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4:40 AM ET, November 16, 2006

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Jeff Diehl / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Sorry 'Bout That, Nick!  —  We like Nick Douglas.  A lot.  He's funny, playful, unafraid to say crazy s**t.  So we naturally stayed as up-to-date as we could with the situation surrounding his departure from Valleywag.  Little did we know the role we played in his exodus.
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New York Times:
Memo: Valleywag Gets Down to Business  —  Gawker Media, the collection of gossipy blogs that includes the New York-based, media-centric Gawker and its Los Angeles-based sibling Defamer, relies on the online public's thirst for cattiness.  But a third Gawker Media blog, Valleywag …
Forbes:
Taiwan's Hon Hai wins Apple orders for mobile handsets, notebook PCs - report  —  TAIPEI (XFN-ASIA) - Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (2317.TW) has secured contracts from Apple Computer for 12 mln mobile handsets that also function as music players, the Commercial Times quoted industry sources as saying.
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Red Herring:
Apple iPhones Get Call  —  Taiwanese contract manufacturer called on to build Apple cell phones, report says.  —  Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs may actually be able to pull off a splashy iPhone announcement at Macworld by January.  —  The Mac maker has placed an order for 12 million iPhones …
Discussion: Slashdot and TechBlog
Carl Howe / Blackfriars' Marketing:
Apple thinks different about marketing iPhones  —  [Photoshopped mockups of iPod phones, courtesy of a user at www.ipodlounge.com]  —  Bloomberg.com reports today that Apple has signed with contract manufacturer Hon Hai to make 12 million iPhones next year.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Search Engines Unite On Unified Sitemaps System  —  In alphabetical order, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to all support a unified system of submitting web pages through feeds to their crawlers.  Called Sitemaps, taking its name from the precursor system that Google launched last year …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Hot New Video, Calendar and Map Widgets  —  We discovered 3 impressive new widgets today, from Google, Blinkx and 30 Boxes, and we decided to write about all of them in one post.  Widgets are the non-developer's "small pieces loosely joined," they are the hottest example right now of data portability on the web.
Discussion: OhGizmo!
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Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Oh Wow! Blinkx Creates "Chattering Video Wall" Through Search
Discussion: AlwaysOn Feed and Lost Remote
Steven Zeitchik / Variety:
IGN pact Drives content  —  Gaming net bows pic, TV downloads  —  'X-Men: The Last Stand' will be among the pics available for download through IGN's Direct2Drive game retailing site.  —  News Corp.-owned gaming network IGN Entertainment has pacted with a number of studios to offer shows and pics.
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
IGN's Direct2Drive Promise Starting To Pay Off Outside NWS …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google Adds Public Event Search  —  Google has added public event search within its Google Calendar, a nice little piece of integration that overlaps with what a lot of startups are doing.  —  The event aggregation space has recently been strengthened by outside investment …
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BBC:
Japan to get 400,000 Wii units  —  Nintendo will offer four times as many machines as Sony when it launches its Wii console in Japan on 2 December.  —  The Japanese video game maker said it will ship almost 400,000 units of its Wii console, compared to 100,000 for Sony's PlayStation 3.
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How do I get my blog to show up?  —  To the majority of my readers who aren't publishers, please excuse the interruption.  —  Selectivity is important for the four sites I run, namely Techmeme, memeorandum, WeSmirch, and Ballbug.  Thousands of items are published to the web each day so the trick …
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Zune moving at slow tempo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Though Microsoft's answer to Apple Computer's iPod juggernaut officially went on sale nationwide Tuesday, the Zune wasn't exactly flying off the shelves in downtown San Francisco.  —  At two retail outlets, the new media player wasn't even on the shelves.
TimeWarner:
Randy Falco Named Chairman and CEO of AOL LLC  —  NEW YORK - Randy Falco, President and COO of the NBC Universal Television Group, has been named Chairman and CEO of AOL LLC, it was announced today by Time Warner Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons and President and COO Jeff Bewkes.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Qihoo raises $20M for new Web 2.0 search engine  —  Qihoo, a fast-growing but controversial Chinese search engine for Web 2.0 content, has raised $25 million more in a second round of venture capital from credible U.S investors.  —  This is significant because Qihoo has launched a new kind of search engine …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PaidContent
Anything But iPod:
Pink and Orange Zunes Coming Soon?  —  Yesterday's official launch of the Microsoft Zune can be considered lukewarm at best.  Sure, unboxing ceremonies and in-store photos of the device sprang up in virtual gadget neighborhoods (even though such footage had already been around for awhile), but we didn't exactly hear any "Ding Dong!
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and Blogging Stocks
SketchFactor / bungie.net:
Happy Halo Day  —  Happy Halo Day!  —  Today marks the five-year anniversary of Halo and to commemorate this occasion, Microsoft just revealed a few tantalizing announcements for fans of the franchise.  You may have already read the details online elsewhere but we thought it'd be best …
 
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Reuters:
Orb aims to beat YouTube at wireless Web video
Discussion: CinemaTech and ResourceShelf
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Here Come Hot-or-Not Clones, On Mobile
Discussion: Valleywag
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
System76, Linux Hardware for Everyone
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune review  —  Ok, we had a bit of a rough start after getting open …
Google Blogoscoped:
Creating Advanced Custom Search Engines
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii vs... the 360 HD DVD drive?
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Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
How-To: Turn a standard Xbox 360 video cable into a VGA cable …
Discussion: Joystiq
 Earlier Items: 
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
AIM Gets A Major Makeover
Discussion: The Social Web
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Skype Beta for Mac is Released
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google sets aside YouTube fund, may need more if Howard Stern calls
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zuned Out  —  Update: I have opened the box, and set up the Zune …
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Low-profile HTC is a powerhouse
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Phonezoo offers free, extensive ringtone download service
Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
Wireless Internet's new target: Seattle homes
Mark Heesen / VentureBeat:
Note to Washington: About half of VC-backed company founders are immigrants