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10:35 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 …
Discussion: and Business Filter
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 …
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.
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
Calcanis is Leaving AOL but World's Number One-Ranked Blogger Peter Rojas Remains  —  As you may already know, Jason Calcanis 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.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buys Site for Staging Online Contests  —  Yahoo is acquiring, 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.
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 …
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: Valleywag and Mashable!
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Ross Levinsohn Resigns As President Of FIM; Will Be Replaced By Peter Levinsohn
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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 …
The Age:
CSIRO wins landmark legal battle
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
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Clear Channel Agrees to Buyout
Discussion: and Slashdot
Katie / Shiny Shiny:
YouTube vids, Skype calls, home PC remote control.  Is 3's X-Series finally going to get us using mobile internet?  —  Katie Lee writes...  Do you access the internet on your cellphone?  Chances are, if you're in the UK, you just answered "no".  Hardly any of us do.
Nuno / 21talks:
Skype goes mobile, as a native service on 3 Mobiles
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.
Joey deVilla / Global Nerdy:
SiteMaps Explained  —  By now, you've probably seen the news splashed all over Techmeme about the decision by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! to support SiteMaps.  In case you haven't, you can check out these articles:  — Microsoft's Live Search Blog  — Yahoo!'s Search Blog  — Search Engine Watch
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, and LiveSide
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 and Loud Thinking
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Land Launches December 11  —  Search Engine Land is a new search news blog launching December 11, 2006.  Danny Sullivan, along with Chris Sherman and Barry Schwartz, will be providing information about search engine marketing and how search engines work in general, from a searcher's perspective.
Discussion: Daggle and Search Marketing Gurus
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.
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Maps releases from Beta  —  Yahoo! Maps is coming out of Beta today.  Check out our more detailed notes on the Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog.  Since we released the beta version, we've spent our time optimizing the product and responding to user feedback to make it ready for mainstream use.
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