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1:00 AM ET, August 10, 2006

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dhs.gov:
DHS Recommends Security Patch to Protect Against a Vulnerability Found In Windows Operating Systems  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recommending that Windows Operating Systems users apply Microsoft security patch MS06-040 as quickly as possible.
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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
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Another hefty patch month for Microsoft
Discussion: InfoWorld and Bink.nu
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
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.
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InfoWorld: Top News:
Leopard's top-secret secrets  —  (InfoWorld) - When you watch a Steve Jobs keynote from home, you only get about two-thirds of the value.  For one, there's usually complimentary orange juice and danish on the way into the hall.  For another, you get to go hyper-nerd obsessive on every observable detail.
Discussion: Macworld and Ted's Radio Weblog
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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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
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) …
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.
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.
Rocky Mountain News:
Sony Fights to Define the PSP  —  The PlayStation Portable was born a thing of entertainment convergence, a portable gaming device that would let people play games, watch movies, listen to music and surf the net.  —  But somewhere on the way from announcement to the hands of gamers, the PSP dropped the multimedia ball.
Discussion: Techdirt, PSP Fanboy, Kotaku and Slashdot
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
AOL gives out free .com domains to anyone who asks  —  AOL has just announced that it will give a free domain name to anyone who asks for one.  —  There's a catch.  You don't own the domain name; AOL does.  What you can do is use is use that domain as your e-mail address and your home page starting in September.
Discussion: Techdirt and Geek News Central
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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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wii launch date/price rumors abound, Brazil deets set
Discussion: Gadgetell and Kotaku
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Cameroon registry accused of typo-squatting .com
Frank Barnako:
How to make no money with a successful podcast
Discussion: Podcasting News
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Google Founders Silence Designer Of 'Party Plane'
Microsoft:
Q&A: The Future of Speech Technologies
TwitchGuru:
Expert: 40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted
Staci / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Viacom Acquires Atom Entertainment For $200 Million [by Staci]
Discussion: GigaOM, VC Ratings and B2Day
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google and U.C. sign contract to digitize books
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Fundamentally, WiMax Is Meant for Licensed Bands
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 …
Jeffrey Burt / eWEEK.com:
Engineers: DC Power Saves Data Center Dough
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Bob Parsons / Hot Points:
GoDaddy pulls its IPO filing! Why I decided to pull it.
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Niall Sez Microsoft is Too Big and Paralyzed
Chartreuse / BETA:
The Big Difference Between Old And New
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Interview with Sun's Tim Bray and Radia Perlman - Part 1 …
Discussion: TechSpot, Slashdot and digg
 

 
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