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1:30 PM 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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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 …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
AOL Changes: Calacanis Finds The Exit; Alvey Stays
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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Bradley Horowitz / Yodel Anecdotal:
Bix joins Yahoo!'s social media mix  —  The social media phenomenon is fed by human needs for self-expression, feedback, generosity, and, to some degree, good old-fashioned voyeurism.  Today, we add more food to Yahoo!'s social media menu: Bix, a budding social media service that almost anyone …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Acquires Contest Site Bix  —  Online karaoke and contest site Bix has signed an agreement to be acquired by Yahoo! Bix CEO Mike Speiser will continue running Bix but will also take on responsibility for product management for Yahoo! Groups, 360, and Photos under the title VP of Community.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Movie Studios Sue to Stop Loading of DVDs onto iPods  —  The MPAA studios are at it again, snatching away our fair use rights, so they can sell them back to us for an "additional fee."  —  In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Paramount Pictures v. Load 'N Go Video …
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."
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Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Ross Levinsohn Resigns As President Of FIM; Will Be Replaced By Peter Levinsohn
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
'Pump-and-Dump' Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders  —  The recent surge in e-mail spam hawking penny stocks and penis enlargement pills is the handiwork of Russian hackers running a botnet powered by tens of thousands of hijacked computers.  —  Internet security researchers …
IEBlog:
IE+JavaScript Performance Recommendations Part 2: JavaScript Code Inefficiencies  —  Hello again, this is Peter Gurevich, Performance PM for IE.  We have gotten a lot of good feedback from our first post on IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations so I am eager to hear what you think of our second installment.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and Ajaxian
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Skype soft-launches Skype for Symbian  —  Runs on the Nokia N73  —  OBSCURED BY all the razzmatazz surrounding the launch of 3's X-Series handsets, is the fact that on December 1st when 3 goes live with its new service, there will be a version of Skype for Symbian.
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 / Techdirt:
Australian Government Wins Patent Claim On WiFi; Demands Everyone Pay Up  —  from the thanks,-Australia! dept  —  How better to kill an emerging disruptive technology that to bog it down with damaging patent claims?  We've noted over the past few years that a bunch of companies are all jumping …
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The Age:
CSIRO wins landmark legal battle
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Let's Get This Party Started!  —  The TechCrunch New York Party kicks off in three hours, 7 PM EST, at BED in Manhattan.  —  The final guest list is here, although it doesn't include sponsor attendees and press.  All attendees should have received an email confirmation of the party as well.
Jim Courtney / Skype Journal:
Skype PR WakeUp Call II: The Solution  —  This is the second of three posts discussing Skype's PR management with the aim of improving the PR relationships associated with the launch of new Skype software and associated services.  In the first post I outlined the problem …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Gamers line up for coveted PlayStation 3  —  NEW YORK - Die-hard gamers and entrepreneurs prepared to shell out $500 or more for the new PlayStation 3 console that goes on sale Friday, many of them after waiting in line for days despite the likelihood they'd go home empty-handed.
Discussion: Kotaku
Valleywag:
Yahoo swoops in  —  Yahoo's back on the acquisition path.  In addition to the acquisition of Bix, the internet corp has agreed to buy MyBlogLog, a social network for weblog visitors, for about $10m.  The startup had been seeking venture funding, but attracted the attention of Toby Coppel …
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
 
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Kevin Kelly / Joystiq:
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Clear Channel Gets Bought Out; Will New Owners Mean New Ideas?
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Steven Parker / Neowin.net:
Microsoft Says Thankyou! to Select Vista Testers
Kotaku:
One Man's PS3 HDMI Issues
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Joey deVilla / Global Nerdy:
SiteMaps Explained  —  By now, you've probably seen the news splashed …
Pete Lacey / Pete Lacey's Weblog:
The S stands for Simple  —  There has been a long running debate …
Discussion: Channel 9 and Loud Thinking