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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Homeland Security: Fix your Windows  —  In a rare alert, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged Windows users to plug a potential worm hole in the Microsoft operating system.  —  The agency, which also runs the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) …
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechBlog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Asterisk Creator Gets Venture Backing  —  Digium, the company that spawned open source PBX and telephony software, Asterisk, has received $13.8 million in Series A funding from Boston-based telecom specialist venture fund, Matrix Partners.  —  Digium is the latest amongst a growing list …
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Alissa Vasilevskis / digium.com:   Digium Secures First Round of Funding with Matrix Partners
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Cameroon registry accused of typo-squatting .com  —  The .cm registry in Cameroon appears to be redirecting misspelled .com addresses to an ad-based search page.  —  Internet authorities in the West African nation that owns the .cm top level domain (TLD) have been accused of authorizing …
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David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:   Cameroon takes the 'o' out of .com
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Wired News Writer Faked Info  —  Wired News has removed three articles from its website after an internal investigation failed to confirm the authenticity of a source used in the stories.  —  "Tribal Curse Haunts Launch Pad" (June 27, 2006), "NASA Boosts Heart-Monitoring Tech" (July 7 …
Discussion: Techdirt and theory.isthereason
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft to Tighten the Genuine Advantage Screws  —  In a further expansion of its anti-piracy program, Microsoft is building more 'Genuine' checks directly into Windows Vista, and is expanding the program to target not just consumers, but PC makers and system builders.
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Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Sony Mylo suffers from Sidekick syndrome  —  Skype did a great job packaging Skype into the new Mylo.  And I'm desparate for a device like this that lets me carry Skype around.  But Sony's Mylo doesn't deserve this moment of love.  Like the T-Mobile Sidekick, Mylo:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Update, Reload & Party  —  Folks - we are going to be relaunching our site shortly, and what this means is that there will be moments of high anxiety and major service disruptions.  Well, anxiety for us at least.  And I apologize in advance for service disruption.
Discussion: Big in Japan and The Blog Herald
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Vista speech recognition screencast: It works!  —  Surprise surprise.  Windows Vista speech recognition actually works.  Contrary to what MSNBC criticize as a 'wreck', the speech recognition technology is well developed and highly usable.  I got my hands on the July CTP build (5472) …
USA Today:
Children less likely to encounter online predators  —  Despite the rise of social networking sites such as MySpace, a smaller percentage of young people are being sexually solicited online than five years ago.  —  But children ages 10 to 17 are being increasingly bombarded with online porn …
Discussion: Techdirt, The 463, Rough Type and Ypulse
Michael Sippey / Everything TypePad:
Introducing TypePad Mobile  —  Today we're excited to announce the release of TypePad Mobile, a free application for your Palm, Windows Mobile or Symbian Series 60 smartphone that lets you post photos and entries to your TypePad blogs and photo albums with just a few clicks.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Apple Mac OS X Leopard Preview: Who's the Copycat Now?  —  Sometimes I wonder how Apple CEO Steve Jobs can sleep at night.  He appears to spend half his waking hours ridiculing Microsoft's admittedly behind-schedule operating system, Windows Vista, for copying Mac OS X features.
Howard W. French / New York Times:
Chinese Tech Buffs Slake Thirst for U.S. TV Shows  —  For the past year and a half, said Ding Chengtai, a recent university graduate, friends have wondered why he seems to have disappeared.  —  Mr. Ding, 23, an Internet technology expert for a large Chinese bank, chuckled at the thought.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Google Says Worries About Click Fraud Are Overblown  —  Google Inc. released a report yesterday criticizing independent consultants and researchers who have raised questions about click fraud, a growing concern of online advertisers worried that they are being overcharged for illegitimate clicks on their ads.
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
The BlackBerry Pearl: 8100 gets a name  —  What was once known as the BlackBerry Stealth, then as the BlackBerry 8100, is now known as the BlackBerry Pearl.  That's right, RIM's first cameraphone with media capabilities and external storage is coming to T-Mobile on September 18th.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Hard times at AOL right now.  —  Ted checks in on what people are calling the "data Valdez."  It so nice having Ted blogging, sometimes I feel like I'm alone on the front lines.  I wish other senior executives would start blogging at AOL (hint, hint)—or at least commenting …
 
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DRM Wars: The Next Generation
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Yahoo's Lost Bid Doesn't Spell Doom
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Symantec picks away at Vista's core
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AOL gives out free .com domains to anyone who asks
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Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Google Founders Silence Designer Of 'Party Plane'
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Q&A: The Future of Speech Technologies
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Expert: 40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
EBay lawsuit reveals foibles of site feedback
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Flash Turns 10  —  Flash, the premiere platform for presenting audio …
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