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Skype Launches Next Generation Free Internet and Video Calling for Everyone  —  Partnerships with Logitech, Six Apart and Creative enhance experience for Skype consumers worldwide  —  LUXEMBOURG, 1 December 2005 - Skype, the global Internet communications company, today released the beta version …
Om Malik on Broadband:
Skype 2.0 eats its young  —  Another day, another beta.  —  Skype, a division of eBay launched Skype 2.0 beta for Windows.  Just in time for some customers who got their passwords compromised.  The elaborate press release and WSJ review while impressive don't help mask the fact that, Skype is short on new ground breaking ideas.
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 …
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."
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Wikipedia is the Next Google  —  Fear.  You can just feel it in the air, can't you?  There is fear everywhere that Google has become too powerful.  As John Battelle notes, the tide of public opinion is starting to turn from loving Google to fearing them.  Perhaps.  But I have news for you.
Ryan Naraine /
Redmond Mulls Emergency Patch for IE Attacks  —  Microsoft Corp. is working on a plan to release an out-of-cycle patch to cover a gaping hole in its dominant Internet Explorer browser.  —  Sources say the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center) is aggressively aiming to release …
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
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Attack of the PlayStation Hackers  —  Sony's portable game consoles are being dismembered and reprogrammed — a movement that jeopardizes the profit potential of authorized software  —  The moment Sony's (SNE) handheld game console, PlayStation Portable, went on sale in the U.S. on March 24, Auri Rahimzadeh got one.
Discussion: Cathode Tan, PSP Fanboy and Kotaku
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."
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 …
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 …
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.
Last century codecs for next-gen Blu-ray  —  As Sony prepares for the introduction of the first commercial Blu-ray products early next year, its film and TV division is planning to release its first movies on the format using a decade-old codec.  —  Don Eklund, senior vice president …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, HD Beat and Gadget Blog

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