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1:25 AM ET, November 4, 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.
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net and Digg
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Study: Music downloads don't affect sales
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Devices Enforce Cellular Silence, Sweet but Illegal  —  One afternoon in early September, an architect boarded his commuter train and became a cellphone vigilante.  He sat down next to a 20-something woman who he said was "blabbing away" into her phone.  —  "She was using the word 'like' all the time.
Discussion: Social Media and Digg
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Microsoft Denies Nigerian Linux Scam  —  Microsoft is a tremendous competitor in every market in the world.  And according to a letter written by Mandriva Linux CEO Francois Bancilhon, it's so bent on winning that it undercut a deal between the Nigerian government and the Linux vendor.
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff and open
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 …
Antone Gonsalves / TechWeb:
LCD, Plasma TVs Found Highly Reliable  —  LCD and plasma TVs require few repairs during the first three years of use, and buyers would be wasting their money during the holiday shopping season if they bought extended warranties on the highly reliable devices, Consumer Reports found in a study released Friday.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Masked thieves storm into Chicago colocation (again!)  —  Think your data's secure.  What about your data center?  —  The recent armed robbery of a Chicago-based co-location facility has customers hopping mad after learning it was at least the fourth forced intrusion in two years.
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Read/WriteWeb up for Best Technology Blog, 2007 Weblog Awards
Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Apps Already Coming for Google's New OpenSocial
Jon / p2pnet:
Jammie Thomas: her story in her own words
Discussion: Slashdot and Listening Post
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Where the hell is the Container API?
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