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Clinton pushes for cooperation on confronting extremism By David Alexander (Front Row Washington)

said, like suicide bombers and those who attack girls for trying to go to school. Submitted at 11/8/2009 5:23:22 PM “In place of these new walls, we Secretary of State Hillary must renew the trans-Atlantic Clinton used an awards ceremony alliance as a cornerstone of a Sunday in Berlin to push g l o b a l a r c h i t e c t u r e o f European allies for greater c o o p e r a t i o n , ” s h e s a i d . cooperation in confronting Clinton’s remarks come as extremism, nuclear proliferation President Barack Obama is and other challenges of the 21st facing a difficult decision on century. whether to deploy additional Her remarks came as thousands troops to Afghanistan. of people crowded into the city The administration has had o n t h e e v e o f t h e 2 0 t h difficulty convincing European anniversary of the collapse of the allies to shoulder a bigger role in Berlin Wall. the conflict, and analysts said “We should look to the examples C l i n t o n ’ s c a l l f o r r e n e w e d of the generations who brought commitment was not likely to us successfully through the 20th change that. century and once again together “Facing difficult pressures on chart a clear and common course A f g h a n i s t a n , t h e O b a m a to safeguard our people and our administration marked the 20th planet, defeat violent extremists anniversary of the fall of the a n d p r e v e n t n u c l e a r Berlin Wall by revving up a proliferation,” Clinton said. rhetorical trope that President “We need to form an even Bush favored –- drawing a stronger partnership to bring parallel between the Cold War down the walls of the 21st and the fight against radical century and to confront those Islamist terrorism,” said Tom who hide behind them,” Clinton Carothers, an analyst at the

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Europeans and others never found it very convincing under Bush,” he added. “I suspect they won’t like it much better now.” The awards ceremony, held by the Atlantic Council, honored the citizens of several countries

involved in the Cold War struggle for freedom, from the United States and Germany to Poland and the former Czechoslovakia. U.S. and European officials reminisced about the collapse of the Iron Curtain on Nov. 9, 1989. The events that

led to the collapse of communism were not inevitable, they said, and did not lead to the conflictfree world that many people predicted. “Challenges are endless,” said former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who introduced Clinton. “Every solution of one problem is an admission ticket to another problem.” Kissinger, who served Republican President Richard Nixon, said a journalist had asked him to write a thousandword assessment of Democrat Clinton. “I said, ‘What do I say after the first three words?” Kissinger said. “He said, ‘What are those three words?’” “I said, ‘I like Hillary.’” For more Reuters political news, click here. Photo credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach (Clinton and Kissinger at Atlantic Council Freedom’s Challenge awards ceremony in Berlin)


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The First Draft: US media’s Fort Hood coverage turns to militancy question By David Morgan (Front Row Washington) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:27:02 AM

First came questions about whether anyone missed emotional signals that suspected Fort Hood shooter, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was close to cracking. Now U.S. media say Congress wants to know if he was also veering toward Islamist militancy. A preliminary review of Hasan’s computer has revealed no evidence of any connection to terror groups or conspirators, according to a report by CBS News. But lawmakers have asked the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies to preserve documents on Hasan. That’s according to ABC News, which says the spooks believe he may have been trying to contact U.S.-born imam Anwar al Awlaki, who is based in Yemen and supports holy war against the West. It’s not clear whether the U.S. military knew one of its officers was under intelligence surveillance, ABC said. U.S. law enforcement and

military investigators are also looking into associations between Hasan and the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, in early 2001, about the same time Awlaki and two of the Sept. 11 hijackers were there, the Los Angeles Times reported. The mosque is one of the biggest in the United States and thousands of people go there for

prayer services and other events. Witnesses at Fort Hood told investigators that Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “God is Greatest” — before killing 13 people and wounding another 30 last week. The 39year-old psychiatrist was shot four times by police and remains hospitalized. It is unclear what motivated

Hasan and the Army’s chief of staff, General George Casey, is afraid the shooting spree could cause a backlash against Muslims in the military. But Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who is a hard-liner on security issues, sees the Fort Hood melee as a possible act of terrorism. “We don’t know enough to say now. But there are very, very strong warning signs here that Dr. Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act,” Lieberman told Fox News over the weekend. Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, wants the Pentagon to launch an independent probe of whether defense officials missed early signs of stress and statements that might have expressed Islamist sentiment. Photo Credits: Reuters/Ho New (Hasan); Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi (Fort Hood); Reuters/Vivek Prakash (Lieberman)

Kate Connolly reports from Berlin on the celebrations 20 years on from the fall of the wall By Kate Connolly (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)

Twenty years after the Berlin Wall came down, visitors to the German capital's celebrations tell

Kate Connolly what it meant to them Kate Connolly

Video: Holiday clips show three US hikers having fun (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:43:37 AM

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested in July as they walked through mountainous terrain between the Iraqi and Iranian Kurdish areas

Avatar: James Cameron's $500 Million Folly, In Three Dimensions [Avatar] By matt buchanan (Gizmodo) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:50:46 AM

Five. Hundred. Million. Dollars. This. According to NY Times. The bad thing is, I've seen the Avatar trailer in 3D. Big blue crap in three dimensions is just big blue crap that feels like it's right in front of you. In order to be profitable, it needs to generate ticket sales of over $250 million—only Star Trek level. It's not a huge deal, you know. It's just the fate of 3D movies hanging in the balance. [ NYT via io9]


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General Casey: diversity shouldn’t be casualty of Fort Hood

Iran charges US citizens with spying

By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)

By Adam Gabbatt (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)

behalf of these three young people and their families that the Iranian government exercise Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:07:47 AM compassion and release them so Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:03:30 AM General George Casey, the they can return home, and we Army’s top officer, is concerned Three Americans detained after will continue to make that case." that diversity will become a crossing border from Iraq into In September the Iranian casualty of the Fort Hood Iran earlier this year president, Mahmoud tragedy. Three US citizens who were Ahmadinejad, suggested the The religious beliefs of suspect detained in Iran after crossing the release of the Americans could Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a border from Iraq have been be linked to the release of Iranian Muslim Army psychiatrist, have charged with espionage, the diplomats he said were being led to speculation about motive official Irna news agency has held by US troops in Iraq. in the shooting rampage that reported. Bauer is a freelance journalist killed 13 people. Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, and photographer based in the “I’m concerned that this 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, were Middle East who has reported increased speculation could cause arrested in July as they walked from Iraq, Syria, the Darfur a backlash against some of our through mountainous terrain region of Sudan and Yemen, Muslim soldiers. And I’ve asked The bottom line is the military battlefields all over the world, between the Iraqi and Iranian according to his website. our Army leaders to be on the benefits from diversity, he said. Obama said. “They are Christians Kurdish areas where the border is Free the hikers, a website set up lookout for that,” Casey told “Our diversity, not only in our and Muslims, Jews and Hindus not clearly marked. to raise the plight of the CNN’s “State of the Union.” Army, but in our country, is a and nonbelievers.” "The three are charged with detainees, said Fattal had been Asked on NBC’s“Meet the strength. And as horrific as this “They reflect the diversity that espionage," the Tehran general visiting Bauer and Shourd when Press” whether Muslim soldiers tragedy was, if our diversity makes this America. But what p r o s e c u t o r , A b b a s J a f a r i the three embarked on their trip. are conflicted in fighting wars in becomes a casualty, I think that’s they share is a patriotism like no Dolatabadi, was quoted as The site reported on their 100th other,” Obama said. M u s l i m c o u n t r i e s l i k e worse,” Casey said. saying. "Investigations continue day in captivity yesterday. President Barack Obama also Photo credit: Reuters/Jessica into the three detained Americans • Iran Afghanistan and Iraq, Casey said: “I think that’s something that we mentioned military diversity in Rinaldi (Casey at Fort Hood after in Iran." • Iraq have to look at on an individual his Saturday radio address which shooting), Reuters/Jim Young The US secretary of state, • United States (Obama leaving podium after Hillary Clinton, said Iran had no • Hillary Clinton basis. But I think we as an Army was focused on Fort Hood. have to be broad enough to bring Veterans Day is a chance to r e m a r k s a b o u t F o r t H o o d reason to hold the three prisoner in people from all walks of life.” honor Americans who served in s h o o t i n g ) and called for them to be Adam Gabbatt released. guardian.co.uk© Guardian News "We believe strongly that there is & Media Limited 2009 | Use of no evidence to support any this content is subject to our By Stephen Shankland Mozilla helped reshape the Web Google Chrome to reckon with. charge whatsoever," she said Terms & Conditions| More Feeds (Webware.com) since releasing Firefox 1.0 five Originally posted at Deep Tech during a visit to Berlin. years ago. Now it's got a "We would renew our request on Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:00:00 AM reawakened Microsoft and

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Healthcare vote: Obama says courageous, Palin says mess

More on Hassan | Michael Tomasky

By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)

By Michael Tomasky (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)

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The House passage of healthcare legislation means different things to different folks. For President Barack Obama it was a “courageous vote” by members of Congress. Obama went to Capitol Hill Saturday to personally press for passage. Today he was full of praise. “Given the heated and often misleading rhetoric surrounding this legislation, I know that this was a courageous vote for many members of Congress,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. For Sarah Palin the healthcare bill was a mess. “We’ve got to hold on to hope, and we’ve got to fight hard because Congressional action tonight just put America on a path toward an unrecognizable country,” Palin said on her Facebook page. “This out-of-control bureaucratic

entirely reasonable but was a position taken more out of distrust of the media than any kind of Palestinian sympathy. The initial media hysteria in these instances is usually wrong. Never forget poor Richard Jewell. So if Hassan was indeed an American-hating extremist, what are we to make of it? Yes, I'm well aware that some of you think we should make of it that Barack Obama is behind it all and that Hassan's actions are phase one of Obama's plot to destroy the country. But I mean back here on planet Earth. We make of it that the Army needs more rigorous screening and more thoroughgoing reviews of soldiers' states of mind. Anything else? • Fort Hood shootings • US military • United States

Okay, it's certainly starting to look like Nidal Hassan held some extreme views and had some dubious connections. The Times reports this morning that he grew more and more opposed the US wars overseas, that he tried to get out of the Army but couldn't (you can; he was wrong about this, or got bad advice) and experienced some racist or religionist taunting. The Wash Post is exploring a link between Hassan mess will be disastrous for our Louisiana below: and a Virginia imam who was a economy, our small businesses, Embedded video from <a "leading promoter" of al-Qaida and our personal liberty,” she href=”http://www.cnn.com/video and who crossed paths at one says. ” point with two of the 9-11 For Congressman Anh “Joseph” mce_href=”http://www.cnn.com/ hijackers. Federal investigative Cao, the only Republican to vote video”>CNN Video</a> sources still tell both papers that for the House bill, it was “the Who do you agree with? the operating theory right now is right decision for my district, Click here for more Reuters that he acted alone. even though it was not the political coverage Fair enough. If them's the facts, popular decision for my party.” Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri them's the facts. My position last Michael Tomasky Watch CNN’s interview of the G r i p a s ( O b a m a o n w a y t o Friday -- that his roots and guardian.co.uk© Guardian News first-term congressman from making statement on healthcare) background may or may not turn & Media Limited 2009 | Use of out to be relevant, and that in the this content is subject to our meantime we should not rush to Terms & Conditions| More Feeds conclusions -- was not only

Even God Runs Windows XP [Image Cache] By matt buchanan (Gizmodo)

Photoshop. And this is what it looked like after a reboot: Apparently, the fog near a plaza Yes, that's a Windows XP error, in Ukraine was so utterly intense, floating in the sky. No, it's not a advertisements were reflected in the sky. This one, for a church or Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:00:00 AM

a house or a vacation or maybe just some Lysol ran into a little Windows XP oopsie. I'm almost sad they didn't just leave the Windows XP error up there,

making at least somebody think that God was one of us, cursing his crashing computer. [ English Russia]


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Fall of the Berlin Wall: 20 years on leaders gather By Matthew Weaver (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)

president Lech Walesa. At around 6pm, Daniel Barenboim, who was in Berlin to witness the events of 1989, will Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:02:41 AM conduct his Staats Kapelle World leaders are gathering in orchestra on an outdoor stage at Berlin today, two decades after the Brandenburg Gate. the fall of the wall, to celebrate From 6.30pm, world leaders and reflect on the event. Find out i n c l u d i n g M e r k e l , G o r d o n about some of the key events Brown, the French president, here Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Russian Today's events to mark the 20th president, Dmitry Medvedev, anniversary of the fall of the will give speeches. Berlin Wall will range from Afterwards, the dominoes will solemn reflection to high kitsch be toppled and there will be celebration. fireworks at the Brandenburg Memorials are planned for the Gate at 8pm. 136 people who died when they To mark the anniversary, the tried to cross the border while – Guardian has put together a in an event reminiscent of special Berlin Wall package International It's a Knockout – including a series of videos, 1,000 foam dominoes placed audio from those whose lives along the wall's route will be were affected and interactive tipped over. Dancers dressed as guides. a n g e l s w i l l d e s c e n d f r o m • The historian and columnist prominent buildings. Timothy Garton Ash remembers At around 2pm, Angela Merkel, the mood in the German capital the first German leader to grow after the wall fell."As as symbol, up in the communist east, will it lives on, above all, as a image cross the Bornholmer Street of peaceful liberation," he writes. bridge, where the first border • T a k e a h i s t o r i c a l a n d post opened on the evening of 9 geographical journey of the November 1989. Berlin Wall through five videos. She will be accompanied by the • A gallery of images shows the former Soviet president Michael wall from its construction to the Gorbachev and Poland's former commemoration of its demise. o p p o s i t i o n l e a d e r a n d e x - • "Without the Leipzig demos

and the will of the people, it would never have happened." Author Anna Funder reflects on life since the fall of the wall in this audio. • Our interactive timeline guides you through the dates and events that shaped the Berlin Wall and finally brought about its downfall. • Our Berlin correspondent, Kate Connolly, reports on today's celebrations and the mood of anticipation in the city. The Berlin Twitter Wall provides live updates and thoughts from across the world. The subject is also trending on Twitter at#fotw. For a historical perspective, the writer Gunter Grass has just published his diaries for 1990. And writer Lisa Selvidge describes her experiences and how they inspired her to write her new novel, The Last Dance over the Berlin Wall. You can see how the Guardian covered the events at the time on our digital archive. Update 3pm: Under drizzly skies Merkel crossed the Bonhomer Bridge flanked by Walesa and Gorbachev. She paid tribute to the courage of both men and to the bravery of the people of East Germany.

She said: "This is not just a day of celebration for Germany, (but) a day of celebration for the whole of Europe." Update 3.30pm: Today's best Zelig moment comes from the French president Nicolas Sarkozy who used his Facebook page to suggest he was there 20 years ago. Sarkozy, or a minion on his behalf, posted a picture of the young Nicolas chipping away at the wall, with a caption that reads: "Memories of the fall of the Berlin wall, November 9, 1989". The French media have pointed out that archives showed he was there a week later. Meanwhile, back in Berlin "the atmosphere is fantastic". Visitors to the city today tell Kate Connolly what the fall of the wall meant to them. • Berlin Wall • Germany Matthew Weaver guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

Review redux: Flixster movie app for BlackBerry By Jessica Dolcourt (Webware.com)

Taking a closer look at Flixster's updated movie preview and showtime app for BlackBerry.

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Kraft launches hostile takeover of Cadbury By Mark Fightmaster (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:50:00 AM

Filed under: Deals, Kraft Foods'A' (KFT) Ahead of the pre -determined deadline, Kraft ( KFT) decided to launch its formal offer for U.K.-based chocolate maker Cadbury ( CBY). KFT announced that the cash-and-stock bid is worth $16.46 billion (9.8 billion pounds) or 717 pence per U.K.listed CBY share. At that rate, KFT said the bid is 37% higher than CBY's July 3 close. KFT added that no other potential buyer has declared interest in CBY. KFT is offering CBY shareholders $5 in cash and 0.26 share in KFT. For each American CBY share, KFT is offering $20 cash and 1.04 shares. Continue reading Kraft launches hostile takeover of Cadbury Kraft launches hostile takeover of Cadbury originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Burma claims it will release Aung San Suu Kyi By Mark Tran (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)

raised expectations of Aung San Suu Kyi's imminent release only to dash the hopes of her supporters at home and abroad. Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:02:10 AM Pro-democracy campaigners Diplomat says jailed opposition cautioned against reading too leader will be allowed to organise much into the latest hints on Suu her party for elections next year Kyi's release. "They've been Burma's opposition leader, Aung saying these sorts of things for a San Suu Kyi, may soon be long time but they have never released so she can play a role in delivered on them," said Anna next year's election, a senior Roberts, the director of the Burmese diplomat has said. Burma Campaign UK. "The "There is a plan to release her regime's main concern is get soon ... so she can organise her economic sanctions lifted and get party," Min Lwin, a director- approval for the sham elections general in the foreign ministry, to next year." ld the Associated Press. He gave Tantalising hints of a possible no details and it was unclear release for the political prisoner whether Aung San Suu Kyi came as Min Lwin was in Manila would be allowed to campaign or for a meeting of the Association stand for election. of Southeast Asian Nations Despite the conciliatory remarks, (Asean) and the US. t h e c o u n t r y ' s c o n s t i t u t i o n In a break with George Bush's includes provisions that bar her policy of isolating the Burmese from holding office and ensure regime, Barack Obama has the primacy of the government in decided on a policy of engagment the military. with the junta. Last week the US The Nobel peace prize winner assistant secretary of state for has spent 14 of the last 20 years east Asia, Kurt Campbell, and his under house arrest. In August a deputy, Scott Marciel, became court sentenced her to an the most senior American additional 18 months after an officials to visit Burma since American, John Yettaw, swam 1995, when Madeleine Albright across a lake to her villa in w e n t a s B i l l C l i n t o n ' s Rangoon and stayed overnight. a m b a s s a d o r t o t h e U N . Burma's junta in the the past has Campbell and Marciel held

exploratory talks with senior figures in the junta, including the prime minister, Thein Sein, but not Than Shwe, the general who has ruled the country for the last 17 years. They also met Aung San Suu Kyi. Obama will meet Asean leaders this weekend during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Singapore, possibly bringing him into rare contact with Thein Sein. The last US president to meet a Burmese leader was Lyndon Johnson, who held talks with prime minister Ne Win in 1966. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won Burma's last elections, in 1990, by a landslide but was blocked from power after the junta in place since a 1962 coup refused to recognise the result. Outside observers fear next year's election will be a sham to provide the veneer of credibility the regime has been looking for since 1990. • Aung San Suu Kyi Mark Tran guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

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Cramer on BloggingStocks: Pelosi can't kill the health care sector By Jim Cramer (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:10:00 AM

Filed under: Market matters, Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Aetna Inc (AET), CIGNA Corp (CI), Gilead Sciences (GILD), Stocks to Buy, Cramer on BloggingStocks From TheStreet.com Network • Ariad Upgraded, Xenoport Drug Delayed: BioBuzz • Holiday Deals Heat Up at Big Retailers TheStreet.com's Jim Cramer says the Senate is filled with more-savvy politicians, and the upside for beaten-down names is huge. Nancy Pelosi has now said her piece. The most unpopular Speaker of the House in the history of Wall Street has gotten her precious health care legislation through the House after ramming through a stimulus package that had far too little infrastructure and far too much pay raise for municipal and state workers, the most powerful interest group in the country. But this time the Senate sees through it, and the politicians -despite Pelosi's insistence that Tuesday's election went her way -- know better. There are pages after pages after pages in this bill

that look threatening. But here's the rub: This bill's public option, the one that is supposed to be a killer to everything health care, should affect no more than 6 million people over a 10-year period, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In order to get 60 votes in the Senate, even that may prove to be too powerful an option. Continue reading Cramer on BloggingStocks: Pelosi can't kill the health care sector Cramer on BloggingStocks: Pelosi can't kill the health care sector originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments


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The healthcare vote | Michael Tomasky By Michael Tomasky (World news and comment from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk)

funding vote that came earlier Saturday evening on the Stupak amendment. After 64 Democrats voted for Stupak, I'd have Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:30:10 AM thought that many of those 64 Well, it passed. A win is a win is would go ahead and vote for the a win, I guess. If Chelsea beat final bill. Bolton by one goal in extra time, And many did. But 23 it'd show up as a win. And if Democrats voted for the Stupak Notre Dame barely beat Navy - amendment and then went on to oops, bad example! - you know vote against the final passage of what I mean. As long as it goes the bill. What on earth would in the W column, it's all right. make these 23 happy? Nothing But count me among those who short of the whole thing going believe that a 220-215 vote is a away, I guess. little underwhelming. After We'll get more into the picking up two House seats in substance of the abortion thing as last week's elections - the much- the week goes on. I think it was a discussed one in upstate New hideous amendment, but maybe it York, and the less-noticed won't have a terribly dramatic victory of John Garamendi in practical effect, as a piece in what we call the East Bay area of today's NY Times suggests. San Fran/Oakland - the House But I think the vote shows that Democrats have 40 votes to spare neither Pelosi nor the president on any piece of legislation. They has much purchase over the needed every one of them, as 39 centrist Democrats. Obama went Democrats opposed. to the Hill on Saturday morning One can interpret this as t o r a l l y t h e t r o o p s . H e masterful nose-counting by specifically argued to centrists Nancy Pelosi and her team. Or that they should vote yea because one can say that they barely the GOP was going to come after scraped by and maybe needed a them either way. Undoubtedly little luck to do so. The narrow true. But it obviously didn't margin surprised me a bit, persuade all that many people especially after the abortion- (although for the record I should

note that a slight majority of the 52-member Blue Dog coalition voted for final passage, by 2824). It would have been nice if Pelosi could have ginned the yea votes up to 230 or so. It would have had a slight psychological effect on the Senate, I think. Now, nervous centrist senators are still going to be … nervous centrist senators. On the other hand, at least they didn't lose the vote, then extend the time limit in contravention of House rules, and then threaten people with familial ruination unless they changed their votes. Just imagine what the tea partiers would have done if Pelosi had done that. Somehow I doubt they complained in 2003 when Tom DeLay did it. • US Congress • US healthcare • United States Michael Tomasky guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

Barnes and Noble's Nook already makes a splash By Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:40:00 AM

Filed under: Competitive strategy, Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), Media World, Technology If Amazon ( AMZN) was comfortable with its spot atop the e-reader market, it just got a wakeup call from Barnes & Noble ( BKS). The brick-andmortar book retailer's e-reader, the Nook, which hasn't even hit stores yet, is in pre-order nirvana right now. The first run for the Nook occurred at the end of October(the product was introduced on October 20). These buyers were told the reader would ship on November 30. High demand resulted in backorders, so the next wave of pre-orders was scheduled to ship on December 7. Now, a third group will have to wait until December 11.

Singularity University, Day Two: Peter Diamandis Thinks Big By Ted Greenwald (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/9/2009 5:42:00 AM

After dinner on day two of Singularity University, Peter Diamandis gives a fantastic presentation about the X-Prize

and what it means. This is a guy who radiates energy, seriousness, and goodwill. He would have made a first-class motivational

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speaker, but he’s focused on substantial issues and favors leather jackets over sharkskin suits.

This product is on fire, and it still isn't even on shelves yet. Mary Ellen Keating, a spokeswoman for Barnes & Noble wouldn't reveal how many of these devices have been preordered, but she did say, "Demand for the product in our stores and online has surpassed our expectations." She also noted, "We are working hard to meet demand for the holidays." Continue reading Barnes and Noble's Nook already makes a splash Barnes and Noble's Nook already makes a splash originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 08:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Disney's 'A Christmas News Corp's MySpace Carol': Investors not in a mistakes pile up merry mood?

