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5:45 AM ET, September 2, 2006

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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.
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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
Ted Samson / InfoWorld Tech Watch:
Update: TrackMeNot fools searches
Discussion: digg
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.
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Paul Krevs / Neowin.net:
Windows Vista RC1 Released
Discussion: Bink.nu and digg
David Heinemeier Hansson / 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.
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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 …
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Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Phishing Phor Phishers
Discussion: digg
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 MySpace.com.  Even more surprising: the songs will be sold as unprotected MP3s, free from DRM.
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
MySpace To Start Selling Music Downloads in MP3 Format; May Take Stake In Snocap
Discussion: GigaOM
Reuters:
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: Valleywag and 27B Stroke 6
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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
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AppleInsider:
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Office Depot to offer $99 PC with $99 shipping  —  The bargain season for back-to-school shopping begins next week, but read the fine print.  —  Office Depot will sell a Hewlett-Packard desktop PC complete with a CRT monitor and printer for $99.  The bundle, which typically sells for $429 …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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
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
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Partystrands aims to be Last.fm + Digg for the jukebox  —  Partystrands is a music service launching next month that will bring together aggregated recommendations, voting and photos synchronized on location by mobile phone.  Created by the Corvallis, Oregon and Barcelona, Spain based company MyStrands …
Discussion: GigaOM and digg
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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Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
StoryZOT  —  MacZOT is back with more ambiguity in the form …
Discussion: digg
Erin Biba / Wired News:
Netflix Presents … "Tell us we're brilliant," Mark Duplass says.
Discussion: TechSpot
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IRS to refund federal excise tax on long-distance calls
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Sony shoots down PSP redesign reports
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Toshiba drops a bomb: Gigabeat V in the US
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Yahoo! Answers Tests New Search Integration Interface
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Nokia acquires gate5 to add robust mapping and navigation to its devices
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