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4:36 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.
Discussion: duncanriley.com and Lifehacker
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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
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.
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
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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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
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Rafat / paidContent.org:
MySpace To Start Selling Music Downloads in MP3 Format; May Take Stake In Snocap
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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
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
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
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Partystrands aims to be Last.fm + Digg for the jukebox
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Erin Biba / Wired News:
Netflix Presents … "Tell us we're brilliant," Mark Duplass says.
Discussion: TechSpot
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
IRS to refund federal excise tax on long-distance calls
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ShoeMoney.com Involved In A Landmark Blog Case - Slander In Comments
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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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