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11:50 PM ET, September 1, 2006


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Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
It's Official: Windows Vista RC1 Is Complete  —  This just in: Platforms and Services Co-President Jim Allchin has just now posted an announcement that RC1 is complete on the TechBeta/TAP site (note that it's password-protected).  We're reproducing the text here so that you all can see his comments.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Browzar Just An Adware Machine?  —  Earlier this week the big story was the launch of a new "safe" browser called Browzar, which InfoWorld called "the latest entrant to the crowded Internet browser market".  —  Browzar promises to make web surfing more anonymous by disabling cookies, history, auto-complete, etc.
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Samlowry / Web3.0log:
New secure browser Browzar is fake and full of adware  —  Social news rave about Browzar - they claim it a new secure browser leaving no footprints.  After looking at it closer, I found out that it's not a browser at all, and moreover, this software thrusts search via it's own PPC-SE full of ads on user.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Ted Samson / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
Update: TrackMeNot fools searches
San Francisco Chronicle:
Phishing expedition at heart of AT&T hacking  —  When AT&T said in a press release this week that "unauthorized persons illegally hacked into a computer system and accessed personal data" from thousands of DSL customers, it wasn't telling the whole story.  —  Internal company documents show …
Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Phishing Phor Phishers
Discussion: digg
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Images Labeler: Google's Challenge To Flickr?  —  Google Blogoscoped spotted the Google Image Labeler game, designed to help Google improve its image search results through tagging.  It feels like a catch-up game with human-powered efforts that Yahoo is embracing via Flickr …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Image Labeler  —  Google released the Google Image Labeler game.  The idea is that you will be labeling images along with a random partner, in real-time.  When you both find the same keywords, you score points and advance to the next round.  A high-score table shows who scored the most points.
Loud Thinking:
Fear, Uncertain, and Doubt by Joel Spolsky  —  Joel Spolsky is a good writer.  I've thoroughly enjoyed many of his pieces.  Language Wars is not one of them.  Actually, let me recant that.  It's not entirely true.  I did enjoy his latest piece on one level.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jo Best / CNET
Samsung claims to have cracked 4G  —  Samsung is claiming to have cracked 4G, while most of the mobile industry couldn't tell you what it is yet.  —  The electronics giant planned to demonstrate the high-speed technology at the Samsung 4G Forum, which runs through Friday on Jeju Island, South Korea.
Ted Samson / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
Samsung breaks 4G barrier  —  You're on a bus traveling at 70mph.  You need to maintain a constant wireless connection of 100Mbps, or your boss's presentation will be ruined.  What do you do, hot shot?  What do you do?  —  Well, if you were in Jeju Island, Korea yesterday …
Discussion: Slashdot
Brazil judge orders Google to disclose users' data  —Text+SAO PAULO, Brazil, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge has ordered the local office of Web search company Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) to disclose the data of users of Google's social networking site Orkut accused of crimes like racism or child pornography.
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and Valleywag
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's the small things at Google that impress  —  I visited the Googleplex for the third time yesterday.  I'm still thinking through what I learned that was different from prior trips.  More later (they didn't have me sign an NDA, so I can share whatever I learned with you …
Discussion: SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
Intel's Merom to power Apple's next-gen iMacs  —  Apple Computer in September plans to unveil a new line of iMac computers with faster processors and a little surprise to boot, AppleInsider has learned.  —  It will be the third time the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has introduced upgrades …
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Wal-Mart and Apple Battle for Turf  —  The retail behemoth isn't happy about the iPod maker's plans to offer movie downloads through iTunes.  Has Wal-Mart met its match?  —  The guy from Bentonville, Ark., surely isn't on any of Hollywood's leading man lists.
Intel expected to cut thousands of jobs  —  update Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini is expected to announce a massive layoff as soon as Tuesday that could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs, CNET has learned.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, having suffered several …
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
The New Barbarians  —  Free software.  Bargain chips.  The always-on Internet.  Today's tech giants are in danger.  But the next big boom has already begun.  —  William Coleman doesn't need to make another fortune in high-tech.  He is 58 years old and—twice—has earned more than enough money to retire.
Discussion: Valleywag
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: MySpace to Sell Music From 3 Million Bands  —  In a direct challenge to Apple's iTunes, MySpace has announced its intention to sell songs from the 3 million unsigned bands on  Even more surprising: the songs will be sold as unprotected MP3s, free from DRM.
Discussion: and Mathew Ingram
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Samsung Q1P UMPC adds a missing link: HSDPA  —  Two short weeks ago we heard about the Samsung Q1-SSD with flash drive and the Q1b which will sport a Via processor.  Get ready for the Q1P, which will also have a Via CPU but adds HDSPA connectivity.  The announcement just hit at the IFA show …
Discussion: Engadget and The Mobile Gadgeteer
Shelley / The Bb Gun:
What will work  —  Both Tara Hunt and The Head Lemur have written on the Office 2.0 conference and the fact that of the 53 speakers, only one is a woman.  Exactly one.  —  This isn't a conference on esoteric technology where the participants rush out and say, 'There are no women who do X', whatever 'X' is.
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Yahoo! Answers Tests New Search Integration Interface
Google Blogoscoped:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
Windows Media Player Beta 2 (for XP) now available for download
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
ISPs fight against encrypted BitTorrent downloads
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot