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3:00 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 …
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
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.
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Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
3, Oh How You Make Me Feel Conflicted  —  For a long time, it was pretty easy to poke holes in (and fun of) Hutchison's 3G operator, 3.  From the way Hutch MD Canning Fok conducted interviews, to its bone-headed insistence that video calls would lead users in droves to 3G …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft  —  Microsoft CEO says Linux "uses our intellectual property"  —  In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.
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 …
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 …
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Fox Interactive Media President Ross Levinsohn to be Replaced by Peter Levinsohn
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Ross Levinsohn Resigns As President Of FIM; Will Be Replaced By Peter Levinsohn
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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, Mashable! and Social Degree
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Yahoo goes on a startup shopping binge
Guardian:
Cracked it!  —  Three million Britons have been issued with the new hi-tech passport, designed to frustrate terrorists and fraudsters.  So why did Steve Boggan and a friendly computer expert find it so easy to break the security codes?  —  Six months ago, with the help of a rather scary computer expert …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Marcus Kabel / timesdaily.com:
Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3  —  Last Updated:November 16.  —  Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a volunteer member of his staff asked the world's largest retailer for help obtaining …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, GamePolitics.com and digg
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fleck Offers Zero Friction Web Annotation  —  Collaborative annotation of web pages is something many people are working on.  The newest entrant in the field, Fleck, is launching tonight at the TechCrunch party in New York.  The Fleck team hails from Amsterdam.
Kevin Kelly / Joystiq:
Girl in Austin not sure about PS3, waits in line for fun  —  This video just sort of makes you stare at the screen with your jaw gaping open and go, "What the?!"  A girl in South Austin who knows nothing about gaming at all "heard that this was going to be good," and has decided to wait in line at a Best Buy for a PS3.
Discussion: Techdirt, Engadget and digg
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Kotaku:
Best Buy Smash N' Grab
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Is today the start of the Mobile Web.  —  It seems rumours of 3's demise yesterday were greatly exaggerated because today in Battersea saw the global launch of the X-Series from 3.  Although 3 have been struggling until now to gain a [significant] share of the UK mobile market …
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
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
 
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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
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