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8:05 PM ET, November 16, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Says Adios to AOL  —  We just heard from a source that Jason Calacanis has resigned from AOL.  Jason joined AOL just over a year ago when his startup, Weblogs, Inc., was acquired.  Most recently, he took over management of Netscape, which relaunched earlier this year as a Digg-like news portal.
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Valleywag:
Jason Calacanis, AOL executive, 2005-2006  —  Jason Calacanis, the energetic and annoying publishing entrepreneur who once thought he could rise to the top at AOL, is leaving the internet media company.  He's not commenting on the record, but his blog describes Jonathan Miller, ousted CEO of AOL …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
About Jon Miller  —  Update: Ted checks in with his thoughts on "Miller time."  —  Today was a very sad day for me.  One of the few mentors I've had in my life, Jon Miller, was replaced as CEO of AOL.  —  I feel in love with the challenge of AOL 18 months ago when Jon Miller, Ted Leonsis …
Valleywag:
AOL parent playing "sadistic little games"
Discussion: TimeWarner
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces (really !!) behind Sitemaps  —  The best part about to-do lists is when you get to cross something off, and today we can cross one more from the list of feedback we have collected from webmasters.  You have asked us to support a single format for submission …
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Live Search's WebLog:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps  —  Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol.  The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world.
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Joint support for the Sitemap Protocol  —  We're thrilled to tell you that Yahoo! and Microsoft are joining us in supporting the Sitemap protocol.  —  As part of this development, we're moving the protocol to a new namespace, www.sitemaps.org, and raising the version number to 0.9.
Business 2.0 Beta Blogs:
Sony's loss is at least $240 on every PS3, triple Xbox 360's [The Utility Belt]  —  Sony (SNE) will lose $241.35 on every PlayStation 3 game console it sells at $599, and $306.85 on every console it sells with a smaller hard drive at $499, according to an analysis of the component costs conducted by iSuppli, a research firm.
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Jonathan Cassell / isuppli.com:
PlayStation 3 Offers Supercomputer Performance at PC Pricing, iSuppli's Teardown Analysis Reveals  —  From delivery delays, to technology hurdles, to missed production targets, to cancelled pre-orders, to an apparently exorbitant price tag—we've all read the bad news regarding Sony Corp.'s …
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
PS3 Downscales 720p on Incapable TVs  —  If your TV doesn't support a specific resolution, expect to go low-res.  —  As final PlayStation 3 units continue to trickle into more and more hands, additional details about how the system works and what it can and can't do are hitting the web.
Discussion: Engadget and Kotaku
Gizmodo:
PS3 a Bargain: Worth $840, Powerful as a Supercomputer
Discussion: Forever Geek and The Tech Report
Charles Ar / Guardian:
Will Nintendo's Wii whip Sony's PlayStation 3?
Discussion: Techdirt
Min Zeng / Official Google Blog:
Click to call in Google Maps  —  Last week, I was trying to buy blue lightbulbs for a party at my house, and I ended up calling ten different stores before I found one that carried them.  Now with the new calling feature on Google Maps, I can do this quickly and easily, and never have to lift a finger to dial.
Discussion: Monkey Bites and Manthan
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Local Adds Click to Call  —  The official Google Blog just announced the availability of a click-to-call feature in Google Local.  This has been expected for some time, but it's now official and it works well.  Businesses you find in Google Local now have a call link included in search results.
Valleywag:
Prank calls from Google Maps
Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:
Gates on the Past, the Future, and Google  —  Reporter's Notebook: Bill Gates tells Charlie Rose and Stanford University audience at TechNet conference that 'we're at the beginning of something important again' in development of technology — just as in the 1980s with the advent of the PC.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Slashdot
AppleInsider:
Foxconn to manufacture Apple's iPhone - report  —  Foxconn Electronics, the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has secured a contract with Apple Computer to manufacturer its first mobile handset that will also dual as a digital music player, according to an overseas report.
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Top Microsoft Ad-Sales Exec to Head MSN  —  Joanne Bradford Move Underscores Portal's Importance to Company Future  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A major executive revamp at Microsoft's advertising division moves Joanne Bradford, the company's top ad-sales and marketing executive, over to run MSN …
Mike Hughlett / Chicago Tribune:
Craigslist not liable for housing ads: Judge  —  The popular Craigslist Web site is not legally liable for allegedly discriminatory housing ads posted by its users, a federal judge in Chicago ruled in a case pitting landmark internet and fair housing laws against each other.
 
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Shelley / Just Shelley:
Feed your Daddy Follow-up
Sean Cooper / Slate:
The Death of the Disc  —  WHY HD-DVD AND BLU-RAY ARE DEAD ON ARRIVAL.
Discussion: Techdirt
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Clear Channel Agrees to Buyout
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Slashdot
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft May Indemnify Some Red Hat Linux Users
Garrett French / Search Engine Journal:
Google's Early Efforts to Monetize Video
Scott Sharkey / 1up.com:
OMG, it's the Launchageddon!
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: Honey, I just shrunk the server hosting business
AranWorld:
Zune Fails to Import All Music Files
 Earlier Items: 
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Five simple rules for keeping an empty inbox
Discussion: Lifehacker and digg
Nick / Rough Type:
The dingo stole my avatar
Seán Captain / New York Times:
So Much Music, So Few Choices
Discussion: Techdirt and Kevin Maney
Valleywag:
Sequoia rocked  —  Venture capitalists often lose their investments.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Free AOL Stuff, Courtesy of Bubble 2.0
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
More Navigators at Netscape (or What our paid bookmarkers are really doing.
BBC:
Japan to get 400,000 Wii units
Discussion: I4U News, You NEWB and digg