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5:40 PM ET, November 13, 2006

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Valleywag:
Valleywag Release Candidate 2  —  Some changes, today, on Valleywag, in design, personnel, and mission.  Obviously, there's a new design.  Nick Douglas, editor since launch earlier this year, is leaving.  And we're going to change the mix of stories, slightly.  —  1. Design.
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Nick Douglas Leaving Valleywag
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Valleywag guy Nick Douglas gone — Will Wired snag him?
Bambi Francisco / Bambi Franciso:
Nick Denton on ValleyWag
Discussion: Federated Media …
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Pre-Roll Not the Answer for Online Video  —  The growth of online video this year has been staggering, but marketers are still struggling to find ways to effectively monetize the channel.  According to a new report from eMarketer, as well as comments of several speakers at the Ad:tech …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Lost Remote
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Pre-Roll May Be Easiest Online Video Ad Option But It's Not The Best
Cary Sherman / CNET News.com:
Perspective: The farce behind 'Digital Freedom'  —  perspective Last month, the Consumer Electronics Association and other groups announced a "Digital Freedom" campaign that latches onto the concept of fair use—supposedly to benefit consumers.  —  Seems like a worthwhile effort.
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog and Slashdot
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Carlo / Techdirt:   When The RIAA Hates You This Much, You Must Be On The Right Track
Dan / .:UNEASYsilence:.:
Hacking the XBox 360's HD-DVD for the PC  —  Double Double toil and trouble, well more accurately it's Torx 5 Torx 7 toil and lots trouble.  Enticed by the $199 price, we set ourselves on a mission to find out if the Microsoft's XBox 360 HD-DVD player could work on a normal PC.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360's HD DVD drive already functioning on PCs
Discussion: The Tech Report and PaidContent
Washington Post:
For Ted Leonsis, a Quest to Find Himself Faster Online  —  For a man who's often in the public eye, Ted Leonsis didn't like what he saw when he Googled himself last year.  —  Leonsis — vice chairman of AOL, majority owner of the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Mystics of women's basketball …
Kevin J. O'Brien / TechNewsWorld:
Gates: Internet Bubble Is Back  —  "We're back kind of in Internet-bubble era in terms of people thinking: 'O.K., traffic.  We want traffic.  We want traffic,'" Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said.  "There are still some areas where it is unclear what's going to come out of that."
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Bill Gates, 1; Scoble, 0
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats  —  A rising tide lifts all boats.  If there were ever a philosophy that guided our decision making at Sun, it's that - the notion that an internet connected by freely available standards is more valuable, to Sun and our customers, than one defined by dependencies on proprietary technologies.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Confabb: Find, Track and Review Conferences  —  Confabb is a new service launching today that offers a centralized place to find information about all kinds of conferences.  The site offers everything from speaker and event reviews to photos of the events after the fact through integration with Flickr.
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Microsoft Counting on a Twist to Make Zune Shine in Shadow of iPod  —  The hoopla was still swelling around last November's debut of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's latest entry in the game-console wars, when some on its development team began turning their attention to conceiving a new product.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Merge Historical Maps With Current World In Google Earth  —  Google Earth in 4D from Googling Google is a very nice catch about how Google Earth now allows you to view historical maps within the software.  Want to see how people thought the world used to look, before all those satellites were taking pictures?
Google Blogoscoped:
Popular Blog Posts  —  I asked several bloggers about their most popular, or one of their most popular, blog posts - the kind that made an impact on people, had skyrocketing traffic numbers, or triggered a meme or changes.  Here are their answers (please note that I adjusted case for some answers …
Matthew Klam / New York Times:
The Online Auteurs  —  1. Some people were clowns at the kitchen table and in Mrs. Gadjodnick's third-grade class — they've been funny all their lives — and without making a big thing out of it, they've always believed that the world could use them up there on the silver screen.
Andy Merrett / Tech Digest:
TVonics DVR-150 eco-friendly PVR  —  PVRs are becoming quite common now, so at first glance, this model from TVonics, the DVR-150, doesn't look particularly different from the rest of the pack.  —  It's got a 160GB hard drive which can store up to 80 hours of digital TV and radio …
Discussion: Gizmodo and PVR Wire
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Lycos seeks rebirth as "virtual living room"  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lycos Inc., a U.S. Internet portal that survived the bursting of the late 1990s dot-com bubble, plans to resurrect itself as a teen broadband video channel with a built-in text chat room.  —  Having missed much of the …
Valleywag:
Battelle gets Farked  —  Federated Media Publishing, the ad network run by John Battelle, has lost one of the most popular sites it repped, and another may also leave the stable.  Fark, the heavily-trafficked humor site run by Drew Curtis, has appointed Maxim, the men's internet and magazine title, to sell its inventory.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and HipMojo.com
James Brightman / Business Week:
Predatory Packaging  —  Are expensive bundles of next-gen consoles, games and assorted add-ons just one big con?  —  Many GameStop/EB customers may have been alerted this week to an upcoming bundle package for the Nintendo Wii.  Rather than offering a standalone console for purchase online …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Reuters:
Google's video service faces suit  —  Google Inc.'s video service faces at least one copyright infringement lawsuit, the company confirmed, and the Web search leader faces a separate subpoena tied to the service.  —  Copyright infringement has become a hot topic as pirated video from TV …
Discussion: The Utube Blog
csiro.au:
Every wanna-be rocker's fantasy comes true  —  CSIRO has 'built' a shirt which could fulfil the fantasy of anyone who has, in the privacy of their homes, jammed along with one of rock 'n roll's great lead guitarists.  —  Led by engineer Dr Richard Helmer a team of researchers at CSIRO Textiles …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Digital World and Ubergizmo
Mark Anderson / Wired News:
A Sneak Peek at a Fractured Web  —  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Internet censorship is spreading and becoming more sophisticated across the planet, even as users develop savvier ways around it, according to early results in the first-ever comprehensive global survey of internet censorship.
 
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