Irony: U2's 'Free' Concert At The Berlin Wall, Blocked By A Big Wall

By Steven Mallas (BloggingStocks)

Dementia writes in to point out the rather ironic situation of a "free" concert put on by the band U2, at the remains of the Berlin Wall in order to celebrate the demise of the wall... but MTV decided to put up a big temporary barrier around the event so those who didn't have free tickets could not even see the event. Yes, they erected a special "wall" to block out a free concert about The Wall. As Dementia noted with the submission, "you're doing it wrong..." Permalink| Comments| Email This Story

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Filed under: General Electric (GE), Walt Disney (DIS), Sony Corp ADR (SNE), Film Disney ( DIS) had high hopes for A Christmas Carol. It was supposed to be an unqualified blockbuster. Unfortunately, the film's first weekend at the box office was nothing short of a disaster. Too strong? Hardly. According to early estimates at Box Office Mojo, Carol took in little more than $30 million at domestic screenings. It was wasn't supposed to be like this. Carol was supposed to be light-years ahead of the competition. Sony's ( SNE) Michael Jackson's This Is It came in second. The Men Who Stare at Goats, distributed by Liberty Capital Group's ( LCAPA) Overture Films, was third. And The Fourth Kind, from General Electric's ( GE)

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Filed under: Bad news, Internet, Google (GOOG), News Corp'B' (NWS), Media World, Technology For News Corp. ( NWS), MySpace is the mistake that keeps on costing. It's bad enough that Murdoch's empire paid $500 million for the social networking Universal, is currently ranked, platform shortly before Facebook aptly enough, in fourth place. knocked it from the premier spot Each of the latter three pictures in the social media beauty had a gross of somewhere pageant, but now we also know between $12 million and $14 that News Corp. has committed million. To me, Carol's take $350 million to office space for didn't seem as disproportionate as MySpace that will never be used. News Corp is shelling out more it should have been. Continue reading Disney's 'A than $1 million a month for Christmas Carol': Investors not in 420,000 square feet in Playa a merry mood? Disney's 'A Christmas Carol': Investors not in a merry mood? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) individuals were basically winning them all(Google Submitted at 11/9/2009 1:29:00 AM translation of the original, found While the RIAA has backed via brokep). Basically, the courts down (but not stopped) lawsuits acquitted most of the individuals touchscreen tablet if you can do it against those accused of file accused of private file sharing, first? Wired.com readers sharing in the US, it looks like with the one exception being the submitted illustrations of an the Danish anti-piracy bureau has case where the guy confessed. Apple tablet as part of iTablet decided to drop all of its lawsuits And, the nature of the rulings in mock-up contest. a f t e r i t b e c a m e c l e a r t h a t the acquittals made it clear that it

iTab Mania: Wired.com Readers Envision Apple's Tablet By Brian X. Chen (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:00:00 PM

Why wait for Apple to deliver a

Vista, near Los Angeles International Airport. The deal was signed in August 2008 by Peter Levinsohn, former president of the Fox Interactive Media Unit. At the time, he issued a chest-puffing memo claiming it was "the single biggest real-estate transaction in Los Angeles in the last 25 years." Fortunately, he didn't mix the word "genius" in there at all. Continue reading News Corp's MySpace mistakes pile up News Corp's MySpace mistakes pile up originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:02:00 AM

Danish Anti-Piracy Group Withdraws All Its Lawsuits Against Individuals (After Losing Most Anyway) was virtually impossible to win a lawsuit against individuals for file sharing. Of course, we have no doubt that the industry will continue to use other means, such as via regulatory capture, to continue to look for ways not to give consumers what they want. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story


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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Priceline.com earnings Blankfein pulls a Jeff preview: A sweet deal in Skilling in an interview Q3? By Zac Bissonnette (BloggingStocks)

By Trey Thoelcke (BloggingStocks)

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Rock Band Voice Engine Tricked By Something Called a "Musical Instrument" [Gaming] By John Herrman (Gizmodo)

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Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:00:00 AM

Filed under: Management, Goldman Sachs Group (GS) Goldman Sachs's ( GS) normally reclusive CEO and noted theologian Lloyd Blankfein has been conducting an unprecedented number of interviewers of late to try to bolster the company's image. Maybe they'd be better off if he crawled back into his shell. In an interview with London's Sunday Times, Mr. Blankfein explained that Goldman Sachs is "doing God's work." I never thought of God as a mortgage backed securities trader necessarily, but that's OK. Blankfein added that "We help companies to grow by helping them to raise capital. Companies that grow create wealth. This, in turn, allows people to have jobs that create more growth and more

Filed under: Earnings reports, Forecasts Priceline.com Inc. ( PCLN), which was recently added to the S&P 500, is scheduled to discuss its third-quarter 2009 financial results in a conference call w e a l t h . W e h a v e a s o c i a l Monday, November 9, at 4:30 PM ET. You can catch the live purpose." Continue reading Goldman webcast of the call on the Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein company's website. pulls a Jeff Skilling in an During the three months that ended in September, Priceline interview Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd announced a partnership with Blankfein pulls a Jeff Skilling in Ticketmaster ( TKTM) and an interview originally appeared launched a rewards Visa card. on BloggingStocks on Mon, 09 Analysts surveyed by Thomson Nov 2009 10:50:00 EST. Please Reuters expect this leading online see our terms for use of feeds. travel services provider to report Read| Permalink| Email this| that earnings for that period jumped 18.2% from a year ago to Comments

On one hand, what's happening here is very simple: Rock Band's singing feature just senses pitch, not words, so it's perfectly reasonable that a flute—or indeed almost any instrument—could do $2.92 per share. And revenue for the trick. On the other? This is the quarter is expected to be art. 23.6% higher to $693.9 million. The musical cosmos have been Continue reading Priceline.com tilted out of balance for quite a earnings preview: A sweet deal while now, violently thrown in Q3? askew sometime between when Priceline.com earnings preview: the first fake guitar rolled off an A sweet deal in Q3? originally assembly line in China and the appeared on BloggingStocks on first time a child recognized the Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:00:00 Beatles on the radio as "that song EST. Please see our terms for from my Xbox!" Today, as we use of feeds. Permalink| Email watch a young lady with a flute this| Comments totally pass for a Very Serious Yelling Man with a facial tattoo, it feels like, in some small way, order has been restored. [ Neatorama via Kotaku]

Haglöfs Laptop Drybags Have a Design Almost as Awesome as Their Name [Laptops] By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:40:00 AM

Maybe I'm just a sucker for umlauts and radioactive

thresholds of orange, but these 15 and 17-inch Haglöfs Laptop Drybags have me sold on both their padding and Ziplock-style watertight compartment. They

run about $30. [ Haglöfs via Stilsucht via OhGizmo!]


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Kohl’s Black Friday ad By Doug Aamoth (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:00:00 AM

Believe it or not, the Kohl’s Black Friday ad actually features a decent amount of electronics deals. Stores open at 4AM on Black Friday. Here’s a list of all the electronics deals. Doorbusters (available from 4AM to 1PM on Black Friday) are marked with an asterisk. Digital Cameras Vivitar 10.1MP HD Digital Camera 2.4 LCD 8X Digital Zoom– $59.99 * Electronics 10-50% Off Entire Stock Of The Sharper Image Products – 1050% Off 2XL In-Ear Headphones iPod Compatible– $9.99 5-Day Wireless Weather Forecaster– $59.99 BYO 10 Lunch Bag– $9.99

BYO By Built 10 Netbook Sleeve– $9.99 Charging Station Complete With Power Strip – $18.99 Digital Photo Viewer 3.2 LCD, 500 Pictures, Rechargeable Internal Battery– $24.99 Discovery Expedition Entertainment Projector – $79.99 *

Entire Stock of Portable Karaoke Systems– $59.99 * HMDX Speaker-On-The-Go – $9.99 iHome Clock Radio– $49.99 iHome Clock Radio And Audio System– $89.99 iHome Portable Speaker System– $29.99 * iLive Home Music System–

$79.99 Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Speakers – $79.99 * Negative Scanner – $59.99 * Panimage 7 Digital Photo Frame 512MB Internal Memory AR– $29.99 * Robot Bank– $29.99 USB Video Camera– $39.99 * Wooden Music Center

w/Recordable CD Player – $179.99 * GPS Systems 3.5 GPS Navigation System – $69.99 * GPS Dashboard Grip Mat– $9.99 * MP3 Players 2GB MP3 Player w/Video– $24.99 * Televisions 19 LCD HDTV w/Built-in DVD Player – $199.99 * Digital Labs 7 Inch Portable LCD TV– $69.99 * Video Games Entire Stock of Nintendo DS Video Games– 20%-30% Off * Entire Stock of Nintendo Wii Video Games– 20%-30% Off * Entire Stock of Video Game Accessories – 20%-50% Off * Kohls Black Friday Ad[BlackFriday.info] More Black Friday deals…

Happy 5th Birthday, Firefox! By John Biggs (CrunchGear)

There were only two browsers of note, Netscape and Internet Explorer, and firing either up was Come back with me to the turn neither particularly comfortable of the century, circa 1996. Your or interesting. But, hidden deep humble narrator was working for b e h i n d N e t s c a p e ’ s b l a n d campus police at Carnegie- carapace, was Mozilla. When you Mellon University in Pittsburgh, typed “about:mozilla” in the creating FileMaker databases for N e t s c a p e a d d r e s s b a r , f o r their police reports. It wasn’t e x a m p l e , y o u g o t : uncommon then to see DOS And the beast shall come forth machines sitting beside Windows surrounded by a roiling cloud of 95 machines and the web was a vengeance. The house of the primitive and strange thing. unbelievers shall be razed and Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:33:00 AM

they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days. from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10 Pretty badass stuff, especially when most websites were dedicated to kittens and burgeoning corporate identity. I was hooked instantly. This was the browser for me and it slowly became the browser for everyone with self-respect and a brain. Fast forward to 2004: Mozilla

and Netscape were on the rocks and it looked like the browser wars had been won. IE was the victor. In order to combat bloat and “feature creep,” however, a ragtag team of coders led by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross built something they called “Phoenix,” then “Firebird,” then, on November 9, 2004, Firefox 1.0 was born. This turned into the Mozilla suite – Firefox and Thunderbird – were born. On this, the fifth anniversary of

that momentous occasion, let’s all tip out a little Jolt for Netscape and toast to the future of Firefox, the best browser in the world. Best of all, the book of Mozilla is still being written and any time you type ‘about:mozilla’ into Firefox you get a red screen and a potent reminder of the early days of the Internet. Happy birthday, Firefox.


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Sam’s Club (rumored) Black Friday ad By Doug Aamoth (CrunchGear)

HP G71 17 LED Notebook w/Blu-ray – $499.00 Digital Cameras Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:00:00 AM Olympus FE-4000 12 MegaPixel A list of rumored items for the Camera – $98.00 Sam’s Club Black Friday ad has Digital Media Cards been percolating around the web Toshiba 16GB SDHC Digital lately. There’s no ad scan to Media Card – $24.00 confirm any of this yet, but I’ll DVD Players update this post once more JVC 1080p Blu-ray Player – information becomes available. $129.00 For now, though, here’s a list of Phillips Dual Screen Portable the rumored electronics items: DVD Player – $99.00 Blank Media Electronics Blu-ray 2-Packs – $17.00 Samsung Compact SD Computers Camcorder w/Bag – $149.00 Acer Aspire One 10.1 Netbook – GPS Systems $197.00 Garmin Nuvi 255w GPS

Navigation System – $119.00 Home Theater Samsung 5.1 Blu-ray Home Theater – $398.00 Printers

HP AIO Printer Bundle – $69.00 Televisions Hitachi 42 1080p LCD HDTV – $598.00 Phillips 52 1080p LCD HDTV –

$1198.00 Vizio 47 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV – $997.00 Video Games PS3 120GB Bundle – $399.00 Wii Active Life Bundle w/Mat – $69.00 Wii Family Bundle – $349.00 No word on possible doorbuster items or when the store will open on Black Friday. I’ll update this post when more information becomes available. Sam’s Club Black Friday Ad[BlackFriday.info] More Black Friday deals…

Casio plans to enter the OLED game By Serkan Toto (CrunchGear)

will start operations from April 2010, with both companies Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:00:34 AM involved saying they’ll focus on OLED can still pretty much be manufacturing OLED panels considered a thing of the future, sized ten inches and smaller first but we’re getting closer to use the (like the one you see in the technology in our homes every picture). month. Today, Casio Computer Those OLED screens are announced[JP] it has teamed up supposed to be used in digital with Tokyo-based technology cameras and cell phones by 2015. company Toppan Printing to But Casio and Toppan also said develop and produce OLED they will conduct R&D to panels. The new joint venture eventually develop bigger sized

to the companies, their method is more efficient and simpler. Casio will first transfer 600 employees to a new firm, which will be established in February and will focus exclusively on OLED development. Toppan says it will then buy 80% of all outstanding shares of the joint OLEDs, for example for TVs, electroluminescent compounds, venture (total capitalization: $4.5 t o o . T h e O L E D s w i l l b e whereas OLED production today million). m a n u f a c t u r e d u s i n g h i g h - is mainly based on low-polymer p o l y m e r - t y p e o r g a n i c organic compounds. According

Modern Warfare 2 Shows How To Piss Off Fans By Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:02:00 AM

william was the first of a few of you to send in this story about how Infinity Ward seems to have

decided to piss off a bunch of fans of the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 by not allowing dedicated game servers, limiting the number of players for PCbased multiplayer games and

other limiting features. In one telling quote, one of the game's designers was asked about whether or not a certain feature would be enabled to allow players to change their field of

view, and was told: We would to play it at all. like you to play the game the way Permalink| Comments| Email we designed and balanced it. This Story Now, that's fair enough, but if those fans don't want to play the game that way, they're not going


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HTC 'carefully looking' into netbook category, wants to add 'unique value' By Darren Murph (Engadget) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:41:00 AM

Oh, HTC-- never one to dodge the chance to keep us on edge, are you? Half a year after we heard that the self-proclaimed " quietly brilliant" company was working on an Android netbook with T-Mobile, HTC's own CEO Peter Chou confessed during a recent interview that those very wheels were still turning. During the frenzy that was the HD2 launch, he quipped that his company was still "carefully looking into [the netbook] category and how it can be part By Danny Allen (Gizmodo) lights that make Pac-Man chomp of that," noting that nothing was in the dark. [ Roomba Pac-Man official yet due to its desire to Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:08:00 AM really add "unique value" rather via Engadget] It was only a matter of time, Built using our spare time, than punching out another "meright? Check out this setup where Roomba Pac-Man is designed to too" machine. 'Course, if Intel a laptop player controls "Pac- s h o w c a s e t h e e x t e n s i v e really does revamp its Atom Man" while being chased by robo U n m a n n e d A e r i a l S y s t e m lineup at CES, we'd say this is -vacuum ghosts. And get this: it's software suite that we have actually a demo of their developed to support our unmanned aerial software that personal research. It was also a guides airborne vehicles. great opportunity to use some of That's why the red tape marking o u r s k i l l s f o r o u r o w n (Little Green Footballs) the maze is really only there for entertainment. As a disclaimer, the video. The player sees a our research center, RECUV, is Submitted at 11/8/2009 6:53:42 PM virtual representation on screen, not affiliated with the project, Here’s the kind of brain food and the ghost roombas use and the work done here, while you don’t usually get from US i n t e r n a l o d o m e t r y w i t h a utilizing some software we were media; the BBC’s The positioning system to find their paid to develop at CU, is the sole Intelligence Squared Debate, in a way around, and avoid each creation of those listed at the five-part YouTube playlist. other. bottom of the page. The motion: “Is the Catholic Now they just need those LED-

Video: Hacked Roombas Used to Play Pac-Man, Finally! [Roomba]

Nook reader turns out to be popular, shipments get pushed back By Matt Burns (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:25:14 AM

just about the perfect time for the company to come out swinging -after all, you know you still find yourself dreaming about the Shift from time to time. [Via jkOnTheRun] Filed under: Laptops HTC 'carefully looking' into netbook category, wants to add 'unique value' originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Video: The Intelligence Squared Debate church a force for good in the world?” Speaking for the motion, Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Anne Widdencombe MP. Speaking against the motion, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry.[Video not shown]

It’s not fun being the coolest kid in town as Barnes & Noble just found out. Its hot dual-screen Nook ebook reader was supposed to ship on November 30th, but that’s not going to happen. Sorry. The good news is that buyers should still get it before Christmas though. B&N is saying that the delay was caused by higher than expected sales numbers and the new ship date is December 11. The Nook is just more popular that B&N had thought it would be and you can totally understand why. It comes sporting a 3G wireless connection like the Kindle, the same price as the Kindle, but also the two screens and an equally vast eBook store. The Nook is where it’s at, kids.


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Epson concocts world's first Gigabyte fixes iPhone 4K HTPS panel, 4K 3LCD sync issue with BIOS projectors closer to reality update By Darren Murph (Engadget)

Microsoft to launch Forefront Protection 2010 (CNET News.com) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:30:00 AM

By Vladislav Savov (Engadget)

Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:09:00 AM

Oh, the beauty of progress. Just a few months back, Epson seemed fairly content showing off an HTPS panel with a WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, though today that very product just seems lackluster. Up until now, 4K x 2K projectors were reserved strictly for cinemas, businesses and consumers with a) more money than sense and b) room for a 200pound beamer in their basement. The planet's first 4K-compatible high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors measures just 1.64-inches and supports displays with resolutions as high as 4,096 x 2,160. Your guess is

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as good as ours as to when this stuff will actually hit the market in a functioning product, but yesterday is as good a day as any to start saving up. [Via Akihabara News] Filed under: Displays, Home Entertainment Epson concocts world's first 4K HTPS panel, 4K 3LCD projectors closer to reality originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Report offensive content: If you believe this comment is Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:47:00 AM offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report The Intel P55 Express chipset it below (this will not snafu that caused iPhones to lose automatically remove the their syncing minds has now comment). Once reported, our been remedied -- at least by one staff will be notified and the motherboard maker. Gigabyte comment will be reviewed. has issued a BIOS update making Select type of offense: things all hunky-dory between Offensive: Sexually explicit or the phone and the mobo, putting offensive language your troubles to an end. The P55 Read- Gigabyte Beta BIOS Spam: Advertisements or is Intel's latest midrange chipset download page and orchestrates things for newer Read- Update fixes iPhone sync c o m m e r c i a l l i n k s Disruptive posting: Flaming or Core i5 / i7 machines. The other problem offending other users two P55 purveyors, ASUS and Filed under: Cellphones, Illegal activities: Promote MSI, were also caught by the D e s k t o p s cracked software, or other illegal bug, and there are anecdotal Gigabyte fixes iPhone sync issue reports of success with an ASUS with BIOS update originally content BIOS update, but not official appeared on Engadget on Mon, Comments(optional): Report fixes as of yet. Given the 09 Nov 2009 08:47:00 EST. Cancel competitive nature of this market, Please see our terms for use of This content has passed through though, we'd be surprised if those feeds. Permalink| Email this| fivefilters.org. two companies didn't quickly Comments follow suit. All's well that ends well, right?

CrunchDeals: Refurbished Logitech Harmony 890 remote for $100 By Doug Aamoth (CrunchGear) Submitted at 11/9/2009 5:47:00 AM

Amazon has a pretty aggressive deal on a refurbished Logitech

Harmony 890 universal remote control. It’s priced at $99.99, today only, down from just under $250 normally. The remote controls up to 15 devices and includes both RF and infrared signals. Setup is handled

via PC or Mac and the list of only. The remote carries a 90-day compatible devices is up over warranty direct from Logitech. 175,000 currently. There’s a built Logitech Harmony 890 Remote -in color LCD screen and lithium Control – Refurbished[Amazon] -ion rechargeable battery as well. Again, this deal is good today


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Intel purportedly fast-tracking Pine Trail platform, forgetting all about N270 / N280 at CES By Darren Murph (Engadget) Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:56:00 AM

Say it with us now: "freaking finally!" The world at large seems perfectly fine with using Atom N270 and N280 CPUs for the rest of eternity (judging by the latest netbook sales figures, anyway), but techies like us are sick and tired of dabbling with the same underpowered chips and the same lackluster capabilities. At long last, we're hearing that Intel will supposedly officially announce the Pine Trail platform in late December, with a raft of netbooks based around the new Pineview chips hitting the CES show floor in January. The 1.66GHz Atom N450, dual-core 1.66GHz Atom D510 and Atom D410 are expected to be all the rage at the show, with the

Google May Be Making Their User Interfaces Look Halfway Decent [Google] existing N270 and N280 making an expedited trip to the grave. Good riddance, we say. [Via Register Hardware] Filed under: Laptops Intel purportedly fast-tracking Pine Trail platform, forgetting all about N270 / N280 at CES originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments By Tim Stevens (Engadget)

By Ted Greenwald (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/9/2009 5:56:00 AM

'If you rearrange the atoms in coal, you get diamond. If you rearrange the atoms in sand, you get silicon. How atoms are arranged is fundamental to all

material aspects of life,' says Ralph Merkle, senior research chair at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. Those words kick off day 2 at the Singularity University Executive Program.

Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:12:00 AM

Engadget got a few screenshots of what may be the user interface for all Google web applications, from Gmail to Google's search itself. As you can see in these images, they may adopt Google Wave's look. It's still not clear if these screenshots are real, but if they are, I will be very grateful. If Aerial System suite, designed for only not to make my eyes hurt guidance of airborne vehicles, every time I have to open Gmail. Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:13:00 AM but we're too busy geeking out to The actual user interface won't be We've seen mixtures of Roomba care about potential real-world much better, but at least it will and Pac-Man before, but nothing applications of this tech. Video feel a little bit clearer and like this. A team of developers below. organized. Bonus points: Google have hacked five floor-cleaning Continue reading Autonomous Wave may have found some real bots to create a sort of OCD Roombas do Pac-Man right use, at last. [ Engadget] version of the game, with the Pac (video) -Man bot sucking up little white Filed under: Robots rectangles whilst being chased by Autonomous Roombas do Pacrobot incarnations of Inky, Pinky, Man right (video) originally Blinky, and Clyde. But, when the appeared on Engadget on Mon, Pac-Man vacuum finds a power 09 Nov 2009 08:13:00 EST. pellet those ghostly rovers turn Please see our terms for use of blue and start fleeing. The tech is feeds. Permalink| Email this| supposed to be a demonstration Comments of the developers' Unmanned

Autonomous Roombas do Pac-Man right (video)

Singularity University: Rearranging Atoms With Ralph Merkle

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Tech Note: Code Frenzy (Little Green Footballs) Submitted at 11/8/2009 1:06:07 PM

Here’s a tech note, also known as an open thread, as I delve into the wealth of new goodies in PHP 5. At some point after installing our new server last year, our gracious, kind, and allpowerful web hosting company upgraded our version of PHP from version 4 to version 5 — but somehow I missed the memo. Imagine my shock to check out a phpinfo() command recently and By Nicholas Deleon stores, particularly in the discover that LGF is running the (CrunchGear) northeast, had already broken the latest and greatest, with all those date. Can’t have li’l ol’ mom-and Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:30:54 AM nice new functions for JSON and -pop have all the fun, now can XML parsing, better object You most certainly already we? orientation, etc., instead of know this by now, but Modern What does this mean for you? lumbering along with PHP 4 as I Warfare 2 is probably already You can try to call your local drive that's just begging to be had thought. a v a i l a b l e a t y o u r l o c a l GameStop, and see if it’s selling By Darren Murph (Engadget) broken. Hit the read link for a So I’m refactoring all our code GameStop. The release date the game early. If so, hooray. If Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:18:00 AM look at 90 grueling hours of that reads and parses JSON or (tomorrow, actually) was broken not, you’ll have to wait one more Oh sure, we've seen a few " work, or just jump past the break XML to use the built-in (and last week by various so-called agonizing day to play the game. portable" Gamecube systems for a celebratory video. much faster) PHP 5 functions mom-and-pop video game stores, I’m still undecided if I’m going instead of using outdated external so Activision went ahead and to get it, seeing as though World over the years, but we've yet to [Thanks, Jonathan] started letting select GameStops o f W a r c r a f t t a k e s u p a set our eyes on anything as Continue reading The NCube: classes and libraries written for glorious as this. Not surprisingly, probably the best portable PHP 4. sell the game. supermajority of my gaming So like I was sayin’, here’s yer GameStop, with Activision’s time. Not that any of you care, the NCube's creator is yet another Gamecube of all time Ben Heck apprentice, with the Filed under: Gaming, Handhelds o p e n t h r e a d f o r a S u n d a y eventual approval, made the which I fully recognize. case being a heavily modded The NCube: probably the best afternoon as I geek out into the decision to break the street date, Datamax Kid's Delight and the portable Gamecube of all time void. as its known, because other display an unmodded Zenith originally appeared on Engadget PSone. There's a 2-way switch on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:18:00 for running off of batteries or the EST. Please see our terms for AC outlet, a relocated memory use of feeds. Read| Permalink| card slot and a rear-mounted disc Email this| Comments

GameStop given permission to break Modern Warfare 2 street date

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LG's 15-inch OLED TV GE, Comcast reportedly value now blowing minds in NBCU at $30 billion South Korea (CNET News.com)

Further, the two companies have discussed an option whereby GE would sell off all or most of its By Darren Murph (Engadget) One major obstacle seems to ownership of the new company Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:33:00 AM have been settled in Comcast's to Comcast over the next seven quest to buy NBC Universal from years, according to sources cited Call Daegu home? Just over in General Electric--how much to previously. Recent reports say South Korea to visit and / or pay for it. that GE and Comcast have now infiltrate the DMZ? Regardless of Both companies have reportedly decided how to price the new why you're there, you're probably agreed on a price of $30 billion entity after the deal goes into interested in picking up LG's for GE's movie and TV unit, effect so that GE faces no latest, which has been tempting according to sources cited problems selling off its remaining our retinas since IFA. Just as Monday by Reuters and The stake. we'd heard back in late August, Wall Street Journal(subscription The valuation of NBC Universal the aforesaid firm's 15-inch required for full story). was seen as a major challenge in OLED TV is reportedly now on The agreement on the worth of advancing the deal, according to sale in South Korea, and it's NBC Universal (NBCU) is a sources. Comcast naturally was packing a price tag of around 3 major step toward paving the intent on maximizing the value of million ($2,598). By our count, way to create a new, privately its own networks and minimizing this is just the second major, Filed under: Displays, HDTV, h e l d c o m p a n y t h a t w o u l d the value of NBCU to limit the mass-produced OLED TV to hit Home Entertainment combine NBC's TV stations and amount of up-front cash it would store shelves anywhere in the LG's 15-inch OLED TV now Universal Studios with Comcast's need to invest in the new firm. world, but we're hoping to see a blowing minds in South Korea TV and cable stations. NBCU's Latest reports say that Comcast lot more action in this space originally appeared on Engadget Web properties include iVillage would inject anywhere from $4 come CES. You TV makers are on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 09:33:00 and the online video site Hulu, in billion to $6 billion into the new l i s t e n i n g t o o u r r e q u e s t s EST. Please see our terms for which it is a co-owner along with entity. use of feeds. Read| Permalink| News Corp. and Walt Disney Co. demands, right? However, both companies have Email this| Comments [Via OLED-Display] Under the terms of the proposed r e p o r t e d l y a g r e e d t o b a s e deal, Comcast would own a Comcast's final cash payment on majority 51 percent slice of the NBCU's financial performance new entity, with GE owning the before any finalized deal closes. remaining 49 percent. If its performance tanks, Comcast Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:48:00 AM

Cartoon: Flag for Moderation By Rob Cottingham (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 11/8/2009 11:40:35 AM

Those of us who manage online communities have learned to

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could end up paying less. Other challenges remain, too. French media giant Vivendi owns 20 percent of NBCU. Vivendi has reportedly told GE that it wants to sell its stake but has yet to voice approval on any deal of its own. A valuation of the company's 20 percent ownership is currently being discussed, said the source cited by Reuters. Of course, even if Vivendi agrees to a deal and all looks good, regulatory approval would be required, especially since Comcast would own a huge chunk of national and local media outlets. The Journal said that people close to the talks believe regulatory approval could take at least eight to 12 months. Comcast's bid for a majority stake in NBC Universal was first revealed in early October. Requests for confirmation to GE and Comcast were not immediately returned. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Sam's Club Black Friday Ad Leaked, Looks Heartbreakingly Lame [Rumor]

Nov. 9, 1963: Dual Disasters Stun Japan

By Mark Wilson (Gizmodo)

By Daniel Dumas (Wired Top Stories)

Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:38:27 AM

We haven't seen a full ad scan on Sam's Club's Black Friday sale yet, but this potentially leaked list making the rounds now isn't much to write home about. Below are only the parts of the

list that we could even merit pasting. The bold items look like the best deals. Acer Aspire One 10.1" Netbook - $197.00 HP G71 17" LED Notebook w/Blu-ray - $499.00 Olympus FE-4000 12 MegaPixel Camera - $98.00 ($30 savings) JVC 1080p Blu-ray Player -

$129.00 Garmin Nuvi 255w GPS

Navigation System - $119.00 ($10 savings) Hitachi 42" 1080p LCD HDTV $598.00 Phillips 52" 1080p LCD HDTV - $1198.00 ($50 savings) Vizio 47" 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV - $997.00 (...really?) [ Black Friday]

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A mining explosion and a train crash combine to kill more than 600 people.

