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12:40 AM ET, November 17, 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 …
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.
Valleywag:
AOL parent playing "sadistic little games"  —  In the inbox this morning:The folks at Time Warner have no idea what they are doing with AOL or any other business, they just enjoy playing sadistic little games with each.  No one was that impressed with Miller as a CEO, but the follks …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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 …
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Gizmodo:
PS3 a Bargain: Worth $840, Powerful as a Supercomputer
Discussion: Forever Geek and The Tech Report
Jeremy Dunham / IGN:
PS3 Downscales 720p on Incapable TVs
Discussion: Kotaku
Charles Ar / Guardian:
Will Nintendo's Wii whip Sony's PlayStation 3?
Discussion: Techdirt
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
PS3 doesn't do 1080i?  —  That's what IGN has discovered …
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
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.
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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, FactoryCity and Manthan
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
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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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.
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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
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
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 and Venture Chronicles
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.
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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Darren Murph / Engadget:   CSIRO wins landmark WLAN lawsuit against Buffalo, more to come?
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: Loud Thinking
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Kyle Orland / Joystiq:
Many Wii online functions not ready for launch [update 1]
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Clear Channel Agrees to Buyout
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Microsoft May Indemnify Some Red Hat Linux Users
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 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Thomson's mysterious Black Diamond PMP goes public
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and SCI FI Tech
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Universal Desktop Daily - Thursday, November 16, 2006
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Top Microsoft Ad-Sales Exec to Head MSN
Nick / Rough Type:
The dingo stole my avatar
David Pogue / New York Times:
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