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6:20 PM ET, October 19, 2007

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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Comcast blocks some Internet traffic  —  Tests confirm data discrimination by number 2 U.S. service provider  —  NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AP tests Comcast's file-sharing filter  —  NEW YORK - To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible.  —  An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Ars Technica
Karl / DSLreports:
AP Discovers Comcast Traffic Shaping - Talks to our forum user who first discovered practice...  A few months ago, an astute user in our forums started noticing that Comcast (in addition to their invisible download limits) was using Sandvine traffic-shaping hardware, installed at the CMTSs …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Marketing Chief Leaving Yahoo  —  Chief Marketing Officer and head of its Customer Experience Division Cammie Dunaway will be leaving Yahoo Nov. 2.  —  Yahoo officials confirmed the departure to me and said Dunaway (pictured here) was seeking "new opportunities."
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.
Roger / Roger's Information Security Blog:
NASA Bans IE?  —  I heard that NASA is telling employees and contractors not to use IE due to malware affecting Internet Explorer and Real Player. … I haven't heard anything about attacks through realplayer and IE, much less through common sites that have been exploited.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Attacks exploiting RealPlayer zero-day in progress
Discussion: Neowin.net
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft's "Me Too" Strategy: Can the Tortoise Beat the Hare?  —  Microsoft has lifted the lid this week on a number of products that compete to various degrees with popular Google services.  While Google fans and blogosphere cynics have derided the Microsoft offers as "me too" knock-offs …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   Microsoft's Live Search 411 : Voice Activated Search Results
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
First Glance: The Nokia N810 Linux Internet Tablet Doesn't Make Sense  —  I had an opportunity to play with the new Nokia N810 Internet Tablet for about five minutes last night, and came away confused.  It seems pretty darn expensive for a machine with limited usefulness.
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Nokia: Nokia N810 Hands-On Gallery and Video
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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.
Fred / A VC:
Saying No  —  That's what I do all day.  Every day.  Dozens of times a day.  I try to reply to every email from every entrepreneur who sends us an investment opportunity.  I don't achieve that goal and sometimes I don't even get close.  —  But at least half the time, probably 2/3 of the time …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Mozilla:
Firefox Release Notes  —  Firefox 2 is the next-generation release of the award-winning Firefox web browser from Mozilla.  —  These Release Notes cover what's new, download and installation instructions, known issues and frequently asked questions for Firefox 2.
Discussion: Download Squad, TechBlog and Mashable!
Natasha Lomas / CNET News.com:
Analyst: Social networking faces uncertain future  —  Social-networking sites will enlist 230 million active members by the end of the year and will keep attracting new users until at least 2009, according to an analyst report.  But investors are still wary—and for good reason, as long-term growth is by no means certain.
Discussion: silicon.com
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
If You Thought a Half-Hour of TV Was Worth 4 Minutes, Here's Proof  —  WOULD Darrin Stephens, the adman-husband from "Bewitched," be bothered or bewildered to discover that decades after episodes of his sitcom appeared on television, they are returning in shorter versions on Web sites?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Web 2.0 Summit: J. Craig Venter Can Decode Your Genome For $300,000; Prepare For The BioHackers  —  Today's first session at the Web 2. Summit at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco is an interview with J. Craig Venter the famed genetics researcher, founder, Chairman, and President …
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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Gears / CoolSmartPhone.com:
HTC Polaris shows up in real photos
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Flock 1.0 Beta Released: Surprisingly Very Good
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
The strange case of Mr Hyde
Mozilla.org:
Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2007-36
Rob Beschizza / Wired News:
Inside The Matrix for Mobiles
Discussion: Engadget and ...about mobility
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Anonymous "good samaritans" produce Wikipedia's best content, says study
Discussion: WebProNews and The Chronicle
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
AT&T's Randall Stephenson: Don't dork up the rules
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Telecoms Outfit Banned From BitTorrent Advertizing
Discussion: heise online and Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Nintendo's secret best-seller: Wii Play
Discussion: Kotaku
Nick / Rough Type:
Twine: a social network with brains
Discussion: Radar Networks and Webware.com
CNET News.com:
More states join call for extra Microsoft policing
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Virtual Earth offers 3D building capability
BBC:
Wi-fi security system is 'broken'
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Copyright Infringement To Skip Commercials?
Bruce Mohl / Boston Globe:
Patriots get StubHub users' names
Wall Street Journal:
Google Under Fire Over a Controversial Site