Balloons! Sending out a mystery message on your iPhone By David Winograd (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/8/2009 8:30:00 PM

Filed under: iPhone, App Review With over 100,000 apps in the app store, it's getting harder and harder to find something new; most apps seem to be 'me too' versions of something else. Balloons! US $2.99 [ iTunes Link] for iPhones running OS 3.0 or better, is something I haven't seen before, and it's really very clever. TUAW first got a look at an early development version of Balloons! back at WWDC, including a video interview with the developer. Balloon mail has been used, along with the more common phrase message in a bottle, to describe sending a message into the wind or sea and hoping that

someone finds it and contacts you. It's sort of non-directional social networking with a hint of mystery built in. In this app, you start making a balloon by choosing from a variety of balloon styles. Next you create a message that the balloon will convey. Tap in the middle of the screen and the camera activates to take a picture of what's going on in your life at the moment. Then add a bit of text and send the balloon out into the world. Other users, over 900 in the first 3 days of sales, are doing the same thing. Over 3500 balloons have been sent up from the US, Europe, and Japan already. Next, you'll want to catch a balloon. When you do, you'll see the message from the person who made the balloon along with a separate flippable page from everyone who caught the balloon,

York City, you can't immediately grab the balloon in London; it needs time to travel. If you want to see what has happened to your balloon, there is a balloon tracking option that tells you how long your balloon has been flying and if has been caught or not. Tap on one of your caught balloons and you'll see all the notes added by those that have seen your balloon. I found this to be a lot of fun. There is a free, advertisingsupported version of the app [ iTunes Link] that doesn't include the tracking option. I liked the idea of giving out a free appetizer, since you can get a added something to it, and let it great idea of how Balloons! fly again. As more people catch, works and quickly realize that the add to, and release balloons, each best part of the app is the balloon takes on a history and tracking option. often has a story to tell. The graphics suit the app nicely. The balloons don't travel Screens are very cartoonish using randomly. If launched in New bright colors and animated

clouds. I was taken by the whimsy of this app, and can see it being great for kids as a nudge toward becoming interested in geography. It's also fun, tinged with a bit of longing for faraway places, for everyone. Take a look at the video in the 2nd half of this post to see it in action. Continue reading Balloons! Sending out a mystery message on your iPhone TUAW Balloons! Sending out a mystery message on your iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sun, 08 Nov 2009 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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7 Ways to Get More Out of LinkedIn By Sharlyn Lauby (Mashable!)

flies in the face of conventional wisdom when your goal is to build relationships and Sharlyn Lauby is the president c o m m u n i t y . of Internal T a l e n t Eric B. Meyer, an associate in M a n a g e m e n t ( I T M ) w h i c h the labor and employment group specializes in employee training o f D i l w o r t h P a x s o n L L P , and human resources consulting. reminds us that when using a S h e a u t h o r s a b l o g a t professional networking site such hrbartender.com. as LinkedIn, “don’t give a L i n k e d I n , w h i c h r e c e n t l y potential employer an easy reached the 50 million user excuse to remove you from m i l e s t o n e , h a s l o n g b e e n consideration. Use a professional considered the social networking headshot and scrap the picture of site for professionals. If you’re you doing a keg-stand.” in business, it is basically He adds that “an employer may expected that you have a profile not discriminate when selecting there. one job applicant over another. But with the more mainstream For example, an employer may platforms like Twitter and not base a hiring decision on Facebook being used for business such things as race, religion, purposes, some professionals are gender, and national origin. n e g l e c t i n g t h e i r L i n k e d I n Although actually proving an profiles. While LinkedIn is employer made a discriminatory certainly not as dynamic as other hiring decision may be difficult.” social media sites, it still provides Businesses who engage in hiring a lot of value — if you use it discrimination are the exception, correctly. So whether you’re not the rule. Just remember, by new to LinkedIn or a veteran, using an avatar, you will be here are some of the things you providing information about should consider incorporating yourself a prospective employer into your LinkedIn strategy. 1. may not have otherwise obtained Include a Photo Avatar on its own. 2. Build Your Some media reports claim that Network of Connections because organizations can use While we might be inclined to any criteria they want to make say quality is better than quantity, hiring decisions, photo avatars it could be possible that the p r o v i d e c o m p a n i e s w i t h number of connections you have information they may not have says something about you. Greg otherwise known about you K o u t s i s , c o r p o r a t e a n d based on a resume alone and international channel recruiter for could actually hurt you more than Aplicor LLC, says, “if someone help. But, not including a photo has 20-50+ connections then I with a social networking profile know they probably check Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:57:28 AM

make regular updates in LinkedIn. The one space where you can keep your connections informed is the status updates section. Lori Burke, director of human resources at Neighborhood America, explains that updates are not only an interesting read, LinkedIn at least once a week. If but very valuable. “I’ve found someone has 1-19 then I realize new networking groups I may not they probably either haven’t have thought about [via status begun to pop the hood and look updates]. Additionally, it allows inside or gotten past the initial me to learn what others are threshold of their friends, family involved with or in, who they and past colleagues. They might may be connected to, etc. In be a great prospect for me to total, it widens the scope of reach out to but this might not be knowledge for me.” 4. Seek the best use of my time. This Meaningful Recommendations combined with the profile they A terrific feature of LinkedIn is have listed lets me realize t h e a b i l i t y t o p r o v i d e quickly if I am wasting my time recommendations. This is a with someone who has no place for your connections to interest or trust in LinkedIn.” comment about your work. So you might say to yourself, if R e c o m m e n d a t i o n s c a n b e small numbers in the connection thought of as beefed up thank department signal you’re a you cards. Instead of telling one novice, do large numbers mean person how you feel, you’re you’ll connect with just about telling the world that person does a n y o n e ? K o u t s i s s a y s n o t good work. necessarily. “I do not believe It’s important to get good solid there’s a maximum number of recommendations and Meyer connections that makes someone offers some thoughts on how to look like they will just connect do that. First, “think about who with anyone. LinkedIn only knows you best. It could be a coshows 500 then adds the + sign worker or manager. It could also after the 500 so you never really be a client or customer for whom do know how many more than you just did an incredible job on 500 connections someone has a huge project. If you seek a until you connect with them.” 3. recommendation from a client or Use Status Updates to Your c u s t o m e r , b e p o l i t e a n d Advantage remember to thank the person Once you complete your profile, w h o g i v e s y o u t h e there aren’t a lot of places to r e c o m m e n d a t i o n . ”

Then, “If you are going to seek a recommendation from a coworker or manager, keep a few things in mind. Many employers have written policies against giving out anything other than neutral job references to current and former employees. These policies generally focus on giving recommendations, as opposed to seeking them. Still, as a courtesy to the person in your company from whom you seek a recommendation, just be sensitive to your company’s neutral reference policy.” 5. Optimize Your Profile Your LinkedIn profile should not just be an online version of your resume, optimizing for search engines is key. The format of your LinkedIn profile might depend on whether you are currently employed and whether or not you are seeking new opportunities, says Koutsis. “If you are looking for a new position then you might want your profile to look more like a resume, but maybe not so much if I am currently employed.” Burke doesn’t mind if the full content of the resume is on the profile as it can be helpful when searching for candidates. However, it is a bonus “when I find networkers who have added more content than you might find in a resume, such as a link to their portfolio.” When filling out your profile, you should think about your WAYS page 20


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Rupert Murdoch Plans To Hide His Sites From Google, The World Yawns By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)

talking right there. I don’t have to explain it to you, folks: breaking even or making a couple of Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:30:15 AM million is not the same. It’s an The media today is widely important sentence because it reporting an excerpt from Rupert shows that Murdoch is not only Murdoch’s interview with Sky interested in making money; he’s News Australia, in which he says interested in making obnoxious he plans to make News Corp amounts of money. And we’re sites invisible to Google’s search supposed to pay for it. engine. He then makes the argument that While Murdoch has been on the it’s better to have quality verge of saying that for quite a audience, willing to pay for their while now, this is the first time news, than having just everyone he actually uttered it. But one has coming to their sites, by which he to listen to the entire interview to refers to people finding articles understand that Murdoch is not on one of his sites via search quite clear about what, exactly, engines such as Google. he plans to do, and even if he is, “We’d rather have fewer people it doesn’t make much sense. coming to our websites, but You can see the interview paying.” below, but I’ll hightlight several Fair enough. Let us know how interesting points which show that went in a couple of years. just how imprecise and confusing It proves that Murdoch is Murdoch’s plans sound. sticking with the old model of Early in the interview he says how news and information is the following: disseminated, and doesn’t plan to “There are no websites, news change it. The problem is, things websites or blog sites anywhere don’t work the way they used to in the world today making any any more. Sometimes, a visitor serious money. Some maybe will come to a news site or a blog break even, or make a couple of and won’t even know where he million.” is; he might think he’s still on This is one rich media mogul Facebook or MySpace. And he

subscriber to WSJ.com, you get a paragraph and a subscription form.” I honestly can’t understand what’s his plan here. If he plans to charge for websites, why hide them from the search engines? If you can’t actually read the content without paying, then won’t be interested in anything making the content at least partly on the site except that tiny bit of accessible to Google and other information that made him click search engines can’t hurt? In fact, on the link. Sometimes, the the WSJ that he mentions as an conversation will develop around example isn’t hidden from your article, but not on your site; Google’s indexes, you can easily it may develop on Twitter or find Wall Street Journal articles Digg. As a site owner, you have via Google. to adapt to this. If you plan to just This is just one part of the quite ditch all these visitors, claiming lengthy interview, but it all boils they’re all worthless, you might down to this: Mr. Murdoch is not e n d u p w i t h a n e m p t y ready to accept any of the auditorium. changes brought forth by the Here’s the most important bit, in Internet and the social media w h i c h M u r d o c h r e p l i e s t o movement. Moreover, he doesn’t whether he plans to block sites seem to understand how some from being seen by search parts of it work. He’s got the engines: manpower to announce a war, “I think we will. But that’s when but I’m afraid his army will be we’ll start charging. We do it fighting windmills. already with the Wall Street Reviews: Digg, Facebook, Journal. We have a wall, but it’s Google, MySpace, Twitter not right to the ceiling. You can Tags: News Corp, rupert get the first paragraph of any m u r d o c h story but if you’re not a paying

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A security guard checks my driver’s license as I drive into the entrance to Moffet Field, a disused naval airbase that hosts

the nascent Singularity University. Night has fallen, but it still feels like entering a topsecret installation out of a James

By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:30:00 AM

GetDeb's web site has long been the go-to spot for Ubuntu (and Debian, and Mint) users to grab the latest copies of software not yet released by their official repositories. Now GetDeb makes it even easier with a repository. By adding GetDeb's repository to your Linux system, you'll get access to pre-compiled .deb packages as soon as they're available on GetDeb's site. That means apps like the GIMP graphics editor, Songbird, and other software that hits a major release between Ubuntu's sixmonth release cycle are available to you just as soon as someone's nice enough to compile the newest code. GetDeb's repository is free to use and install. Hit the link for instructions on adding it to your 9.04 or 9.10 Ubuntu system; users of older Ubuntu systems Bond movie, crowned by with c a n s t i l l g r a b p a c k a g e s a t strange domed buildings and G e t D e b ' s l e g a c y w e b s i t e . adorned by sculptures of airships. GetDeb.net V2 Beta[via I'm Just an Avatar]

Singularity University, Day One: Infinite, In All Directions By Ted Greenwald (Wired Top Stories)

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goals for the type of networking you hope to get done. Also, since LinkedIn has the ability to search any word in the content, both Burke and Koutsis suggest listing all relevant keywords at the bottom of your profile if you want to be found easier. 6. Use Groups to Expand Your Reach Groups are a beneficial networking tool and a great way to expand your network. Koutsis says that he doesn’t look at what groups a person belongs to when he’s searching for candidates but he does find potential resources using the groups function. However, Meyer reminds us it’s possible to be viewed in a negative light based upon group membership. “For some time now, many employers are going beyond simply running a criminal background check in order to vet job applicants. Employers may be Googling candidates, checking out their public postings on Facebook, reviewing tweets on Twitter, and scrutinizing LinkedIn profiles. In a down economy — as in any economy, really — employers want to fill job openings with the best possible candidates.” Today’s rule of thumb should be that anything you post in an online profile may as well be

listed on your resume or bio. If you belong to a LinkedIn group that is inconsistent with the business image you wish to portray, then that could be a challenge for you. Meyer shared with me the example of belonging to a group called “The Deer Hunters” while applying for a position with an animal rights group (let’s just say, good luck with that). 7. Consider Whether to Link Your Profiles Burke believes that accounts should be kept separate. “I believe that this strategy allows me to keep my professional personae separate from my personal. Case in point was the one time I posted a social media article to both applications. My Facebook family and friends found the information of little value to them and I believe the same may be true in reverse. However, I will post general information about me (i.e., speaking engagements) with both networks. In essence, it depends on the content,” she says. On the other hand, Lance Haun, vice president of outreach at MeritBuilder, explains that LinkedIn is “a snapshot of your life at the time you updated your profile so including Twitter, Facebook, or a blog helps to add

living context to your profile.” With the lines between work and life being blurred, posting something business related at 1:00 PM and a picture of a cat at 1:00 AM helps “bring the picture of a person together completely.” In the end, Koutsis asks, “if people see no reason after viewing your profile to connect with you, then why did you reach out to them in the first place?” The most important thing we can do is create a complete and compelling profile. Because the bottom line is the value proposition you propose when you try to connect with someone on LinkedIn. More business resources from Mashable: - 5 Advanced Social Media Marketing Strategies for Small Business - Top 5 Business Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them - 10 of the Best Social Media Tools for Entrepreneurs - 6 Must-Follow Steps for Selling in Any Economy - 5 Easy Social Media Wins for Your Small Business Tags: business, linkedin, Lists

What, Exactly, Is a 'Cop-Killer' Gun? By Nathan Hodge (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:26:00 AM

News reports on the Fort Hood

rampage say that the alleged makes the Five-Seven different shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, used from other handguns? an FN Herstal Five-Seven pistol — described in some reports as a 'cop killer' gun. What, exactly,

Is the Magic Mouse a dog? By Mel Martin (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/8/2009 1:30:00 PM

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Hardware, Peripherals, Bad Apple For some Magic Mouse users, the streamlined human interface device is not only a dog, but a dog that pees on the carpet, smells bad, and barks continuously. Apple support boards are beginning to fill up with complaints about tracking issues and Bluetooth disconnects. There are also complaints about the lack of a third mouse button, and some all-too-early hardware failures. I liked the Magic Mouse when I saw it at my local Apple Store, so I took one home for my Mac Pro. It seemed to work for awhile, but now it is very erratic at tracking and speed, even when MouseZoom is installed. Its Bluetooth connection has dropped several times, and it either comes back after a long wait or simply fails to connect again. When I moved back to my wired Apple mouse, I found that I had actually preferred the form factor

of the Magic Mouse, and I missed the button-less scroll wheel. The Magic Mouse seems to be working fine for many users, but there are some hints that the little rodents are having trouble with some older hardware. My 2006 Intel-based Mac Pro may be one of the computers at issue. Apple will hopefully issue a software update, if that is the problem. In my case, the only magic I'm going to see from the Magic Mouse is when it disappears from my desktop. How is it going for you? TUAW Is the Magic Mouse a dog? originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sun, 08 Nov 2009 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Steve Jobs, the moral high ground, and the return to Apple By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:00:00 AM

Filed under: Steve Jobs, Apple History Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo had a fascinating exposĂŠ in a post late last week that provided a look into some of the thinking of Steve Jobs back in 1997. As Diaz relates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and his friend Steve Jobs were on a beach in Hawaii in '97 when Ellison, under the influence of a few margaritas, floated the idea of buying Apple to bring Jobs back into power at the company he had co-founded with Steve Wozniak. Jobs declined, although Ellison had funding all lined up to allow The Steve to make a hostile takeover of the company. He told Ellison that a takeover would make people think he was greedy, just wanting to make money out of Apple. Ellison later stated that "He (Jobs) explained to me that with the moral high

ground, he thought he could make decisions more easily and more gracefully." Diaz went on to conjecture that it was more than decision-making that went into Steve's refusal to push his way back into power; it was love. As Diaz notes, "Steve wanted to be wanted. He knew he was loved by the public and the press. After all, everyone

Steve Jobs to know that he was able to regain control of the company through a combination of connections, persuasion, and his love for his company. The rest is history. As Ellison stated in an interview in Fortune, "The difference between me and Steve is that I'm willing to live with the best the world can provide-with Steve that's not always good enough." That difference explains why Apple continues to amaze us with their products, why Steve Jobs is so important to the company, and why Jobs was the hands-down choice for Fortune's CEO of the Decade.[via Digg] likes the story of a legend coming spend any money?" back-to see him succeed or, Since his return to Apple, Steve TUAW Steve Jobs, the moral better yet for Hollywood drama, Jobs has, of course, brought the high ground, and the return to fail. More importantly, the company from the brink of Apple originally appeared on The company was his company. He extinction into profitability and U n o f f i c i a l A p p l e W e b l o g didn't have to buy it! That was recognition. Whether or not he (TUAW) on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 absolutely preposterous, he w o u l d h a v e b e e n e q u a l l y 09:00:00 EST. Please see our probably thought at the time. He successful as a result of a hostile terms for use of feeds. knew he was going to return as takeover is a great plot for an Read| Permalink| Email this| King once again, acclaimed by alternative universe sci-fi novel, Comments his troops and his people, so why but it adds a lot to the legend of

Microsoft releases Exchange 2010, acquires Teamprise (CNET News.com) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:45:07 AM

Microsoft made two enterprise moves on Monday, one expected and the other a bit of a surprise. As promised, the company used its TechEd event in Berlin to release Exchange 2010, the latest version of its e-mail and calendar

server software. Microsoft finalized the code for the product last month and had said it would launch at TechEd. Meanwhile, the company also announced it is buying the Teamprise technology from SourceGear. Teamprise allows developers using Eclipse and those working on non-Windows

operating systems to build applications using Microsoft's Visual Studio product. "We know our customers face daily challenges with management, collaboration and development in heterogeneous environments. The industry must take steps to make interoperability a stronger

business asset for our customers," senior vice president and developer unit head S. Somasegar said in a statement. "With the acquisition of the Teamprise assets, we're taking a step forward on this journey, providing customers with a viable cross-platform development solution that will

help produce business results more quickly." Microsoft didn't announce financial terms of the deal, but did say the Teamprise technology will be integrated into Visual Studio 2010. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Happy Birthday, Firefox By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)

starting to appear on the web as web developers make individual choices to support a standardsSubmitted at 11/9/2009 1:49:51 AM based, royalty-free approach. Originally an experimental Expect to see changes in the branch of the Mozilla project, a expectations around the licensing new web browser was launched of codecs. on November 9, 2004: Firefox And over the next five years 1.0. Its aim was to reduce mobile will play an increasingly Mozilla’s bloat (if you remember important role in our lives, and in those early days, the Mozilla the future of the web. The Suite consisted of a web browser, decisions of users, carriers, mail client, news reader, irc about that; it can be summed up governments and the people who client; it even had a web page in three words: privacy, video, build phones will have farc r e a t o r c a l l e d M o z i l l a and mobile. From the blog post: reaching effects on this new Composer), and it was an instant “ O v e r t h e n e x t f i v e y e a r s extension to the Internet and how hit among users and developers everyone can expect that the people will access information alike. browser should take part in a few for decades to come.” Five years later, and Firefox new areas – to act as the user Mozilla plans to celebrate this holds a quarter of the browser agent it should be. Issues around milestone by throwing parties (oh market, and while technically not data, privacy and identity loom no, not that again) around the b e i n g t h e m o s t p o p u l a r large. You will see the values of world. The campaign is called (Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Mozilla’s public benefit mission “Light the World with Firefox”, still clings to that honor), it’s reflected in our product choices and it will include shining the definitely the most prominent in these areas to make users safer Firefox logo in cities such as browser, with thousands of and help them understand what it Paris, Tokyo, Rome and San plugins (add-ons, they’re called), means to share data with web Francisco. Find out more at a busy developer community, and sites. www.spreadfirefox.com/5years/e over 330 million users. Expect to see big changes in the n-US/. Reviews: Firefox As for the future, Christopher video space. HTML5-based Tags: birthday, Firefox Blizzard over a t video and open video codecs are hacks.mozilla.org has some idea

archive.org's S3-alike service? (Scripting News) Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:04:55 AM

An intriguing tweet yesterday from Steven Levy of Wired Magazine, which, if true, could open huge doors for future-safe

archives. Brewster Kahle is talking about the Internet Archive making public S3 storage (what Amazon rents) free on their servers. Does anyone have any more info on this?

If this is true, I will be building on it. Update: It's true. Here's the tweet with the scoop.

I’ve Got Nothing: Crowdsourced Song Created by YouTubers [VIDEO] By Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:21:20 AM

Wanna make a hit song? The ’standard’ way of doing it is learning to play an instrument, finding a couple more musicians, practice, create some songs, find a publisher… …or you can scrap all that and let the YouTube community do the entire work for you. I’ve Got Nothing is a song that’s been entirely crowdsourced. A youngster called Charlie McDonnell, together with three other teenagers, have created the project as part of BBC’s ChartJackers, an attempt to break into the UK music charts without…well, pretty much everything: money, producer, studio, even musicians. Here’s the official description of how the song was created: “The lyrics of the song are made up of YouTube comments, compiled into a song by another YouTuber. The lyrics were released and then YouTubers wrote a melody for the lyrics, and we picked our favourite. We held

YouTube auditions via video response to pick the band, found the producer of the song through YouTube, and the music video is made up of literal interpretations of the lyrics, clapping and singing along, by YouTubers!” The resulting song and the video, which you can see below, follow the “standards” for a viral hit: extremely catchy melody and a happy video with young people singing along. While it’s hard to predict if it’ll become a huge hit, it definitely has the ingredients, and the community to support it. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how far can such an effort go, competing with professionally produced songs and videos that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Reviews: YouTube Tags: viral video, youtube


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TUAW Review and giveaway: Blur Tripod and app for iPhone

By Ben Parr (Mashable!)

By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

out about the incident via Twitter. Oh, and don’t forget about the two penguins huddling We know there are a lot of around him. interesting and unique uses for Social media, once a Twitter. We’ve seen Twitter used phenomenon localized to early for customer service, tweets to adopters, has quickly spread into monitor power usage, and even nearly every channel. The fact 140 character marriage proposals, that a zoo is using Twitter to but we never thought about it p e n g u i n e n c o u n t e r ( v i d e o s interact with its visitors and to being used to quickly respond to below), and even access to the know about what’s happening on incidents such as a kid being bit n o r m a l l y o f f - l i m i t s A v i a n its grounds in real-time is just by an otter. Conservation Center. another amazing example of the Earlier today, a group of Twitter While this is a great example of power that social tools provide enthusiasts (including me) using Twitter to reach out to and us. gathered at the San Francisco please customers, it isn’t the only Here’s Anthony’s explanation of Zoo for a zoo tweetup. While in way that the San Francisco Zoo how the zoo uses Twitter. Enjoy! most respect it was your standard (@SFZoo) utilizes Twitter. In BONUS: The Penguins of San gathering of Twitter nerds with the 3 minute clip embedded Francisco Zoo phones tweeting and Twitpics below, animal keeper Anthony We did visit a zoo. It would be a flying, the tweetup was unique Brown discusses some of the shame if we didn’t embed at least because of the involvement of the unique stories of how Twitter has one clip exclusively about cute zoo via Twitter. h e l p e d i m p r o v e t h e z o o , animals: After seeing initial tweets about including how it has helped find Reviews: Twitter the upcoming event, the zoo lost phones and even how the zoo Tags: penguin, San Francisco provided anybody who came to respond to a kid being bit by one Zoo, San Francisco-San Jose, the tweetup with a discount, a of the river otters after finding twitter, zoo Submitted at 11/8/2009 10:59:53 PM

Gallery: 'The Insider' in Times Square (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:17:00 AM

New pics! TV show "The Insider" takes over Times Square

with a line-up of celebrity guests for the latest entertainment news with opposing views! See exclusive behind-the-scenes pics right here, then tune in to "The

Insider" on TV all this week to see the fireworks in Manhattan!

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Filed under: Accessories, iPhone Way back in September, we announced that Mobile Mechatronics was going to be selling a combination of a tiny tripod and an iPhone app called Blur. The idea behind this combo is that the tripod can hold your iPhone more steadily than your hand can, and then the software can assist you by either taking a photo after a delay or taking several photos in quick succession. At the time, I asked Mobile Mechatronics to send some samples for us to test and then give away. The tripods arrived very quickly, but the software was nowhere to be found. In my quest to get review equipment out of my office and into the hands of TUAW readers, I kept searching the App Store for the app. It appears that Mobile Mechatronics fell into the bane of iPhone developers everywhere -slow approval of apps -- because

it finally showed up when I searched this week. Continue reading TUAW Review and giveaway: Blur Tripod and app for iPhone TUAW TUAW Review and giveaway: Blur Tripod and app for iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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BREAKING: EA Acquires Facebook Game Maker Playfish For Up to $400 Million By Ben Parr (Mashable!)

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Rupert Murdoch is threatening to pull his content from Google. Is this a bluff?(Credit: Dan Farber/CNET) Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon who has long accused Google of ripping off content from his newspapers, says his sites may soon disappear from the search engine's listings. Murdoch, who is chairman of News Corp., the newspaper, TV and Internet empire that includes The Wall Street Journal, Hulu, The New York Post, and 20th Century Fox, made his comments during an interview with Sky News Australia. After Murdoch accused Google, Microsoft and others of "stealing" his company's content, he was asked why he just doesn't pull his Web sites from Google's search results. "I think we will," Murdoch responded. "But that's when we start charging." Murdoch and other News Corp. execs have said that they intend to charge readers and viewers. In the past, the company's sites have relied on advertising revenue. Murdoch made it clear he's no fan of the ad-supported model ("There are no news sites or blog sites making any serious money").

