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8:30 PM ET, November 3, 2007

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John Markoff / New York Times:
I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone  —  A RETINAL scanner emitting a blue glow monitors the entrance to Andy Rubin's home in the foothills overlooking Silicon Valley.  If the scanner recognizes you, the door unlocks automatically.  (The system makes it easier to deal with former girlfriends, Mr. Rubin likes to joke.
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Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Google to unveil mobile platform; target: iPhone?  —  Negotiators continued to hammer our deals over the weekend  —  Google negotiators this weekend continue to hammer out agreements with wireless carriers, handset makers, software developers and hardware providers, as the company prepares …
Michael Geist Blog:
Gov't Commissioned Study Finds P2P Downloaders Buy More Music  —  A newly study commissioned by Industry Canada, which includes some of the most extensive surveying to date of the Canadian population on music purchasing habits, finds what many have long suspected (though CRIA has denied) …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian Study: Piracy Boosts CD Sales  —  University of London researchers, Birgitte Andersen and Marion Frenz surveyed a large group of Canadians to find out what the effect of piracy is on music sales.  The results are surprising, at least, for the music industry.
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strategis.ic.gc.ca:
The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study for Industry Canada  —  Description: Industry Canada undertook a music file sharing study during 2006-07 to measure the extent to which music downloads over peer-to-peer file sharing networks …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Study: Music downloads don't affect sales  —  Michael Geist has a post about the results of a recent Canadian government survey of downloading and its effect on music sales, and the study (full text of which is here) came to two conclusions: one was that, in the case of those who download music …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Living with robots: The $3.5m DARPA Urban Challenge  —  Diary of a human Well, here I am at the crack of dawn getting ready for DARPA's Urban Challenge - the $3.5m robotic race of the century.  —  5:12 a.m.The hard-working hacks, if you will, were up at 4 in the morning for this shindig.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Best Buy Replaces Backordered $99 Toshiba HD-A2s with HD-A3s  —  Best Buy brings Christmas early to some customers  —  Best Buy often gets a reputation of not having the best customer service and looking down on "devil customers" who only come to Best Buy locations to score hot deals.
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Andy / AndyDickinson.net:
Video Workload survey results  —  Posted by Andy survey, newspaper video, multimedia  —  So, the responses to my second little survey about video have slowed enough for me to put out some results.  —  I tried to expand on some of the areas from the first survey that had caused debate …
Phillip Carnell / The Register:
EU cracks down on fake blogger astroturfing  —  Everything you need to know about Virtualization at The Register's eSymposium  —  Comment Nothing beats word of mouth for getting people to put their hand in their pockets.  So it didn't take long for cheeky marketing departments to cotton …
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Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Apps Already Coming for Google's New OpenSocial  —  A day after MySpace and Google sent shockwaves through the Web 2.0 world, third-party developers already are announcing plans to build applications using their jointly developed social network APIs.  —  Recommend this story?
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Jean Yung / Online Journalism Review:
Painting with the palette of the Web: a pointillistic approach to storytelling  —  Former multimedia war correspondent and Yahoo! newsman Kevin Sites talks about how online media pick up where traditional media leaves off.  —  Backpack journalist and multimedia storyteller Kevin Sites stopped …
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Where the hell is the Container API?  —  Yep, I'm still bitching about this stuff.  The more I see, the more annoyed I get.  —  All this song and dance and wait, and the only sites that can play host to all the "exciting new applications" being created using the OpenSocial API are those invitees to the GOOG shindig last night.
ClickZ:
CEO and Three Top Execs Ousted at WebTrends  —  Big news rocked the analytics industry for the second time in two weeks as WebTrends's board of directors ousted CEO Greg Drew and three of his top executives.  —  The dismissals, which WebTrends said were motivated by growth concerns …
Jon / p2pnet:
Jammie Thomas: her story in her own words  —  RIAA News:- Through their RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), BPI (British Phonographic Industry), IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry), CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) and all the other so-called …
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