving directions, searching, and real-time traffic monitoring.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft launches Google Earth killer  —  Microsoft is about to upgrade its mapping product, Live Local, to Microsoft Virtual Earth, a competitor to Google Earth.  [See news story.]  We got a live preview of the product a few days ago and will have a hands-on review shortly.
Laura Foy / Microsoft 10:
Virtual Earth 3D -The next dimension in search! …
Discussion: Windows Live Local and OpsanBlog
BBC:
'Enemies of the internet' named  —  A list of 13 "enemies of the internet" has been released by human rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).  —  For the first time, Egypt has been added to the list while Nepal, Libya and the Maldives have all been removed.
Discussion: digg
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rsf.org:
24 hours against Internet censorship launched, list of the 13 Internet enemies in 2006 published  —  The online demo is also accessible on a miror Web site, for those who cannot access www.rsf.org  —  The list of 13 Internet enemies  —  Three countries - Nepal, Maldives and Libya …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Level 3, and the Web 2.0 fatigue  —  The Web 2.0 conference hasn't even begun, and you can feel the fatigue.  You can almost predict the marketing "spin" coming over next few days, that is enough to make you groan.  —  A perfect example is this news from Level 3 Communications …
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level3.com:   Level 3 Selected by Photobucket to Provide High Capacity Network Solutions
Robert Levine / New York Times:
MySpace Aims for a Global Audience, and Finds Some Stiff Competition  —  A couple of months ago, Robert Basic, a 40-year-old technology consultant in Frankfurt, signed up for MySpace, the online social networking site, mostly out of curiosity.  —  In September, MySpace opened public test pages …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Adobe to donate script code to Mozilla  —  Adobe will donate software to run JavaScript programs in the Firefox Web browser, the largest code contribution yet to the open-source Mozilla Foundation.  —  On Tuesday, Adobe is expected to announce the donation in conjunction with the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Lawsuit against Palm makes patent-infringement claims  —  Patent holder NTP has sued Palm, maker of the Treo e-mail phone, for infringement eight months after winning $612.5 million from BlackBerry creator Research In Motion (RIM) on a similar claim.  —  The suit, filed in Virginia on Monday, seeks cash compensation.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Column: What are online RSS feeds?  —  Q. I keep hearing about RSS feeds on Web sites.  What are they and how can I use them?  —  A. RSS feeds are a very simple and convenient way to receive updated items from Web sites that you like, so you don't have to go trolling around to each site to see what's new.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Text Link Ads Gets Bought by MediaWhiz  —  New Yorks' Media Whiz advertising firm has acquired Cincinati's Text Link Ads.  The deal was announced this morning, but the financial details aren't being disclosed.  —  Text Link Ads typically sells small text ads for a fixed monthly rate, not pay per click.
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Patrick Gavin / Link Building Blog:
TLA Acquired By MediaWhiz!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Riya's Like.com Is First True Visual Image Search  —  Silicon Valley startup Riya, currently a photo search company focusing on facial recognition, is making a significant strategic and product shift this morning.  Riya will continue as is, but the company is leveraging the core technology …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Scobleizer
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon in talks to bring YouTube to V CAST, television  —  Verizon seems to be throwing as many trendy extras as humanly possible into its (oftentimes overpriced) monthly add-on pool, and may now be nearing a deal with the video clip-broadcasting extraordinaire, YouTube.
Discussion: IPNetworked
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Reuters:
Verizon near content deal with YouTube: WSJ
Discussion: GigaOM, Mathew Ingram and PVR Wire
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
With Vista, what does 'done' really mean?  —  The day has finally come: Windows Vista is going gold.  And the public announcement that Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing is going to happen tomorrow, November 8, around 11 a.m. PST, sources close to the company are saying.
Discussion: Blog Talk and TweakVista.com
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Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Saving the Day with Remote Assistance
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FTC: Policing online ads is 'daunting task'  —  WASHINGTON—As ads and marketing messages spread to a growing number of devices and with increased personalization, challenges lie ahead for authorities charged with policing deceptive schemes, a Federal Trade Commission official said Tuesday.
Agence France Presse:
Google warns against changes to Australian copyright law  —  SYDNEY (AFP) - Internet search-engine giant Google has warned that proposed changes to Australia's copyright laws could drive the country back to "the pre-Internet era".  —  The warning came in a submission to Australia's senate …
New York Times:
Election Night Viewing Includes Web's Bells and Whistles  —  For those who seek out their election news today from the main broadcast networks and cable news channels, the most striking change since 2004 may be the enormous increase in supplemental material that those news organizations …
sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson to acquire UIQ Technology AB  —  Sony Ericsson today announced it has reached agreement in principle for acquiring the Swedish software company UIQ Technology AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Symbian Ltd. UIQ Technology, which uses Symbian OS™, licenses the UIQ user interface …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Zvents gets $7M (yikes) for Ajax events site  —  Zvents, which lets people search for events in their neighborhood, has raised $7 million in a first round of funding led by VantagePoint Venture Partners.  —  That is a very large sum of money, and it raises questions about the company's business model.
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Fujitsu unveils LifeBook P1610 and T4125 convertible tablets
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Ziddio Launches - Comcast's YouTube Contender
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Piracy stats don't add up
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AdBrite Marries User Behavior to Demographic Data
Discussion: VentureBeat and Clickety Clack
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Delete Your Bad Web Rep
 

 
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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