"What's the point of having someone come occasionally who likes a headline they see in Google," Murdoch continued. "The fact is there isn't enough advertising in the world to go around to make all the Web sites profitable. We'd rather have fewer people coming to our Web sites but paying." When asked why he would buck the trend of offering free content, Murdoch said: "(The public) shouldn't have had it free. I think we've been asleep." Google has said that it feels

obligated to help media companies because it needs their content. That hasn't stopped Murdoch and his staff from continuing to make hostile comments about the search engine. What News Corp hasn't done much of is follow up with much action. Is News Corp trying to scare Google into making more concessions? Or is News Corp just afraid to pull the trigger? This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

If you needed proof that social gaming is huge business, look no further than today’s blockbuster news. Video gaming giant Electronics Arts (EA for short) just announced that it has acquired the social gaming company Playfish for a deal that could be worth up to $400 million. While there have been rumors of potential acquisition, the deal is now official. EA will pay $275 million in cash and $25 million in equity for the company. In addition, if Playfish achieves certain “performance milestones” (aka continues to grow), the price tag could go up to a full $400 million. And there’s no reason to think Playfish won’t continue to rapidly grow along with the social gaming market. The

company is responsible for some of the most popular games on Facebook, MySpace, and the iPhone, including Pet Society, Restaurant City, and Country Story. With EA’s financial and gaming muscle, we could see some amazing synergies on the console and social gaming platforms, as well as greater investment in growth and development in social gaming. Reviews: Facebook, MySpace, pet society, video Tags: acquisition, EA, electronic arts, facebook, gaming, playfish, social gaming, Zynga

4 people found shot to death in rural Texas home (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:38:22 AM

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YouTube with all of the sizzle but none of the Flash By TJ Luoma (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

this link to your Bookmarks Bar: FlashFree YouTube and you can easily access the Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:15:00 PM NeoSmart/HTML5 version. Filed under: Multimedia[ Our How does it work? Superbly regular Sunday night Talkcast is well. I tested it using Safari, and cancelled due to a sick host. watching a YouTube video Sorry, and we'll see you next through NeoSmart had no week. -Ed.] noticeable impact on my CPU at Let's face it: Flash on the Mac is your computer. Simply go to all. a dog. Actually, that's an insult to their custom web page and paste I've nearly given up hope for a dogs, which are known for the YouTube URL into the field. version of Flash for Mac that running fast. Flash for Mac is I n a m o m e n t y o u w i l l b e d o e s n ' t s t i n k . U n t i l t h e n , such a an unoptimized beast that presented with a clean window ClickToFlash and NeoSmart's you can expect it will suck up as showing you the video, as well as HTML5 YouTube are a great much CPU as possible, even for a download link for the MP4 combination to make your web version. the simplest of videos. surfing more enjoyable. T h e y a l s o h a v e a TUAW YouTube with all of the My first line of defense is C l i c k T o F l a s h ( w h i c h I ' v e G r e a s e m o n k e y / U s e r S c r i p t sizzle but none of the Flash mentioned before), but the folks available which will add a link to originally appeared on The over at NeoSmart have another all YouTube pages. That's nice, U n o f f i c i a l A p p l e W e b l o g solution, at least for YouTube: but what I was really looking for (TUAW) on Sun, 08 Nov 2009 was a bookmarklet I could keep 21:15:00 EST. Please see our HTML5. By using the newest version of in my Bookmarks Bar and just terms for use of feeds. HTML, they have devised a click on when I was on a Read| Permalink| Email this| system to send YouTube videos YouTube page. I didn't find one, Comments directly to any MP4 decoder on so I made one. Drag (don't click!)

Anger Against Red Light And Speed Cameras Going Mainstream By Mike Masnick (Techdirt)

notes numerous other studies that disagree, and digs into the details of the original study to find that it A bunch of folks have submitted does not account for multiple this recent Washington Post other factors. At best, the studies article about the growing anger seem to indicate that red light and and resentment towards red light speed cameras do not decrease and speed cameras. We've accident rates (in one damning posted similar articles in the past, study, a town that got rid of its but this is one of the first times cameras so a bigger decrease in I've seen the topic discussed in a accidents than a neighboring major mainstream paper. The town that installed them). In the discussion basically hits on all end, it's quite clear that the the high points, showing that cameras are entirely about people really hate the devices and money, and have nothing to do that the reason they're so popular with safety -- and it's nice to see is not safety, but revenue. It also more people recognizing this looks at the stats, talking about a issue. few different studies. It does Permalink| Comments| Email mention one study claiming that This Story the cameras have decreased accidents and fatalities, but then Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:31:00 AM

Worm Hits Jailbroken iPhones; Apple Plans Jailbreak Crackdown [Security] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:00:00 AM

A number of jailbroken iPhone owners in Australia have found their lock screen wallpaper replaced by Rick Astley, as the

first real worm spreads itself around. That's just one more reason any jailbreaker should change their root password immediately. Meanwhile, PC World points out that Apple is looking to hire either a new or

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Get a Quirky Beamer for your iPhone (hint: it's not a car) By Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:00:00 AM

Filed under: Accessories, iPhone TUAW has introduced several Quirky projects to you in the past. Quirky is a community of folks who come up with really cool ideas, and then the best of the ideas are fine-tuned by the folks who run the site and readied for manufacturing. Once a minimum number of customers commit to buy the product, it is put into production. While looking at the headline for

this post, you might think that we're talking about an oddlypainted BMW, but the Quirky Beamer is actually a case for the iPhone. Not just any case, mind you, but one with a built-in bright LED light that can act as a real flashlight or provide illumination for your nighttime photos. Compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS, the Beamer uses replaceable lithium coin cell batteries to provide up to 10 hours of illumination without chewing up your phone's batteries. Pressing the button on the case once turns on the light for 10 seconds, enough to find

your keys or take a picture of your buds. To turn the light on for an indefinite amount of time, press the button twice. A third press turns it back off.

Quirky won't produce the Beamer until 500 commitments at $32.00 are received on the site. As of 9 PM on Sunday night, 106 people had committed to the

Brenthaven: The best computer backpack I've ever seen By David Winograd (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

the usual backpack -- around $75 -- but I thought it would be worth it since I lugged around my PowerBook nearly every day and Submitted at 11/8/2009 5:00:00 PM it looked like the Brenthaven F i l e d u n d e r : A c c e s s o r i e s , provided better padding than the Reviews The TUAW gang have competition. been searching for great holiday Since then, the backpack has gift ideas and I think I've found housed a succession of three 17" one that's been right under my PowerBooks and MacBook Pros nose for five years. under very heavy use. The When I bought my brand new amazing part is that outside of PowerBook G4 17" in 2004, I being a bit dusty, it's in just as no sign of wear and/or tear s p l u r g e d a n d b o u g h t a good shape as the day I bought it. whatsoever. And if there was, or Brenthaven backpack for it. Back No frayed stitching, no stuck ever will be, all Brenthaven bags then it cost a good deal more than zippers, no torn dividers. There is

come with a lifetime warranty. Continue reading Brenthaven: The best computer backpack I've ever seen TUAW Brenthaven: The best computer backpack I've ever seen originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sun, 08 Nov 2009 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

product. If you're looking for a way to flash your friends and not get arrested, the Quirky Beamer might just be the answer. [Thanks for the tip, Chris T.] TUAW Get a Quirky Beamer for your iPhone (hint: it's not a car) originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

'The Insider' Invades Times Square in New York (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 5:18:00 AM

TV show "The Insider" hopped coasts this week, traveling east from their home studio in Hollywood. Host Lara Spencer and correspondent Chris Jacobs are taking over the New York landmark of Times Square. Guest panelists, such as the headline making Jon Gosselin and Levi Johnston, along with Niecy Nash and Star Jones, join "The Insider" in the Big Apple. Tune in to "The Insider" all this week to get your latest entertainment news with opposing views from the heart of Manhattan.


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Gigabyte Fixes Windows 7/iPhone Sync Issues By Christina Warren (Mashable!)

Verizon's iPhone insults have only just begun (CNET News.com)

Oakley Originals/Flickr) One can never have enough buckets of does in this complex It seems as if Verizon Droid's life. And it is refreshing to see avowedly male positioning will someone spending $100 million now include finger-pointing, high in an attempt to take on the prom -pitched taunts, and echoes of "na queen of cell phones. -na-nana-na". However, these ads heap After revealing that Verizon has pressure on the Droid to perform placed the iPhone on the Island as a phone and, indeed, as an of Misfit Toys, Ad Age is item to be seen with. reporting that in the next Droid Functionality can only take one ad, the iPhone will be the subject so far. Somehow, I recall General of another touching description. Motors being the brand of Apparently, the ad says the supposed functionality. And that Droid "swaps semi-functional, didn't quite, well, function for the giggling-brat-vanity for a bare company as things turned out. knuckle bucket of does." This content has passed through Oh, yes, the Droid is flexing its fivefilters.org. youthful muscles.(Credit: CC Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:01:05 AM

Yast Tracks and Logs Time Spent on Projects and Tasks [Time Tracking]

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Last week we posted about syncing issues some Windows 7 users were having with their iPhones. The problem seems to revolve around the Intel P55 Express chipset, which is apparently not reporting or outputting the right amount of power needed for the iPhone to complete a sync. Engadget reports that motherboard maker Gigabyte has issued a BIOS update, solving the problem on those machines. ASUS and MSI, two other motherboard makers who have also had problems with their P55 boards and iPhone syncing haven’t released any official updates, but we expect that they

By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker) will be out soon. Although this problem only affected a small portion of users (users of a specific chipset and the 64-bit version of Windows 7), we’re sure those that are affected have solutions on the way. Have you had any issues with Windows 7 and iPhone synching? Let us know! Reviews: Windows 7 Tags: gigabyte, iphone, itunes, p55, Windows 7

Disney Channel Orders Second Season of Jonas By Bill Gorman (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/8/2009 10:48:08 PM

The Jonas Brothers are keepers at Disney Channel. The cable channel has ordered a

second season of the pop stars’ comedy series “Jonas” and has tapped new executive producers: showrunner Lester Lewis and director Paul Hoen. [...] “Jonas” is slated to begin in Production on Season 2 of February for a premiere in the

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If you're looking for a simple time-tracking tool with visuals that are easy to read at a glance, Yast fits the bill. Yast can track multiple projects and tasks each with their own color code. The week-at-a-glance view is great for seeing how projects are unfolding over the week. You can generate reports and save them to your computer and invite other people to see your projects. The other notable advantage of Yast is inviting people to view and collaborate based on on the individual project, not the entire tracking calendar—your coworkers will never know that you've spent 39 hours in October organizing your Pokemon collection. Yast is free and requires registration. Have a time-tracking tool or service you love? Let's hear about it in the comments. Thanks, Mark! Yast


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And Now, Tulipa 'Ayaan'

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crossing of Tulipa ‘Gavota’ x a sport of Tulipa ‘Gander’s Rhapsody’. If you were wondering what The new deep purple tulip joins Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s been up to a group of tulips known in lately, the Dutch flower bulb Holland as “black” tulips. The sector just named a tulip after legendary quest of Dutch her: Tulip named after activist hybridizers to create a truly black Ayaan Hirsi Ali. ‘Ayaan’.” Mr. Thijs Leenders, tulip goes back centuries. Many NEW YORK, November 6, president of the North American experts consider Tulipa ‘Ayaan’ 2 0 0 9 : I n a c e r e m o n y o n F l o w e r B u l b W h o l e s a l e r s one of the finest and most November 4 at the Metropolitan Association represented the successful results of this quest. Museum of Art the Dutch flower Dutch bulb sector in the event. The selection of the flower to be bulb sector named a tulip after Also in attendance was Mr. Wim named in her honor was made by A y a a n H i r s i A l i ‘ A y a a n ’ i n Pijbes, director of Amsterdam’s Ms. Hirsi Ali herself. recognition of Ms. Hirsi Ali’s Rijksmuseum. … Upon receipt of the signed defense of freedom and human Tulipa ‘Ayaan’ is a dark christening certificate, the tulip rights for Muslim women. maroon/brown/purple Triumph will be entered into the Classified Ms. Hirsi Ali, a feminist, author, tulip hybridized by Ms. Lydia List and International Register of activist and former member of Boots, of Lybo Hybridizing, Tulip Names, maintained by the the Dutch parliament completed Hem, NL. Ms Boots is one of Royal Dutch Bulb Growers the traditional naming ceremony few women working in the male A s s o c i a t i o n ( K A V B ) i n by drizzling champagne over the d o m i n a t e d w o r l d o f t u l i p Hillegom, the Netherlands. bulbs and declaring, “From now hybridizing. The hybrid is a on this Tulip has the name

While the dancers showed off their fancy footwork, Stevie Wonder danced his fingers across "Dancing with the Stars" pro the piano, playing the holiday dancers Cheryl Burke and Tony classic "That's What Christmas Dovolani were dancing down Means to Me." Daughter Aisha Main St. USA in Disneyland. M o r r i s a n d M i n n i e M o u s e The duo was joined by Anika accompanied him for the carol. Noni Rose, who voices the Both performances will be character Tiana in Disney's featured in the 2009 Christmas upcoming animated film 'The Day Parade, which will be Princess and the Frog.' The broadcast on ABC on December performers were filming a New 25. Selena Gomez also got in the Orleans themed musical routine holiday spirit this weekend. on Sunday.

YouTube XL Supersizes YouTube for Your TV [YouTube] By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:30:00 AM

Many people are sporting HTPCs these days—media computers hooked up to their televisions—but some sites are designed like you're sitting at your computer desk not on your living room couch. YouTube XL makes YouTube couch-friendly.

YouTube XL presents common YouTube options in a large display format for easy navigation without having to read a tiny font 20 feet across your living room. You can quickly navigate to spotlighted, top rated, and most viewed categories. Clicking on "More..." also gives You can also set the next video you quick access to rising videos, in your search results or viewing most favorites, most discussed, category to start playing when and more.

the current one ends and filter out content not suitable for minors. If you've been annoyed by the tiny

fonts and buttons when trying to use YouTube in a living room setup, YouTube XL is a great way to access YouTube in a couch-friendly format. Have another great site or tool for accessing streaming video on from the comfort of your living room? Let's hear about it in the comments. YouTube XL[via AskTheAdmin]


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Selling Homes and Scrapbooking: A Compact and Organized Office [Featured Workspace] By Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/8/2009 4:00:00 PM

What do you do when you've got a limited amount of space and you want to pack in work and play? You maximize your storage space and organize carefully like in today's featured workspace. Lifehacker reader GrayDrakeFX put together a home office for his wife who—as anyone who scrapbooks or is married to a scrapbooker knows—had quite a lot of stuff to organize and store. He writes: Built for a Realtor who is also quite the amazing artist, this workspace had to have a dual personality. The goal here was to transform a spare bedroom into my wife's office and creative suite. As a

realtor she needed a space for her business and as a creative genius she needed a space for her creativity to flow too. So we put together this dual discipline workspace that while small really works. There are some interesting uses

of IKEA items to maximize space and you will notice there is not much wall space left :) While minimalism is all the rage in workspace design, sometimes you simply need to have the space to store all your stuff. Today's workspace makes

excellent use of available space and keeps a large volume of tools stowed away and neatly organized while keeping them accessible to the person working in the space. Check out the pictures below for additional information and the link to his Flickr pool for photo notes. If you have a workspace of your own to show off, throw the pictures on your Flickr account and add it to the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool. Include some details about your setup and why it works for you, and you just might see it featured on the front page of Lifehacker. Selling Homes and Scrapbooking: A Compact and Organized Office[Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]

Create a Simple DIY E-Commerce Site [Selling] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 11/9/2009 5:30:00 AM

Got a product or service to sell? If you're not looking for a total design and setup package, but just want to get selling, Ars Technica walks through the setup of a PayPal-based site for a small business. As Jacqui Cheng notes, PayPal won't provide you with searchfriendly, clean-looking design

and expertly managed inventory system, but can take the grunt work out of simple cart-based, fixed-price commerce with credit cards. It need not be a whole side business you're setting up—even having a whole bunch of goods around your house to pass off might make it worth setting up a quick web site with a bit more w h i l e y o u ' r e i n c h a r g e o f cachet than eBay or Craigslist. explaining why someone would The security and credit card buy from you. processing is handled by PayPal,

Hit the link for the very helpful run-through. Got an equally easy system for an e-commerce site? If your job doesn't involve sending out endless amounts of email about it, tell us in the comments. How to set up an ecommerce site using PayPal to process[Ars Technica]

Review: Bored to Death - Take a Dive (season finale) By Jonathan Toomey (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/8/2009 10:01:00 PM

( S01E08)"You think we learned anything tonight?" - Jonathan I'll tell you what I learned -Bored to Death has a lot of potential. All season long, I've gone from loving to hating to loving this show, and with the season finale now come and gone, there's a real opportunity here for Bored to Death to become HBO's next break-out hit when it returns. All the pieces are in place and it probably could have blown up this season had there not been so many episodes where the show tried to find its footing. Is it a detective show? Or is it about three friends in the publishing world trying to make their mark? Or is it both? Continue reading Review: Bored to Death - Take a Dive (season finale) Filed under: Other Comedy Shows, OpEd, Episode Reviews, Reality-Free Permalink| Email this| | Comments


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Life360 Protects Your Family & Property Via Web, Mobile, & More By Jolie O'Dell (ReadWriteWeb)

Photoshop.com Mobile Fixes Photos on Smartphones [Downloads] By Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)

concerned about making a bad choice, you can upload any pic to Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:00:00 AM a Photoshop.com account first. i P h o n e / A n d r o i d / W i n d o w s The iPhone version has a few Mobile: Photoshop.com, the e f f e c t s a n d p r e - s e t c o l o r online home of Adobe's market- changes—along with multi-touch l e a d i n g i m a g e e d i t o r , h a s functionality, of course—and the released a native photo editor and Android version features a nonphoto uploader for Android multi-touch straightening tool, phones, and it's a fairly versatile but the two are basically the same solution for fixing or offloading app in different shells. All images while you're out and versions are fairly robust for about. mobile editing apps, and do a On Android phones, photos can good job of correcting the most be cropped, rotated, resized, and notable failings of mobile lenses. adjusted for saturation, exposure, Photoshop.com Mobile is a free and tint, as well as have a soft download for iPhones, Android, focus or black & white effect or Windows Mobile devices. applied. Multiple effects can be P h o t o s h o p . c o m M o b i l e [ v i a undone and re-done, and if you're D o w n l o a d S q u a d ]

access all their Life360 services from their phones. Right now, Android devices are supported, Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:18:19 PM with a BlackBerry app coming Life360 is often described as an emergency contacts; a thorough, soon and an iPhone app stuck in "OnStar for life," providing its web-enabled ID service that App Store purgatory. users with tools to track and gives first responders instant Another "coming soon" service protect people and things through access to critical information; a we thought was cool - and also a variety of interfaces. service for cataloging and excellent Cheaters fodder - is a T h e c o m p a n y o f f e r s I R L tracking valuable items via coded GPS-enabled tracking dongle that s e r v i c e s s u c h a s c h i l d tags; and identity protection can be thrown in a bag, ductidentification paraphernalia, services. taped to the underside of a car, medical IDs, and credit and The mobile tracking feature - tossed onto a pet's collar, stapled identity protection; but they also w h i c h g o t t h e c o m p a n y a to a child - you name it. Life360 have a cool suite of features that $ 3 0 0 , 0 0 0 i n v e s t m e n t f r o m founder Chris Hulls told us in an revolve around Internet and Google - allows users to locate email that he hopes to roll out the mobile tracking of people, family members using the web hardware within the next six objects, and even pets. Their i n t e r f a c e o r t h e m o b i l e months. "There will be an Android application for tracking application. Custom privacy additional fee, probably in the and securely messaging people settings allow users to find loved neighborhood of $100 for the even netted them a seed round ones in an emergency, check device and $10 per month for from Google their locations, see their statuses, each tracked person," he said. Sponsor a n d r e t r a c e t h e i r p r e v i o u s Some other GPS- and mobileThe concept for the company, locations. While the company enabled features Hulls plans to which was founded in the wake states this will not make family release within the next year are a of Hurricane Katrina, revolves members feel stalked, we see this Curfew 2.0 app, a check-in around disaster preparedness and app as Cheaters fodder as well as system for "distributed" families emergency messaging. Currently, a great way to keep track of the to touch base, and customized the available features include an ones you care about most during alerts for emergency notifications emergency messenger that uses times of crisis. in a user's specific location. email, web, SMS, and phone to The Android app allows users to Discuss get messages through to

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New iPhone Worm: How Worried Should We Be? By Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)

Australia, iKee was created to highlight the iPhone's poor security. Apparently unrepentant Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:24:32 AM about his creation, Towns has Numerous reports have surfaced made no attempt to hide his over the weekend regarding the identity, posting on internet first iPhone worm spotted in the forums and on his Twitter page wild. The worm, known as iKee, about his hack. He even cheekily only affects modified handsets tweets a response to a post on also known as " jailbroken" security firm's Sophos blog devices. These devices have been where the writer had sought out hacked by their owners to allow the hacker's identity via Google f o r t h e i n s t a l l a t i o n o f searches:"You know man if you unapproved, third-party programs wanted my number you could that aren't allowed in the iTunes have asked." And he wasn't App Store. kidding - Towns has been Currently, the worm doesn't happily responding to media appear to be all that malicious - it requests via his Twitter account. simply changes the phone's For example, he told ABC News background image to a photo of that he had personally infected singer Rick Astley, the man 100 iPhones with the worm. whose song "Never Gonna Give From those phones, he explained, You Up" has become a well- the worm will then try to spread known internet meme called " to other devices. rickrolling," a joke where users Perhaps the reason for his are tricked into clicking links that transparency has to do with the r e d i r e c t t h e m t o A s t l e y ' s relatively harmless nature of the YouTube video. attack. The worm just changes Despite the relatively innocuous the iPhone wallpaper on the nature of this particular attack, it affected devices. However, as the may be the precursor to future S o p h o s ' p o s t p o i n t s o u t , attacks of a more malicious " a c c e s s i n g s o m e o n e e l s e ' s nature. But how dangerous will computing device and changing these attacks be to the iPhone- their data without permission is owning population as a whole? Is an offence in many countries." there really a need for concern? While that may be true, it's clear Sponsor that Towns feels as if he's almost About the iKee Worm doing a public service by According to the hacker, 21-year exposing a security vulnerability -old Ashley Towns, a student that many jailbroken iPhones living in New South Wales, face. More Hacks Expected?

users. To begin with, they're relatively tech-savvy to have managed to jailbreak their phones to begin with - a process which involves using downloadable software tools that unlock Apple's control mechanisms on the device. While not overly complex, most mainstream iPhone users won't bother to take this action, content with the iTunes App Store and its 100,000 While this particular worm or so available applications. appears to be localized to And then there is the fact that the Australia, it could have spread to attacks don't even affect all other countries and eventually, jailbroken iPhone owners - they worldwide. It also comes directly only affect those who have also on the heels of another similar installed a program called SSH attack on jailbroken devices. on their devices. The program Only last week, a Dutch hacker allows users to access the broke into jailbroken iPhones and iPhone's filesystem with the then displayed a message on the username of "root" and password comprised devices demanding a of "alpine." Since few SSH users ransom of 5 Euros. This attack had bothered to change this root was also made possible through password, that left their phones the same vulnerability that the open to attack. Still, how many people are we iKee worm uses. talking about here? And what Graham Cluley of Sophos sort of iPhone user are they? predicts that other hackers will be Although exact numbers of tempted to write their own code jailbreakers are unknown, mobile now that they've seen what's analytics firm Pinch Media possible. In addition, some recently revealed data showing hackers may be more malicious there are at least 4 million of with their creations than what these jailbroken devices in the we've seen so far. But Who is iPhone ecosystem. It's not known Really Being Affected? However, even if the attacks how many of these users have escalate, the fact of the matter is also installed SSH. that the potential victims are a For the most part, it's likely that minor subset of Apple iPhone those who have done so are knowledgeable enough to prevent

future attacks on their devices even if they had become a victim of one of these recent hacks. At the very least, they're now aware of the issue and can follow the straightforward instructions available on the web that explain how to change the root password so it's no longer the default. More Dangerous than the iPhone Worm: Dishonest Developers Despite all the media hoopla over this "first iPhone worm," it's not something that most iPhone owners will have to worry about. What's more concerning are the claims that a supposedly legitimate iPhone development firm has been collecting personally identifiable information from the users of its App Store-approved iPhone games which have been installed over 20 million times. According to a suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, the firm, Storm8, has been using a a backdoor method which allowed them to collect the phone numbers of anyone who had installed their applications. This wouldn't be the first time that an iPhone developer has done this, either. Apple actually provides an easy way for developers to tap into this information, if they so desire. If anything, this is the real threat that the media should be focused on, not the iPhone worm. Discuss


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5 Years On: ReadWriteWeb's 2004 Interview With Tim O'Reilly By Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb)

software lock-in would survive in web 2.0? O'Reilly argued that Microsoft Submitted at 11/9/2009 1:53:59 AM would have to change: "I think Five years ago I interviewed tech that the business of Microsoft, publisher Tim O'Reilly about a the company of Microsoft, is new term that his company had going to continue to succeed. But just coined: Web 2.0. The first I think the business model of Web 2.0 conference had been Microsoft is going to have to held the previous month, October change." 2 0 0 4 , a n d O ' R e i l l y h a d This has turned out to be the graciously agreed to give an case. Over the past 5 years, interview to yours truly - "an Microsoft has slowly rolled out a unknown blogger from New "software plus services" strategy Zealand," as I put it back then. under the catch-all phrase 'Live.' The interview ran in a 3-part While the Windows OS and series (see also part 2 and part 3) desktop software such as Office and covered Web 2.0, new continue to be Microsoft's business models, social software mainstay products, some of the and eBooks. functionality gradually moved I've always been a big believer into the cloud - e.g. syncing over in learning from history as we devices. Vista, the current look to the future. So let's re-visit generation of Windows, began this interview from five years ago t h a t t r a n s i t i o n . I n 2 0 0 9 , and see how prescient the father Microsoft is even taking steps to of Web 2.0 was. put Office online. Sponsor With the benefit of hindsight, I Microsoft and Web 2.0 think O'Reilly nailed it in 2004 In 2004 the leading Web 2.0 with this statement: "Microsoft companies were Google, Yahoo! will continue to dominate on the and Amazon. But what of the PC, but the PC is going to be a dominant software company of smaller and smaller part of the t h e p r e v i o u s g e n e r a t i o n , entire business." Microsoft? I asked Tim O'Reilly The Mobile Web, for one, has back in November 2004 whether taken attention away from Microsoft's core strategy of Microsoft. Which is where Apple

However, I said that "the other side of that coin [...] is the "data lock-in" of users, where users may not necessarily have control over their content." I asked O'Reilly if that was something comes in... Apple and Web 2.0 for users to be concerned about? At the inaugural 2004 Web 2.0 O'Reilly replied, in November Conference, Apple was a no- 2004, that "there are companies show. In talking about Apple's that are trying to use data lock-in position in the Web industry back as a competitive tool - and there then, O'Reilly said that "Apple is will eventually be a recognition in a position they've been in a lot that this is a problem." of times before. They're like This has indeed happened - and Moses showing the way to the data lock-in is nowhere more of a promised land, but they don't problem than on the world's most actually go there." popular social network circa Although Apple never did open 2009, Facebook. Over the past u p , a s O ' R e i l l y f o r e s a w , few years we at ReadWriteWeb nevertheless they went on to have written many articles about create the most successful new F a c e b o o k ' s ' w a l l e d g a r d e n ' gadget of the past decade: the approach to user data. Users can't iPhone. Apple also created a t a k e t h e i r p e r s o n a l d a t a thriving iPhone app ecosystem. elsewhere. What's more, there So in the case of the Mobile have been bungled attempts to Web, Moses (a.k.a. Steve Jobs) use that data for commercial actually did lead us to the means. promised land! Remember that Facebook had Facebook and Data Lock-in just launched in February 2004 In 2004 I noted that "a lot of and was confined to some what Web 2.0 is about is users selected American Universities producing content and not just (Harvard to Stanford, Columbia consuming it." I pointed to and Yale). It had yet to reach the O'Reilly's own example at the 1 million users mark. While time: Amazon compared to the O'Reilly couldn't have known B a r n e s & N o b l e w e b s i t e . that Facebook would turn into the

juggernaut it now is, he did accurately predict that data lockin would become a major issue: "I believe that data lock-in of various kinds is going to be one of the key tools of business advantage in the internet era. I think that as companies realize this, they will figure out how to be evil - so to speak (to use Google's terminology) - and I predict that we will in fact have some major battles in that area." Conclusion It is remarkable how much can change in the Web industry in five years. Back in 2004, Facebook was a baby and Twitter wasn't even a glint in the milkman's eye. Among the big companies of that time, Apple hadn't yet given birth to the revolutionary iPhone and Microsoft was entering its midlife crisis. On reflection, Tim O'Reilly did extremely well in his 2004 predictions - considering how fast the Internet evolves. And I'm still grateful to him for giving an interview to an unknown New Zealand blogger. How times change... Image credits: Niall Kennedy; Shht!; Alex Eckford Discuss

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Review: The Amazing Race - This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life By Jackie Schnoop (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/9/2009 1:47:00 AM

(S15E08) This week we revisited one of the toughest roadblocks ever on The Amazing Race. Back in season six, the same farm with the same roadblock did in one team. Kristy and Lena spent eight hours searching for a clue they never did find. Phil Keoghan came out to them after dark in the field and called an end to their search. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time the show has repeated a roadblock. And what a doozy to choose! While looking for a clue in a haystack is easier than looking for a needle, there are so many haystacks -- how would our five remaining teams fare? Read on. Continue reading Review: The Amazing Race - This Is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life Filed under: OpEd, The Amazing Race, Episode Reviews Permalink| Email this| | Comments


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Did Google Steal Sidewiki From a Startup? By Jolie O'Dell (ReadWriteWeb)

but Reframe It had the further advantage of a stellar advisory board. Submitted at 11/9/2009 12:09:18 AM Fast-forwarding to this fall, Web annotation is a sexy and Google launched Sidewiki in increasingly crowded space in the September, almost a full year market. As in any such pool, the after the debut of Reframe It. a m o u n t o f e l b o w - r u b b i n g Looking at these demo videos b e t w e e n i n d i v i d u a l s a n d back-to-back, the similarities are similarity between products can obvious: lead to suspicion of theft. For an in-depth side-by-side Annotation startup Reframe It, a comparison of both apps, see 14-person team, claims that Google Watch's post on the G o o g l e ' s h o t n e w p r o d u c t subject. The basic conclusion is Sidewiki crosses the line between that the products look similar competitive innovation and IP enough that Google's source code infringement. And with a few had better be drastically different Googlers caught with their hands from Reframe It's if they are to in Reframe It's cookie jar, there avoid a major lawsuit. might be some validity to this But if we had a nickel for every claim. time we spotted disgraceful Sponsor similarities between web We first came across Reframe It products, we'd be... Well, never about a year ago when it first mind what we'd be doing with launched. The company's product that stack o' nickels. Here's the allowed users to "basically write interesting part: Reframe It CEO comments into the margins of the Bobby Fishkin, who claims his Internet" and was in heavy company has neither the time nor competition with services such as the resources to take on tech Diigo and SocialBrowse. When behemoth and pop culture darling Reframe It added Twitter and Google, told eWEEK that there F a c e b o o k i n t e g r a t i o n a n d were several attempts to learn received an official nod from and assimilate his startup's Mozilla this past spring, Diigo technology and interface, right remained as a serious competitor, down to the icon designs.

