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Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype releases Test version of Skype 2.0 for Windows  —  Version Beta for Windows.  —  Remember your first Skype experience?  I was stunned by how easy it was.  And the clarity of the sound, just like being right there.  Immediacy.  And the IM packaging of phone controls.
Jonathan Krim / Washington Post:
Executive Wants to Charge for Web Speed  —  Some Say Small Firms Could Be Shut Out of Market Championed by BellSouth Officer  —  A senior telecommunications executive said yesterday that Internet service providers should be allowed to strike deals to give certain Web sites or services priority …
Mike Rundle / Business Logs:
Crippling Firefox Bug On Mac OS X  —  As I'm sure you all know, Firefox v1.5 has been officially released and is available for download.  Got a G5 processor?  Check out this page to download a G5-optimized version of the Fox that is a bit faster.  You would think all is gravy in Mozilla-land, but that is definitely not the case.
Neilio / BeatnikPad:   G5-optimized Firefox 1.5 released
Judge rules against BlackBerry patent settlement  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge ruled invalid Wednesday a $450 million settlement between a small patent holding firm and the maker of BlackBerry e-mail devices, Research in Motion Ltd.  —  The ruling by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer …
Discussion: The Test Bed
Setback for BlackBerry maker
Discussion: Smart Mobs
David Pogue / New York Times:
Upload, Store, Play and Share in a Few Clicks  —  IN Hollywood, young screenwriters have "elevator pitches" always at the ready - pithy descriptions of their screenplays, intended to capture the imagination of passing movie executives.  You know: "It's 'Titanic' on a spaceship."
Otto Z. Stern / The Register:
The only thing worse than flying is open source code  —  And ninthly  —  Worn down with labors from morning to night, and day to day; knowing them as fruitless to others as they are vexatious to myself, committed singly and in desperate and eternal contest against a host who are systematically undermining …
Ryan Naraine /
Windows OneCare Security Goes 'Live'  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Windows OneCare PC security bundle is now available to the general public.  —  The consumer-facing tool, which features virus scanning, firewall protection, data backup and PC cleanup tools, has been released to the Windows Live portal …
John Seigenthaler / USA Today:
A false Wikipedia 'biography'  —  "John Seigenthaler Sr. was the assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the early 1960's.  For a brief time, he was thought to have been directly involved in the Kennedy assassinations of both John, and his brother, Bobby.  Nothing was ever proven."
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Pete Barlas / Investor's Business Daily:
INTERNET &  —  Yahoo Aims To Deliver Latest News To Users' E-Mail Boxes  —  High-Tech Industry Returns To Mergers As Growth Strategy  —  Is Yahoo The King Of Media?  —  The story is this: Yahoo vs. The New York Times . . . or any major newspaper, for that matter.
Richard S. Tedlow / Fortune:
The Education of Andy Grove  —  A Harvard historian explains how Intel's legendary chief became the best model we have for leading a business in the 21st century.  —  In 1991, an instructor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business presented his class with a case study.
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Web-based Google Talk with Gtalkr  —  A new web-based client named Gtalkr has been released just yesterday which gives you the ability to use Google Talk through any browser, anywhere.  I talked about meebo a while back, but what is different about the two is that Gtalkr is only for Google Talk …
Om Malik on Broadband:
Gtalkr, Web-Based GTalk Client
Discussion: TechCrunch and digg
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
DMCA Triennial Rulemaking: Failing Consumers Completely  —  December 1 is the last day to submit proposals (by 5p EST) to the Copyright Office seeking a 3-year DMCA exemption for noninfringing activities that are otherwise squelched by "digital rights management" (DRM) restrictions.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Infothought
Sun to offer more free software  —  update Sun Microsystems said Wednesday that it will offer free access to its Java server suite and N1 management software and bundle them with its Solaris operating system.  —  The software being offered for no cost are the Java Enterprise System set of server middleware …
Discussion: Between the Lines and
The Platform - Yet Another Socket  —  While the launch of Yonah still won't be until January of next year, we've had a chip for the past month, unfortunately, we haven't had a motherboard to stick it in.  We finally got one two days ago, which is why you're seeing this article now …

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