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7:55 PM ET, June 16, 2006

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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
My First BillG Review  —  In the olden days, Excel had a very awkward programming language without a name.  "Excel Macros," we called it.  It was a severely dysfunctional programming language without variables (you had to store values in cells on a worksheet), without locals …
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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
What Ozzie Can Do for Microsoft  —  Expect the new software czar to nudge Microsoft toward open standards support without radically changing the company's core business  —  The departure of Bill Gates as Microsoft's technology czar puts a heavy load on the shoulders of Ray Ozzie …
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Confirms Excel Zero-Day Attack Under Way  —  Microsoft June 15 confirmed that a new, undocumented flaw in its widely used Excel spreadsheet program was being used in an attack against an unnamed target.  —  The company's warning comes less than a month after a code-execution hole …
Discussion: TechSpot and Bink.nu
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Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:   Reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Excel
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
Where 2.0 Gives the World Meaning  —  SAN JOSE, California (37°19'58.28"N 121°53'22.00"W ) — At O'Reilly Media's Where 2.0 conference this week, an odd mix of people gathered and gawked at a tiny spy plane mounted on a display table.  Some wore the understated ties of government bureaucrats …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Microsoft developing a rival to Apple's iPod  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) is developing a music and video device to compete with Apple's iPod and creating its own music service to rival Apple's iTunes, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
PayPal Security Flaw allows Identity Theft  —  A security flaw in the PayPal web site is being actively exploited by fraudsters to steal credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to PayPal users.  The issue was reported to Netcraft today via our anti-phishing toolbar.
Discussion: TechSpot
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos mull action against patent system abusers  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. politicians appeared sympathetic on Thursday to tech companies' cries for help combating what are commonly called "patent trolls"—companies that supposedly hold patents for no reason other than coaxing inflated settlements out of wealthy corporations.
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Wade Roush / techreview.com:
Cooling Computers with Tiny Jet Engines  —  Hewlett-Packard is adapting fans from radio-controlled jets to relieve heat-stressed computer servers.  —  The computer servers that fill huge data centers are producing more heat with every new generation of processors.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Announcing Software Patent of the Week  —  As regular readers of TLF know, I'm not a big fan of software patents.  The more I learn about them, the more I'm amazed at the sheer scope of the problem.  Every month, thousands of new software patents are issued.
Discussion: Techdirt
Eli Milchman / Wired News:
Yahoo 'Strictest' Censor in China  —  Yahoo is stricter than any other search engine in China when enforcing censorship, said a journalism-advocacy group Thursday.  —  Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said their tests showed that Yahoo.cn blocked a higher percentage of politically sensitive results …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Online threats outpacing law crackdowns  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Authorities are cracking down on phishing and botnets, but the threats are advancing instead of diminishing, two law enforcement officials said.  —  Cybercrooks are organizing better and moving to more sophisticated tactics …
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Live Favorites - Beta No More!  —  Live Favorites V1 is Released!  —  We, the Live Favorites Team, are happy to announce that as of today Live Favorites is officially released as a V1 product... Beta No more!  —  A little while ago we put into production our final V1 service and web site.
twice.com:
CyberHome DVD Recorders Seized  —  San Jose, Calif. — A task force of local, state and federal agencies seized more than 20,000 CyberHome-brand DVD recorders that allegedly use Philips patents without a license.  —  CyberHome U.S.A. of Fremont, Calif., markets DVD players, DVD recorders, portable DVD players and a handful of LCD TVs.
Discussion: Engadget
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Schmidt Talks On Staying In China, GBuy & More  —  Conde Nast Portfolio, a new business magazine out next year, landed a nice coup of having Eric Schmidt speak yesterday at its launch party (Schmidt's also apparently set to be one of the first profiles in the new magazine).
 
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More cell phones than people
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Yahoo Sued Over Its Google Ads (Yes, You Read That Right)
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Why the Future is in South Korea
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eBay Casualty: E.D. Texas Court Denies Injunctive Relief to Halt …
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Getting The New York Times More Search Engine Friendly
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