According to eWEEK, Fishkin claims that one of his board members, Terry Winograd, sat in on a Google meeting in July 2008 and told a top Google exec to take a look at Reframe It. The as-yet unnamed Googler said the startup looked interesting and that the info would be passed along. In the months that followed, at least six Reframe It accounts were registered to Google employees, which would allow engineers "plenty of time to explore every nook and cranny of our functionality," said Fishkin. But the real kicker is Google's alleged attempt to hire Reframe It co-founder and lead engineer Ben Taitelbaum just days before Sidewiki launched. And what was the official Google response to these reports? "The variety of existing products in this space and the increasing number of sites that enable user

generated content shows that there is growing demand for allowing users to contribute to the Web," a Google rep wrote to eWEEK in a measured but definite dismissal of Reframe It's claims. Certainly, Google has been talking and thinking about annotation for years. And its end product has many differences from others on the market. And the market has a few notable competitors aside from Reframe It, all of which Google probably explored in due diligence processes. But if and when these two products face off in court, attorneys will be arguing whether the Google product - which, if only because it came after Reframe It's version, is without question a knockoff - is in actual violation of Reframe It's patents. And since Reframe It's patent application is still pending, they can amend the language to include Sidewiki's UX, technology, etc. The situation is, indeed, fraught with drama. Run-of-the-mill, workaday, tech IP drama. And we look forward to following up on these reports accordingly. Discuss

Street Chic: New York By ELLE.com (ELLE News Blog) Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:00:00 AM

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Legend of the Seeker fans, sorry, but it will be a while before the ratings are available By Robert Seidman (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/8/2009 10:48:01 AM

I know the fans of Legend of the Seeker are very interested to know how the season two premiere did. But because of the way syndication works (different areas air the show at different times) there are no overnight ratings for syndicated shows. I expect we might see some ratings information (ratings points) in a few days. But we will not likely see the viewer averages for the premiere episode until Tuesday, November 17 since syndicated show numbers take a week longer to produce than the numbers for broadcast and cable shows. We will post whatever information we see, as soon as we see it. I’m sorry there isn’t anything to report now, but…there isn’t anything to report now! This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Noticings: Geotagging Photo Game Powered by Flickr API By Jolie O'Dell (ReadWriteWeb)

version of Flickr or Twitpic. So, with all the other photosharing services out there, why Submitted at 11/8/2009 3:07:38 PM states, "a game of noticing the choose Flickr to build a game We recently told you about the world around you." around? It's question of scale, Flickr App garden and gave a list Sponsor according to the site. "We know of five interesting apps we found "Many of us are moving so fast other photo-sharing services are using this new section of the site. through the urban landscape we available, but we're on Flickr, so One app we didn't find - and one don't take in the things around are our friends, and it really does that brilliantly appropriates the us," the site reads. have the best location API for the Flickr API in a delightful, "Noticings is a game you play by sort of thing we want to do." infectious user experience - is going a bit slower and having a At the moment, the game seems Noticings. Part game, part look around you. It doesn't to have a small user base and a geotagging app, part photoblog, require you change your behavior largely international one - which Noticings asks users to upload significantly or interrupt your means this game is wide open for geotagged photos of interesting r o u t i n e . Y o u j u s t t a k e early-adopting Yankees to go artifacts to Flickr. Users tag the photographs of things that you Team America all over the place! photos "noticings;" those photos think are interesting or things you Also, anything that gets geeks are then imported, analyzed, and see. You'll get points for just outside gets our vote. What do scored, with extra points being noticing things, and you might our readers think? Let us know in awarded for those who post every get bonuses for interesting the comments, and be sure to day in a given week, who post coincidences." include a link to your Noticings photos of lost objects, or who We find the concept charming, a profile if you're playing already. post the first pic from a certain less boozy version of Foursquare, Discuss neighborhood. It is, as the site a more friendly-competitive

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Werewolf hunk Taylor Lautner shows off his beefed-up physique on the December cover of Men's Health and ET's got a behind-thescenes peek at his photo shoot for the mag.

A social namespace (Scripting News) Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:15:38 AM

A few days ago I added OPML export to listbrowser.org. Today I want to extend that support to include information from the social network about each user. In this case, the social network is Twitter. I could see situations where this namespace might be used to present information from status.net or Facebook, when they support lists, as Twitter has. I'm going to use the name xSocial. The "x" could stand for one of two things: 1. XML or 2. Experimental, in the spirit of MIME types that are considered experimental or ad hoc, or proposals of future standards, and have an "x" in front of their names. In other words, I'm doing this because someone has to go first, and maybe someone already has, so this is my way of asking for comments (or, more likely, flames). Here's a list of elements that may appear in documents that use the namespace. xSocial:userId -- a string of characters that identifies a user. Taylor packed on 30 pounds of third 'Twilight' film, 'Eclipse,' xSocial:userName -- the user's muscle in a year to convincingly expected out June 30, 2010. "My name. d e p i c t J a c o b B l a c k ' s character continues to grow," he xSocial:userDescription -- a transformation into an almighty tells Men's Health, "so I'd like to string of characters describing the werewolf in 'The Twilight Saga: pack on at least a few more lean user. New Moon,' which arrives Nov. pounds." xSocial:userLocation -- a string, 20. the location of the user. And the star says he plans on xSocial:userUrl -- the address of bulking up even more for the

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the user's web page. xSocial:userStatuses -- the number of status messages from the user. xSocial:userFollows -- the number of people the user follows. xSocial:userFollowedBy -- the number of people who follow the user. xSocial:userProfileImageUrl -the address of the user's "avatar" image. xSocial:userScreenName -- the name the user goes by in the network. Caveats and disclaimers: 1. Think of Twitter as establishing the precedent here. When in doubt each of these elements is defined by the way Twitter uses them. 2. Twitter keeps other information with each user, this is just the list of information that I include, now, in the OPML that's generated by listbrowser.org. I may add or remove data in the future, or use a different namespace. If it changes, I will hopefully remember to include a comment under this post. 3. Here's an example of a file that illustrates. 4. The usual disclaimers apply, including but not limited to: A. It's even worse than it appears. B. I make shitty software. C. I am not a lawyer. D. My mother loves me.


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Will the Cloud Lead Me Away From the Mac? By Alfredo Padilla (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:24:52 AM

There’s no doubt that cloud computing is a growing trend. All you have to look at is the popularity of netbooks to see that many people nowadays will be quite happy with a computing device that gives them access to the web, and not much else. I’m certainly part of this trend, as I write this story I have the following web-based applications open on my Mac: • Twitter • Google Reader • Evernote • Google Calendar • Remember The Milk • Gmail • Facebook • WordPress • Socialcast • Lexulous What surprises me isn’t how many web apps I’m accessing, but how few native Mac applications I am using to access these services. I am using Tweetie to access Twitter, Evernote has it’s own native Mac application and I use BusyCal to access Google Calendar. Apart from that, all of these web services are being accessed either via Safari (Facebook and Lexulous), or via Site Specific

Browsers(SSBs), which means I’m using the naked, if you will, web interface for the application. Two years ago I never would have done this. I actually wrote a whole blog post, on a now defunct blog, about how I eschewed web-based applications in favor of native Mac apps because I wanted a Mac-like experience. As such I used Mail.app to get my email, NetNewsWire for RSS feeds, Omni Focus for tasks, etc. Nowadays I use web-based apps for all those functions. There were several factors that led me to this place. First of all web based apps have become better in terms of user experience, in some cases even exceeding, in my opinion, the user experience of the native Mac alternative, for example Gmail versus Mail. Although Google’s web apps aren’t particularly pretty, they are well thought out, and some other web apps are almost elegant, like Remember the Milk. The iPhone has also been a driving force towards web-based applications because they are more likely to offer the ability to easily synchronize over the air. For example, I would love to use Things as my main task manager, but the simple reality is that I never remember to go through the rigamarole of synchronizing

via Wi-Fi. If I can’t sync over the air with my iPhone, then I don’t want to use it on my Mac. Probably the most important driving force, however, has been features. Google Reader is an excellent example of this. I recently went over several native Google Reader clients for the Mac, but despite this range of choices, I’m still using a site specific browser to access Google Reader. Why? Because none of these applications offer the feature set that the actual website does, and I actually use all of those features. I’ve faced similar problems with native Mac apps that purport to give you access to Facebook or WordPress. The reality is that many web applications have reached the point of complexity that building a third-party client for them becomes very difficult, especially on the desktop where users will

demand feature parity, or something close to it. Unless a company is building their own client, such as Evernote, or the service is exceedingly simple, such as Twitter, desktop clients are constantly going to be playing a losing game of catchup. What all this means for users like myself is that more and more of my computing experience is moving away from the Mac and to the web(subscription required). I love the Mac, I love the combination of stability, elegance, ease of use and power Apple’s computers offer me, but I have to admit that I’m taking less advantage of the platform than I have in the past, and unless something drastic changes, that trend is only going to continue. Apple doesn’t seem to be making aggressive moves towards building better support for web applications into the operating system, and this may be a dangerous mistake. Someday in the not to distant future something approaching 100 percent of the average user’s computing is going to move online, and when that happens Apple may find itself flat footed in a new world, and I may find myself looking for a computing platform better suited for my actual use.

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John Travolta Breaks Silence after Death of Son (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:00:00 AM

Nearly a year after the death of their 16-year-old son Jett, John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston say they are still struggling to cope with the tragedy. "We've been working very hard every day as a family to heal," Travolta tells USA Today. Jett passed away in January after suffering from a seizure at the family's Grand Bahamas home. "We have our own way of doing it, and it has been helping." Preston tells the newspaper their family has been receiving an "outpouring of love from, really, worldwide. It's been our friends, our family, our church. We partake in spiritual counseling pretty much daily."


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Rumor Has It: Verizon iPhone in Q3 2010 By Charles Jade (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 11/8/2009 2:51:31 PM

Even as Verizon continues attacking AT&T’s comparatively poor network with new ads, and by proxy the iPhone, the latest rumor has Apple developing a “worldmode” iPhone capable of running on any network. The three holiday-themed ads, “ Blue Christmas,” “ Elves,” and “ Misfit Toys,” each highlight the weakness of AT&T’s 3G wireless coverage, but the latter most directly and hilariously attacks the iPhone. Paying homage to the Rankin/Bass animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a familiarlooking device shows up on the Island of Misfit Toys, the place where defective toys are exiled. When the misfits ask why such a great toy that can download apps and browse the web is there, the

familiar lackluster coverage map pops up. The message of each commercial is the same: bad networks ruin even a great phone. AppleInsider is now reporting that perhaps Apple feels the same way, and is preparing to do something about it.

Based on a report from research firm OTR Global “citing sources in the Taiwan handset supply chain,” the hybrid iPhone will use a new chip from Qualcomm allowing it to function on both CDMA and GSM networks. The hybrid iPhone will be available in the third quarter of 2010, which makes sense, as previous

which turned out to be false, at least at the time. However, there is another possibility besides a smaller iPhone, that being a smaller iPhone. What seems more likely at this stage of iPhone development, a major redesign of the existing model or the addition of an iPhone nano? Looking back at the history of the iPod would suggest the latter. Following Palm’s lead with its second webOS phone, the Pixi, Apple could even leave out Wi-Fi to further differentiate the iPhone reporting puts the end of AT&T’s nano from the iPhone. Actually, a exclusivity agreement in 2010. smartphone without Wi-Fi in U n f o r t u n a t e l y , t h i n g s s t o p 2009 would belong on the Island m a k i n g s e n s e r i g h t t h e r e . of Misfit Toys, so scratch that, The research note also states the but a “free” iPhone nano under new iPhone has a 2.8 screen, contract would undoubtedly find compared to 3.5 for current its way under many a tree this iPhones. AppleInsider notes year. rumors from last year about an iPhone with a smaller screen,

Paul Carr's piece is rubbish (and disgusting) (Scripting News)

Anyway... Carr's piece is rubbish, and just this once I'll take the bait. This is how TechCrunch works. Of course what the nurse at the They write something stupid, hospital did, according to his then people write rebuttals account, was horrible. Let's say, explaining how it's stupid, for the sake of argument, that in building flow and page rank. It's addition to being a "citizen the same method John Dvorak journalist" she was also a British explains in an interview I did citizen. with him at the Apple Store in Of course, the movie-taker San Francisco a couple of years shooting the end of the life of the ago. beautiful Iranian protestor did Submitted at 11/8/2009 3:08:58 PM

something horrible too. Imagine, not trying to help or comfort her as she bled to death in front of him. Okay, let's concede he was a citizen journalist (whatever that is), but then humor me and assume he was British too. Or suppose the nurse and the guy in Iran were both homosexual. Or both were Christian, Jewish, Muslim, recovering alchoholics, ex-cons, single parents, only children, flat-

footed, Mac users, high school dropouts, veterans, or whatever. So we could conclude that everything negative anyone ever said about Christians was true, and homosexuals and British people. This is Logic 101 and Carr failed it. And since he's bright, assume he failed it on purpose. Why? Refer to the Dvorak explanation. This is what press people do. When Dvorak teases Mac people

for flow, it's dishonest, but it's also fairly harmless. But Carr is doing something different. He's using people's pain not just for his own self-glorification but also to build flow to attract more ads and money. It's two levels of disgusting. See also: Killing Straw Men.


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Coolest thing my father did (Scripting News) Submitted at 11/8/2009 5:56:48 PM

Critical Update Issued for Apple TV By Charles Jade (TheAppleBlog) Submitted at 11/8/2009 8:08:01 AM

Ten days after updating the Apple TV’s software to version 3.0, Apple has released version 3.0.1 along with an alarming warning about users’ content “temporarily” disappearing. From the uninformative and unintentionally hilarious support document, if you are running Apple TV 3.0 and “all of your movies, TV shows, and songs appear to be missing” or “all of your movies, TV shows, and songs appear to be present,” you should update to version 3.0.1 immediately.

In a letter to unlucky Apple TV users, the Apple TV team (at least those that still have jobs) gave instructions for updating. • Reboot your Apple TV (unplug the power cord and plug it back in) • Select Settings > General from the main menu • Select Update Software • Select Download and Install

Forum and found 10,000 page views for the missing content discussion, as well as continuing complaints after updating to the latest version. Reported problems include the Apple TV no longer syncing with iTunes, surround sound problems, new purchases not showing up, as well as performance issues. It appears Apple’s “hobby,” as the Apple TV has been described After a restart, the problem of by company executives, could disappearing content should be use a little more developer solved. That’s the good news. attention, not to mention a The bad news is there are still a purpose besides being an iTunes number of problems with the 3.x Store kiosk. software. Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Apple 2.0 beat me to the Apple Support

There's a meme going around about fathers and the coolest things they did when you were growing up. Since Father's Day on October 3, I guess I've been reflecting on this stuff more than usual, and I have a story prepared. But first, my father actually had an opinion about this, he told a story that embarassed me about how he taught me to kiss. But I'm sure I thought it was cool when I was a toddler. Kids go for that kind of stuff. But the word we're looking for is "cool" and from my point of view, as an adult, here's the coolest thing my dad did. Probably 1970 or 71. I was more than a bit of a rebellious teenager. So one day I got suspended from high school for bringing a bottle of wine to school. I was drinking with some friends in the yard before home room when the Dean of Discipline, Joey Cotter, comes walking out, takes the bottle, escorts me to his office and calls my father to come get me. My dad drives to the Bronx from Queens, and I thought for sure I'm really going to catch it now, cause not only was I drinking wine in school, but it was his wine. I had stolen it from him.

Oy. Well, my dad comes in, and instead of giving me shit, he tells off Cotter. He says why don't you leave the kids alone. My chin dropped to the floor. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. I thought I had moved to a different planet. The Dean thought so too, he was speechless. (He and I were enemies, I was, as you might imagine, and a major troublemaker. He thought he had me, but heh he no he didn't.) So that has to be the coolest thing. On the drive home we talked about baseball and the weather, and he never punished me for taking the wine. Update: Cotter died in Y2K.


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TV Guide Network and TV Land Acquire Exclusive Joint Basic Cable Rights to Curb Your Enthusiasm By Robert Seidman (TVbytheNumbers)

recently garnered tremendous buzz and fan-following during its current season which features a Submitted at 11/8/2009 10:05:15 PM long-awaited “Seinfeld” reunion TV GUIDE NETWORK AND 11 years after the show’s finale. T V L A N D A C Q U I R E Airing now on HBO, the seventh EXCLUSIVE JOINT BASIC s e a s o n o f “ C u r b Y o u r CABLE RIGHTS TO AWARD- Enthusiasm” stars members of WINNING HBO COMEDY the famed “Seinfeld” cast, who S E R I E S “ C U R B Y O U R recreate their sitcom characters ENTHUSIASM” and also play themselves during Networks Jointly Acquire Multi- the show. Platform Rights to the Hit “‘Acquiring a series of this Comedy Series Produced By and caliber truly underscores our Starring “Seinfeld” Co-Creator commitment to defining TV Larry David Guide Network as a destination LOS ANGELES (November 9, for some of the best shows on 2009) TV Land and TV Guide television,” said Ryan O’Hara, Network today announced that President of TV Guide Network they will jointly acquire basic and TVGuide.com. “‘Curb Your cable rights to “Curb Your Enthusiasm’ is our second major Enthusiasm,” the award-winning acquisition this year and it will HBO comedy series produced by become another key building and starring “Seinfeld” co-creator block in our programming lineLarry David. One of the most up for 2010 and beyond.” g r o u n d - b r e a k i n g s h o w s o n “We are excited to bring ‘Curb t e l e v i s i o n , “ C u r b Y o u r Your Enthusiasm to TV Land Enthusiasm” has never before PRIME,” stated Larry W. Jones, b e e n s e e n o n b a s i c c a b l e president, TV Land. “Curb Your television and for the first time Enthusiasm’ is one of the most ever, this irreverent comedy clever, witty and groundbreaking series will be delivered to shows on television and we’re millions of new viewers by TV excited to have it join our roster Guide Network and TV Land. In of top-quality sitcoms. The addition, both networks will irreverent way ‘Curb’ uses a c q u i r e c e r t a i n b r o a d b a n d , characters to illuminate real-life wireless and video-on-demand situations fit perfectly with our rights, bringing “Curb Your s t r a t e g y o f d e l i v e r i n g Enthusiasm” to multiple screens programming that is geared to the for fans to enjoy. life stage and attitudes of people “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has in their 40s.”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” will air on TV Guide Network for a multi -year run starting February 2010. TV Land will begin airing the series in TV Land PRIME immediately following TV Guide Network’s term. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” stars Larry David as himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. Shot in a verite style and featuring celebrities playing themselves, the episodes are improvised by the actors from an outline created by David. The series also stars Cheryl Hines as David’s wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as David’s manager Jeff and Susie Essman as Jeff’s wife Susie. The show was nominated for four Emmys in 2008, including Outstanding Comedy Series. It won the Golden Globe in the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy category in 2002. In 2003, Robert B. Weide won a directing Emmys for his work on the series. The series has also received awards from the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Banff Television Festival, American Film Institute and Monte Carlo Television Festival, among others. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is executive produced by Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Gavin Polone, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Tim Gibbons and Erin O’Malley.

About TV Guide Network TV Guide Network is the true entertainment insider and the only network that celebrates Hollywood, its stars and the shows that fans adore. Committed to buzz-worthy, breakout programming and a rich, multi-platform viewing experience, TV Guide Network is seen in more than 80 million homes nationwide and online at TVGuide.com, a one-stop fan destination serving 21 million unique users per month. TV Guide Network is home to some of America’s fan-favorite series including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Ugly Betty” and “American Idol Rewind.” The network also takes fans behindthe-scenes of Hollywood with original programming that delivers the latest news on entertainment and pop culture, as well as live coverage of the industry’s biggest events such as the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. TV Guide Network, TVGuide.com and the TV Guide brand are owned by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading nextgeneration studio and producer of award-winning series “Mad Men” and “Weeds,” and One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase. About TV Land PRIME and TV Land TV Land PRIME is TV Land’s

prime time programming destination designed for people in their mid-forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the network’s original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions and movies. TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 93 million U.S. homes. About MTV Networks MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Stargate Universe producer Brad Wright talks back to critics, talks smack about ABC’s V ratings By Robert Seidman (TVbytheNumbers)

right that V will go back to just being a letter in the alphabet, but to make that comment after the Submitted at 11/8/2009 4:32:42 PM stellar ratings V pulled in its In her review of the premiere of premiere still is a bit surprising to ABC’s V, Chicago Tribune TV me. Mo felt compelled to respond critic Maureen Ryan made to Brad’s comment. references to similar genre shows Mo notes that many people who that had debuted this fall, were eagerly anticipating SGU including Stargate Universe. Her have given up on it. For now, c o m m e n t s w e r e n ’ t e x a c t l y that describes me perfectly. I’ve f l a t t e r i n g w h i c h l e d S G U given up as well, but if I hear it’s executive producer Brad Wright turned a corner, I will definitely to leave a comment on her blog, check it out again. I watched where among other things he every episode of SG1 and SGA said: ever made and I wanted to like […] fortunately there are enough SGU, but didn’t. For me, it’s viewers and reviewers who think like they’ve used none of what I SGU is neither boring, poorly loved about Stargate: SG1 and plotted, or sexist to keep us on used many of the things I didn’t the air long after “V” is just a love about the later seasons of letter in the alphabet again.” Battlestar Galactica. Talk about putting the V in People who have been following ratings enVy! Wright might be Stargate Universe closely will

want to read Mo’s article. There’s just too much in the article you’ll want to read to post it all here. So go read it. But Mo struck a chord with this nugget: If there’s anything I have a problem with, it’s an idea

promulgated by some of the show’s defenders — that people who don’t like “Stargate Universe” just don’t get it. I am stunned some of the condescending attitudes I’ve seen. It’s frankly laughable to

me, this idea that people who have issues with “SGU” just aren’t smart enough to appreciate qualities such as complexity and ambiguity. I and many other viewers get what the show is going for. We’re not failing to understand its intentions. We think “SGU” is, in many key respects, falling short of its own goals. Amen! I added the emphasis above because we see that theme play out so much on our site that “people just aren’t smart enough to understand” made the “ Fan Excuse Bingo Cards” This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

Curb Your Enthusiasm will be on TV Guide and TV Land By Brad Trechak (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:33:00 AM

Curb Your Enthusiasm reruns are coming to basic cable. First they will be shown on the TV Guide Channel next year (doesn't everybody get that channel? I thought it was just a guide to what's on television. They have

shows?) and then TV Land in 2013. Any event that brings Larry David's sense of humor to the masses can only be a good thing (Who had the idea for the humor in awkward situations first, Larry or Ricky Gervais?). Mind you, the show's language is somewhat racy for basic cable. and there. At least there's no There will be some bleeping here prevalent nudity in any episode

that I recall. There is some adult subject matter, but nothing basic cable hasn't seen before. Hey, if The Sopranos can make it to basic cable then Larry David should have no problem. Given Susie Essman's vocabulary on the series, she may have every third word bleeped. That could possibly make her

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Paul Mooney's TV history from Black Is the New White

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Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:03:00 AM

Paul Mooney is well known to stand-up comedians for his own work and for writing for his longtime friend, Richard Pryor. Outside of that, though, his name recognition gets a little fuzzier. So for TV comedy fans, Mooney's new memoir, Black Is the New White, provides some great behind-the-scenes moments they should probably know. There are a lot of heartfelt stories about Richard Pryor and Mooney's own personal life, but there is a lot of fun TV trivia, as well. Mooney talks about getting forced onstage by a couple of friends to do his first solo standup spot in the early 60s in San Francisco. Mooney is drunk and nervous, and winds up doing the act of a comic named Ronnie Schell, who would later co-star with Jim Nabors on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Mooney admits

Mooney talks about Pryor's meltdown on The Richard Pryor Show(which featured future stars like Robin Williams, Sandra Bernhard, and John Witherspoon), territory that has been covered before, but not from the perspective of a friend like Mooney. And Mooney devotes a bit of time to In Living Color, which adopted his concept for Homey the Clown and the catch phrase, "Homey don't play that." Earlier in his career, Mooney was also a dancer on a show called Dance Party, a sort of west coast version of American Bandstand. It would be interesting to see those old tapes. Continue reading Paul Mooney's whenever he catches the show in TV history from Black Is the reruns, he feels a little guilty. New White Readers also get to see Mooney Filed under: Other Comedy and Pryor trying to write for Shows, Celebrities, Reality-Free Sanford and Son, a gig that only Permalink| Email this| | lasted a couple of episodes. Comments Predictably, they were a bit too explosive for network TV.

