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Michael Graves /
Weblogs 2.0  —  Word is out, and it's true: VeriSign has acquired the assets of Dave Winer's  I'm sure Dave will have plenty to say on the subject, but this past year has reached a point where Dave needed to either a) invest significant capital into the development of Weblogs 2.0 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What a day!  —  These notes were written on the flight from Cincinnati to Greensboro, early yesterday evening.  —  Today was a travel day, an interesting one for sure, unique in many ways.  It was the first time I began a trip in the East Bay, and I learned a ton about getting from Berkeley to SFO for an 11AM weekday flight. sold to Verisign  —  Boy, the scent of money is in the air these days.  The latest report is that Dave Winer has sold to Verisign (~$5 million is the figure being bandied about).  This is an interesting one because it seemed crazy (see below) when I first heard about it …
Staci / Details Starting To Emerge; Price Tag $2.3 Million : Updated at 11:50 p.m. eastern to include interview with Dave Winer: VeriSign moved quickly tonight to shift the story from reports of a sale to what the company will do with its new acquisition from Dave Winer.
Discussion: Danny Ayers, Raw Blog
Staci /
Report: Winer Sells To Verisign : Updated at 9:05 p.m. eastern: VeriSign has officially confirmed this, on its company blog, here..more later...  Jason Kottke is reporting with a healthy amount of skepticism that Dave Winer has sold, the largest and oldest ping service, to Verisign.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Rumor: sold to Verisign
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Confirmed: Verisign buys
Discussion: Techdirt
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
10 Things About Web 2.0 Conference  —  It has been quite a blur, but there were some exciting side notes which I wanted to report from Web 2.0 conference.  —  The Web 1.0 party at the House of Shields was rocking, and well it was a massive success.  You knew it was over when pretty blondes started showing up at the event.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
AOL to Buy Weblogs Inc.
Discussion: Alan Meckler and PR MACHINE™
Steve Ballmer Details Microsoft's Security Strategy  —  Microsoft announces new product to help protect business customers, collaborates with governments and industry on evolving threats.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 6, 2005 — Today in Munich, Germany, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer …
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft Enterprise Anti-Spyware Plans Take Shape  —  Microsoft moved a step closer to becoming a key player in the Internet security business with the announcement Thursday of a new enterprise-class anti-spyware product featuring technology to thwart viruses, worms and kernel rootkits.
Jeffrey McManus:
Terry Semel at Web 2.0: "We'll Always Be More Open Than Google"  —  Terry (Yahoo!'s head honcho) just got done being interviewed by Jon Battelle at Web 2.0.  I took rough notes which I'll dump here unedited for now.  —  Update: Danny at Search Engine Watch quoted my transcript liberally …
Business Week:
Daggers Drawn Over DVDs  —  How Sony gained an edge in its fierce battle with Microsoft over video formats  —  Every July, 400 of the most powerful media and tech industry chieftains meet at investment banker Herb Allen's conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, for what are usually convivial discussions of megatrends and megamergers.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
WeblogsInc: More  —  : I asked my friend Nick Denton whether he had comment on the WeblogsInc/AOL deal.  And he said: … : Just saw Tina Sharkey, the AOL exec who made the deal to buy WeblogsInc.  Usual "very excited" soundbites.  She says it will be run as a separate company keeping separate URLs …
CC in Review: Lawrence Lessig on Supporting the Commons  —  Submitted by Lawrence Lessig on 2005-10-06 10:38 AM.  —  So today, Creative Commons launches its first fund raising campaign.  Until now, we've lived on very generous grants from some very wise foundations.

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