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9:05 PM ET, October 15, 2007

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David King / Official Google Blog:
Latest content ID tool for YouTube  —  A few months ago, we announced the initial development of a highly complicated technology platform — content identification tools for YouTube.  Today, we are pleased to launch, in beta form, YouTube Video Identification.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google unveils YouTube antipiracy tool  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Google says it has a new system for identifying pirated video on YouTube as it gets uploaded, but the system puts the burden on movie studios and other content owners to provide YouTube copies of the content first.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Announces Tool For Angry Copyright Holders  —  After many many months of saying the company was "working on it," Google has finally released the details of its tool to help angry copyright holders deal with their content being shared on YouTube.  The tool doesn't sound all that surprising.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Google unveils copyright protection tools
Discussion: Googling Google
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Layoffs Letter From CEO Randy Falco  —  More to come on this story, but AOL will lay off 2,000 employees.  Here is the letter to AOL employees that went out at 11 a.m. EDT today from CEO Randy Falco:  —  Dear AOL colleague,  —  Just over a year ago, AOL embarked on an incredibly complex …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: AOL Laying Off 2,000: Randy Falco Email
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Reader Stats are Bulls**t (With Proof)  —  Google Reader stats, in case you don't know, are bulls**t.  In fact, all Feedburner stats for most top blogs are bulls**t due to the effect of default feeds.  Want 80,000 free subscribers?  How about 200K or more?  Read on.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Why RSS is "Broken"
Discussion: Mashable!
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google's sneak attack?  Adsense for Facebook  —  Is Google-the-Goliath sneaking into the Facebook building — via the basement?  —  Google is actively recruiting third-party developers with applications on Facebook to run Adsense ads within applications pages, VentureBeat has learned.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook: Three term sheets to the wind
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Hatebook Embraces the "Evil" Side of Social Networking  —  We all have bad days (or weeks/months) but many of us may be wary of venting our frustrations online using Facebook, especially since our parents and bosses can now see our status updates and wall posts.
Nick / Rough Type:
Caterpillar: Web 2.0 giant  —  There may well be a time when Facebook, YouTube, Digg, and the other Web 2.0 fashion plates make some real money, but for the moment their results pale in comparison to those of the most unexpected beneficiary of the web's recent evolution, the industrial-age stalwart Caterpillar.
Will / New Scientist Invention Blog:
Microsoft mind reading  —  Not content with running your computer, Microsoft now wants to read your mind too.  —  The company says that it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers.
Discussion: Crave, Rough Type, Boing Boing and Valleywag
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Could EEGs have prevented Clippy?  Microsoft taps brain scan for UI work
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
phx.corporate-ir.net:
DIRECTV INVESTOR RELATIONS  —  DIRECTV HD(TM) Revolution Begins  —  DIRECTV Customers Now Have Access to Over 70 National HD Channels - Significantly More Than Any Other Television Provider In The Nation  —  DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV), the nation's leading satellite television service provider …
Discussion: 1080eyes.com
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Karl / DSLreports:   DirecTV Hits 72 HD Channels - Still insists 100 by year's end...
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Scribd a Porn Document Network?  —  Please note that this post is NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW).  While I have not embedded any offending images, some of the content and links is objectionable.  —  One of the most popular services for bloggers is called Scribd, a so-called "YouTube for Documents".
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Partners with BBC on Streaming Video  —  The BBC's much-maligned iPlayer online video player will be getting a companion streaming version later this year.  Through a partnership announced this afternoon with Adobe, the BBC will begin offering streamed versions of its television programming via …
Matt Peckham / Game On:
The Sims Creator to Become BAFTA Fellow  —  Games are capable of being as artistically relevant as any other medium, deal with it.  That's the message the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is sending by way of inducting SimCity and The Sims creator Will Wright into BAFTA's Fellowship …
Discussion: CNET News.com
USA Today:
Google's GPhone strategy could keep user costs low  —  SEATTLE - Google's (GOOG)widely anticipated - and top secret - GPhone mobile phone project could trump Apple's (APPL) glitzy iPhone - by going low cost and low tech, tech analysts say.  —  That scenario gained credence last week …
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
DE.LICIO.US + GOOGLE WEB HISTORY = HOOEEY
Discussion: Mashable!
BBC:
BBC online to go free over wi-fi
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
MoveOn.org Reverses: Allows Critical Ads on Google
Julie Sloane / Epicenter:
CurrentTV Re-Launches Its Website To Boost User Generated Content
Discussion: Bits
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Secret manual shows Comcast (gasp!) protects customers' privacy
Discussion: DSLreports
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Tipsheet: Information security on the cheap
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Twitter: show me the money!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
AdBrite: Full Page "Skip This Ad" Units Now Available for Everyone
Discussion: Sam Harrelson
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How to Use Tokbox and Spam Your Friends
Salon:
Hitachi hatches a humongous hard drive
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Yet another Ajax toolkit: Eclipse RAP 1.0
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Attention - NewsGator and Bloglines Join APML Workgroup
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Supreme Court dumps Microsoft, Best Buy appeal
Oliver Starr / blognation:
Jiglu is a Smarter Way to Tag Your Content
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Pirates take over anti-piracy website