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There's a lot to be happy about if you're a fan of General Hospital. There's been some very good news from the soap. Things like James Franco's guest role and the return of the original Lucky, Jonathan Jackson. And Steve Burton has committed to playing Jason for a while longer. And now comes some news that's downright reassuring. Laura Wright has re-signed a four year deal with GH. She Twittered the news to her fans. Four years! To me, this means that not only can we count on the character of Carly being around for a long time to come -- and played by the same actress who has the most tenure in the part -- but also that GH will likely be around for four more years. Oh, sure, there's nothing guaranteed, but I'm an

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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - Officer Krupke By Jonathan Toomey (TV Squad) Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:06:00 AM

( S07E08)"Some guy told me to go 'f*ck my face' once. He went to jail." - Officer Krupke With the Seinfeld reunion coming up quickly (next week's

episode is "The Table Read") things kicked into high gear last night on Curb-- especially when it came to the role of Amanda, George Costanza's ex-wife. It came down to Cheryl and a busy, very popular actress named Virgina Sloane (played by bat, that creates a huge conflict Elisabeth Shue). Right off the since Larry assured Cheryl that

she had the role. But beyond that, there were a lot of issues with how "Officer Krupke" played out in terms of conflict. Curb works best when the laughs are organic and too much of this episode felt forced and manufactured. Continue reading Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - Officer

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Why I’m not watching Glee By Julia (TVbytheNumbers) Submitted at 11/8/2009 3:28:05 PM

I like quirky shows. I do. And I wanted to like Glee. I even sort of liked the pilot last season. I didn’t love it, but I liked it well enough to commit to trying it in the fall. When it returned, I hated it. Oh, there are certain charming aspects, and of the three episodes I’ve watched since the fall premiere there have been moments that make me really want to like the show. But there’s something about it that just rubs me the wrong way. I finally figured out what it is: This is one of the most misogynistic shows on TV right now. Every single female on the show

is lying, scheming, manipulative or just downright evil. The only exception is Emma, who is crazy, instead. Females are treated pretty poorly on TV in general, but I can’t think of any other show where there is not at least

one female who is presented in a more positive light. Even Dollhouse, which people love to accuse of misogyny, doesn’t present the whole female population as either crazy or manipulative.

Now, if the show presented everyone, male and female, in similar lights, that would be another story. But the males on the show are all innocent, good people. Every lying, scheming woman, is lying and scheming to a man. Not the other way around. So while there are reasons to enjoy the show, I’m glad I’ve pinpointed the reason why I can’t. It’s a much more definitively answer to give to people who ask why I’m not watching than just, “Half the time, it makes me want to throw my TV out the window for some reason.” This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

Review: Mad Men - Shut the Door, Have a Seat (season finale) By Allison Waldman (TV Squad)

feet and he's be holding on, trying to right himself and his life. He's tried with Betty. He's Submitted at 11/9/2009 12:01:00 AM tried for Sally and Bobby and (S03E13) It's a cold Friday, Gene -- at least as much as Don D e c e m b e r 1 3 , 1 9 6 3 . T h e is able to try. President's been killed and the With Conrad Hilton he's never world as Don Draper knows it been on a level playing field, and has pretty much fallen apart. For from the moment he was forced most of the season, the ground to sign the contract, Sterling as it had been. With this episode, has been shifting under Don's Cooper has not been his domain this season finale, all was

changed and, perhaps, all has been righted. More after the jump. Continue reading Review: Mad Men - Shut the Door, Have a Seat (season finale) Filed under: OpEd, Episode Reviews, Reality-Free, Mad Men Permalink| Email this| | Comments

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Rob Pattinson on 'New Moon': I'm Afraid of Commitment Like Edward (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 12:05:00 AM

In ET's continuing series of interviews with the stars of 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon,' Rob Pattinson tells all about how he is similar to his character in the film. In 'New Moon,' Rob plays vampire Edward Cullen, who is forced to make a heartbreaking choice regarding his human love, played by Kristen Stewart, in order to try to protect her. In real life, Rob says that he is afraid of commitment similar to Edward. He also opens up about his extreme degree of fame, and whether in his opinion, he lives up to the fans' perception of him.


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Colts still perfect after missed FG in final John Travolta and Kelly Preston's Daughter Makes second Acting Debut in 'Old Dogs' By Associated Press (ESPN.com)

(ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 12:04:00 AM

Ella Bleu Travolta is following in the footsteps of John Travolta and Kelly Preston when she shares the screen with her famous parents in 'Old Dogs.' She told ET she was "so excited

when I heard they were going to be in it too." Her proud papa called her a "pro." Co-star Robin Williams also praised the young actress, saying, "She's got the chops. She grew up around it…She comes from great stock."

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Fast Facts • The Colts won their 17th straight, which is tied for the third-longest win streak in NFL history. • Peyton Manning attempted 40 passes in the first half (10 in the

second) to become the first QB since Rich Gannon in 2002 to throw at least 40 passes in the first half. • Matt Schaub threw for 300-plus yards for the 10th time in his career, however his teams are 5-5 in those contests. • Andre Johnson caught 10 passes for 103 yards. It was his ninth game with at least 10

receptions and 100 yards since 2008 (most in NFL). • The Colts extended their win streak at home to 10 straight and have won 14 of 15 all-time games against the Texans. • Rapid Reaction -- ESPN Stats & Information This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

TCU Horned Frogs rise to No. 4 in latest BCS standings By ESPN.com (ESPN.com)

Florida is first for the fourth straight week, and Alabama and Texas switched spots for the NEW YORK -- All those second week in a row. blowouts have carried TCU to The Gators and Crimson Tide unprecedented heights in the have clinched their respective BCS standings, giving the divisions in the Southeastern Horned Frogs hope -- however Conference and will meet Dec. 5 slim -- of becoming the first BCS in the league championship buster to break into the national game. One of them is all but championship game. guaranteed a spot in the BCS title TCU took over fourth place in game on Jan. 7 in Pasadena, the Bowl Championship Series Calif., if they can get through the standings Sunday behind Florida, next month without a loss. Alabama and Texas. It's the The same goes for Texas, which highest BCS ranking ever for a has three regular-season games team from a conference without a n d p o s s i b l y t h e B i g 1 2 an automatic bid to the big- c h a m p i o n s h i p r e m a i n i n g . money bowl games. No potential The other undefeated teams -BCS buster had ever done better TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State than sixth in the BCS standings. -- need the top three to stumble to Submitted at 11/8/2009 4:31:02 PM

have any shot of reaching the title game. The Horned Frogs (.8620) moved up two spots and are just ahead of Cincinnati (.8579) and Boise State (.8125). Each is 9-0 with three games left. TCU has been rising by racking up lopsided victories. The Horned Frogs have won their last four games by an average score of 44-8. Meanwhile, Boise State has played close games against Tulsa and Louisiana Tech in the last month, two teams with losing records. Cincinnati struggled to put away Connecticut in a wild 47-45 victory on Saturday night. TCU is ranked fourth in both the Harris and coaches' polls, and in

the compilation of six computer rankings used by the BCS. Cincinnati is fifth in the two polls and third in the computer ratings, while Boise State is sixth across the board. BCS analyst Jerry Palm said TCU, even if the teams in front of it lose and the Frogs keep winning, still could have a hard time getting into the BCS title game. Cincinnati from the Big East has a tougher schedule down the stretch and could pass the Horned Frogs. Plus, there's no guarantee that in the end a one-loss team would not get more support from poll voters than TCU. "If they have to vote for No. 2 are they going to vote for a TCU

team ahead of an 11-1 Georgia Tech or a 12-1 Alabama if their only loss is to Florida," Palm said. The Horned Frogs and Broncos are also competing to earn the one automatic bid that nonautomatic bid conferences can earn by finishing in the top 12 of the final standings. TCU plays Mountain West Conference rival No. 16 Utah on Saturday. A win there for the Horned Frogs could provide even more separation between them and Boise State, which does not have another ranked team on its schedule. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley: Allen Iverson 'would tell me' if mulling retirement By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)

disappointed. I feel bad because I don't think that's the way he should go out." By Associated Press stay there. If they don't, there are season. Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:56:53 AM Iverson has played in three (ESPN.com) s o m e t e a m s l o o k i n g f o r "Me and Tony talked about my Memphis Grizzlies owner games since returning from a quarterbacks: Cleveland, St. position in the future, whether Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:00:41 AM Louis and Washington. I'm here or whether I'm there," Michael Heisley has shot down hamstring injury, averaging 12.3 NEW YORK -- Tony Dungy "But I think a dark horse is Vick said. "We talked about it, the idea that Allen Iverson is points, 3.7 assists and 22.3 s a y s M i c h a e l V i c k c o u l d Buffalo. They talked originally. but the primary goal is to help mulling retirement as he takes an minutes. But he has expressed potentially wind up in Buffalo, There was some communication this team win the Super Bowl." indefinite leave of absence for a displeasure over coming off the bench thus far this season. w h i c h h e s a y s p r e v i o u s l y there. I think that could be a good Vick has completed 2 of 6 personal matter. d i s c u s s e d s i g n i n g t h e spot." passes for 6 yards and rushed 12 Frustration stemming from his "It's something that I never did in quarterback. Vick has not been the weapon times for 27 yards, mostly out of reserve role combined with the my life, so obviously it's a big stress related to a recent family adjustment," he said last week. Dungy has served as an adviser for the Eagles some expected and the wildcat formation. to Vick since the Super Bowl- he was in for only two plays in He said he usually talks to issue has caused Iverson to "I'm so tired of discussing that, winning coach retired from the their 20-16 loss to the Dallas Dungy at least once a week and consider hanging up his jersey talking about that, every single Colts after last season. Now a Cowboys on Sunday night. Vick receives "great advice" from his for good, The Commercial day. It's just not something that I commentator for NBC, Dungy said his focus is on helping the mentor. Vick, who has talked to Appeal of Memphis reported want to discuss." Iverson has also acknowledged confirmed during the pregame Eagles win a Super Bowl and not churches and schools about the Monday morning. s h o w S u n d a y n i g h t b e f o r e where he'll play next year. poor life choices he's made, has But Heisley said there was no he had become a distraction. Philadelphia hosted Dallas that "It's what I thought it would be," enjoyed his second chance in indication of such consideration "When I hear anything about the by the 34-year-old guard, and the Memphis Grizzlies, I don't hear the Bills and Vick "talked Vick said. "I knew I couldn't Philadelphia. originally" when Vick was come in and do anything that "It's been great," he said. "Every owner told the newspaper that "if you guys talk about anything searching for a team after serving would disrupt the rhythm of the day I wake up and I just thank he was going to retire, he'd tell other than the situation with me coming off the bench," he said 18 months in federal prison for offense and what we had going God I have another opportunity me first." Friday. "I mean, there's got to be running a dogfighting ring. on here. I knew I was going to to play football and put on a TrueHoop: A.I. Out? The Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 have to be patient." uniform. That's what I'm thankful Allen Iverson isn't thrilled about something else with this team to coming off the bench for the talk about besides that. But I million contract for 2009, with a Bills starter Trent Edwards for." team option for the second year struggled this season before C o p y r i g h t 2 0 0 9 b y T h e Grizzlies. But does that mean his guess that sells a lot better than time in Memphis is over? Blog anything else when it comes to at $5.2 million. But he has played sustaining a concussion. Ryan A s s o c i a t e d P r e s s sparingly. Fitzpatrick, a career backup, has This content has passed through Iverson returned to his home in this team." Atlanta late last week with Information from The "I told Michael to just worry been the starter with Edwards out fivefilters.org. Heisley's permission. Associated Press was used in this about this year," Dungy said. "It's of the lineup. "I expect him to come back," report. technically up to Philadelphia. If Vick didn't want to talk about Heisley said. "If he does retire, This content has passed through they want him back, he has to potential teams for the 2010 I ' l l b e t r e m e n d o u s l y fivefilters.org.


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Kansas City Chiefs release troubled running back Larry Johnson By ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:55:51 AM

In a tersely worded statement Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that embattled running back Larry Johnson has been released. Johnson on Sunday served a one -game suspension for making gay slurs. He was 75 yards from breaking Priest Holmes' franchise record (6,070) for career rushing yards. The Chiefs suspended Johnson without pay through Sunday, the team's bye week, after he questioned coach Todd Haley's qualifications on his Twitter

account and twice used a homosexual slur in an exchange with one of his Twitter followers. Last Monday, Kansas City reached a settlement with Johnson through his agent, reducing the amount of pay Johnson would lose by half, to $315,000. The Chiefs initially cleared Johnson to return to the team's facility and participate in team activities beginning Monday. He apologized for his remarks last week, and his agent said his client had learned from the entire experience. Last week, an online petition started by Chiefs fans asked general manager Scott Pioli to

deactivate Johnson and keep him on the sideline so he could not pass Holmes' team rushing record or join the team's Ring of Honor at Arrowhead Stadium. Johnson was one of the best running backs in the NFL in 2005 and '06, running for more than 1,700 yards each season and earning Pro Bowl honors. In 2007, he signed a five-year contract extension that guaranteed him about $19 million. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

Witness Says Orlando Office Shooting Lasted 1 Minute (FOXNews.com)

SLIDESHOW: Orlando Office Shooting Rodriguez has been charged ORLANDO, Fla. A man who with first-degree murder. was in an Orlando office when a Orlando Police Chief Val former employee came in and Demings says more charges are started shooting says the ordeal expected. that left one dead and five injured An attorney for Rodriguez has lasted about a minute. portrayed the 40-year-old as a Mark Davidson, a vice president mentally ill man who fell victim at the engineering firm Reynolds, t o c o u n t l e s s p e r s o n a l a n d Smith and Hills, said Monday f i n a n c i a l p r o b l e m s . that his co-workers stayed calm Click here for more from Friday and didn't scream as Jason MyFoxOrlando.com. Rodriguez entered a reception This content has passed through area of the eighth-floor office and fivefilters.org. began shooting. Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:15:11 AM

Hermida Could Pay Off Big for Red Sox By Frankie Piliere (FanHouse)

past the World Series. Some key players have already been locked up and some high upside trades by Frankie Piliere have already gone down. What Filed under: Angels, Brewers, do these moves mean for each Marlins, Red Sox, Twins, White club involved and how will the Sox, MLB Transactions, Scout's players dealt respond to their new Eye View In Advanced Scouting, homes? Just as significant, how MLB FanHouse's professional important will the prospects dealt talent evaluator breaks down turn out to be? offseason moves from a scouting From Mark Teahen headed to perspective. Chicago, to the Carlos Gomez for It hasn't taken long for the Hot J.J. Hardy swap, to Bobby Stove to get heated up as we roll Abreu's new deal with the Submitted at 11/9/2009 12:49:00 AM

Angels, each move had a distinct impact. Perhaps the most interesting of these, however, was Jeremy Hermida being

shipped to Boston. For the price of a pair of young lefties, the Red Sox took a gamble that may prove very worthy. Hermida Could Pay Off Big for Red Sox originally appeared on Fanhouse MLB Blog on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 00:49:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Older, Wiser Tony Romo Leads Key Win By Kevin Blackistone (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/9/2009 2:20:00 AM

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Filed under: NFL, NFL Analysis PHILADELPHIA -- In the wee hours of Monday morning, with a blue Cowboys' baseball cap pulled down snug on his noggin and a short sleeve T-shirt worn over a long sleeve one, Tony Romo looked like the boyish character we've come to see him as. He looked more like some guy who just finished playing a pick-up football game between fraternities rather than the multimillion-dollar NFL quarterback for Jerry Jones' Cowboys that he's been for a number of years now. But when Romo started to talk about what he'd accomplished, he sounded wise beyond his

appearance. "If you keep the mental discipline ..." Romo explained in a quite deliberate and thoughtful delivery, "keep getting better, keep learning what they're doing ... you can do some good things." Older, Wiser Tony Romo Leads Key Win originally appeared on Fanhouse - Kevin Blackistone on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 02:20:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Brian Leetch: Pride of the Rangers By Christopher Botta (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:00:00 AM

by Christopher Botta Filed under: Rangers, NHL Hall of Fame The main press box for Rangers games at Madison Square Garden is in the lower bowl, behind one of the goals. It is here where the perfect imagery can be found to illustrate the magical play of Brian Leetch, who enters the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. In this press box sit men and women, some who have been to thousands of games, some perhaps new to the hockey beat. Either way, it can often be a jaded lot. But when Leetch plied his craft as a defenseman for the Rangers from 1988 until 2004, there were countless moments when his artistry made those four

Luc Robitaille: The Ultimate Steal rows of tables one of the grandest places to be in sports. The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of '09: Steve Yzerman| Brian Leetch | Brett Hull Luc Robitaille| Lou Lamoriello Brian Leetch: Pride of the Rangers originally appeared on Fanhouse NHL Blog on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Steve Yzerman: Most Gracious Superstar By Susan Slusser (FanHouse)

behavior. The longtime Red Wings captain, and a three-time Stanley by Susan Slusser Cup winner as a player, enters Filed under: Red Wings, NHL the Hall of Fame as a winner on Hall of Fame In an age of look-at the ice and off, a gentleman -me professional athletes, full of respected by his peers and adored boasting, silly taunting and big by his fans. celebrations over routine plays, Yzerman was, and is, classy and Steve Yzerman is a reminder that understated, the embodiment of the best and most talented shine o l d - f a s h i o n e d v a l u e s o f all the brighter for humble sportsmanship and personal

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accountability. The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of '09:

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By Adam Gretz (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:00:00 AM

by Adam Gretz Filed under: Kings, Penguins, Rangers, Red Wings, NHL Hall of Fame It doesn't matter how good your team's front office is, the NHL draft can still be a complete shot in the dark in which the most highly-touted, can't miss prospect can miss, and ninth-round picks that sneak under the radar because of concerns about their ability to skate at an NHL level can end up scoring over 600 goals and tallying nearly 1,400 points in a 19-year career -- kind of like Luc Robitaille. The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of '09: Steve Yzerman| Brian Leetch| Brett Hull Luc Robitaille | Lou Lamoriello Luc Robitaille: The Ultimate Steal originally appeared on Fanhouse NHL Blog on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 10:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments


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Brett Hull: Bulldog, Blues and Beyond By Bruce Ciskie (FanHouse) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:00:00 AM

by Bruce Ciskie Filed under: Blues, Stars, Red Wings, NHL Hall of Fame, College Hockey In 1984, a kid with a famous name and loads of potential in his game showed up on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Calgary Flames had drafted the kid, but they knew he wasn't ready to play. After two years at UMD, Brett Hull -- son of the great Bobby Hull -- was ready to tear up the NHL. Boy, did he ever do that. Turns out Hull was quite the impact player at every level he ever played at. He finished his career as the only player to ever score 50 goals in college hockey, the minors, and the NHL. The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of '09: Steve Yzerman| Brian Leetch|

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Rescue crews haven't been able to locate any survivors from a small plane crash in the Florida Everglades. According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, alert drivers on Interstate 75 called dispatchers Sunday night to report the low-flying aircraft. One caller thought the plane crashed, while other drivers said it appeared to disappear. Crews located the crash site Sunday night. Authorities say it appears the single-engine airplane nose-dived into the Everglades. Homicide detectives are expected to be on the scene Monday to continue their investigation. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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by Michael David Smith Filed under: FanHouse Exclusive, Media Watch Manny Pacquiao will fight Miguel Cotto on Saturday night (HBO pay-perview at 9 PM ET), but he'll be taking a few minutes out of his preparations to chat live with FanHouse readers on Monday. If you want to ask Pacquiao a question, you can ask it during our live chat, or submit it in advance to me on Twitter @MichaelDavSmith. The live chat begins below at 2PM ET on Monday.

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Second season of Xbox Live's 1 vs 100 starts Nov. 19 By David Hinkle (Joystiq) Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:30:00 AM

If you've been missing your trivia fix on Xbox Live, you should be happy to learn that Microsoft has dated the second season of its Xbox Live quiz-'emup, 1 vs 100. Expect the game to

return on November 19 at 5:00 PDT, where it'll dish out another 14 weeks' worth of questions -and this time around, your chance to be The One or a part of The Mob will be determined by one thing: score. Multiple-choice maniacs will be able to play the new season of 1

vs 100 on a daily basis through themed Extended Play sessions

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The Best of Big Download: November 2 - 8 By Joystiq Staff (Joystiq)

• Interviews: We had interviews with the CEO of the gaming PC maker Maingear and the lead The first full week of November d e s i g n e r b e h i n d S h a t t e r e d 2009 kept us at Big Download on H o r i z o n . our toes with a ton of news, • Serious Sam HD Preview: We downloads, and special features. go hands-on with a near final As usual, we take some time to v e r s i o n o f C r o t e a m ' s F P S smell the roses and look back at r e m a k e . the past week. Please, won't you • Mac Monday: Our look at Mac join us? -based games checks out two Exclusive features titles: T rapped: The Abduction and Harvest: Massive Encounter. • Unreal Development Kit: We • Boot Disk: Our look at retro were all over the release of Epic games checks out the classic Games' free version of Unreal space strategy title Master of Engine 3 with a feature on the Orion II. UDK itself and interviews with • Big Ideas: Our regular look at the teams behind the first two game themes examines what free UDK games; Whizzle and people's perceptions are on The Ball. beauty in a game. • Reviews: We give our final • All You Need To Know: Our v e r d i c t s f o r B o r d e r l a n d s , 411 feature gives you everything Torchlight, AI War: Fleet you need to know about Command and Shattered Horizon Blizzard's upcoming Diablo III. Submitted at 11/8/2009 11:30:00 PM

Deal activity lifts Wall Street (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:26:53 AM

Deal activity by companies from chocolate makers to a nuclear submarine manufacturer buoyed

Wall Street confidence on Monday, lifting US stocks higher after last week’s strong gains. Less than an hour after the opening bell, the S&P 500 was up 1.2 per cent at 1,81.81. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

• Playing For Free: Our weekly look at online free-to-play games has our opinion on CrimeCraft which recently turned into a freeto-play game. • Freeware Friday: Don't turn out the lights. This week's column on free PC games checks out the super-spooky Au Sable. • Contest: You still have some time to win one of three Steam download codes for Shattered Horizon.

Final Fantasy XIII announcement possibly due on Nov. 13 By Griffin McElroy (Joystiq)

Thirteenth." The nature of this "announcement" is still up in the Continue reading The Best of "A Henchmen Inventor Tent air, though our money's on an official North American release Big Download: November 2 - 8 Unto." The Best of Big Download: Before reading on, why not try date for the super-anticipated November 2 - 8 originally to solve that puzzle for yourself? RPG. Though, considering the appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 08 It's an anagram, which means speed at which the series is Nov 2009 23:30:00 EST. Please you can mess the letters about to growing now, we wouldn't be spell a secret message. Here's a surprised if Squeenix went ahead see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| hint: It was posted by Square and dropped the Final Fantasy Enix as a tease for Final Fantasy XV bomb on us. Comments XIII, meaning it probably has Final Fantasy XIII something to do with that game. announcement possibly due on What's that? "A Chevron Non- Nov. 13 originally appeared on nineteenth Mutt?" We suppose Joystiq on Sun, 08 Nov 2009 that's a pretty good guess, but 19:30:00 EST. Please see our rose 1.1 per cent to 10,129.60 unfortunately, it's the wrongest terms for use of feeds. and was touching fresh highs for thing ever. A Final Fan-site Read| Permalink| Email this| the year. The Nasdaq climbed 1.3 r e c e n t l y h a d b e t t e r l u c k Comments per cent to 2,140.06. uncovering the message's true This content has passed through meaning: "Announcement Nov fivefilters.org. Submitted at 11/8/2009 7:30:00 PM


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Japanese hardware sales, Oct. 26 - Nov. 1: Away we Go edition By Griffin McElroy (Joystiq)

place the PSP Go into our weekly line-up. The system's one-day sales of 29,109 garnered it a It was almost one year ago to the somewhat disappointing fourthday when we last added a p l a c e f i n i s h - - w h i l e participant to the Japanese sales simultaneously, the sales totals of charts, leading to a mathematical every other console (save for the anomaly which'sploded our DSi) increased, reversing a recent living quarters. Luckily, we downward trend for the region. learned from our mistakes, and Our theory on why this occurred have remembered not to add is simple: Upon seeing the digital today's newcomer to our Excel distribution-based future our spreadsheet, preserving the world has in store, Japanese integrity of our apartment and, gamers began to hoard the more importantly, the space-time t a n g i b l e m e d i a - r e a d i n g continuum. platforms, which will Not that we require number- undoubtedly become priceless crunching software to accurately relics in the coming years. Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:30:00 PM

Also, an action game featuring an attractive, gun-toting witch whose clothes frequently disappear was released. That might have contributed to the

sales surge. Like, a little. - DSi: 37,517 4,682 (11.10%) - PS3: 36,061 6,084 (20.30%) - PSP: 34,911 2,046 (6.23%) - PSP Go: 29,109 (New Entry!)

- Wii: 28,888 2,971 (11.46%) - DS Lite: 6,902 352 (5.37%) - Xbox 360: 6,047 1,577 (35.28%) - PS2: 1,966 15 (0.77%) [Source: Media Create] See: The attractive archives Japanese hardware sales, Oct. 26 - Nov. 1: Away we Go edition originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 08 Nov 2009 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

For the UK's best Modern Warfare 2 deal, head to the grocery store By JC Fletcher (Joystiq) Submitted at 11/9/2009 9:30:00 AM

Grocery stores aren't typically known for great video game deals -- we can't remember any notable supermarket game purchases since our local Albertson's cleared out its NES rentals. But Sainsbury supermarkets in the UK have an

offer worth noting: the retailer has cut the price of Modern Warfare 2 to just £26 ($43.76), an amazing £29 off the regular price. Tesco is also offering a big price cut on Modern Warfare 2: it's £25 with the purchase of another are open all the time anyway, Sainsbury's locations. Unless bestselling game ( The Guardian will begin selling the game at they're like stores in the US, in specifies "top-20" games), or midnight tonight, as will five which case they began selling £39.70 on its own. Tescos, which

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China car sales surge on stimulus steps (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/9/2009 1:29:05 AM

Wii Fit Plus claims top spot in UK sales chart, Dragon Age debuts in fifth By Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)

have a stronger showing in the US, though we'll have to wait for the NPD results to see if it lands Submitted at 11/9/2009 10:01:00 AM in the top ten. Wii Fit Plus has taken the top Source-- A fitting No1 [Chart spot in the UK during its second Track] week of release, according to Source-- All formats chart Chart Track. The excellent [Chart Track] Dragon Age: Origins premiered Wii Fit Plus claims top spot in in fifth place, behind Wii Fit UK sales chart, Dragon Age Plus, Wii Sports Resort and two d e b u t s i n f i f t h o r i g i n a l l y football games. No surprises appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 09 there! Nov 2009 10:01:00 EST. Please Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in see our terms for use of feeds. Time premiered at the 22nd spot, Permalink| Email this| which is a weaker debut than we C o m m e n t s had anticipated for the titular duo's final(ish) outing. It'll likely

SHANGHAI, Nov 9 - China’s passenger cars sales in October surged 75.8 per cent from a year earlier, official data showed, extending the explosive growth in recent months as government incentive policies continued to lure customers. By JC Fletcher (Joystiq) Continue reading NintendoWare A total of 946,400 passenger Weekly: Excitebike World Rally, cars were sold in October, up Submitted at 11/9/2009 11:00:00 AM Electroplankton, Cybernoid, and sharply from 538,500 units sold a year earlier, but slightly lower It's a very exciting day for more Nintendo downloads, thanks to NintendoWare Weekly: that 1.02m units sold in one very thrilling two-wheeler. E x c i t e b i k e W o r l d R a l l y , S e p t e m b e r , t h e C h i n a But Excitebike World Rally is far Electroplankton, Cybernoid, and Association of Automobile from the only offering this week. more originally appeared on Manufacturers said on Monday. In fact, there are multiple games Joystiq on Mon, 09 Nov 2009 “Autumn is usually the best auto available for WiiWare, Virtual 11:00:00 EST. Please see our selling season. But it is not that obvious this year as sales have Console, and DSiWare, which terms for use of feeds. seems like a rare feat for Read| Permalink| Email this| been so strong all along,” said Qin Xuwen, an analyst with Nintendo of America. Head past Comments Orient Securities. the break to see if any of the This content has passed through other new games excite you. fivefilters.org.

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Cadbury rejects Kraft’s £9.8bn hostile bid (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:17:02 AM

Cadbury on Monday rejected a hostile cash and shares bid from Kraft that valued the UK confectionery group at £9.8bn or

717p a share, after the US food group formalised the terms of an indicative offer it made two months ago. Shares in Cadbury, which had been trading higher in morning trading in London, fell 2 per cent after Kraft announced its bid but

recovered later in the session to stand fractionally higher at 758½p. Kraft shares were little changed in New York at $26.79. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Gulf Coast preps as Ida weakens to tropical storm (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News)

Earlier, heavy rain in Ida's wake triggered flooding and landslides in El Salvador that killed 124 PENSACOLA, Fla. – Schools people. One mudslide covered closed, residents of low-lying the town of Verapaz, about 30 areas sought shelter and Florida's miles outside the capital, San governor declared a state of Salvador, before dawn Sunday. emergency Monday as a lateIn the U.S., there were no season tropical storm churned immediate plans for mandatory toward the Gulf Coast. evacuations, but authorities in After a quiet storm season, some coastal areas were opening residents took the year's first shelters and encouraging people serious threat in stride. near the water or in mobile "Even though we're telling homes to leave. everybody to be prepared, my gut Monday morning, Ida was tells me it probably won't be that located about 185 miles southbad," said Steve Arndt, director southeast of the mouth of the of Bay Point Marina Co. in Mississippi River and about 285 Panama City, Fla. miles south-southwest of Ida started out as the third Pensacola. It was moving northhurricane of this year's Atlantic northwest near 17 mph. season, which ends Dec. 1, but it Officials were encouraging weakened to a tropical storm residents to prepare for potential M o n d a y m o r n i n g , w i t h gusts of 60 mph by removing tree maximum sustained winds near limbs that could damage their 70 mph. The U.S. National homes and securing or bringing Hurricane Center said it was not in any trash cans, grills, potted expected to strengthen again plants or patio furniture. before making landfall along the Residents of Pensacola Beach, Gulf Coast sometime Tuesday Fla., and nearby Perdido Key morning. were encouraged to leave, as T r o p i c a l s t o r m w a r n i n g s were people farther inland who extended more than 200 miles live in mobile homes, and school across Louisiana, Mississippi, was canceled in the area Monday Alabama and Florida. and Tuesday. Some schools Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:20:34 AM

around New Orleans and in Alabama also canceled classes Monday. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency as a precaution Sunday, and the National Guard was on high alert there. Nearly 1,400 Louisiana residents are still living in federally issued trailers and mobile homes after hurricanes Katrina and Rita; nearly 360 units remained in Mississippi. "FEMA stresses that those in temporary (housing) units should not take chances," Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Andrew Thomas said. "Leave the unit behind and evacuate to a permanent structure that will better withstand tropical weather systems and the associated winds." Mississippi authorities warned residents to be vigilant. They were monitoring conditions to see whether any evacuations of lower-lying areas or school closures would be necessary. "It is likely we will at least be hit with strong winds and some flooding in our coastal counties," said Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency

Management Agency. Officials "do not want anybody to be caught off guard." There were no mandatory evacuations in Alabama, but schools were closed in Baldwin County on the eastern side of Mobile Bay, and the county was opening a shelter. In the Florida Panhandle, residents in Bay County and Panama City were being advised to secure boats and prepare for storm surges that could reach 2-3 feet. Heavy rain, wind and possible flooding was also expected. "You really don't know until it gets close how you're going to be affected by it," said Brad Monroe, Bay County's deputy chief of emergency services. Ida was not expected to pack the wallop seen in 2008 when hurricanes Gustav and Ike pelted the Gulf Coast back-to-back. ___ Associated Press writers Suzette Laboy in Miami and Becky Bohrer in New Orleans. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

UK change of heart on banking tax plan (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/8/2009 11:20:26 AM

Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, rapidly backpedalled from his proposal for a financial transactions tax on Sunday after a chorus of criticism of his plan set out in a speech on Saturday to a meeting of global finance ministers. The US led a backlash against the“Tobin tax” on financial transactions after Mr Brown took a Group of 20 finance ministers’ meeting by surprise with his proposal at the gathering in St Andrews, Scotland. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Resolute Fort Hood soldiers ready for return (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:23:06 AM

FORT HOOD, Texas – Pvt. Joseph Foster took a bullet in the leg during the Fort Hood shooting rampage. He pauses when he's asked about the mayhem, then credits a stout heritage with bringing him through the ordeal and leaving him eager for his scheduled January deployment to Afghanistan. "I'm Irish. It hit the bone and bounced out," Foster, of Ogden, Utah, said Sunday of the bullet that tore into his left hip. His wife is uneasy about the deployment, but the 21-year-old Foster is resolute. "I'm a soldier. It's my job." Across Fort Hood, signs point to a post on the mend after the shooting spree Thursday that killed 13 and wounded 29. Accused gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, shot in the torso by civilian police to end the rampage, was in critical but stable condition and breathing on his own at an Army hospital in San Antonio. Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in

the shootings but they won't say when charges would be filed and have said they have not determined a motive. Sixteen victims remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and seven were in intensive care. Even as the community took time to mourn the victims at worship services on and off the post Sunday, Fort Hood spokesman Col. John Rossi said the country's largest military installation was moving forward with the business of soldiering. The processing center where Hasan allegedly opened fire remains a crime scene, but the activities that went on there were relocated, with the goal of soon reopening the center. "There's a lot of routine activity still happening. You'll hear cannon fire and artillery fire," Rossi said. "Soldiers in units are still trying to execute the missions we have been tasked with." President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service Tuesday honoring victims of the attack, amid growing suggestions that Hasan's superior officers may have missed signs that he

was embracing an increasingly extremist view of Islamic ideology. Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday he wants Congress to determine whether the shootings constitute a terrorist attack and whether warning signs were missed. A day earlier, classmates who participated in a 2007-2008 master's program at a military college told The Associated Press that they complained to faculty during the program about what they considered to be Hasan's anti-American views, which included his giving a presentation that justified suicide bombing and telling classmates that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution. "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance," Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said on " Fox News Sunday." "He should have been gone." Army Chief of Staff George Casey warned Sunday against reaching conclusions about the suspected shooter's motives until investigators have fully explored the attack. "I think the

speculation (on Hasan's Islamic roots) could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers," he said on ABC's "This Week." Sgt. 1st Class Frank Minnie was in the processing center Monday and Wednesday, getting some health tests and immunizations in preparation for his deployment. The mass shooting happened Thursday, but Minnie said Fort Hood soldiers have the attitude that "the mission still goes on." "Everybody's going to grieve a little bit. It hurts a lot because it's one of your battle buddies, and someone lost a mom, dad, brother or sister," said Minnie, 37, who served in Iraq in 2006. "But it doesn't change my perspective of going to war. I've got a job to do." ___ Associated Press writers Allen Breed and Jeff Carlton in Fort Hood and Pamela Hess, Devlin Barrett, Richard Lardner and Jessica Gresko in Washington contributed to this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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Murdoch hints he will sue BBC (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:38:58 AM

Rupert Murdoch indicated on Monday that News Corporation would sue the BBC over breach of copyright for “stealing” material from his newspapers round the world. Mr Murdoch, interviewed on Sky News Australia, was asked how he would be able to instigate his proposal to charge for newspaper websites such as The Times in the UK or The Australian when the BBC and ABC produced free news content on their sites. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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extended more than 200 miles across Louisiana, Mississippi, Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:23:53 AM Alabama and Florida. PENSACOLA, Fla. Schools Earlier, heavy rain in Ida's wake closed, residents of low-lying triggered flooding and landslides areas sought shelter and Florida's in El Salvador that killed 124 governor declared a state of people. One mudslide covered emergency Monday as a late- the town of Verapaz, about 30 season tropical storm churned miles outside the capital, San toward the Gulf Coast. Salvador, before dawn Sunday. After a quiet storm season, In the U.S., there were no residents took the year's first immediate plans for mandatory serious threat in stride. evacuations, but authorities in Maps, forecasts, radar and more some coastal areas were opening at MyFoxHurricane.com shelters and encouraging people "Even though we're telling near the water or in mobile everybody to be prepared, my gut homes to leave. tells me it probably won't be that Monday morning, Ida was bad," said Steve Arndt, director located about 185 miles southof Bay Point Marina Co. in southeast of the mouth of the Panama City, Fla. Mississippi River and about 285 Ida started out as the third m i l e s s o u t h - s o u t h w e s t o f hurricane of this year's Atlantic Pensacola. It was moving northseason, which ends Dec. 1, but it northwest near 17 mph. weakened to a tropical storm Officials were encouraging M o n d a y m o r n i n g , w i t h residents to prepare for potential maximum sustained winds near gusts of 60 mph by removing tree 70 mph. The U.S. National limbs that could damage their Hurricane Center said it was not homes and securing or bringing expected to strengthen again in any trash cans, grills, potted before making landfall along the plants or patio furniture. Gulf Coast sometime Tuesday Residents of Pensacola Beach, morning. Fla., and nearby Perdido Key T r o p i c a l s t o r m w a r n i n g s were encouraged to leave, as

were people farther inland who live in mobile homes, and school was canceled in the area Monday and Tuesday. Some schools around New Orleans and in Alabama also canceled classes Monday. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency as a precaution Sunday, and the National Guard was on high alert there. Nearly 1,400 Louisiana residents are still living in federally issued trailers and mobile homes after hurricanes Katrina and Rita; nearly 360 units remained in Mississippi. "FEMA stresses that those in temporary (housing) units should not take chances," Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Andrew Thomas said. "Leave the unit behind and evacuate to a permanent structure that will better withstand tropical weather systems and the associated winds." Mississippi authorities warned residents to be vigilant. They were monitoring conditions to see whether any evacuations of lower-lying areas or school closures would be necessary.

"It is likely we will at least be hit with strong winds and some flooding in our coastal counties," said Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Officials "do not want anybody to be caught off guard." There were no mandatory evacuations in Alabama, but schools were closed in Baldwin County on the eastern side of Mobile Bay, and the county was opening a shelter. In the Florida Panhandle, residents in Bay County and Panama City were being advised to secure boats and prepare for storm surges that could reach 2-3 feet. Heavy rain, wind and possible flooding was also expected. "You really don't know until it gets close how you're going to be affected by it," said Brad Monroe, Bay County's deputy chief of emergency services. Ida was not expected to pack the wallop seen in 2008 when hurricanes Gustav and Ike pelted the Gulf Coast back-to-back. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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With Strategy Room, a Web video "network" that produces eight hours of live programming each weekday, Fox News is trying to catch up in the digital world. This past September, FoxNews.com's audience had nearly doubled, but it still trailed rival CNN by over 8 million users. Born as a wall-to-wall political channel during the presidential race, Strategy Room is an experiment that clicked. Live Web video has been fairly limited, but Strategy Room has a fully programmed lineup, including a regular entertainment show, a health series and a business hour. In September, Strategy Room averaged 28,000 viewers per day, with viewership spiking around midday. Next up: A new live chat functionality that producers can turn on and off. Also, producers will soon be able to post episodes and short highlights of shows almost instantly, and users will be able to catch up on segments that interest them during Strategy Room's regular eight-hour schedule. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Transit moving again in Philly after 6-day strike (AP) (Yahoo! News: U.S. News) Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:57:43 AM

PHILADELPHIA – Trolleys, subways and buses were running again Monday and riders were trickling back to the city's transit system after an early-morning contract agreement ended a crippling six-day strike. Commuters awoke to news that the strike was over and that service would be restored in time for the morning rush. Many had been hitching rides, driving or taking regional rail lines as they struggled to get to work for nearly a week. Teddy Stansbury, 62, of northeast Philadelphia, was glad to be back on the subway, heading to work at his job at the naval yard in south Philadelphia. But he said he was frustrated by the strike, saying all it did was hurt people who were trying to get to work and school. "I really feel they shouldn't be allowed to go on strike," said Stansbury, who had been hitching rides from co-workers and noted that the strike mostly hurt poor and working-class commuters. "At the end of it all,

who really suffers?" About 5,000 workers for Transport Workers Local 234 walked off the job early Nov. 3 in a dispute centered around pension benefits. Transit officials said they expected the system to be close to fully operational for the Monday morning commute. SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said that all bus, subway and trolley lines were running as of 6 a.m., with service at about 80 percent of normal. The city's two main subway lines were up and running by 4 a.m., Maloney said. "This was a team effort, and that's what it takes to get a deal done," Mayor Michael Nutter said, crediting the intervention of Gov. Ed Rendell and U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa. Willie Brown, president of the Transport Workers Local 234, said a ratification vote will likely be held in about a week and a half, and he expects members to approve the contract. That's good news for thousands of riders who use SEPTA in Philadelphia every day. Issiaga Sylla, 27, of west

Philadelphia, was taking the bus to a regional rail line early Monday so he could get to his job at a retail store in the suburbs. Sylla had been getting up early so he could find other ways to get to the regional rail — whose lines were still running because their workers are represented by a different union. "It's not easy," he said, adding that he was relieved the strike was over. Rendell and Brady had announced a tentative agreement late Friday, but it fell apart Saturday over the union's call for an independent audit of the pension fund and assurance that members would not be affected if the company's costs increased with possible passage of a national health reform plan. The governor said changes to the language regarding national health care and another change on dental benefits cleared the way for a deal. On the union's call for a forensic audit of pension funds, the governor said the union's two members on the pension fund's advisory board could call for such an audit "so that became a non-issue."

The union had threatened to strike while the World Series was in town, but negotiators continued bargaining after Rendell threatened consequences if that happened. The union went on strike early Tuesday, hours after the series between the Phillies and Yankees shifted back to New York. The regional rail system, while still running, had problems of its own as riders flocked to it as an alternative during the strike. A railcar heading downtown caught fire Wednesday, causing delays and confusion but no serious injuries. On Thursday, a train struck and killed a rail worker, stranding hundreds of riders during the morning rush hour. The agency said neither accident was related to increased volume due to the strike. ___ Associated Press Writer Patrick Walters contributed to this report. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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Around the Net In Media: Condand#233; Nast Hires Crisis Expert (MediaPost | Media News) Submitted at 11/8/2009 6:54:41 PM

Condé Nast Nast executives have tapped Washington, D.C.based crisis manager and media coach Michael Sheehan to improve the company's image. Sheehan is known for coaching Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, AIG and JP Morgan. Lucky publisher Gina Sanders used Sheehan when she launched Teen Vogue. Help is needed because morale at Condé is hitting an all-time low. After the closure six magazines and hundreds of layoffs, the publisher's glitzy image has also taken a drubbing on Madison Avenue. Meanwhile, cutbacks are picking up on the newspaper side of Condé's parent company Advance Publications. The Staten Island Advance, one of the company's first papers, is looking for another 40-plus volunteers to take severance packages before year's end. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Scores die in El Salvador floods (BBC News | Americas | World Edition) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:07:01 AM

Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The torrential rain triggered landslips and mudslides At least 124 people have been killed in El Salvador by flooding and landslides following days of heavy rain, the government says. President Mauricio Funes has declared a national emergency, describing the damage as "incalculable". The capital San Salvador and central San Vicente province were hardest hit. Mud and boulders buried homes and cars in the small town of Verapaz, where rescuers dug into the night - some with their bare hands - to find survivors. The BBC's weather centre says the disastrous rains were mainly caused by a low pressure system in the Pacific, which was linked indirectly to Hurricane Ida, which passed the country three days ago. Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm as it crossed the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. Nonetheless, storm warnings remain in place along the Gulf Coast of the US, from Mississippi to Florida. Massive rockslides

Soldiers joined residents of Verapaz, a town with a population of about 3,000 some 50km (30 miles) outside San Salvador, to dig through the mud with shovels under a persistent drizzle, the Associated Press reported. Emergency services said about 300 homes had been destroyed in the town, which was hit by massive rockslides from the Chichontepec volcano. AP earlier quoted Red Cross spokesman Carlos Lopez Mendoza as saying 60 people there were missing.

"The images that we have seen today are of a devastated country," President Funes said on local television. Our correspondent says that this is easily the biggest crisis the government of Mr Funes has had to face since coming to office five months ago. Are you in El Salvador? Have you been affected by the floods? Send us your stories using the form below. You can also send us your pictures and videos of the flooding to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to+44 7725 100 100. If you have a large file you can upload here. Read the terms and conditions At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any The country's official death toll A reporter on the El Salvador unnecessary risks or infringe any was not broken down by location daily La Prensa Grafica, Juan laws. but the deaths were concentrated Carlos Barahona, told the BBC A selection of your comments in San Salvador and San Vicente that San Vicente had been may be published, displaying province, where Verapaz is virtually cut off by landslides and your name and location unless situated. collapsed bridges. you state otherwise in the box "It was terrible," said Manuel Other badly affected areas were below. Melendez, 61, whose home in the L a L i b e r t a d , L a P a z a n d The BBC may edit your town was destroyed. Cuscatlan, he said. comments and not all emails will "The rocks came down on top of About 7,000 people are living in be published. Your comments the houses and split them in two, shelters as a result of the disaster. may be published on any BBC and split the pavement. I heard Large parts of the country are media worldwide. people screaming all around." without electricity or clean water Print Sponsor Collapsed walls, boulders and a n d r e m a i n c u t o f f f r o m This content has passed through downed power lines that blocked government aid, the BBC's Latin fivefilters.org. heavy machinery have been America correspondent Will impeding the rescue effort. Grant reports.


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Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Frequented Local Strip Club (FOXNews.com)

of the alleged killer from that offered by his imam and family members, who have described KILLEEN, Texas The Army him as a devout Muslim, and one psychiatrist authorities say killed who had difficulty finding a wife 13 people and wounded 29 others who would wear a head scarf and at the Fort Hood Army Base would pray five times a day. Thursday was a recent and Starz is a strip club located just frequent customer at a local strip down the road from the main gate club, employees of the club told entrance to the Fort Hood Base. FoxNews.com exclusively. It does not serve alcohol, but Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came customers bring their own beer into the Starz strip club not far and liquor and buy ice buckets from the base at least three times and mixers at the club. in the past month, the club's Hasan sat at a table in the back general manager, Matthew Jones, corner of the club, to the left of t o l d F o x N e w s . c o m . A r m y the stage on which strippers investigators building their case dance around a pole, employees against Hasan plan to interview said. Jones soon. Jennifer Jenner, who works at "The last time he was here, I Starz using the stage name Paige, remember checking his military said Hasan bought a lap dance ID at the door, and he paid his from her two nights in a row. She $15 cover and stayed for six or said he paid $50 for a dance seven hours," Jones, 37, said. lasting three songs in one of the FULL COVERAGE: Fort Hood club's private rooms on Oct. 29 Tragedy and Oct. 30. SLIDESHOW: Deadly Shooting "I remembered his face because it at Fort Hood. was the first lap dance I [gave] to Hasan's presence at the club a customer while working here," paints a starkly different portrait she said. "When I saw his face Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:04:42 AM

[Friday] on TV, I jumped out of bed, I knew it was him." Jenner, 31, said Hasan was dressed casually both nights he came to the club - in jeans and a T-shirt the first night and then wearing a baseball cap the next. She recalled that he arrived at about 6:30 p.m. and stayed until 2 a.m. She said he brought in a six pack of light beer, took only a few sips from one can and gave the rest to the strippers. "He preferred the blondes," said Jenner, whose hair was dyed blond at the time. "He said he was a medic and that he was being deployed soon, but mostly he wanted to ask us questions." "He asked us why we were working at the strip club, if we liked the lifestyle, if we had any kids," she said. "It was right before Halloween so he asked what our kids were dressing up as. He just wanted to know a lot about us." Jenner said she asked Hasan why he liked coming to Starz instead of another of the roughly half a dozen other clubs nearby,

all about an 8-minute drive from the Army base. "I like it here because no one I work with is here," she said Hasan replied. Starz is smaller than most of the other clubs, has only about 10 dancers and caters to a louder crowd. Jenner said Army medics generally don't hang out at the club. "He wasnt too loud like some of our other customers, or sleazy. He didn't try to take any of us home and he was respectful," she said. "I think he mostly came here to kill some time and just relax. He stood out here because he was much more reserved than our other customers. "I just can't believe that he's the one who killed all those people. You know, he tipped every girl as she came off the stage after her dance. He was a really good tipper." Click here for more from MyFoxDFW.com. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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Kraft in Cadbury takeover bid (BBC News | Americas | World Edition) Submitted at 11/9/2009 7:54:49 AM

US food company Kraft has launched a ÂŁ9.8bn ($16.4bn) hostile bid for UK confectioner Cadbury. Cadbury said it had "emphatically rejected" the new offer, which is being put directly to its shareholders. Kraft said it would offer 300p in cash and 0.2589 new Kraft shares for each Cadbury share, the same terms as it proposed in September. As Kraft shares have dropped in value since then, the bid is now worth less than the original ÂŁ10.2bn approach. In a statement Cadbury chairman Roger Carr called the offer "derisory". "Kraft's offer does not come remotely close to reflecting the KRAFT page 58

Around the Net In Media: Fox To Add E-commerce To DVDs (MediaPost | Media News) Submitted at 11/8/2009 6:56:10 PM

Fox is hoping to boost the value of its upcoming DVDs with FoxPop, which makes its debut Dec. 1. With a free downloadable

app for Mac, PC or iPhone, users can get a constant barrage of facts, photos, games and trivia questions on a second screen related to the movie they are watching on the first screen. FoxPop is the result of a

partnership with Spot411. It works by "listening" to the audio of the movie and, within a few seconds, syncing to the exact moment in the movie. Fox isn't charging extra for FoxPopized movies, but believes it will make

money with e-commerce and marketing opportunities. For example, an iTunes purchase function allows users who hear a song they like while watching a movie, to buy the music with a click.

