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7:50 AM ET, November 17, 2006

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Blog Entrepreneur Leaves AOL  —  Jason Calacanis, the outspoken blogger and entrepreneur who ran AOL's Netscape division, resigned on Thursday in the wake of the firing of AOL's chief executive, Jonathan Miller.  —  Mr. Calacanis sold his company, Weblogs Inc., a network of blogs …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Says Adios to AOL  —  Update:The New York Times is now reporting on this and quotes Calacanis.  "I'm not inclined to start over with a new guy," he said about his resignation.  Calacanis has also made a short post on his own blog.  —  We just heard from a source that Jason Calacanis has resigned from AOL.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yes, it's true... I'm leaving AOL.  —  TechCrunch broke the story (less than two hours after I told everyone here), and the New York Times confirmed it with me by phone this afternoon.  —  I've got a lot to say, but I'm thinking that I'll just talk about it on the final episode of the Gillmor Gang podcast …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Falco 2, Calacanis 0  —  An anonymous tip dropped into our inbox, claiming that Jason Calacanis, one of the co-founders of Weblogs Inc., and architect of the new Netscape has resigned from AOL, following the resignation of Jon Miller.  —  On his blog, Jason says no comment.
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Calcanis is Leaving AOL but World's Number One-Ranked Blogger Peter Rojas Remains  —  As you may know already, Jason Calcanis has resigned from AOL today.  Jason runs a network of bloggers at AOL.  The story was first posted on TechCrunch and Jason spoke with Saul Hansell of The New York Times for tomorrow's paper.
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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 …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   AOL Changes: Calacanis Finds The Exit; Alvey Stays
Valleywag:   AOL parent playing "sadistic little games"
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ross Levinsohn Leaves Fox Interactive  —  We just got a press release from Fox Interactive which says that Peter Levinsohn is the new president of Fox Interactive.  FIM insiders tell us that Levinsohn has often described the current changes in the media landscape as a "once in a lifetime opportunity."
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Ross Levinsohn Resigns As President Of FIM; Will Be Replaced By Peter Levinsohn
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Gizmodo:
PS3 a Bargain: Worth $840, Powerful as a Supercomputer
Discussion: Forever Geek and The Tech Report
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buys Site for Staging Online Contests  —  Yahoo is acquiring Bix.com, a site that allows users and advertisers to create, enter into and judge online contests.  The deal is an attempt by Yahoo to bolster its offerings in social media, an area where it has struggled to compete with sites like MySpace and YouTube.
Discussion: PaidContent
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Bradley Horowitz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Bix joins Yahoo!'s social media mix
Valleywag:
Prank calls from Google Maps … Prank calls from Google Maps  —  Ooh, a cool new feature just put live on Google Maps: crank call ex-lovers and business rivals.  Here's a quick how-to:  —  1. go to http://maps.google.com  —  2. search for, say, "sex addicts"  —  3. choose a listing
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Clear Channel Gets Bought Out; Will New Owners Mean New Ideas?  —  from the wait-and-see dept  —  Radio giant Clear Channel has agreed to a $19 billion leveraged buyout by a group of private-equity firms — a move that will take the company private and could spark significant change in how it does business.
Discussion: Bloomberg and digg
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Clear Channel Agrees to Buyout
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Slashdot
Pete Lacey / Pete Lacey's Weblog:
The S stands for Simple  —  There has been a long running debate in the Application Platform Services Group here at Burton Group between the REST people on one side and the SOAP people on the other.  For the most part it mirrors the external debate.  In one recent exchange …
Discussion: Channel 9, ongoing and Loud Thinking
The Age:
CSIRO wins landmark legal battle  —  The CSIRO has won a landmark US legal battle against Buffalo Technology, under which it could receive royalties from every producer of wireless local area network (WLAN) products worldwide.  —  The CSIRO brought the case against Buffalo before the US Federal Court …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Australian Government Wins Patent Claim On WiFi; Demands Everyone Pay Up
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone to arrive in early 2007 with 2MP camera  —  Apple Computer's much anticipated iPod cell phone will include a 2.0-megapixel digital camera when it arrives late first quarter or early second quarter of next year, according to a new report out of Taiwan.
Sean Cooper / Slate:
The Death of the Disc  —  WHY HD-DVD AND BLU-RAY ARE DEAD ON ARRIVAL.  —  Listen to the MP3 audio version of this story here, or sign up for Slate's free daily podcast on iTunes.  —  Until recently, the history of home entertainment was the history of encoding formats.
Discussion: Techdirt, Kotaku and Venture Chronicles
Tanja / Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
New Beta Build Available!  (Build # 1172)  —  It's been just about 6 weeks since our last update.  During that time, we've been collecting and reviewing feedback from our customers, and working on getting some of those issues that you've been sending in fixed for the new Beta build …
Discussion: MSTechToday, Neowin.net and LiveSide
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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