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12:45 PM ET, October 19, 2007

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Twine: The First Mainstream Semantic Web App?  —  On Friday Radar Networks is announcing a new Semantic Web application called Twine.  Founder Nova Spivack showed me a demo today of the new app, which he described as a "knowledge networking" application.  It has aspects of social networking …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twine Launches A Smarter Way To Organize Your Online Life
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Twine: A social network built on the semantic web dls interview
Discussion: Rough Type
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
What do 16,000 people do at Google?  —  I'm beginning to think that besides search advertising, hiring is the thing Google does best.  —  On Thursday, the company reported gains of 50 percent or so in quarterly profit and revenue from a year ago, beating analyst expectations.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Promises Again to Swear Off Binge Hiring
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Launches New Geotagging and Places Pages  —  When I heard that Flickr was making announcements this evening, I assumed it was the long awaited integration of video into the service.  That isn't happening (it will soon, though), but they are making significant upgrades tonight around geotagging …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   New Flickr UI with Geotagging is Very Impressive
Kakul Srivastava / Yodel Anecdotal:
Explore the world with Flickr
Discussion: WebProNews, Compiler and CNET News.com
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Strange Bedfellows  —  I have been asleep, apparently, at the big switch.  This is according to former Harvard Business Review editor (and technology pundit in his own right) Nicholas Carr, who said as much this week in his very nice blog, Rough Type (look to your right, it's in the links).
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Rough Type
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Will Google Crush The iPhone?  —  Take one look at the smart-phone market, and it's easy to see a murderer's row.  Apple sold one million iPhones in less than three months this summer.  Palm is rejuvenating its lineup with the cheap, pretty Centro.  Research in Motion's BlackBerry continues to enslave the corporate class.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Bruce Mohl / Boston Globe:
Patriots get StubHub users' names  —  Seeking to enforce their policy prohibiting ticket resales, the New England Patriots have obtained the names of 13,000 people who sold or bought the team's tickets using the online site StubHub Inc.  —  The Patriots obtained the list last week as part …
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Patriots May Cancel Tickets For Using StubHub
Discussion: Ars Technica
Darren Waters / BBC:
EA wants 'open gaming platform'  —  Games are exploiting the increasing power of games consoles  —  Rival gaming systems should make way for a single open platform, a senior executive at Electronic Arts has said.  —  Gerhard Florin said incompatible consoles made life harder for developers and consumers.
Discussion: Kotaku, Channel 9 and GamesIndustry.biz
Krista Bessinger / Seeking Alpha Internet stocks:
Google Q3 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Eric E. Schmidt - Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chief Executive Officer, Director  —  George Reyes - Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President  —  Lawrence Page - President - Products, Director  —  Sergey Brin - President - Technology, Director
Wall Street Journal:
Google Under Fire Over a Controversial Site  —  Racist Speech, Porn  —  Stir Battle in Brazil;  —  A 'Pandora's Box'  —  SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Google Inc. makes billions marrying advertising to the Web.  Just yesterday, it reported yet another surge in revenue and profit.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Ballmer: I will buy 20 web companies a year  —  Steve Ballmer has told an audience of foaming Silicon Valley start-up types exactly what they want to hear: he will buy 20 web companies a year for the next five years.  —  The Microsoft boss made the promise at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
Doc Searls Weblog:
Future to Newspapers: Jump in the river  —  Here's the problem with most news: it isn't.  It's olds.  It happened hours ago, or last night, or yesterday, or last month, or before whenever the deadline was in the news organization's current "news cycle".  It's not now.
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Agence France Presse:
Britain to recruit spies from video game  —  LONDON (AFP) - One of Britain's intelligence agencies will embed advertisements into popular video games this month in a bid to attract new recruits, The Times reported on Thursday.  —  The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) …
Discussion: Gearlog, Switched and Engadget
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BBC:
Wi-fi security system is 'broken'  —  More holes have been picked in the security measure designed to protect the privacy and data of wi-fi users.  —  The latest attack lets criminals defeat firewalls and spy on where someone goes and what they do online.  —  It comes after a series …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Copyright Infringement To Skip Commercials?  —  A little over a year ago, we wrote about a lawsuit where a bunch of media companies were suing Flying J, the operator of a number of truck stops.  Apparently, Flying J had installed a neat little bit of technology that would recognize …
Peter Svensson / MSNBC:
Comcast blocks some Internet traffic  —  Tests confirm data discrimination by number 2 U.S. service provider  —  Matthew Elvey, a Comcast subscriber in the San Francisco area who has noticed BitTorrent uploads being stifled, acknowledged that the company has the right to manage its network, but said he disapproves of its method.
Discussion: DSLreports, Slashdot and Digg
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis  —  A new report suggests that Apple and Tesco, not P2P file sharers, should take the most blame for the woes of the British music industry.  —  The report, prepared privately by consultants Capgemini for the Value Recognition Strategy working group …
Discussion: Macsimum News
 
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Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  That's what I do all day.  Every day.  Dozens of times a day.
Discussion: Valleywag
Parija B. Kavilanz / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart's Black Friday fight
Stephen Bagg / Compete Blog:
YouTube Revolutionizes Embarrassment
Discussion: WebProNews and Valleywag
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dash Express gets enhanced geo-feeds
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
September NPD numbers: Microsoft at number one on the strength of Halo 3
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Hakia launching new spin on social searching
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
Unboxing the Nokia N95 8GB
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Media Companies Regain Appetite for Taking Risks in Tech Start-Ups
Discussion: HipMojo.com
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Lorenzani / blognation:
GoAdv Announces Acquisition Of Excite Europe
Discussion: The Register
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Java: A Retrospective
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Battle brewing between Pirate Bay, recording industry over IFPI domain coup
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Microsoft Photography & Video Blog:
Do you use Flickr? Then check out Windows Live Photo Gallery (Beta)!
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google's Strong Quarter Widens Gap With Rivals
Discussion: IP Democracy
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Standing Up To Takedown Notices
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Eric Traut talks (and demos) Windows 7 and MinWin
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Robot Cannon Kills 9, Wounds 14