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Senate may probe army shooting (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)

'Rants' Mr Lierberman said that if Maj Hasan had shown signs of Submitted at 11/8/2009 9:03:03 AM becoming an Islamist radical, the S e n i o r U S S e n a t o r J o e army should have discharged Lieberman says he plans to open him. a congressional investigation into The Associated Press news last week's deadly shooting at a agency reports that some of Maj Texas army base. Hasan's colleagues had expressed Mr Lieberman, who chairs the concern about his growing anger S e n a t e H o m e l a n d S e c u r i t y over the US wars in Iraq and Committee, told Fox TV that he Afghanistan. wanted to find out whether it was Another army psychiatrist, Val a terrorist attack. Finnell, told AP he had Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim c o m p l a i n e d t o a r m y army major, is suspected of administrators about what he killing 13 people. considered Maj Hasan's "antiMr Lieberman also said he American" rants. hoped to determine whether the "In retrospect, I'm not surprised army missed signs that Maj he did it," Mr Finnell said of the Hasan harboured extreme views. shootings. T h e 3 9 - y e a r - o l d a r m y Investigators are still looking psychiatrist opened fire at the into the motive of the attack. Fort Hood base on Thursday. But Army Chief of Staff George Besides those killed, 29 people C a s e y w a r n e d a g a i n s t were wounded. speculation. Maj Hasan was shot by a police He told ABC's This Week officer and remains in a coma. programme on Sunday that

focusing on Maj Hasan's religion could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military. Reports suggested that Maj Hasan, who was due to be sent to Afghanistan, had been increasingly unhappy in the army. His cousin told US media last week that he had been opposed to his imminent deployment, describing it as his "worst nightmare". Mr Hasan's cousin also said the gunman had been battling racial harassment because of his "Middle Eastern ethnicity." Maj Hasan was born in the US of Palestinian parents and has been described as a devout Muslim. Print Sponsor This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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true value of our company, and involves the unattractive prospect of the absorption of Cadbury into a low growth conglomerate business model," he continued. 'Long-term' value Under Takeover Panel rules, Kraft had until 1700 GMT on Monday to make a new offer or it would have been blocked from making an approach for six months. Kraft chairman Irene Rosenfeld

questioned Cadbury's continued ability to stand alone. "We believe that our proposal offers the best immediate and long-term value for Cadbury's shareholders and for the company itself compared with any other option currently available, including Cadbury remaining independent," she said. Shares in Cadbury, which had been more than 1% higher in Monday morning trade, then fell

to stand 0.5% lower on the day at 754p. Many investors had expected Kraft to increase its offer to tempt the board to back the proposal. Weekend reports had said that some Cadbury shareholders thought 820p a share would be a "starting point" for discussions with Kraft. KRAFT page 59

Chavez steps up Colombia war talk (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)

fears of a possible spark on the border which could lead to further violence. Submitted at 11/8/2009 6:08:42 PM Frozen ties Venezuelan President Hugo In response to Mr Chavez's Chavez has urged his armed comments, Colombian President forces to be prepared for possible A l v a r o U r i b e s a i d h i s w a r w i t h C o l o m b i a a m i d government would seek help growing diplomatic and border from the UN Security Council tensions. and also the Organization of He said the best way to avoid American States. war was to prepare for it. In "Colombia has not made nor will response, Colombia said it would it make any bellicose move seek UN help. toward the international Venezuela blames the tension community, even less so toward with its neighbour on closer fellow Latin American nations," military ties between Colombia a statement by Mr Uribe said. and the US. Ties between Colombia and Colombia says US forces are Venezuela have been frozen there to help in the fight against since July when Bogota said it rebels and drug traffickers. would let the US army use its "Let's not waste a day on our military bases for anti-drugs main aim: to prepare for war and operations. to help the people prepare for The agreement has caused alarm war, because it is everyone's among some of Colombia's responsibility," Mr Chavez said neighbours, who object to an during his TV and radio show increased US military presence in Alo, Presidente. the region. Mr Chavez has also ordered When news of the deal first 15,000 troops to the border, broke in August, Mr Chavez citing increased violence by warned that "winds of war" were Colombian paramilitary groups. blowing across the continent. The BBC's Jeremy McDermott Print Sponsor in Bogota, Colombia, says that This content has passed through normally such declarations would fivefilters.org. not cause alarm, but because of the current tensions there are


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US trio 'on Iran spying charge' (BBC News | Americas | World Edition)

appealed for their release. "We believe strongly that there is no evidence to support any Submitted at 11/9/2009 6:43:23 AM charge whatsoever," Mrs Clinton Three young Americans detained said. in Iran over alleged illegal entry She urged Tehran to free the are to be charged with espionage, group, calling on the authorities Iranian state news agency Irna to "exercise compassion". says. 'Charges of spying' Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and The three Americans were Joshua Fattal have been held by seized by Iranian border guards Iranian authorities since the end on 31 July. Their relatives say of July. they accidentally strayed into The trio are thought to have Iran while hiking. crossed a poorly marked border According to the state news by mistake while hiking in Iraq's agency, the move was announced Kurdish region. by general prosecutor Abbas Speaking in Berlin, US Secretary Jafari Dolatabadi. o f S t a t e H i l l a r y C l i n t o n "The three Americans arrested c o n d e m n e d t h e n e w s a n d near the border of Iran and Iraq

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Shares in Cadbury have risen about 30% since late August. Cadbury has 50,000 private shareholders. The largest is US investment management firm Franklin Resources, which owns just over 8%. Legal & General holds 5.2% of the firm. Kraft will have 60 days from the posting of its offer document to gain shareholder's support for the bid unless a competitor enters the frame. As well as Dairy Milk, Cadbury also owns the Green & Black's chocolate brand, Halls lozenges, Trident and Dentyne gum brands and liquorice allsorts maker

Bassett's. It spun off its drinks division as a separate business last year. Kraft's brands include Kenco and Maxwell House coffee, Oreo biscuits, Jacobs, Terry's Chocolate Orange and Toblerone, as well as cheese products such as Philadelphia and Dairylea. Print Sponsor This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

are facing charges of spying and the inquiry is continuing," Irna quoted him as saying. The prosecutor said that an opinion on the case would be given "in the not too distant future". Swiss diplomats were allowed to meet the trio, who are in their 20s and 30s, in late September for the first time since their arrest. The Swiss government represents US interests in Iran, with whom the US has no formal diplomatic relations. Print Sponsor This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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Health-care reform in America: Claiming a victory (The Economist: News analysis)

election next year. After securing the lone Republican's support, Steny Hoyer, the Democrat's Submitted at 11/8/2009 5:46:38 PM majority leader, jokingly declared [ fivefilters.org: unable to that there had been “a bipartisan retrieve full-text content] vote�. A bill to reform health care Success in the House, however, squeaks through the House. The is just one part of a long process. action moves to the Senate Senators must next debate their THE House of Representatives own health-care proposals, which narrowly passed a health-care bill could be brought to the Senate on Saturday November 7th, a big floor before the end of this step for those who want to month. If they manage to pass a reform America's $2.5 trillion bill then differences between the health-care system. Barack House and Senate versions would Obama spent part of his Saturday need to be hammered out before making a rare visit to Capitol Hill a final act is sent to the president t o p r e s s s o m e h e s i t a t i n g to sign. Nevertheless, the House Democrats into giving their b i l l m a r k s a s t e p t o w a r d s support, although in the end the A m e r i c a g e t t i n g t h e m o s t tally of 220-215 in favour of the significant piece of health-care legislation, with 39 Democrats legislation through Congress voting against, was a tight since Medicare in 1965, creating margin. The bill picked up the near-universal coverage for support of just one Republican, health insurance. Veterans of past J o s e p h C a o , a f i r s t - t e r m health-care battles are delighted. congressman from New Orleans ... who faces a tough battle for re-


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Research Brief: Radio Dominant Audio Device (MediaPost | Media News)

effect on radio consumption. Radio was found to have a higher reach (82%) among those who According to a Nielsen analysis listen to portable audio devices, of a media study conducted by compared to the average reach t h e C o u n c i l f o r R e s e a r c h for all audio consumers. Excellence, 77% of adults are Jeff Haley, President and CEO reached by broadcast radio on a of the Radio Advertising Bureau daily basis, second only to (RAB), concludes that "... this... television at 95%. The study observational study of today's f o u n d t h a t W e b / I n t e r n e t consumer proves that the primary (excluding email) reached 64%, source of new music is the newspaper 35%, and magazines radio." 27%. Another key takeaway from the And, in a deeper analysis of reports is that broadcast radio is audio media titled "How U.S. the dominant form of audio Adults Use Radio and Other media at home, work, and in the Forms of Audio," Nielsen found car. Exposure to audio listening that: falls into four tiers in terms of • 90% of consumers listen to level of usage among listeners: some form of audio media per • Broadcast & satellite radio day (79.1% daily reach; 122 • The 77% who listen to minutes daily use among users) broadcast radio surpass the 37% • CDs and tapes (37.1% daily who listen to CDs and tapes reach; 72 minutes) and the 12% who listen to • Portable audio portable audio devices. [ipods/MP3 players] ( 11.6% • Almost 80% of those aged daily reach; 69minutes), digital 18 to 34 listening to broadcast audio stored on a computer such radio in an average day. as music files downloaded or transferred to and played on a While the recent emergence of computer (10.4% daily portable audio devices like the reach; 65 minutes average use), iPod and other MP3 players was and digital audio streamed on considered a threat to traditional a computer (9.3% daily reach; forms of audio, this study's 67 minutes) evidence suggests that the new • Audio on mobile phones ( technology has had a positive Submitted at 11/9/2009 5:15:20 AM

Audio Sources by Location(% of Minutes) % of Minutes Listened Source Own Home Car Work Broadcast radio 46.4% 74.2% 53.8% Satellite radio 7.2 5.5 12.3 CDs/Tapes 20.6 16.2 4.0 Digital audio stored 8.8 5.0 Digital audio streamed 6.7 12.6 Portable audio 8.6 3.6 1.6 Other audio 1.7 10.6 Source: The Nielsen Company, October 2009 Other findings highlighted in the report include: • Audio media exposure has

the highest reach among those with higher levels of education and income • Approximately 12% of study participants listened to MP3s and iPods for an average of 69 minutes per day, yet eight-in-ten of these individuals also listened to broadcast radio for an average of 97 minutes per day • 90% of adults are exposed to some form of audio media on a daily basis, with broadcast radio having by far the largest share of listening time

among those who listen to radio

Broadcast radio reaches those aged 18-34 at rates equivalent to the general adult population, with 79.2% of younger adults listening to broadcast radio for an average of 104 minutes a day among listeners. On average, individuals spend almost identical amounts of time during weekdays (454 minutes) as they do on weekends (458 minutes) using one of the five key media sources. And, among key "advertisingbased" media platforms: Considering Portable Audio • Live television had the Devices: highest reach and daily usage • MP3 and iPod players among users (95.3%, 331 averaged only 8 minutes of minutes) listening per day among the • B r o a d c a s t radio entire observed sample, with just (77.3% reach, 109 minutes) u n d e r 9 0 % o f t h e s a m p l e • Web/Internet [excluding use not listening a t a l l . of email] (63.7%, 77 minutes) • Among listeners of portable • Newspapers (34.6%, 41 audio devices (11.6%), the minutes) h i g h e s t r e a c h w a s a m o n g • Magazines (26.5%, 22 t h o s e a g e d 1 8 t o 3 4 y e a r s minutes) (20.8%), singles (18.5%), and those who tend to be more For additional information from technology-savvy (18.2%) Nielsen, and to access the PDF • Among those who also file of the study, please go here. listened to portable audio devices This content has passed through such as MP3 players or iPods, fivefilters.org. broadcast radio had a daily reach of 81.6% reach and 97 minutes of average listening time


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MediaDailyNews: Clear Channel Doubles LibreDigital Provides Up On Integrated Marketing Team, Taps AllAccess to Content Reichig To Oversee Outdoor Assets (Information Today) (MediaPost | Media News)

Prior to joining Clear Channel, Reichig had been principal of InFocus Media Consulting, In another hire of a top media developing sales strategies for sales and marketing executive, key clients including Weather Clear Channel has recruited Channel, Rainbow Media and Debbie Reichig as senior vice Current Media. Prior to that, she president-business development served as senior vice presidentand marketing of its Clear market development at NBC Channel Outdoor Holdings unit. U n i v e r s a l , d i r e c t i n g t h e Reichig, who has a long track integrated media sales marketing record for leveraging innovative division across all assets and research measuring the ROI, or instituting mechanisms for return-on-investment, of media e n h a n c e d marketing buys for advertisers and agencies communications across the w i l l b e r e s p o n s i b l e f o r organization. developing sales strategies and But Reichig is perhaps best research related to it. She reports known for her role as senior vice to Rocky Sisson, executive vice president-sales strategy at Court president-sales and marketing. TV, where she developed Reichig's appointment comes innovative research initiatives to just months after Clear Channel measure the ROI of advertising hired another high-profile media buys on the cable channel. m a r k e t i n g e x e c u t i v e , J o h n Among other things, she created Partilla, 44, to serve as executive an ROI Council in which ad vice president and president of a g e n c y e x e c u t i v e s a n d global media sales of the parent advertisers directed innovative, c o m p a n y , C l e a r C h a n n e l primary research on media Communications, indicating that advertising effectiveness, and she the company remains committed also helped strike some of the t o a n a g g r e s s i v e s a l e s first upfront advertising sales development marketing strategy. deals based on guarantees of Partilla had previously been head ROI, as opposed to conventional of Time Warner's Global Media ratings delivery. Group. Reichig left Court TV when it Submitted at 11/9/2009 4:16:23 AM

was sold to Time Warner and integrated into its Turner Broadcasting System unit. Reichig also has extensive experience in research and marketing for broadcast TV and online media, having worked in senior roles at iVillage, Comedy Central, the Network Television Association, AGB, Lifetime Television, and Blair/Telerep. But this is her first role explicitly developing out-of-home media, which increasingly is taking on auspices of other electronic media outlets as it integrates digital technologies and screens. "I worked in both cable and online when they were nascent industries and although outdoor is one of, if not the oldest ad platform, I see a great many parallels," Reichig tells MediaDailyNews. "Outdoor is poised to explode on the marketplace with new digital capabilities, new metrics and newly defined value. I am treating it as a new ad platform and expect it to see similar levels of growth." This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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LibreDigital Provides AllAccess to Content by Nancy Davis Kho Posted On November 9, 2009 There's no question that ereaders are garnering huge interest from consumers and enterprise users alike. But a niggling problem remains for mobile readers-how to untether content from the device on which it's read. At the recent Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, Calif., Britt Mueller, director of library services at QUALCOMM, found that employee interest was high during a recent pilot program for e-reader loans. But she was frustrated by the lack of material available to her users. "We are talking to vendors about the fact that content will drive usage [of mobile devices]. We need materials that can be used, untethered, on any device." That preference for untethered, open access formats will be a major decision factor driving device adoption patterns as ereaders move mainstream, according to Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps. "Content choice really matters for consumers," Epps says. "The

ability to have a broad selection of cheap content makes a difference to them." While Amazon dominates the e-reader market with its proprietary format-Forrester estimates it controls nearly 60% of e-reader market share-newer entrants are seeking to make it as easy as possible for readers to access content across devices, hewing to the EPUB standards for flexible delivery formats. L i b r e D i g i t a l ( www.libredigital.com) is one player in the e-reader market trying to offer maximum format flexibility to readers. The Austin, Texas-based company, which has offered publishers digital warehousing and e-distribution solutions since 1999, recently showcased a new "AllAccess" content delivery platform at the Texas Book Festival (TBF; www.texasbookfestival.org). The TBF, an annual event drawing more than 200 authors and more than 35,000 book lovers, provided a peek at the technology that company officials expect to launch in 2Q 2010 to allow publishers, resellers, and authors to give readers access to ebooks LIBREDIGITAL page 63


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available. Others include Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Submitted at 11/9/2009 8:00:37 AM Sony offers several versions of William Stanek here, taking an this device, including the PRSup close look at e-readers. First 505 and the PRS-700. The PRSup, the Sony e-readers. 505 was introduced in 2007 and Sony unveiled its first reader the PRS-700 was introduced in device in January 2006 and the 2008. Both devices have their device became available in early strengths. 2007. The Sony Reader, like all The PRS-505 and the PRS-700 currently available e-readers, has h a v e a 6 - i n c h s c r e e n t h a t a black-and-white active matrix provides a resolution of 600x800 EPD display. As with other pixels--or approximately 170 devices and E Ink itself, the Sony pixels per inch. High contrast and Reader has evolved through high resolution, with a near 180º several generations of products. viewing angle ensures easy T h e o r i g i n a l S o n y R e a d e r reading in variety of lighting supported 4 grayscale levels and conditions. With eight levels of was able to switch the display at gray, the screen provides good a typical rate of 1.2 seconds. This display for charts, illustrations meant that the device typically and other types of graphics. displayed the next page in an e- (Readers with 8 levels of gray book in 1.2 seconds. scale are second generation. Second generation Sony Reader Readers with 16 levels of gray models support 8 grayscale levels scale are third generation.) or higher and are able to more Turning the page in an e-book rapidly switch the display. The takes about a second and the typical display switch rate is 40% battery supports approximately faster than the original reader at 7,500 continuous page turns on a .74 seconds or less. This means single charge. This number of that the device typically displays page turns per battery charge is the next page in an e-book in .74 fairly typical for 1st and 2nd seconds or less. Additionally, as generation e-readers. Like most e t h e P R S - 7 0 0 h a s a f a s t e r -readers, the Sony readers run the processor than the PRS-505, the Linux operating system and use a PRS-700 is able to more quickly USB 2.0 interface. Using a render the page for the display. standard USB cable, you can The Sony Portable Reader connect the reader to your System (PRS) is one of the most computer and then use the Sony a d v a n c e d r e a d e r d e v i c e s E-Book Library software to

transfer media to the reader. You can use the reader to view files in a variety of document formats. Document file types supported by the reader include:

• BBeB This file format is used with digital books and publications. Related files end with the .lrf and .lrx file extensions and can be secured or

unsecured. • EPUB This file format is used with files created for the epublishing standard. Related files end with the .epub extension and can be secured or unsecured. • PDF This file format is used with files created for Adobe Acrobat. Related files end with the .pdf extension and can be secured or unsecured. • Text This file format is used with files containing plain text. Related files end with the .txt extension. • RTF This file format is used with rich-text formatted files. Related files end with the .rtf extension. • DOC, DOCX These file formats are used with Microsoft Word. If Microsoft Word is installed on your computer, your .doc or .docx documents are converted automatically to RTF when you transfer them to the Sony Reader using the Sony EBook Library software. Secured files have digital right management (DRM) applied to protect the intellectual property rights of the copyright holder. Unsecured files do not have DRM applied. The Sony Reader only supports DRM protected PDF and EPUB files if Adobe Digital Editions 1.5 or later is installed and authorized on your computer. Additionally, with the E-READERS page 65


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on nearly any device. Regardless of where they are reading, AllAccess' platform formats the content such that the presentation is optimized for each device, and licensing and provisioning are all handled in the background. Visitors to the TBF website are able to use AllAccess to download The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by author David Wroblewski to their iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader, a web browser, or desktop. Bob Carlton, vice president of marketing for LibreDigital, says that the consumer reaction to AllAccess' technology at the festival was encouraging. "We were heartened by the number of ebook readers saying ‘this is what we needed.' They are realizing that prior to this, they didn't own the content they downloaded; they were only renting it on a specific platform." Carlton sees user expectations for e-readers evolving rapidly through 2010; indeed, according to a July 2009 Forrester report titled "Who Will Buy an eReader?" the mainstream audience now coming on board with e-readers includes more female users and less tech-savvy people who read voraciously than the early adopters. Carlton says his company's use case research suggests that the mainstream reading public will want to read

the same content across platforms during the course of a single day. "They may start a book during the commute on a laptop, switch to an iPhone while waiting in the carpool, and finish it sitting at a desktop computer screen while waiting on hold," Carlton says, an experience that publishers can offer readers via AllAccess technology. Sarah Wendell, who blogs about romance novels as Smart Bitch Sarah at the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog ( www.smartbitchestrashybooks.co m), points out that the accessibility and portability of the AllAccess approach is hugely appealing to women readers, who not only comprise the biggest percentage of fiction readers (romance fiction alone generated $1.37 billion in U.S. sales in 2008) but tend to read in small chunks of time. "Women are the biggest multitaskers around. The danger to publishing isn't that readers will choose something else to read if they can't access a particular book. It's that they'll choose something else to do entirely," Wendell says. For LibreDigital, AllAccess represents an evolution in the services it has provided to publishers over the past decade. Six of the top 10 book publishers use Digital Warehouse, LibreDigital's solution for

storing, accessing, distributing, and repurposing published content and for tracking its data; and BookBrowse, a technology that replicates the offline experience of book buying by allowing readers to flip through the pages of a book. Additionally, 175 periodicals including newspapers, magazines, and trade journals are using LibreDigital's iBrowse to provide a digital replica of the classic news reading experience. Those existing relationships with publishers will come in handy as LibreDigital pursues digital distribution arrangements. The company says it is in discussions with a number of publishers about piloting the AllAccess platform during 1Q 2010. Regarding how the service will be priced, Carlton expects that, much like the music industry has done in differentiating price points by distribution channel, LibreDigital's flexible digital access will be bundled as a part of the publisher's overall pricing structure. "We think some will bundle it as part of their content access fee, while others will use the flexible delivery format to add value to their traditional models." The AllAccess announcement does highlight a further blurring of the lines between digital distributors, publishers, retailers,

and authors. While LibreDigital has worked primarily with publishers in the past, it's not hard to imagine authors drawn to the freedom that the AllAccess platform would give them in distributing their works directly to readers. As Forrester's Epps points out, "The AllAccess announcement is interesting because it shows that new entrants are coming from adjacent markets." She believes this shows just how vulnerable bricks and mortar competitors such as Barnes & Noble and Borders are to new market entrants. But Carlton takes pains to point out that his company is a strong partner of Barnes & Noble, indeed powering part of its site with LibreDigital technology. "In this emerging ecosystem there are spaces where companies compete, and other spaces where they are partners. The majority of ebook reading happens on laptops and netbooks, not on devices. Retailers like the fact that AllAccess gives them freedom of choice." This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

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Taiwan Firm Positioned for E-Reader Takeoff (New York Times) (Yahoo! News Search Results for e-readers) Submitted at 11/8/2009 12:14:05 PM

TAIPEI — With the market for electronic book readers set to take off, things are looking up for a little-known Taiwanese company that will probably supply most of the “e-paper” they use. The company, Prime View International, said this summer that it would pay about $215 million to acquire E-Ink, which owns the technology for displaying text in the most popular readers, including Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader. Prime View, often referred to as P.V.I., recently sweetened its offer and says it hopes to close the deal by the end of the year. It already manufactures e-reader display modules for the Kindle and the Reader. “E-Ink is by far the leader” in the field, said John Chen, director of the display technology center at ITRI, a government-financed technology incubator in Taiwan. “P.V.I. is going to strengthen its leadership in the next year or two, before anyone else can catch up.” Demand for e-paper is expected to rise, with Amazon expanding the availability of the Kindle to Europe and the U.S. book retailer TAIWAN page 65


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There are also reports that tiremaker Bridgestone is developing a flexible e-book Submitted at 11/9/2009 12:08:50 AM reader, although so far it's only a The e-reader market is getting prototype. And there have been yet another entry, with a report many reports that Apple is that Creative Labs is unveiling a preparing to enter the market tablet. The device, called a early next year with its own Mediabook, was shown at the tablet e-reader. Singapore-based company's Creative Labs' fan site general meeting last week. Epizenter.net originated the Although Creative hasn't made Mediabook report, and quotes an official announcement, news Willie Png, vice president of reports indicate that the s t r a t e g i c b u s i n e s s , a s Mediabook has a touchscreen, downplaying the Kindle as "just Internet connectivity, slots for another electronic device which SD memory cards, text-to-speech displays books in text." By capability, and is based on the contrast, Png told the site, the company's Zii technology. Mediabook will allow the merger Kindle 'Just Another Electronic of "videos, pictures, text and Device' services into one device that There was no word on the s u p p o r t s a m e d i a - r i c h Mediabook's launch date, but the e x p e r i e n c e . " e-reader category is already Epizenter also reports that beginning to have more than a Creative is in discussion with a few entries. There's the best variety of publishers about known, Amazon's Kindle, as well providing content. as Sony's recently updated e- LCD or Electrophoretic? readers and the newly released There was also no word on what nook from Barnes & Noble, kind of screen the Mediabook among others. would use. Sarah Rotman Epps,

an analyst with industry research firm Forrester, pointed out that, while LCD screens are good for video and graphics, electrophoretic screens have higher contrast and make reading text easier. She noted that E Ink, a company based in Cambridge, Mass., "now has about 100 percent market share" in electrophoretic screens, but that will change next year as competition heats up. In general, she said, 2010 is shaping up to be "an interesting year for the e-reader space" with new tablets and dual-screen readers emerging. But Epps pointed out that, right now, most of the announcements are reaching the industry, not consumers. For the consumer, she said, the e -reader category is still largely the Kindle, but a few developments could make big differences. She said one would be if Apple decides to make epublications a big category on iTunes, in which case "Apple would become a major player

overnight." The other development, she said, is if BlackBerry maker Research in Motion or another smartphone maker decides to release a double -screen device, with both a LCD and an E Ink display. Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for consumer technology at NPD Group, noted that Google's open-source operating system, Android, is increasingly showing up on these devices. He pointed out that Barnes & Noble's nook is Android-based, as is Creative's recently released Zii Egg, which features 1080p high-definition video and is described by Creative as a "StemCell Computer." Rubin noted that several of Creative's Android-based devices, like those based on Zii technology, have been more focused toward developers and not yet released to a mass market in the U.S. This content has passed through fivefilters.org.


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Barnes & Noble creating its own e-reader to compete with Amazon and Sony. The availability of more content and the ability to download material wirelessly has fueled demand for the devices. DisplaySearch, a market researcher based in Austin, Texas, forecasts the global market for e-paper, including epaper used in e-books, to hit $5.9 billion by 2015, from $400 million this year. This is not the first time Prime View has jumped into a growing market early. It became the first Taiwanese maker of flat-panel screens in 1994. Ten years later, in a crowded market dominated by the likes of Samsung and LG Display, it decided to focus on specialty products like custom displays for medical devices. In 2005, it acquired Philips Electronics’ e-paper display unit, in an early bet on the industry. “All the big companies like Samsung weren’t so interested in this market,” said David Hsieh,

president of DisplaySearch’s Taiwan branch. “So Prime View found a good niche.” It was also a good fit considering Prime View’s pedigree. The company is a subsidiary of Yuen Foong Yu Group, a Taiwanese paper and pulp company. The group started making toilet paper and paperboard as early as 1939 and began producing coated paper in the 1950s with Japanese technology, according to its Web site. Now, one of Taiwan’s first mass producers of paper looks set, through a subsidiary, to become the world’s first mass producer of e-paper. Analysts say Prime View’s production capacity, which includes factories in South Korea it acquired in 2007, make it the only e-paper company with the scale to meet booming global demand. And the ownership of E -Ink will mean they have no intellectual property issues to overcome and can make e-paper “from head to toe,” Mr. Hsieh

said. The company has its critics. Jeff Pu, an expert on the flat-panel industry in Taiwan, says Prime View has too much exposure in conventional liquid crystal displays. Prime View says that about half of its business concerns e-paper products. A demand dip could be punishing, said Mr. Pu, who currently analyzes the mobile industry at Fubon Securities in Taipei. For example, he said, Prime View executives told analysts in April that its Korean factories were operating at 30 percent of capacity in the first quarter of this year, and that 65 percent was “break-even level.” Mr. Pu also sees a price war coming, as AU Optronics, LG Display and others enter the epaper market. AU Optronics has the most promising e-paper technology after E-Ink, the “microcups” technology owned by its subsidiary Sipix. Prime View will have to cut its prices after it loses its first-mover

advantage, Mr. Pu said. For now, Prime View is shrugging off such predictions. A company spokesman, Stephen Chen, conceded that capacity was low at the company’s Korean factories early this year but said that was because of the unusually bad economic downturn. Mr. Chen said the company did not plan to license the E-ink technology to others and declined to comment on whether it might make its own e-reader. “So far, for mass production and quality, E-Ink is the first priority for customers,” Mr. Chen said. “So I think we’ll keep the leading edge for some time — a few years is certain.” This content has passed through fivefilters.org.

perfectly. However, the more complex the content, the less satisfactory the result. To ensure the highest quality, BBeB, PDF and EPUB should be your formats of choice whenever possible. BBeB, PDF and EPUB support font styles (bold, italics, underline, etc), advanced layout, tables, charts, graphs, illustrations, and more. The Sony Reader works well with these file

formats. RTF is a lower quality alternative for when you cannot use BBeB, PDF or EPUB but want to preserve some of the layout features of the document, such as font styles (bold, italics, underline, etc), basic layout and tables. Use the Text format to format a document as plain text and preserve only the most basic formatting elements.

So there you have it in a nutshell: the document formats supported by Sony Readers. In my next post, I'll continue digging in to the features of the Sony Readers, looking at image and audio file support. Thank you for reading! Hope you'll take a look at my new book Windows 7: The Definitive Guide. William R. Stanek

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PRS-505, you must be using the latest firmware release to use all of these formats. The Sony Reader supports display of PDF in both normal and "reflowed" modes. In the reflowed modes, the reader takes the original content and reflows it at an alternate font size of your choosing. The result is surprisingly good and most documents reflow almost

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