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eBay Working to Solve Identity System Problem

Last night I met Dan Pritchett, technical fellow at eBay. He told me that eBay alone has 21 identity systems.

So, if you wanted to use every part of eBay’s empire, like Skype, PayPal, StumbleUpon, etc, you’d need to sign in 21 different times.

Needless to say he, and others at eBay, are working on solving that problem.

Why did I meet up with Dan Pritchett? Because of a speech by Tim Berners Lee, the guy who invented the Web. No, Al Gore didn’t do that. Heh.

Bono Getting Jiggy with Facebook

Maybe it’s the future of music and maybe it’s not, but I think U2’s experiment with Facebook and the iLike widget is a pretty interesting move.

Why YouTube Needs to Offer Hi-Res Videos

CNET has word from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen that the online video company is testing streaming videos at higher resolutions.

Prince To Sue Bit-Torrent Indexer Pirate Bay

 

Google Finally Announcing Cell Phone Project Today

UPDATE: The announcement is now confirmed, please see below.

Links for November 2nd

I know you’ve missed it, so here it is—Linky! Goodness! Linky! Goodness!

CNet Eats Millions On Webshots Sale

CNet’s 2004 purchase of Webshots for $70 million became a bargain pickup for American Greetings, which paid $45 million to take it off CNet’s hands.

Is Arrington About To Sell Out?

It wasn’t long ago a couple of analysts pulled a few blogs to the air hose and blew up their valuations. Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch was among them with an MSRP of $100 million and CNet the prime candidate to buy. Then, this morning Arrington said something very curious.

Microsoft Wins Facebook Bid

Within 24 to 48 hours was the prediction an hour or so ago, but inside sources say the deal is done and Microsoft sealed it. Numbers have not yet been released*, but Microsoft has apparently beat out Google for a stake in Facebook and will continue to serve advertising.

Comcast Impersonates China and Gnutella, Too

Some of the uproar last week was regarding Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent traffic, a move that, by itself raised concerns about the power over content and packets the cable company was usurping. Over the weekend it came to light that Comcast not only blocked BitTorrent, but also Gnutella and Lotus Notes.

Platform Possibilities: Bebo, Not MySpace

More platform rumors are flying this week. After the success of Facebook’s platform, it seems like everyone and their social network is scrambling to get their own version out. We’ve already seen rumors about Google’s and MySpace’s intentions. Today, the MySpace rumors are called into question and Bebo rumors start.

Napster Founder’s Snocap Melts

Shawn Fanning’s post-Napster endeavor has fared poorly, with layoffs and "For Sale" signs the order of the day.

Xohm May Get X’ed Out

Sprint tossed out its CEO, who had backed a plan to build a WiMAX solution in the US. That plan appears to be in jeopardy.

A Tale of Two Cities: Red Hat and JBoss

Red Hat reported great numbers today. The stock was down in after hours trading, and I suspect it will be down tomorrow. The stock movement will likely be based on comments about the JBoss division by Red Hat’s CEO. Forbes reports:

Gphone Enroute? What About The Network?

Lots of sites have been chattering about the potential for a Google branded handset emerging in the market, but the real news will be when the company lights up a wireless network to support it.

Is Ad Blocking Legal?

With the continuing furor over the Firefox ad blocker extension just about everywhere on line, a new twist has developed in the argument that the whole idea might not be entirely legal. CNet breaks the news, with commentary from just about everyone else.

Quechup’s Spam Produces Disgust

I’ve never tried it, but a combination of spam and ketchup is supposed to taste reasonably all right.  Spam having to do with Quechup, on the other hand, has left a metaphorical bad taste in the mouth of the social network’s users.

YouTube Phone To Have Good Camera, Bad Name

There’s fresh news about the YouTube phone, and I’ve got to admit, it sounds pretty cool.  Everything but the name, anyway: “Viewty”?  But the LG KU990, as it’s also known, should have a lot of interesting features.

Yahoo Better Than Google At Unimportant Games

This article has nothing to do with market share, revenue, or even brand recognition.  But in search-related news, Yahoo representatives beat Google in both slot car racing and cricket.

YouTubers Threaten Revolt! (Again)
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One thing you can count on in a user-generated world is passion, and threats to leave because of changes. Another thing you can count on is that they probably don’t mean it, and there’s a good chance their anger’s misplaced.

It’s a Targeted Targeted World

In a recent survey CNET asked AOL, Ask.com, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo about their privacy policies and behavioral targeting. In some cases they asked follow-up questions for clarification.

Here are the results:

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